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Linux Journal: Thwarting the System Cracker, Part 6

Oct 29, 1999, 20:07 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Marcel Gagné)

"I firmly believe that the best way to beat the cracker is to understand how the cracker works, what his tools are, how they work, and how your system works. It's vital to understand that the tools I present here are for use on your network. As much as I would like to make every reader of this column an expert, there will always be things I miss. Without sounding too paranoid, though, I'd like everyone to walk away from these discussions just a little bit paranoid."

"Last week, I mentioned in my "real life" example that my cracker was using a sniffer to monitor network traffic and collect user names and passwords. Since I did not go into much detail then, I'll try to clarify what I meant by sniffing. Simply put, a sniffer is a tool that lets you monitor packets as they "fly" across your network interface. You could simply monitor your machine's own traffic, but sniffers use promiscuous mode to scan all packets bound for your network."

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