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Re: Do we really need to worry about viruses



On Thu, Oct 02, 2003 at 02:04:48PM -0500, Alan Shutko wrote:
> Michael D Schleif <mds@helices.org> writes:
> 
> > In fact, just this week, I am engaged with a prominent software
> > development company, and every one of the developers develops on
> > various Linux boxen, and every one of them insists on running as root.
> 
> Could you name names, so we know which imbeciles to avoid?  The two
> Unix development houses I've worked at never did that.  

Hehe!  I'll second that.
Also, anybody _I_ know who I catch running as root for day-to-day stuff
will get the "friends don't let friends drive drunk" treatment.

> Of course, the parent post was wrong.  Even as non-root, you have to
> worry about email viruses or click-thru vectors, because _they don't
> need root to work_.  

Um, yeah.  My bad.  As soon as I saw mention of mounting /home noexec,
I realized my mistake.
But at least you _can_ mount /home noexec, and in many circumstances
that'll be a perfectly practicable solution... :P

	Cheers!
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