> No need. What's so hard about providing all these swoopy services on a
> machine located just *outside* your firewall, with a completely expendable
> OS and utilities that can be restored from tape in a couple of hours, and
> doing all your real work [including generating the master tree for your
> swoopy-server] behind the wall? Said machine will continue supplying swoopy
> services even if it's cracked, until the crackers manage to completely
> destroy it, after which you slap a tape on and restore it to its known
> configuration [maybe with some more holes plugged].
> It also gives you a "target" that you can carefully watch for weird activity
> against, if you want to spent the time trapping perpetrators.
> A warning to all callers that things they obtain from such a machine may not
> necessarily be trustworthy might be appropriate, though, so they might
> *expect* things like the wu-ftpd hole to show up.
It's perfectly feasible to run such a system from a bootable
CDROM/readonly floppy/ram disk configuration (at least with Linux).
Optional HD to be reformatted/initialized from CD of course....
With CDD (writer) drives running <$4000 and disks about $15 each, this
is perfectly feasible.
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