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Re: Creating a randomized cron entry

On Thu, 15 Dec 2005, Don Armstrong wrote:
> Why not just something like:
> 0 0 * * * at now + $(( $RANDOM \% 1440 )) minutes [...]

Because "at" is something you should never have installed (it is the very
first thing I purge, after fixing the dumb wide-open defaults we use for
hosts.allow and hosts.deny).

"at" has a very bad history security-wise, and I really doubt anyone is
seriously maintaining and fixing that thing.  Now, if someone would rewrite
from scratch an "at" designed and implemented for security, that would be
very cool indeed.

  "One disk to rule them all, One disk to find them. One disk to bring
  them all and in the darkness grind them. In the Land of Redmond
  where the shadows lie." -- The Silicon Valley Tarot
  Henrique Holschuh

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