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SubjectRe: Linux login security approaches
Wesley Morgan <> writes:
> On Tue, 8 Dec 1998, Neil Conway wrote:
> > Jeez, wrong on both counts. No-one needs to replace /bin/login, simply
> > print a message to the screen saying "Linux blah \n login:" and then
> > wait for someone to take the bait.
> >
> > Secondly, NT's C-A-D requirement DOES prevent this, and thus DOES add
> > security, AND to make things better, I don't see how it makes life any
> > harder for users - it's just some keys you press to get a login screen.
> This whole argument is stupid... If you have access to the console then
> chances are you don't need the root password to get root. Bring out your
> handy floppy disk and manually edit /etc/shadow or whatever you want.

You'll probably get a million responses to this but: if the PC's BIOS
is password protected and set to not boot off of anything but the "C:"
drive, this attack won't work. If the PC's case is physically locked
so that it can't be easily opened, a cracker at the console will not
be able to easily compromise the system.

SAK is a good thing, and I wouldn't mind seeing Linux support it
(optionally) in some form.

Mirian Crzig Lennox Systems Anarchist
"There's a New World Order coming every minute.
Make mine extra cheese."

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