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From: Valdis.Kletnieks at (
Subject: IDS (ISS) and reverse engineering 

On Wed, 26 Nov 2003 20:15:42 +1100, "V.O." said:

> What struck me - isn't this kind of activity actually illegal in the US?

17 USC 1201 (j) has an exemption for security testing, although it's possible
to read 17 USC 1201(j)(3)(B) as meaning you can't post it to a public list...

Of course, that only applies to taking a whack at copy-protection
schemes - you also have to stay on the right side of 18 USC 1030:

> which extent it is possible to disassemble Windows code? And if it is

Didn't Allchin say under oath that there was code in Windows so ugly that if
you read it out loud, you needed to roll a D20 and see which Elder God showed
up to suck your intestines out through your ear?

I'd worry about that more than the legality of it. :)
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