[CentOS] compilers a security risk?

Wed Jul 21 01:31:22 UTC 2010
Nifty Cluster Mitch <niftycluster at niftyegg.com>

On Mon, Mar 08, 2010 at 07:34:14AM -0700, Warren Young wrote:
> On 3/6/2010 4:04 PM, nate wrote:
> >
> > if you can upload source code,
> > you can upload a precompiled binary
> True, but most attacks are automated, and try to attack as wide a range 
> of machines as possible.
> If I were to write a bit of malware for *ix that needed a custom binary 
> on the target machine, I'd at least consider distributing it as C code, 
> banking on the fact that most *ix systems have a C compiler installed by 
> default these days.

It is no longer just the C compiler.
Perl, Python, Ruby, php even bash all have
rich libs and can do more quicker
than most can accomplish with a C program
and with more portability too.

It makes sense to have a good firewall that
limits all in and out paths as well as a proxy
server for outgoing connections and
other footprint tools.

Logs and management should involve another
box such that the system admin folk have
a safe and different place to do their job from.


	T o m  M i t c h e l l 
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