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Re: Security [was: not using debian as firewall!]

On Thu, Apr 15, 1999 at 10:29:21AM +0100, Matt Kern wrote:
> I've been using Debian for about one and a half years now, and was
> recently surprised to hear that Debian had a bad reputation as far as
> security matters went.  I don't know if this reputation was deserved or
> how much Debian has improved since then.  One of the examples that the
> person that told me this came up with was something to do with the X
> wrapper program.  It was all news to me;  I thought that a system like
> Debian's corrected problems (especially security related items) very
> quickly, certainly much quicker than you would ever get a fix out of
> Microsoft...

Don't believe everything you hear.  A potential vulnerability in our X
server wrapper was brought to my attention about the time I took over
maintainership, and it was fixed about a year ago; maybe a little more,

Neither hamm nor slink shipped with that vulnerability.  I think it likely
that your friend is just confused.

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Debian GNU/Linux                 |       "To do is to be"   -- Aristotle
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