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Luke Bakken
February 28, 2002 08:16
RE: No access to /etc/protocols
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On Thu, 28 Feb 2002, Paul Murphy wrote:

> This *is* my new ISP.  I understand their stance, they work are working
> from a standard security perspective.  "Don't open it unless you need
> to".  This is an admirable stance, although misapplied in this case.
> You always have to strike a balance between security and funcionality
> and I feel that they have erred more on the side of security than is
> necessary and so removed a fundamental part of functionality.
> So I need to work around the problem.

Copy /etc/protocols from another machine into your perl script literally.
I doubt the protocol numbers will be changing anytime soon.

And not making /etc/protocols world-readable will not make a system one
bit more secure, just more annoying to use.  Security by obscurity doesn't

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