[Python-Dev] Support for Encrypted Zip as python scripts

Guido van Rossum guido at python.org
Sun Aug 23 22:09:33 CEST 2009

On Sun, Aug 23, 2009 at 9:09 AM, Shashank
Singh<shashank.sunny.singh at gmail.com> wrote:
> There is an interesting suggestion (http://bugs.python.org/issue6749).
> to add support to run encrypted zip files as python scripts.
> No doubt this is a useful functionality to have but it would be great to
> have some comments on whether
> this can be(or even should be) feasibly added as an inbuilt support.

MvL already asked for a patch so I suppose that means he thinks it's
useful. Personally I've never encountered an encrypted zipfile, so I
just have questions: is there a standard encryption algorithm? What is
encrypted? The entire file or individual members? How are you supposed
to give the password? Also, I suppose there could be (US) export
problems with the code, so it would have to be optional (and we might
not be able to build it into binaries we distribute from python.org).

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