[squeak-dev] FFI issue in Squeak 4.2 ?

Bert Freudenberg bert at freudenbergs.de
Mon Feb 21 18:49:14 UTC 2011

On 20.02.2011, at 18:26, mkobetic at gmail.com wrote:

> "Levente Uzonyi"<leves at elte.hu> wrote:
>> I doubt FFI will be preloaded in images, because it has some security risk.
> Security risks that outweigh benefits of having the ability to call the outside world without much hassle? I'm curious, but it sounds like the community already had this argument and decided it's not worth it. No need to stir up old arguments, I'll see if I can find something in the archives.

It's mostly to ensure no part of the base system depends on FFI. If it was included by default, people might get the idea to "enhance" Squeak by relying on it. We don't want that.

The proper Squeak way to expose more of the operating system would be a primitive - what is it that XStreams needs that we don't have yet?

- Bert -

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