How dangerous a Standard User could be to a FreeBSD box?
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Fri Jan 12 00:57:59 UTC 2007
On Thu, Jan 11, 2007 at 08:52:44AM -0500, Nathan Vidican wrote:
> > > > > How dangerous a Standard User could be to a FreeBSD box?
> > > > Depending on local setup, this could range from 'not at all' to
> > > > 'extremely'. Do you have a *specific* setup in mind?
> > > Standard user with the root password, a bag of explosives, a .45 magnum,
> > > and a chip on his shoulder, say?
> > Yeah, and even a user with no account or password, a screwdriver, and
> > a Mountain Dew.
> Gotcha all beat, screw the 'standard user' issue... I had a client call
> me once cause the office cat peed onto/into the server; no technical
> expertise required whatsoever, no password, no re-wiring of network,
> heck no opposable digits even or anything else for that matter, yet it
> still managed to kill the server ;)
Ah yes, the infamous cat(1) ppp(8) exploit. Much harder to clean up
than cat(1) dump(8), too.
Fortunately, the worst problem I've had with mine is occassional
race conditions with mouse(4).
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