I'm fascinated by bizarre bug stories.

This one (retold by my ex-Linden-Lab-colleague Mark Ferlatte) happened in the mid-2000s.

The chain of decisions that made this possible could make a book-sized history of computing.

But if you only take one lesson: please, validate your inputs.


inb4 500 mile email

(but yes, excellent anecdote as well ;) just making jokes)

@yoz This is still my favorite bizarre bug story (though it's arguably more of a story of a clever joke/hack):

@yoz that's incredible ❤ also, good thing I didn't have a printer at the time.

@yoz I did that to myself once when I was young and an idiot.

Windows Explorer opens zip files when I paste their path into the Run dialog. So that must mean if I exec() them in a PHP script it'll start a download, right?

It didn't.

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