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Re: the netbase/inetd conspiracy

On 22-Sep-02, 23:14 (CDT), Anthony Towns <aj@azure.humbug.org.au> wrote: 
> On Sun, Sep 22, 2002 at 09:07:09PM -0700, Thomas Bushnell, BSG wrote:
> > rm /etc/inetd.conf
> > 1) makes sure it won't run, and that if it is run, it won't work;
> > 2) is already the supported way of dealing in Debian.
> Consider the "magic" required. One possibility is that something will
> accidently recreate /etc/inetd.conf. The other is that "ls" or similar
> will accidently get socket coded added to it. The latter doesn't seem
> remotely plausible: it could happen if someone specifically wants
> to exploit you, but not by accident, or as part of regular Debian
> activity. By contrast the former happens every time you upgrade
> netkit-inetd -- as it happens (2) *isn't* the case.

Then netkit-inetd is broken. If I remove a configuration file, it damn
well better stay gone unless I do something explicit to re-add it.
Packages that don't use the dpkg conffile mechanism are still required
to act in an equivalent manner.


Steve Greenland

    The irony is that Bill Gates claims to be making a stable operating
    system and Linus Torvalds claims to be trying to take over the
    world.       -- seen on the net

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