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security through obsolescence??! () ?!
From: full-disclosure () lists netsys com (KF)
Date: Mon, 15 Jul 2002 12:59:31 -0400
This has to be one of the stupidest comments I have ever heard! Do you
honestly think that there are not people with REAL skill out there...
not just simple skript kiddies. I certainly hope that you wouldn't try
to "secure" your network with an old redhat 4.2 box, Xenix or an old NT
3.51 server. Installing old software is NOT an effective means of
warding off attackers... infact you may attract a more "old school" with
"0-day" from back in their day. There has to be numerious issues in
those old OS's that people have not told the vendors ... there were
never any public patches made ... etc. Don't kid yourselves... and if
you REALLY think this works... be so kind as to give us the IP addresses
for these legacy machines.
Posted: 06/06/2002 at 12:10 GMT
[724.gif] Here's an interesting way to secure an Internet-connected
computer against intruders: Make sure the operating system and
software it runs are so old that current hacking tools won't work on
it. This was suggested by Brian Aker, one of the programmers who works
on Linux.com, NewsForge, Slashdot, and other OSDN sites; he runs
several servers of his own that host a number of small non-profit
sites in the Seattle area. "I have one box still running a version of
Solaris that's so old none of the script kiddies can figure it out,"
Brian says. "They tend to focus on the latest and greatest, and don't
have the slightest idea how to handle my old Sun box."