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    SubjectRe: Linux connectivity trashed.
    On Thu, 29 Mar 2001, Richard B. Johnson wrote:


    First mistake:
    your security administrator relied on the firewall for protection.
    It is an _aid_ to security; not the 'be all and end all'. IOW, the hosts
    weren't hardened to resist penetration in case the firewall didn't cover

    Second mistake:
    your security administrator didn't make known the changes taking
    place, so that clueful users could have taken some preventative steps on
    their UNIX boxes.

    Third mistake:
    your security administrator either didn't know about; didn't care
    about; or didn't act on security problems for linux and solaris -- which
    have been posted, discussed, and addressed on many general or OS-specific
    security lists.

    Fourth mistake:
    your security administrator, rather than address the problems, is
    sticking his head in the sand and mumbling 'Windows' -- which, as an OS,
    is a christmas tree where every bauble says 'please hack me!'.

    In short, your security administrator needs to be dragged out, shot, and
    left hanging by the front door as a warning to his replacement.

    Or, at least fired.

    -- John E. Jasen (
    -- In theory, theory and practise are the same. In practise, they aren't.

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