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Bug#81396: root shell fscked after upgrade to woody

On Sun, Jan 07, 2001 at 04:38:10AM +0200, Eray Ozkural (exa) wrote:

> We use telnet here because this is a diverse university network; we
> can't force people to run ssh and any moron could go root on this
> machine if he really wanted to. 

why not?

the most you'd have to do is put up a single web page with links to
local copies of ssh clients for various platforms...and optionally
replace telnetd with a script (or tcp-wrapper's "twist" capability)
which printed a message displaying the URL and advising the user to
install an ssh client. telnet problem solved with a minimum of user
support calls.

there's really no excuse for running (non-ssl) telnetd any more. good
free ssh clients are available for just about every operating system.


craig sanders

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