"Workstation" Product defaults to wide-open firewall

Ian Malone ibmalone at gmail.com
Tue Dec 9 12:59:45 UTC 2014

On 9 December 2014 at 11:35, Michael Catanzaro <mcatanzaro at gnome.org> wrote:
> On Mon, 2014-12-08 at 10:49 -0500, Bastien Nocera wrote:
>> If Reindl, Kevin or Tomas want to disagree with that, I'll give you a
>> little
>> exercise:
>> Having just installed and updated my Fedora 20, I want to share a
>> video in my
>> home directory using UPnP/DLNA to my TV, using rygel for example.
>> Document the
>> steps necessary to achieve that.
> So unless anyone opposed to the firewall configuration change actually
> attempts this exercise, and comes up with a working alternative solution
> to the problem, I'm not sure there's much point in continuing the
> discussion.

Well, without access to Bastien's TV, home directory and router it's a
bit difficult. Or is that the point?
I haven't used rygel, is there any reason to believe difficulty doing
this is not a problem with rygel in F20?

> We are concerned with practical security -- keeping the user safe by
> anticipating the user's typical response to situations. But if you think
> the firewall configuration GUI in F20 existed for any purpose other than
> to completely disable the firewall, please take a reality check.

"This isn't quite as bad as that other thing." Isn't the most
persuasive argument, and in some cases it is worse (at least a user
who's disabled the firewall knows they've done so).


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