Rush wrote:

> God help the Navy when it's enemies discover that they can attach
> a VBA or Active-X agent to a datastream and infect the entire system
> with some sort of virus.

Rush,

While I agree with the sentiment, it won't be quite that easy.  Unless
the Navy diverts from using either KG krypto or NES encryption, the
enemy will have to penetrate one of the two before they can attach
the virus.  While I'm not a huge Microsoft fan, they do have some
useful tools, virus prone as they may be.  Since both encryption
methods are "heavy duty" and rotate keys frequently, you can
basically use just about anything behind them.  Of course it
never hurts to have something less vulnerable.

It will also be interesting to see what happens when Microsoft
comes out with Navy 1.0 and tries to replace the Navy with
it's own products.  Or maybe DoD 1.0.  Maybe that's how he
plans combat the court ruling to split the company.  Military force!

Frank

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Kester, Rush W. [SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: Tuesday, July 18, 2000 5:25 PM
> To:   [log in to unmask]
> Subject:      Re: Microsoft on the new Aircraft Carrier (CVN-77)
>
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Richard Conn [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> > Sent: Friday, July 14, 2000 6:58 PM
> > To: [log in to unmask]
> > Subject: Microsoft on the new Aircraft Carrier (CVN-77)
> >
> >
> > Another topic for discussion --
> >
> > From Lockeed Martin PR News --
> > Microsoft Joins Lockheed Martin CVN-77 System Team
> > ==================================================
> >
> > Lockheed Martin has added software giant Microsoft to the systems
> > integration team supporting CVN-77, the last Nimitz-class
> > carrier by Newport News Shipbuilding [NNS] (more), according to
> > a Lockheed Martin statement.
> > CVN-77 is viewed by the Navy as the bridge to an entirely new
> > class of aircraft carriers. Its warfare system will be among the
> > most advanced in the Navy.
> >
> > Microsoft will be charged with the information infrastructure and
> > architecture definition for CVN-77's information technology
> > [IT] capability.  The CVN-77's IT infrastructure will be based on
> > the Windows 2000 operating system. (Defense Daily)
>
> God help the Navy when it's enemies discover that they can attach
> a VBA or Active-X agent to a datastream and infect the entire system
> with some sort of virus.
>
> Rush Kester
> Software Systems Engineer
> AdaSoft at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab.
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> > Rick
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