"Workstation" Product defaults to wide-open firewall

Reindl Harald h.reindl at thelounge.net
Mon Dec 8 12:42:39 UTC 2014


Am 08.12.2014 um 13:39 schrieb Bastien Nocera:
>> Well, it's in your hands now, and every application developer's hands,
>> if RH is going to be turning the default firewall off.
>
> Not Red Hat, Fedora. And it's not off by default either. It's disabled
> for user applications, not root ones

and that is a problem

"user applications" can be any bad code executed by the user start 
listening on the WAN - guess what is more likely

* get a rootkit opening privileged ports
* execute code by a careless user

mircosoft has learned their lessons after WinXP SP2 and Fedora goes the 
opposite direction which is very sad

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