[linux-elitists] Comprehensive list of Linux malware
Karsten M. Self
Tue Dec 7 22:34:33 PST 2004
on Mon, Dec 06, 2004 at 01:07:24PM +1100, Mike MacCana (email@example.com) wrote:
> Karsten M. Self wrote:
> >It *is* possible to rescue a Debian system with, say, Toms Root Boot & a
> >floppy shuttle of DEBs.
> (PS, I have no idea what a floppy shuttle is - I'm presuming its a case
> for floppy disks?)
It's shuttling files over floppy disk. So called because frequently
packages are > 1.4 (or 1.7) MiB in size, and must be split over multiple
disks and reassembled on the other side. Slow. But works, if that's
all you've got.
> > Been there, done that, lost the T-shirt in the
> > dryer. Try that with RH.
> You'd insert the first CD and type 'linux rescue', without having to
> download Tom's Root Boot
No. You don't "have to d/l TRB". You're stuck with the RH rescue disk.
Which is a specific image. TRB is one of multiple alternative bootable
systems which make this possible, and it's listed as a generic tool.
Requirements: a vaguely 'sh' compatible shell, ar, cat, tar, and gzip.
For RPM, you'd require explicit RPM support. TRB, Trinix, or anything
else that 1) boots GNU/Linux and 2) leaves the floppy open will work.
> or have a floppy drive (it'd also work on kernel 2.6, unlike a floppy
> based soslution where the kernel wouldn't fit).
Kernel version shouldn't matter so long as you can access storage.
There are some issues particularly with ext2fs changes which stumped TRB
for a while, I believe these are worked out in current versions of TRB.
Admittedly: boot floppies tend to stay back a rev or two of the kernel
for reasons of size.
> I'm sure there's a version of Debian whic hcan do that too, just so
> you're aware I'm not really into the pissing contest the entire mailing
> list wants to start every five seconds.
Your "pissing contest". My "this is what standard-tools-based packaging
formats buys you".
Karsten M. Self <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://kmself.home.netcom.com/
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