[Newbies] Uploading Patches and Enabling Features in Commercial
Ron at USMedRec.com
Tue Mar 6 21:22:03 UTC 2007
OK before answering let me say that these are only suggestions and you are
responsible for taking suggestions as suggestions. In other words I can not
be responsible for anything that goes wrong on your system, use my
suggestions at your own risk.
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I'm sure all that goes without saying but now it is said.
The first question you asked was: how does a system update itself?
Here are the issues as I see them.
1) A system must be able to ensure that it is updating itself from a trusted
2) A system must be able to ensure that only the trusted system can ask it
to update itself.
3) A system must be able to ensure that it can securely store an update
4) A system must be able to securely change the update location.
5) All communications must be encrypted.
6) A System must be able to verify patches before applying them.
7) A System must be able to automatically load the patch.
8) A System should be able to update without restarting the application.
9) A System must be able to report back success or failure of patch
10) A System must be able to recover from a failed patch.
Ok so basic caveat, I just made these up and I'm sure I left something out.
The second question is how you can limit functionally in your system unless
and until payment is received.
1) A system must be able to enable features for a single instance and
prevent those features from being shared to other systems.
2) A system could be able to detect features being used inappropriately
3) A system could be able to periodically check for permission (trial
Ok so since I ran out of time I'll try to take each point one at a time
Does this list help the conversation? Can you add to the list things that
you think the system needs to do?
President / Principal Software Engineer
US Medical Record Specialists
Squeak Cryptography Team Leader
> From: Jens Pall
> Sent: Tuesday, March 06, 2007 3:10 PM
> Ron Teitelbaum wrote:
> > Hi JP,
> > This is not an easy question. There are a number of things that you
> need to
> > consider. First you need to decide how secure the update needs to be.
> > you are not worried about security then you have a much easier job and
> > more options. In general Squeak is not secure, but it is also not less
> > secure then many other tools that are sent to end users.
> > So first answer some questions.
> > Is your system likely to be used by people that are interested in
> > the system?
> Some of the end-users might try this but most of them will not. They
> just want a system that works and does its job. We are working with
> partners who are distributing our software and I know that some of them
> will try to open up the software, modify it and, in some cases, try to
> sell it as their own if it is easy to get at the source. If the source
> is not available and it is a bit hard to get access to the developing
> interface then I believe this risk is greatly reduced.
> > Does your system have access to network facilities that attach to other
> > installations of your system?
> Yes. This is a distributed networked application. It lives and breathes
> on the network.
> > Are you concerned that someone might try to build a patch and upload
> > code to your system installations? (i.e. spyware, worms, viruses)
> Well, not really. Our installations mainly run on private WAN networks
> owned by the customer but you never know what malicious internal users
> might do. We plan on being able to run this over the Internet where this
> is a major concern but will try to limit it by using secure network
> > Are you trying to prevent users from using features of your system
> > authorization? (i.e. Try before you buy?)
> Yes. We must be able to issue licenses for using features of the system.
> > There are no easy answers but I do believe it is a very interesting
> > discussion.
> It indeed is and one that needs to be addressed if Squeak is to be
> seriously considered as a commercial vehicle. It has huge potential in
> that area if the proper hooks are in place.
> As a side note I might mention that our current system is implemented in
> C++ and, if it turns out to be possible with respect to the topic of
> this thread, we are seriously considering porting it to Squeak. Croquet
> will also play a major role as the monitoring / management tool.
> > Ron Teitelbaum
> > President / Principal Software Engineer
> > US Medical Record Specialists
> > www.usmedrec.com
> > Squeak Cryptography Team Leader
> >> -----Original Message-----
> >> From: beginners-bounces at lists.squeakfoundation.org [mailto:beginners-
> >> bounces at lists.squeakfoundation.org] On Behalf Of Jens Pall
> >> Sent: Tuesday, March 06, 2007 2:09 AM
> >> To: Squeak Beginners
> >> Subject: [Newbies] Squeak in commercial projects
> >> Hi
> >> How can I use Squeak in a commercial closed source project (whole
> >> How about upgrades? I want to be able to send an upgrade to the
> >> which only contains the changed code.
> >> Thanks,
> >> JP
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