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PostPosted: Sun Sep 29, 2002 6:34 pm    Post subject: running IRC as root Reply with quote

XChat says its bad. Is it really that big a deal, though?
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 29, 2002 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Running anything as root that isn't required is a Bad Thing IMO. Running anything over the internet as root opens up the possibility of something being run as root.

I'd never do it.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2002 2:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I personally wouldn't run anything as root that could, in turn, run something else as root. Since the program specifically says not to run it as root, you really shouldn't.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2002 9:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Specifically, for IRC programs it is a seriously bad idea to run the client as root if you run any thrid party scripts. Historically, scripts have had backdoors in them, so this could open your system up rather easilly. Infact, it wasn't long ago that the people behind BitchX admitted that their ftp server was compromised and the version there had a back door in it.
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