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Your Distro is Insecure: Ubuntu

Apr 14, 2009, 19:34 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ronald McCarty)

"Security During Installation

"Let's begin with a fresh install of Ubuntu Sever 8.10.

"One of the immediate security concerns that come to mind during the installation of Ubuntu, is making the user's home directory world readable: "The contents of your home directory will normally be visible to all users on the system" as shown in Figure 1, "Set up users and passwords".

"Permissions open by default? In a rather odd twist, since the directory is wide open, the installer attempt to plug the hole by providing the option to encrypt a private directory!

"A closer look at the permissions validates the files are world readable:"

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