Installing a compiler by default

Scott Dier dieman at
Thu Jun 8 21:44:02 BST 2006

Florian Zeitz wrote:
> My personal opinion on the security mater is, that on a default desktop
> install ubuntu's no open ports policy is used, so there won't be any
> possibility for attackers to get in anyway.

Please read:

Outlines an attacker who focused on obtaining legitimate logins to move 
from site to site.  Its arguable that a considerable number of Ubuntu 
desktops run with sshd enabled -- I don't think its good if arguments on 
service availability change the focus of how to better secure systems.

All it takes is an issue in gaim, thunderbird, etc to allow an attacker 
a crack in the door.

Scott Dier <dieman at>

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