[Pipet Devel] new server up

J.W. Bizzaro bizzaro at bc.edu
Thu Mar 18 20:35:52 EST 1999

Rahul Jain wrote:
> On Thu, 18 Mar 1999, Carlos Maltzahn wrote:
> > Our passwords are going through the Internet in plain text. It's extremely
> > easy to snoop them and then login. Red Hat's user friendly admin tools
> > have the tendency to permit users to acquire root access among other
> > things. RH's distributions are so unsecure that our department
> > doesn't allow us to connect RH computers to the network inside the
> > firewall. The Debian distribution tends to be more secure.
> I agree that Debian is generally more secure, but what's this about
> getting root with the admin tools? They're not suid root.

Red Hat doesn't allow a direct login to root from a remote host.  But you can
log into a user account and use "su", if that is what you're referring to.

J.W. Bizzaro                  Phone: 617-552-3905
Boston College                mailto:bizzaro at bc.edu
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