[ILUG-BOM] [OT] reverse-engineering pacenet password is unethical?

Amish Mehta amish.misc+ilug@[EMAIL-PROTECTED]
Mon Jan 1 09:12:00 IST 2007

On 12/30/06, Philip Tellis <philip.tellis at gmx.net> wrote:
> Sometime Today, Amish Mehta assembled some asciibets to say:
> > Samba is what? Reverse engineering. Isnt it? Microsoft cant to
> > anything about it.
> You're confusing software and protocols.  A software's licence can
> prohibit reverse engineering the software itself.  A protocol cannot be
> protected by a licence.

As far as I know for knowing SMB protocol, MS Windows was
reverse engineered, probably to know exactly how passwords are
passed. Same is true for this Pacenet issue.

Wine, OpenOffice.org are also other examples of reverse engineering
certain softwares.

The issue is if you can reverse engineer a software or not, whatever it
is done for. Dont count on it but my opinion is as long as its not patented
and its for personal use and it does not harm anyone, it should be ok.

"In the United States and many other countries, even if an artifact or
process is protected by trade secrets, reverse-engineering the artifact or
process is often lawful as long as it is obtained legitimately."

I referred to:

Only problem is, in India no one clearly knows what is legal and not legal
until the case is won.

I do not think decrypting password algorithm is such a big crime and
infact Pacenet should instead have used better algorithm if they were
much concerned about security.


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