"Workstation" Product defaults to wide-open firewall

M. Edward (Ed) Borasky znmeb at znmeb.net
Mon Dec 8 20:21:17 UTC 2014

As one who maintains a remix for journalists, I expect the default for
a workstation should be that you mus* explicitly know what you are
doing to open a port, and enable or start a service - the default
release should have a minimum attack surface by design. As a result of
this discussion I plan to modify my remix so that is the case - ports
open by default in Fedora 21 Workstation will be closed in OSJourno.
I'm on the fence over the ports below 1024, but I suspect those should
be closed as well.

On Mon, Dec 8, 2014 at 10:41 AM, Adam Jackson <ajax at redhat.com> wrote:
> On Mon, 2014-12-08 at 18:40 +0100, Reindl Harald wrote:
>> * vulnerable port open
> Yeah, see, this bit right here is the actual issue.  Curiously, AV
> software on Other Operating Systems has had the ability to delegate this
> very policy decision to the user session for at least a decade, and yet
> nobody on this thread seems to have any desire to _write code_ to _fix
> the problem_.
> Instead we are treated to infinite spew about how nostalgic we are for a
> security model we learned in 1996.  Sorry y'all, port-based security
> does not match reality's threat model.  Let's be better than that.
> - ajax
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