[linux-elitists] ErrorDocument vs. censorware

Don Marti dmarti@zgp.org
Mon May 22 11:38:10 PDT 2000


Here's an idea for a quick-n-dirty anti-censorware hack, presented for
your consideration and amusement, and hopefully some suggestions.

The idea is that if an HTTP request would otherwise have resulted in an
error, try to find a proxyable URL in it, snarf that URL, and send the
content to the user. This could be done with a Dumbass CGI Script(tm) (I
would make it acquire a lock on a file so that only one copy could run
at a time to prevent a DoS, but that's just detail.)

Is AFPP a live project? There's an Association Française de Protection
des Plantes but I don't think that's it.

This would require censorware vendors to block _everything_ on your
site once they discovered it, since they wouldn't know when you might
move or delete a document.  And as more people installed this kind of
thing, the web would be less and less useful to censorware customers.

Comments?

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Don Marti
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