Matthew Seaman wrote: > > Eeek! You do realise you've just sent the root password across your > network in plain text? Maybe your network is completely secure and > you aren't running a risk by doing that, but on the whole it's a > really bad idea. Get into the habit of using ssh(1) routinely for > your own peace of mind, if nothing else. You can also replace ftp(1) > for many purposes by scp(1) or rsync(1) (from the net/rsync port), > both of which operate over ssh(1). > Matthew, Thanks for your concern. Once there is anything on the computer, I will certainly close those security holes. Right now it is only a means to learn about FreeBSD and document the steps necessary to build a machine that will fit my needs. I opened ftp and telnet access to root as a simple way to copy files to and from a windows computer and to control the FreeBSD computer from another location. I do plan to implement ssh, but first I must evaluate PuTTY and other alternatives.
In the meantime, it is protected from the internet by a hardware router that doesn't forward any ports to the FreeBSD computer. There's so much to learn! This experience with FreeBSD takes me back to my days with CP/M and S-100 bus computers. Maybe if CP/M had been allowed to grow up, rather than be killed by DOS and Windows, it could have become CP/M-BSD? Jay O'Brien Rio Linda, CA USA _______________________________________________ [EMAIL PROTECTED] mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"