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Telnet/FTP-like Shells Implemented over Email

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000014313D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Jun-19
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-19

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

The most widespread of all information seeking protocols is arguably HTTP, the protocol of the World Wide Web. Almost any computer with a connection to the Internet has some form of a web browser. Particularly in handheld devices or shared computing environments such as public kiosks, the Internet interfaces available to the user may be exclusively limited to web browsers. Additionally, access to email is often available through web interfaces. This article describes an implementation of a command shell implemented over email that allows Telnet and FTP-type operations. The existence of such a system can provide value where a web browser is the user's only interface to the Internet yet this user wishes to have Telnet or FTP access to a remote server.