Anyone who has written an Additive and would like to have it added here then by all means get in touch with me - this mechanism is present only to eliminate the possibility of a trojan in the form of an Additive, not to discourage potential bona-fide authors!
While many other Mac programs which make use of plugins are also at risk of hosting such an attack, people would be more likely (hopefully) to trust new Agax Additives, and I wanted to ensure that such trust would not be abused.
This partly explains the delay in the release of the SDK (although it is certainly not impossible to write an Additive without the SDK), which was put off until I came up with some authentication scheme. This has the advantage of not using keys, public or otherwise, so there is no target to attack - except my account - and that would be a lot of trouble to go to just to tap into a trust base of unknown consistency. Besides, anyone with such skills could doubtless find many much easier targets to disseminate a virus.
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Last updated 28/4/2002