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telnet + root (su) = bad
Authored by: Anonymous on Apr 04, '01 12:23:55PM
Most people are probably aware of this but I feel compelled to make this known, I would hate it to happen to a good mac user... Telnet is a great thing with a major drawback, it sends all information in clear text. This includes your password and possibly your root password. Now, anyone who happens to be sniffing around has your password(s) and knows you have telnet turned on. You have just given up your machine to be an insturment of global destruction (well, maybe not that serve...). If you want to telnet in to your machine do so using SSH. Unfortunatly Apple decided not to include it in the 10.0 relesae of X. StepWise has a write up on how to instal OpenSSH. It worked flawlessly for me. Or, for the lazy, the 10.1 (10.0.1?) release is supposed to have SSH included. Better to be safe, then spend a day reformating and reinstalling...


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