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Re: hacked?

On Thu, Apr 27, 2000 at 09:02:05AM -0400, Noah L. Meyerhans wrote:


> On the other hand, I do not feel as strongly as other posters that telnet
> needs to be disabled in order to have a secure machine.  Strong passwords
> will work just as well.  I have an account on a large Solaris network
> where telnet has been open for ages, and will continue to be.  The passwd
> program in *incredibly* anal about ensuring that all passwords are
> complex.  To my knowledge there has never been a significant security
> breach on this network.
> noah


Dittos on what people have said regarding telnet and sniffers.

And if you're wondering where that sniffer might be, take a look at
Trinux sometime.  Floppy linux distro, boot a box on it, schedule a
reboot, and sniff away on any random x86 to your heart's content.

Security models based on a trusted network are severly broken unless you
can verify that *all* hosts on the net are friendly.  Practically
impossible for n > 1, and possibly not valid for n = 1.

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