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Re: No shell => secure?
From: "John Creegan" <jcreegan () questarweb com>
Date: Mon, 12 Jul 2004 09:35:00 -0500

In one sense I agree this would protect you from any virus, considering that /bin is in the path environment variable, 
and that the system startup scripts use it.  Without making changes to all those, you wouldn't have much of a system.  
Without /bin in the path, a lot of stuff is gonna break.

Matthias Benkmann <matthias () winterdrache de> 07/09/04 03:41PM >>>
Since everybody seems to insist on misunderstanding me I'll try another
approach:

There have been several Linux worms in the past. One of them is
Linux.Slapper. Would my path-renaming scheme have prevented my system from
getting infected?

http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/linux.slapper.worm.html 

says:"This code requires the presence of the shell command /bin/sh to
properly execute."

So the answer is "Yes, the path-renaming scheme would have protected my
system against infection from Linux.Slapper."

So I have one example to back up my claim. Now it's your turn. Give me a
worm that my scheme would not have protected me against. That's all you
need to do to convince me. Easy, isn't it? No need to give me lengthy
lectures. Just give me one URL. If you can't do that, don't bother
replying. You're wasting your time, because you're telling me things I
already know.

MSB

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