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Re: Securing a Debian machine

I beg of you all, could this holy war be taken back to the Re: [POSSIBLE
GRAVE SECURITY HOLD] thread? I'm probably not the only one with no desire to
setup yet another procmail rule for another thread...

On Wed, Feb 02, 2000 at 08:53:52PM -0600, Manoj Srivastava wrote:
> >>"Michael" == Michael Stone <mstone@debian.org> writes:
>  Michael> On Wed, Feb 02, 2000 at 12:11:29PM -0500, James A. Treacy wrote:
>  >> I propose we do the following:
>  >> - leave mbr as it currently stands. Most users are worried about
>  Michael> Why would we do that? I have yet to see anyone justify why
>  Michael> mbr is good for a default install (rather than as an
>  Michael> optional package.) Even leaving the security issue alone,
>  Michael> the 2FA: prompt is confusing for people who hit shift in
>  Michael> hopes of seeing a lilo: prompt.
>         You want justification? Well, someone rebooted a computer
>  without rerunning LILO, and having had installed a SCSI disk. The
>  machine stopped with the MBR prompt; and the floppy option saved our
>  butts. It was a lifesaver; since we were in a timefcritical Demo
>  scenario.
>         The MBR features are just that: features, and some of us like
>  them the way they are. Most installations are happy with lower
>  security than requiring the floppy bott be disabled, and for these
>  folks this is a feature that can be useful.
>         Since we should be targetting the defaults for the most common
>  case anyway, I say that the current MBR is justified.
>         manoj
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