Way OT: How long does your box run for?
pauls at utdallas.edu
Fri Sep 3 08:30:35 PDT 2004
--On Friday, September 03, 2004 09:15:00 AM -0500 "Kevin D. Kinsey, DaleCo,
S.P." <kdk at daleco.biz> wrote:
> Andy Holyer wrote:
>> The other day I was explaining something to my boss (a suit),
> You're a patient one, then ...
>> and I mentioned that a FreeBSD box would easily run for a year or more.
>> "Oh", he said, "and then you've got to reboot it?". I explained that
>> some upgrade comes along that reqwuires a reboot, but I realized that I
>> don't know how long a box would stay up in the maximum. So, come on,
>> this should be fun, what's the biggest uptime you've ever had for a
>> BSD box?
> For a publicly accessible host, around 150 days, which is probably too
> generally things start to feel "stale" by then, to me, and security
> grows in direct correlation to system uptime (which should reflect more on
> my perceived knowledge of security and paranoia than on the Project's
In the old days, we used to have boxes with uptimes in the 900 day range.
Nowadays that would be insanity. As a security professional, I get irked
that some of our boxes only get patched annually (because they only get
rebooted annually). It's far too risky a proposition these days.
Paul Schmehl (pauls at utdallas.edu)
Adjunct Information Security Officer
The University of Texas at Dallas
AVIEN Founding Member
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