How dangerous a Standard User could be to a FreeBSD box?

Oliver Fromme olli at
Fri Jan 12 08:42:45 UTC 2007

James Long wrote:
 > Nathan Vidican wrote:
 > > 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).

You mean like this one?

(cat(1) performing a DoS attack on mouse(4).)

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