The evil bit is a fictional IPv4 packet header field proposed in RFC 3514, a humorous April Fools' Day RFC from 2003 authored by Steve Bellovin. The RFC recommended that the last remaining unused bit in the IPv4 packet header be used to indicate whether a packet had been sent with malicious intent, thus making computer security engineering an easy problem — simply ignore any messages with the evil bit set.
... Google added an "evil bit" to their AJAX APIs, to aid in generating an appropriate response to nefarious deeds ...
... The evil bit has become a synonym for all attempts to seek simple technical solutions for difficult human social problems which require the willing participation of malicious actors, in particular ... The evil bit also became a noteworthy in-joke in Slashdot ... for XMPP protocol "XEP-0076 Malicious Stanzas", inspired by evil bit ...
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