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Re: Putty Proxy login/password discolsure....
From: cardoso <cardosolistas () contraditorium com>
Date: Wed, 25 Oct 2006 14:44:16 -0300

Exactly. A few years ago I used to deal with linux fanboys showing them
the cute trick of "linux single" at boot time. After a few hours begging
for the admin password, I teached the trick and they usually stopped the
brag about how security Linux was. 

On Wed, 25 Oct 2006 12:34:49 -0500
Paul Schmehl <pauls () utdallas edu> wrote:

PS> --On Wednesday, October 25, 2006 10:24:11 -0400 mflaschen3 () mail gatech edu 
PS> wrote:
PS> > Windows offers no security against local users.  It is trivial to boot to
PS> > a program like ERD Commander and replace admin passwords.  On the other
PS> > hand, PuTTy is meant to protect against everyone; that's why it doesn't
PS> > allow saved passwords.  Thus, this seems like a vulnerability to me.
PS> >
PS> Unix offers no security against local users either.  If I can sit at the 
PS> console, I can login in single user mode, mount the drives rw and edit 
PS> /etc/passwd all day.
PS> Furthermore, I can take any hard drive, with any file system on it, and 
PS> with the right tools I can read everything on the drive, even deleted stuff.
PS> So what's your point?  That when you own the box you own the box?
PS> If you first have to own the box to get to the information, then it's not a 
PS> vulnerability.  It's not best practice, but it's not a vulnerability.
PS> Paul Schmehl (pauls () utdallas edu)
PS> Senior Information Security Analyst
PS> The University of Texas at Dallas
PS> http://www.utdallas.edu/ir/security/

Carlos Cardoso
http://www.carloscardoso.com <== blog semi-pessoal
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