Friday, February 26, 2010

I want to change the world, can you help?

Here it is, a plea to help change the world, for the better. It's sincere, honest, direct, and you might even be able to help.

I believe that computer security can be fixed. There is a basic concept called capability based security, which was invented back in the 1950s and 1960s, and it really works. In the shuffle through Unix, the PC revolution, and now with Windows, Linux, etc... the lessons learned back then have been forgotten.

I want to help bring this knowledge to the masses, especially programmers, and others. This would allow the creation of an entire new crop of capability based systems and models which I believe could be mathematically proven to be secure. (If all else, far less leaky, by orders of magnitude)

Truly secure computing means you don't need virus scanners, and a lot of the headaches associated with owning a general purpose computer go away.

There is, of course a catch... a big catch: You have to replace all of your software...
or at least figure out how to replace the OS....
or at least sandbox each of your existing apps if you still want them...
and we could probably make it easy enough to deal with for the general public, given enough minds working on the problem.

So... I'm posting this plea here, and will be pointing back to it to try to get a conversation started.

It's been posited that any idea with at least 5 people backing it fully can take off. I believe this can be done.

Now, please help me change the world, and let's talk about it.

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