[linux-elitists] Are we Dead Yet? (or "For every sprinkle I find, I shall kill you!)
Karsten M. Self
Wed Feb 2 23:47:40 PST 2005
on Tue, Jan 25, 2005 at 10:55:59AM -0800, Rick Moen (email@example.com) wrote:
> Quoting Etienne Goyer (firstname.lastname@example.org):
> > I can definitely see how such a system could end up on the Internet. J.
> > Random Linux Sysadmin is hired to build a system to do xyz (email, web,
> > file server, whatever). Of course, he use whichever Linux distro is
> > current at the moment.
> Yes, but these were new systems built and deployed in _December 2004_.
> This isn't a case of maintenance silently breaking when the admin wasn't
> paying attention: RH 9 and 7.3 were already fossils.
Um. They were deployed as part of the honeypot test, no? In which case
there's a useful service being performed (even if not crystal clear in
the report) that EOLd systems are _not_ Internet-safe.
While the Redmond FUDsters are sure to spin this as "GNU/Linux Bad
Communist Software Evil!", it's also useful marketing duff for
$PROPRIETARY_LINUX_FIRM or $FLOSS_VAR who wants to imprint just how
vital keeping public-facing systems current is.
> > Thanks $deity for iptables.
> Indeed, you'll note that the Honeypot Project "study" actually had to
> deliberately, manually sabotage the RH 9 / 7.3 iptables scripts, to
> achieve the results they did.
Karsten M. Self <email@example.com> http://kmself.home.netcom.com/
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