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Re: What I HATE about F11

On Sun, 14 Jun 2009, Lennart Poettering wrote:

> much broken. It's a bit like SELinux: it's one of the first features
> most people disable.


Most people leave SELinux enabled, according to the smolt stats which have 
been collecting since the F8 era.

> Fedora is the only big distro that enables a firewall by default and
> thus creates a lot of trouble for many users. I think I mentioned that
> before, and I can only repeat it here: we should not ship a firewall
> enabled by default, like we currently do. If an application cannot be
> trusted then it should not be allowed to listen on a port by default
> in the first place. A firewall is an extra layer of security that
> simply hides the actual problem.

The problem is that you never really know how trustworthy an application 
is.  All software has bugs, and some of those will be exploitable.  A 
significant purpose of firewalling and tighter security policy (e.g. 
SELinux MAC) is to help reduce the impact of bugs (and misconfiguration) 
when they occur.

- James
James Morris
<jmorris namei org>

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