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RE: hacked?

What difference does complex passwords make if the password is sent in the
clear. It would be trivial for a cracker to sniff the traffic and grab a
password, then use the account to create havoc.

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-----Original Message-----
From: Marc Haber [mailto:debian-user.lists.debian.org@marc-haber.de]
Sent: Sunday, April 30, 2000 5:30 AM
To: debian-user@lists.debian.org
Subject: Re: hacked?

On Thu, 27 Apr 2000 09:02:05 -0400 (EDT), you 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.

You have been lucky. Even secure passwords can be sniffed, and telnet
sessions already established can be hijacked. That way, the attacker
doesn't even have to wait for your password to fly around.


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