[CrackMonkey] Please post this for me WAS: How come I am just hearing about this?
monkeymaster at crackmonkey.org
Tue Jul 17 00:32:57 PDT 2001
begin Mark Symonds quotation:
> Had some correspondence lately with SDF.
You got his form letter off the Web site. Not particularly
> > Haven't they ever heard of the Incompatible Timesharing System?
> > In that community there were no passwords. The system was based
> > entirely on trust and that was my inspiration. When you start
> > locking things down, thats when it becomes a game to start picking
> > the locks. Thats why I feel security is not important.
Not having ever had an ITS account (but having watched a
colleague use a tourist account as a child), I offer my explanation
for why ITS worked without security:
1) the folks on the ARPANet were, in general, folks who
already had a fairly well-tracked account on a research machine.
2) The folks on the ARPANet knew it was a small world, and
they could still read a whole news feed with their feet while they
ate lunch with their hands.
3) The folks on the ARPANet weren't whiney pre-teen agitators
4) ITS offered no extra functionality to acquire. WHen you
logged in, you could patch the kernel.
5) If you patched the kernel poorly, people would roll in a
known good backup. Ta-daaa.
It's like the wiki people say: don't give people anything
extra they can grab, and don't make any damage done irreparable, and
security isn't necessary.
Sure, so if you just make your system uninteresting to
intruders, then you're fine.
I suggest unplugging it.
> > I'm still against security. I am an anarchist in that I believe
> > true freedom comes not from rules, cops or laws but from evolved
> > thinking and people taking responsibility for their own actions.
Goddamn cocaine lever.
You are not entitled to your opinions.
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