> Wow, this should provoke a discussion other than stupid "hacker list" or "root".
But that was such a fun thread!
> I hope we can keep the flamage down, since I think this is a serious issue.
> But what a provocative thread title!
> I have seen the model of "hard surface, gooey interior" explicitly advocated.
> I suspect reliance on this model, rather than laziness is the cause.
"Crunchy shell, soft center"? Sounds like a candy to me...
> The model of gooey interior is also sometimes justified by the allocation
> of resources. Some organizations have a small set of Unix (say - no flames)
> administrators for the whole place. Good security means putting your resources
> where they do the most good.
This is the number one reason for a firewall at most sites I know of. Most
companies trust their employees, but do not trust the outside world. You put
your resources where you think the most danger will come from. If you don't
trust your employees, then you have lots of internal security as well. (See
also: banks, hospitals, pharmacies.)