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Subject: Re: ettercap easter egg
From: Alberto Ornaghi <>
Date: Wed, 9 Feb 2011 15:44:12 +0100
Cc: Marco Valleri <>
To: Tom Callaway <>
that code is not actively maitained by us anymore, the last release was =
5 years ago.
releasing a new code to just remove the comment seems overkill to me.
i give you written permission to remove that specific comment and insert =
it in the fedora distribution.
just please leave the date check, it is always a pleasure to receive =
wishes on birthday.
best regards.=20
On Feb 9, 2011, at 15:38 , Tom Callaway wrote:
> Hi guys,
> Recently, while doing a security audit of ettercap in Fedora, we
> discovered your "nice easter egg..." in time_check(). While that code =
> certainly cute, and arguably not evil, you have added a license
> restriction which is incompatible with the GPLv2+ terms on the rest of
> ettercap, and which make the whole work non-free, according to our =
> counsel.
> Specifically, the comment:
> * and no, you can't simply remove this code, you'll break the =
> This comment is adding a modification restriction to the GPL, which =
> GPL does not permit, making the whole work non-free.
> We would very much like to keep ettercap in Fedora, so we are asking =
> to please remove this comment from the code, to restore the licensing =
> GPLv2+.
> If we do not hear back from you, we will be forced to remove ettercap
> from Fedora, and will advise other distributions of the licensing =
> Thanks in advance,
> Tom Callaway, Fedora Legal
> =3D=3D
> Fedora Project