Securing the FreeBSD Console by removing OS Version

Ray Seals rseals at
Mon Sep 15 07:35:34 PDT 2003

It was the /etc/motd file.  I had already edited the file but failed to
take out the top line.  I was trying to make this harder than it really


On Fri, 2003-09-12 at 17:31, Matthew Seaman wrote:
> On Fri, Sep 12, 2003 at 03:44:14PM -0500, Ray Seals wrote:
> > I don't want the console to display the OS version number.  I have
> > removed the %h variable from gettytab for my remote login users.  Where
> > can I remove this info from the Console screen?
> Edit /etc/motd ?
> If you've got an /etc/issue file (or whatever the if property in
> gettytab(5) is set to), that will be displayed before the login
> prompt, and it gets the same sort of % expansion as done for the im
> (initial banner message) or lm (login prompt) properties.  See also
> /etc/login.conf where the 'welcome' property can be changes to point
> to a different file than /etc/motd
> 	Cheers,
> 	Matthew
Ray Seals <rseals at>

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