[linux-elitists] /usr/games/fortune is evil

Emanuel Pirker epirker@edu.uni-klu.ac.at
Thu Mar 8 00:49:50 PST 2001

We once had a similar, yet not so dramatic case. 

At our university one of the servers was cracked. Man, it must be years
back!!! 1996, 97 or so.
The still unknown cracker problably created an account named
"Simon" (don't know exactly, now official information). What the
administrators did was grepping through all students directories for the
string "Simon". One student had a webpage containing

      SIMON SAYS: You are the perfect killer.

Believe me, he was in deep trouble.

Another one was sent to the police for suspected cracking of an other
machine (in 1996 when cracking was still something for real men). It
turned out that the policemen did not know anything and they very friendly
and interested in learning about "ls", "ls -l", "vi" and so on. He has
not succeeded in converting them to Linux users, which was probably too
early by then.

Time to file a bug on stupid attitudes, incompetent admins, overanxious
people and so on.



On Wed, 7 Mar 2001, Aaron Lehmann wrote:

> Time to file a bug on /usr/games/fortune?


  Emanuel Pirker                        

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