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Re: Putty Proxy login/password discolsure....
From: Raj Mathur <raju () linux-delhi org>
Date: Wed, 25 Oct 2006 23:57:15 +0530

On Wednesday 25 October 2006 23:14, cardoso wrote:
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.

Can't do that in most modern distributions today -- they're configured 
to ask for root password before they give a single-user shell.

Not that there aren't other ways around that restriction...

-- Raju

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>
PS> So what's your point?  That when you own the box you own the
box? PS>
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>

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