Shawn McMahon smcmahon@eiv.com
Sun Jan 26 07:20:09 PST 2003

On Sun, Jan 26, 2003 at 09:37:47AM -0500, Andrew said:
> There are a lot of closed-source (financial!) applications which need to 
> connect directly to an SQL Server 2000 database.  Winfund is one such POS 
> software, but there are others as well.  AccPAC (MiSYS) is another -- this 

ssh is your friend; these applications are not.  I'm assuming you
don't mean "point of sale".  :-)

> If the RDBMS code is solid, it shouldn't be a problem.  Closed or open, every 

You should never have ANY capability exposed to the Internet that
you don't absolutely need.  There is no reason in the world for
your DBAs, for instance, to need an in-the-clear, non-proxied
connection over the Internet to administrate the database, and
thus it should not be possible for this access to be gained that
way.  Any application that doesn't work that way isn't designed
to live outside a firewall, and shouldn't be encouraged behind
one either.  Complexity breeds bugs, no matter how solid your
coding processes are.

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