Assigning ROOT a password

Constantinos Maltezos pandarsson at
Mon Apr 28 13:08:31 UTC 2008

On Monday 28 April 2008 7:51:17 Michael Leone wrote:
> It adds another layer of complexity, that's all. It's meant to
> discourage "casual" attacks - the drive-by kind. If someone wants to
> seriously get into *your* machine (targeting you, specifically),
> having an unassigned root password will not be an insurmountable
> barrier.

I'm pulling a figure out of the air and saying that I bet at least 90% of all 
attacks like this are "casual".  Unless one makes a habit of going around 
seriously ticking off the people who do this sort of thing.  Or you have 
something very important that everyone knows about.

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