Subject: Re: increasing UT_HOSTSIZE for IPv6?
To: Bill Sommerfeld <email@example.com>
From: Darren Reed <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 07/27/1999 02:43:37
In some email I received from Bill Sommerfeld, sie wrote:
> > wtmp: Why text? That makes it that much easier for a newbie cracker wannabe
> > to hack accounting records.
> Because most other log files with variable-size records use text file
Why does it need to be used as text ? At least with the current binary
format, last knows how to look for matching records, etc. Changing to
a text file format would require last to be largely rewritten, which is
a lot of extra work for what gain ?
> > This would be a boon, actually. Would you show who the intruder was
> > attempting to impersonate?
> Not quite sure what you're talking about here..
> This would be a per-user record indicating failed attempts to log in
> as that user, so that login could print (for instance):
> "3 failed login attempts since last successful login"
> "last failed attempt from www.xxx.yy.zzz using ftp"
I've seen this on precious few OS's. Those that did have a totally separate
file, to the one for `lastlog', for storing that information.
p.s. does this belong on both tech-net and tech-userlevel ?