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Bug#233174: debian-edu-config: strange postinst message : open-backdoor open ...

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Finn-Arne Johansen wrote:
| On Tue, Feb 17, 2004 at 10:10:20AM +0100, albanbrowaeys@oreka.com wrote:
|>Package: debian-edu-config
|>Version: 0.359
|>Severity: normal
|>Quite frightening btw :P
|>Please help understand what s it all about:
|># dpkg-reconfigure debian-edu-config
|>open-backdoor: Not enabled, backdoor parameters not set.
|>open-backdoor: Not enabled, backdoor parameters not set.

| On some schools the inbound port 22 is blocked. So we did a tunnel
| thing starting an ssh process from the inside to the outside, opening a
| reverse tunnel.
| This was done to help some developers (me, among others) and SA to get
| into the school from the outside. The a lot of people was asking about
| it, and thats why it ended up into the debian-edu-config. The someone
| (pere?) made it install in /etc/init.d, and enabled it on std
| runlevels. But the backdoor will not open until it is configured.
| The config file is in /etc/default/backdoor
| I'm not sure if is sholud be placed in /etc/init.d by default, or maybe
| it should be placed in /usr/share/doc/debian-edu-config/tools or
| something


Place the tunneling daemon in a separate package "ssh-backdoor" (or some
other name). It is not nice (and may be a policy violation, I don't
remember) to mix daemons and other stuff in the same package.

Replace "backdoor parameters not set" with "please edit
/etc/default/ssh-backdoor" and source that file from the script in init.d.

In a comment line of /etc/default/ssh-backdoor, point to
/usr/share/doc/ssh-backdoor/README.Debian containing the story behind
the package.

~ - Jonas

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