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Canada Computes: Secure and protect your Linux desktop

Aug 16, 2000, 01:31 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steve Coe)

"...There are two types of people who may wish to enter your machine. There are the ones who just want to explore and see what is out there. Despite what some people think, not all people who break into machines have malevolent intentions. Of course, there are those who do."

"In the recent Denial of Service attacks against websites such as Yahoo! it is believed that some of the attacks were made possible by the weak security on other sites."

"Linux can be very vulnerable to attack in some default configurations. For example, after installing Linux and having been using the Internet for two months from it, I discovered that Telnet was open. Since I had a test account with the password "test", my system had, not just a welcome mat, but a mat with the key under it. Needless to say, I shut this security hole down as soon as I realised its existence. I then proceeded to try and lock down my system. Since I don't run an FTP or web server, nobody has any reason for remote access into my system, so I shut down practically everything."

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