Re: crypto support in potato
In tom.lists.debian-devel, you wrote:
> Isn't this bass-ackwards? Youre using the network to get packages to make
> your system secure?
I'm not sure if it is. How would using a virgin system to install a
ssh package over the network make it any less secure than installing
the same package off of a cdrom?
A system, in theory, starts off with perfect network security but
little functionality. (ie, no ports open.) We add packages to it to
trade off a little security for functionality. It's probably better to
encourage users to get packages with a higher degree of security. (For
example, ssh and telnet provide to a first approximation the same
service, but ssh is more secure.)
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