Vendor comments on plan to remove telnet, ftp and eventually appl/bsd
hartmans at MIT.EDU
Mon Jul 22 13:11:01 EDT 2002
>>>>> "Russ" == Russ Allbery <rra at stanford.edu> writes:
Russ> Sam Hartman <hartmans at mit.edu> writes:
>> OK. I don't know whether we plan on meeting this requirement;
>> I rather suspect not. We'll try to keep command line
>> compatibility for ftp and telnet, but our assumption is that no
>> one actually wants to maintain a Kerberos bsd application set
>> for us to recommend and that we'll be dropping that technology
>> as soon as there is a viable alternative.
Russ> The BSD application set, particularly klogind and Kerberized
Russ> rlogin, are very useful applications because they're
Russ> extremely simple. They don't try to do very much, and as
Russ> such they have a *significantly* better security track
Russ> record than ssh does.
I tend to agree that they are simpler. I'm not sure how much of their
security track record has to do with the simplicity and how much has
to do with a lack of critical examination.
Russ> I'm really hesitant to replace those programs with some
Russ> other set of applications that try to do more, because that
Russ> will inevitably mean that there will be more security
Noted. To clarify we don't expect any changes in this regard for the
next release; we're starting the discussion now so we can figure out
if there are other products we should be looking at, or if we need to
examine any of our assumptions.
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