[TAG] More spam than content?
bilbrey at orbdesigns.com
Thu Aug 12 06:14:53 MSD 2004
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On 08/11/04 21:00, Jimmy O'Regan wrote:
| Yeah. I'd feel sorry for any poor script kiddie who got lured to one of
| those. "Yay! I got root. Now what the hell can I do with it?". They were
| fun to configure. The web-based configuration thing liked to either
| break or dump any manual changes. I received a lot of angry e-mail when
| something like changing a user's quota stopped sendmail.
And here I thought that the purpose of breaking sendmail was to *not*
receive anymore complaints via email...
My least favorite bit about the Cobalts was that when they DID finally
put out an update for a particular broken and/or vulnerable package,
either (A) the GUI package updater would only work halfway, leaving the
system in a state nearly requiring reimaging, or if updated sanely (from
the ill-documented CLI tools, would break something else in a way that
has my traffic management buddies shouting, "Spectacular Kill!!!".
A specific example was the kernel update for the RaQ 550 that would
report perfectly good RAIDs as borked, then fail (also spuriously)
during the rebuild. That necessitated two seqentially replaced hard
drives before a tech called back and said, "Oh. Um. You might want to
downrev your kernel before returning a third drive." Sigh.
Brian Bilbrey: bilbrey at orbdesigns.com and http://www.orbdesigns.com/
~ The record companies pretend they're protecting the rights of
~ the musicians, but you have to be deeply dumb to believe that.
- Orson Scott Card via ornery.org
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