From: Niall O Broin (nobroin at domain sced.esoc.esa.de)
Date: Thu 08 Apr 1999 - 09:31:35 IST
William Murphy wrote:
> Not meaning to sound arrogant, but I believe that most experienced linux users
> will be able to avoid doing anything too stupid - in two years of using linux,
This is akin to saying that if you've been using a shotgun for years, it's now OK
to walk around without breaking the barrel - experience can be a good teacher but
it can be a very poor bodyguard. I make my living as a sysadmin, and I do not
routinely login as root - NO professional sysadmin does.
> I believe I have never munged my system as a result of typing a dangerous
> command as root.
Good for you - me, I don't believe I'll ever be immune to the possibility of typing
rm -fr / tmp/garbage* due to a simple finger slip when of course I meant
rm -fr /tmp/garbage*
> As for people knowing that you're running route, [sic] switching off
> fingerd and identd should make that impossible.
The previous poster's point was, I believe, that if people see a mail or a news posting
from root at domain xxx.yyy.zzz they might assume that anyone who's silly enough to do that as
root might be careless enough to have an insecure machine - feel free to correct me
if I'm wrong.
Niall O Broin
UNIX Network Administrator nobroin at domain esoc.esa.de
Ground Systems Engineering Department Ph./Fax +49 6151 90 3619/2179
European Space Operations Centre, Darmstadt, Germany
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