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RE: Lack of Security

  • From: Roeland Meyer
  • Date: Thu Sep 13 00:57:56 2001

|> From: Dave Stewart [mailto:[email protected]]
|> Sent: Wednesday, September 12, 2001 7:08 PM

|> This is just my feeling, but I honestly believe these 
|> measures are only 
|> giving the *appearance* of security, apparently to make the 
|> general public 
|> feel better.
|> I do agree, though, with the comments on network security - 
|> so many, many 
|> are much more lax about the security of their networks than 
|> airports have 
|> been.  As an anecdote, when I came to my current job last 
|> year, the network 
|> was wide open.  Since, I've placed servers behind firewalls, 
|> and blocked 
|> things like NetBIOS (you wouldn't believe the cry that went up from 
|> customers when I did that - they *want* to use NetBIOS 
|> shares between 
|> business offices in various cities)

This is exactly the sort of thing you are crying against. There is nothing
wrong with PDC shares on the Internet, provided that you know what you are
doing and are willing to do the work. Albeit, it works better behind a VPN
and it will be much more accessible if you set up a PPTP session.

Just to let you know that I am willing to back up my words
nslookup Realize also
that more thna half of those boxen are SuSE Linux, running Samba.