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Re: brute force ssh attack



On Thu, Apr 28, 2005 at 10:06:26AM -0400, William Hooper wrote:
> Running untrusted executables as root is a PBCAK.  Period.  I don't care
> what OS you are running, be it Linux or BSD or WinXP.
> In this context, the reason that Linux is "better than Windows" is because
> it was designed from the ground up to do day to day tasks with a non-root
> user.  Anyone that circumvents this (Linspire anyone?) is asking for the
> same trouble that a Windows system always running as root has.

I think we're basically in agreement. However, I'm afraid that simple
dismissive statements like the "~0" one I responded to are part of the
problem. It has the risk of leaving the wrong impression, and leading to the
sort of fuzzy thinking that brings us Linspire's run-as-root model.

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