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March 29, 2001

March 29 #3. i bet you people didn’t realize how many different

time i update this in a day. i’m going to start doing it like this cause that

way it’s easier for people to see what they’ve read and what they haven’t

cause it’s nothing for me to upload this page 4 or 5 times a day. so ok on

to what i wanted to babble about, the CS department here is so fucking stupid

here’s an e-mail they just sent to everyone: To those

residence hall students who are running FTP services or Unix /Linux machines

The dormitory network connection agreement signed by students includes a statement

precluding the installation or use of server software without prior permission

from Computing Services. This includes FTP services, MS server functions of

Windows, and Unix/Linux variants. We’ve not policed this requirement in the

past. However, these installations are now placing the entire DSU network

at risk. Some of these applications contain large security holes. Last week

someone from outside the University exploited the security lapses on a student’s

Linux machine to hack into and initiate a denial of service attack on a machine

in Rumania. These attacks typically send large packets to the site under attack,

preventing it from communicating to the Internet. Unfortunately, these types

of attacks also consume our router and internet bandwidth, so very little

can come into or leave campus while the attack is underway. Yesterday we received

notification from BIT that entities from outside the University are trying

a standard well known buffer overflow attack to break into FTP servers on

student machines in the dorms. These attacks work by overwhelming the FTP

application with garbage commands. If the FTP server crashes, the hacker can

compromise the computer, take it over and initiate another denial of service

attack, erase files or whatever. Anyone running Unix FTP servers using WU-FTP Daemon should upgrade immediately. At least four unique security holes have

been identified in this package in the last six months. Most systems have

converted to the PRO-FTP Daemons because it is more secure and does not need

to be patched every month. By default most UNIX systems enable FTP services.

Unless you take steps to protect your computer and the OS, you continue to

risk it and the DSU internet connection. If you are running Unix/Linux or

a windows FTP client we ask that you notify Computing Services at 5675. We also ask that you ensure you have downloaded and installed the appropriate

security patches. Since we cannot continue to risk the campus connection to

the internet, failure to protect student machines in the dorms may lead to

a discontinuation of network services in the dorms. yeah, stupid fucks.

so i guess i’m going to have to call and tell them that i’m running Win2k

Server. but i’ve disabled all my ftp and iis stuff so they can’t get to bitchy

at me about it. they are just a bunch of BOFH’s, if you go like 1K over the

disk quota they disable your account and you have to wait 5 working days before

they will reinstate it. fuckers. i’m glad i don’t have to use the damn thing,

and you know this is th #9

tech college for it’s size in the country, well they fucking lied on their

thingy, cause if you go and look it says they give th students 100+ megs of

space on the servers and another 100+ on the webside, well they only give

you a TOTAL of 10. dumbasses. and you know i really like that e-mail, cause

they just had a huge article in the Trojan Times about how they just got a

ton of new Sun systems and how they are going to start integrating them into

the teachings and stuff. well i think they should allow linux and server stuff

in their dorm rooms if they are going to teach it. and you know they would

also fix this problem if they installed a fucking FIREWALL. dumbshits. it

would cost them what $2000 to put in a fucking firewall, but do you think

they’ve done that NO, and you know they jsut got a fucking 1.6 million dollar

grant thingy from gateway to but computers and stuff, you think they could

use $2000 of that to buy a goddamn fucking firewall? they have a bunch of

dumbasses running this fucking network, i tell you they do, i coud run it

better.

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