[Pharo-project] FFI inside Pharo ?

Stéphane Ducasse stephane.ducasse at inria.fr
Sat Nov 29 15:06:45 EST 2008


Mike

could you explain a bit more the scenario.
would the people have to add a dll?

Stef

On Nov 29, 2008, at 10:25 AM, Michael Rueger wrote:

> Marcus Denker wrote:
>> I personally think that a good FFI is base fuctionality, e.g. it  
>> allows to
>> move glue-code into the image that normally would be in primitives.
>
> The problem with FFI (and Alien) is that by using FFI and thus  
> having the FFI plugin installed you completely circumvent any  
> security you gain from the sandbox.
> This is only really interesting for an environment like etoys where  
> you allow arbitrary scripts to be loaded. Right now we are not  
> supporting etoys, but the question is what, down the road, is going  
> to happen.
>
> Another question is how more use of FFI opens us up to issues other  
> languages have. So far Smalltalk wasn't hackable (on the server),  
> with FFI generally available it could be?
>
> If people vote this a non-issue I'm fine with it, but I wanted at  
> least to raise the issue at hand.
>
> Michael
>
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