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Paul Murphy
February 28, 2002 08:29
RE: No access to /etc/protocols
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Thanks for the advice Luke, but I don't quite get what you are saying.

If I copy the contents of /etc/protocols into my Perl script, then surely it 
will just fail to compile?


>From: Luke Bakken Reply-To: To: Paul Murphy CC: 
> Subject: RE: No access to /etc/protocols Date: Thu, 28 
>Feb 2002 08:08:14 -0800 (PST) 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 work.

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