[linux-elitists] Are we Dead Yet? (or "For every sprinkle I find, I shall kill you!)
Tue Jan 25 10:55:59 PST 2005
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.
I could imagine installing an already EOLed distribution _if_ one had
a plausible maintenance plan. But these were deliberately deployed
with RHN/up2date broken ab initio, and _nothing_ taking its place. Thus
Afterthought: I vaguely recall that up2date has some admin-notification
system. I sincerely hope they designed the thing to failsafe in the
sense of prominently notifying the admin if/when RHN faclities cannot be
contacted for several days in a row, and advising him of the risks
entailed. If not, they certainly should have.
> 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.
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