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ARaybould | Sun, 28 Jun 2015 13:26:09 UTC

It is a false dichotomy to conclude that because being able to test with null encryption is important, we should accept that it is OK to ship code that could have null encryption enabled in the field. While your reply is narrowly correct, I would like to see the several paragraphs that are devoted to explaining the usefulness of null testing support being balanced with a discussion about how this could be done while protecting against it being released. Off the top of my head, I would probably go with conditional compilation (assuming that's an option here; I am guessing it is) that also puts a secret token in the binary so that release builds can be scanned for its accidental use.

I am aware that 'test what you ship' is a wise principle, but I do not think it needs to encompass all testing, and particularly not the testing of or using features that are not intended for field use.

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