[Python-ideas] allow `lambda' to be spelled λ

Nick Coghlan ncoghlan at gmail.com
Tue Jul 19 00:49:41 EDT 2016

On 18 July 2016 at 13:41, Rustom Mody <rustompmody at gmail.com> wrote:
> Do consider:
>>>> Α = 1
>>>> A = 2
>>>> Α + 1 == A
> True
> Can (IMHO) go all the way to
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IDN_homograph_attack

Yes, we know - that dramatic increase in the attack surface is why
PyPI is still ASCII only, even though full Unicode support is
theoretically possible.

It's not a major concern once an attacker already has you running
arbitrary code on your system though, as the main problem there is
that they're *running arbitrary code on your system*. , That means the
usability gains easily outweigh the increased obfuscation potential,
as worrying about confusable attacks at that point is like worrying
about a dripping tap upstairs when the Brisbane River is already
flowing through the ground floor of your house :)


Nick Coghlan   |   ncoghlan at gmail.com   |   Brisbane, Australia

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