Stephen Frost wrote:
* Joe Conway ([EMAIL PROTECTED]) wrote:
Consider a scenario like "package <x> uses <arbitrary function y in an untrusted language z>". Exact same concerns arise.

No, it doesn't...  Said arbitrary function in y, in untrusted language
z, could be perfectly safe for users to call.
*Could* be. But we just said that the admin was not interested in reading the documentation, and has no idea if it *is* safe. And, it very well might not be safe. We have no way to know in advance because the language is untrusted.

Being written in an untrusted language has got next to nothing to do with the 
implications of a particular function.  It depends entirely on what the
function is *doing*, not what language it's written in.

Sure it matters. A function written in a trusted language is known to be safe, a priori. A function written in an untrusted language has no such guarantees, and therefore has to be assumed unsafe unless carefully proved otherwise.


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