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Canada Computes: Linux users still vulnerable to snoops

Jul 24, 2000, 02:08 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steve Coe)

"In Linux, there is no system registry, so there is no easy way for companies to track much information about you. The prospect of software in Linux sending information without my knowledge, while possible, hardly seemed worth worrying about. That is, until recently."

"I don't have Sendmail configured properly. It isn't deliberate; I just haven't gotten around to setting it up to send mail to the outside world yet. As a consequence, any mail sent, other than local mail, doesn't go anywhere."

"I was logged in as root when the system told me I had new mail. I have obviously not tried sending any mail via Sendmail because I know damn well it doesn't work. Imagine my surprise and annoyance when I saw a message from stating it couldn't deliver a message, one was being sent without my consent. Sendmail helpfully quoted the message back."

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