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Embedded Linux by John Lombardo

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Be Selective About Software

One day, during the summer of 2000, with my son in the hospital and a project at work falling apart, I got an email from my Internet service provider saying, in effect, “Don’t look now, but your server has been cracked.” Sure enough, some cracker had replaced the home page on my two-week-old Red Hat 6.2 system with a long diatribe extolling the virtues of the Esperanto language, complete with pointers to www.esperanto.org so I could find out more. Since I was running between work and hospital and home, I really didn’t have time to fix things properly, so I just changed all the passwords on the system and removed the cracker’s new home page.

That just made him mad.

A week later, I found that the Web server would no ...

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