Subject: Re: NetBSD master CVS tree commits
To: matthew green <>
From: Jason Thorpe <>
List: current-users
Date: 02/22/1997 00:39:46
On Sat, 22 Feb 1997 19:18:39 +1100 
 matthew green <> wrote:

 > i'm not sure i like this, from a `security' point of view.  if i have
 > marked the console as insecure, then by hell i want netbsd to do it's
 > best to keep the bad guys out!  and that includes *me* until i
 > authenticate myself.  security systems should *always* fail closed
 > (though, it's somewhat of a stretch to consider this to be failure :-).
 > IMO, `insecure console' and `no root password' situations are generally
 > going to be caused by pilot error, and `reducing' the security of the
 > system to work around this is a bad idea.

In a situation where there _was_ pilot error, I think there's an argument
to be made for recoverability... 

Well, "you're the boss" with the security stuff... if you really strongly
object to it, it can be backed out.

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