Originally posted by Crashed_Again
Do not fall into the trap of saying you don't have any important data on your machine so why should I secure it. If someone cracks your system and uses it to launch an attack YOU will be help responsible.
I'm behind the statement of possible use of your machine for DDoS or other attacks by malicious user!
But how imagine the hardware to be situared:
both PCs are in the same room. W2K has connection to the internet (modem, ADSL, cable...). Inside the W2K is a NIC that is connected by xover cable to the linuxbox (couple of meters/feet away). W2K then could be considered as a double-hosted station sitting between the public and the privat section of the network. I don't know if routing is enabled, but I guess not - therefore one would have to compromise W2K to get anywhere further - and from that point on the ssh itself is pointless, if a keylogger is installed... Don't you think? I know that I might be overseeing some important issue, so please help me see it.