Date: Thu, 20 Oct 2005 20:24:57 +0200 From: Andreas Ericsson <ae@....se> To: xvendor@...ts.openwall.com Subject: Re: obfuscating e-mails in RPM specs Solar Designer wrote: > Hi, > > We're about to start obfuscating e-mail addresses in our RPM spec files, > and we intend to update all of our existing specs accordingly. > > The syntax we might use is this: > > * Sat Sep 24 2005 Solar Designer <solar at owl.openwall.com> 3.6.1p2-owl15 > This is a bit too common. Most harvesting engines will understand it if they try at all. The <> signs are a dead giveaway for them to try a bit harder. > My questions are: > > 1. Are others doing the same? What syntax is being used? > Others are doing the same with various syntaxes. I've seen foo.bar@...e.where.com turned into foo_dot_bar_at_some_dot_where_dot_com (which is a bit stupid IMO). foo@...@...e@...re@... (which is even dumber) foodotbaratsomedotwheredotcom (not only dumb, but also unreadable) foo.bar#some.where.com (which is sort of neat and tidy) foo:bar@...e:where:com (clever harvesting engines break this on account of : being a member of the interpunctuation class) foo dot bar at some dot where dot com (hard to read) foo#dot@...e#where#com (works, sort of) The list goes on... > 2. Is this known to break any software processing spec files or RPMs? > In particular, I guess the extra spaces might break the separation of > fields, so should they be avoided? Maybe use dashes instead? > I'm not sure what sort of programs that would be, but changelog comments *should* be parsed based on the fact that they start with an asterisk on a single line followed by one or more lines that start with a dash. This is the format RPM itself requires anyways. > 3. Is it even worthwhile to try to come up with a common syntax for this? > It might be worth coming up with an uncommon syntax for it. The most important thing is to make sure you can whip up a small sed-script or some such to take care of turning it back again if that's ever necessary. -- Andreas Ericsson andreas.ericsson@....se OP5 AB www.op5.se Tel: +46 8-230225 Fax: +46 8-230231
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