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Old 05-01-2008, 09:26 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by T3slider View Post
Having the system autologin only really makes it a local security threat....
Well, if you have local access to a linux box then passwords don't matter at all. Gaining root access takes only as long as a livecd takes to boot....

If it's conected to a network then you should probably have a password on that username. But statistically speaking, on a 'secure' linux network, even a passwordless user isn't likely to get hacked. (You didn't get 'flamed' so I thought I'd stoke the fire a bit... )

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Well it's not that much of a security risk if:
-You unplug that computer,
-wrap a chain around the computer,
-pour cement over that computer.
That's the ONLY way to truly secure a computer. The last part anyway... Even then, you still might be able to safely extract the hard drive for data recovery...

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Old 05-01-2008, 11:13 AM   #17
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You could smash the hard drive to peaces first
 
Old 05-01-2008, 10:35 PM   #18
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Gaining root access takes only as long as a livecd takes to boot....
I know -- frightening. I actually discovered how easy that is when I forgot the password to my very little-used OpenSUSE user and root accounts (seriously -- LITTLE used). Therefore, the next time I install fresh (maybe not 12.1 but the next release after that -- not sure though) it'll be encryption all the way. Then again, I have nothing I need to hide from society on my PC and everyone in my house would say "LiveCD? What's that?", so I'm not really at much of a local risk.
 
  


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