Beginner Security Question

fbsd_user fbsd_user at
Mon Nov 17 17:10:00 PST 2003

Using Mouse copy/paste function.
FBSD has an built in copy/paste function which is not enabled by
default. You will find it very useful when editing a file or any
time you want to copy & paste some message from your screen to a
file. There is no 'cut' function as we know it from  MS/windows.
Copy and paste functions in the virtual console assume that there
are three buttons on the mouse. The logical button 1 (logical left)
selects a region of text in the console and copies it to the paste
buffer. The logical button 3 (logical right) extends the selected
region. The logical button 2 (logical middle) pastes the selected
text at the text cursor position. If your mouse has only two
buttons, the middle, `paste' button is not available by default. To
obtain the paste function for an 2 button mouse, use the
moused_flags=  option of rc.conf with the -m 2=3 value to assign the
physical right button to the logical middle button. If you man
moused to read the manual documentation, you will see that they call
it cut/paste. That is an error in the man info, just think of it as

moused_port="/dev/psm0"         # you may have different device
here, that's ok
moused_flags="-m 2=3"           # config for 2 button mouse

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-freebsd-questions at
[mailto:owner-freebsd-questions at]On Behalf Of Jon
Sent: Monday, November 17, 2003 7:42 PM
To: freebsd-questions at FreeBSD.ORG
Subject: Beginner Security Question


after lots of research and configuration, i finally
have a freebsd box with a comfortable custom
interface, lots of multimedia bells and whistles, and
shortcuts to all of my most-used applications.

i'm still fumbling with text, in that i haven't found
a way to cut and paste from one terminal window to
another (i would welcome any suggestions as to how to
implement this, if it's even possible).  but for the
most part i can do everything i could do with my win
and mac machines before i started on this enlighting
bsd journey, quite reliably.

so now my question is, since i haven't really crossed
the next bridge which is to familiarize myself fully
with the security aspects of freebsd..

is this thing safe?

what i mean is, how does the security of a stock
freebsd 4.7 install and xfree86, using dhcp to access
the internet compare with say a stock windows or mac
computer?  i'd like to start enjoying mozilla, irc,
etc., but since i've used this machine for development
only, i'm curious how it stands up.  can i leave my
machine online while i go to work, without someone
easily popping in and planting a rootkit?  i'm already
aware of programs like tripwire, nessus, and nmap,
which came to me highly recommended, but i'm just not
there yet with the configuration.  i'm also behind a
basic $40 router firewall so i'm guessing that i
probably don't have much more to worry about than most
average pc users do (probably a lot LESS giving the
incessant patching i've had to do with my xp box).

i'd be grateful for any information or experiences you
can share.

thanks in advance,


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