Sendmail and security
asnd at triumf.ca
Mon Jan 23 03:45:18 UTC 2006
Anne Wilson <cannewilson at tiscali.co.uk> writes:
> A user of another distro has remarked that I should uninstall sendmail.
> <quote> Sendmail simply has too many security issues to leave it on any
> machine. </quote>
> Surely a box kept up to date would not have those security issues. Am I
> missing something?
I can agree with the sentiment, but it is not a case of unpatched security
holes. Sendmail is just too difficult to configure for it to be used on
an average user's computer. It isn't a security hole just being there,
the way it is configured by default (nowadays), but if the user wants
to enable more, it is easy to accidentally make a spam remailer.
Donald Arseneau asnd at triumf.ca
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