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Re: [K12OSN] News Server



Thanks for the input. Either way we go (BB or NewsGroup) it will be stictly
firewalled from the outside world. No Outside Connections would be allowed.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Steve Wright" <paua quicksilver net nz>
To: <k12osn redhat com>
Sent: Tuesday, November 05, 2002 11:22 AM
Subject: Re: [K12OSN] News Server


> Henning Petersen Wangerin wrote:
>
> >On Tue, 5 Nov 2002 08:14:36 -0600, you wrote:
> >
> >>Why not use a bulletin board that is strictly internal?  If not internal
> >>than put it up on Binkster or some other free server? I'm like you, I
don't
> >>think that I could be comfortable bring in a news server to our
district.
> >>
> >
> >Why not?
> >There is no need at all to make the news-server peer to usenet.
> >
>
> Absolutely.  If you utterly firewall the news server *in* there is
> limited risk.  Standard security policy is to disable non-essential
> services, particularly when they are difficult or convoluted to protect.
>  News: just like NFS is difficult to protect - so you firewall it in -
> end of story.
>
> Even with these services protected - you still have client software
> running, with exceeedingly hazardous (to your career) material on the
> other side of your firewall.  How will you guarantee the firewall
> remains secure ?  How will you check if kids are attempting to get
> through it ?  Do you watch the firewall logs for attempts at port 119 ?
>   You must be able to detect a covert team of hax0rs on your network,
> because sooner-or-later there will be one.
>
> >
> >I personally hate all those htlm-boards, and don't use them. Mailing
> >lists can also be a pain, but profer access to the info thru a
> >news-server.
> >
> >Many places news<->mail integration is done, but there i no problem in
> >combining with a http interface to a news-server also
> >
> >It's my plan to combine it in my company using a news-server to
> >maintain archives of a number of mailinglists. But for those who don't
> >wanting news-access or prefering a bbs-style access they access the
> >news-server via a web-page.
> >
>
> Fine.  but at a school, you had better have it correct - the first
> time.. or there will be headlines in the papers and it will have your
> name on it.
>
> Web services are a necessary evil, but we have a good tool for
> protecting that.  Also, it's relatively difficult to get "good quality"
> pr0n etc from the web but it is utterly trivial to get it from the
> newsgroups, and lots of it.
>
>
> be careful out there..
>
> /steve
>
>
>
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