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Re: Wireless insecurity at NANOG meetings

  • From: Iljitsch van Beijnum
  • Date: Sun Sep 22 07:39:28 2002

On Sun, 22 Sep 2002, Richard A Steenbergen wrote:

> On Sun, Sep 22, 2002 at 01:11:07PM +0200, Iljitsch van Beijnum wrote:
> > > There are also people ssh'ing to personal and corporate machines from
> > > the terminal room where the root password is given out or easily
> > > available.

> > Are you saying people shouldn't SSH?

> I've seen far too many people get into trouble because they have some
> flawed thinking that "ssh == always secure", even against compromises of
> one of the endpoints. If root is available, a reasonable person should
> ASSUME that some bored individual (like Bandy Rush) has taken 30 seconds
> and recompiled the ssh binaries with a password logger.

Excellent point. Fortunately, this doesn't apply to running SSH from your
laptop over the wireless network.





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