[rescue] Perverse Question

Phil Stracchino alaric at caerllewys.net
Thu Jun 19 23:18:11 CDT 2003

On Thu, Jun 19, 2003 at 11:53:24PM -0400, Sheldon T. Hall wrote:
> It was not at all unusual for things to come up "out of balance" because of
> transactions that got made-cancelled-remade and where one of the steps got
> bollixed up, or because of storage read/write problems.  When that happened,
> we were supposed to find the transaction (easy if it as an odd amount like
> $136.47, but near impossible if it was $100.00), _edit_the_transaction_ to
> make things balance, and re-run all the batches.
> Of course, if we didn't have time to re-run all the batches, we'd just edit
> the master record, too.
> The only record of this was the console log, which was on paper.  [...]

The possibilities for embezzlement inherent in this process seem nothing
short of staggering.  Did anyone ever try to exploit this?

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