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Re: Putty Proxy login/password discolsure....
From: cardoso <cardosolistas () contraditorium com>
Date: Wed, 25 Oct 2006 15:47:30 -0300

Exactly. If you´ve managed to lost your root password, deal with the
karma, does not make the system insecure by design with a "linux single"

Not that a lot of users don´t forget their passwords anyway.

On Wed, 25 Oct 2006 23:57:15 +0530
Raj Mathur <raju () linux-delhi org> wrote:

RM> On Wednesday 25 October 2006 23:14, cardoso wrote:
RM> > Exactly. A few years ago I used to deal with linux fanboys showing
RM> > them the cute trick of "linux single" at boot time. After a few
RM> > hours begging for the admin password, I teached the trick and they
RM> > usually stopped the brag about how security Linux was.
RM> Can't do that in most modern distributions today -- they're configured 
RM> to ask for root password before they give a single-user shell.
RM> Not that there aren't other ways around that restriction...
RM> -- Raju
RM> >
RM> >
RM> > On Wed, 25 Oct 2006 12:34:49 -0500
RM> > Paul Schmehl <pauls () utdallas edu> wrote:
RM> >
RM> > PS> --On Wednesday, October 25, 2006 10:24:11 -0400
RM> > mflaschen3 () mail gatech edu PS> wrote:
RM> > PS>
RM> > PS> > Windows offers no security against local users.  It is
RM> > trivial to boot to PS> > a program like ERD Commander and replace
RM> > admin passwords.  On the other PS> > hand, PuTTy is meant to
RM> > protect against everyone; that's why it doesn't PS> > allow saved
RM> > passwords.  Thus, this seems like a vulnerability to me. PS> >
RM> > PS> Unix offers no security against local users either.  If I can
RM> > sit at the PS> console, I can login in single user mode, mount the
RM> > drives rw and edit PS> /etc/passwd all day.
RM> > PS>
RM> > PS> Furthermore, I can take any hard drive, with any file system on
RM> > it, and PS> with the right tools I can read everything on the
RM> > drive, even deleted stuff. PS>
RM> > PS> So what's your point?  That when you own the box you own the
RM> > box? PS>
RM> > PS> If you first have to own the box to get to the information,
RM> > then it's not a PS> vulnerability.  It's not best practice, but
RM> > it's not a vulnerability. PS>
RM> -- 
RM> Raj Mathur            raju () kandalaya org   http://kandalaya.org/
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