What is the problem with Finger?
Article: 7543 of alt.hackers From: firstname.lastname@example.org (marlowe) Newsgroups: alt.hackers Subject: What is the problem with Finger? Date: 26 Mar 1995 21:46:45 GMT Organization: Illuminati Online Lines: 36 Approved: Democrats-R-Us Message-ID: email@example.com NNTP-Posting-Host: pentagon.io.com X-Newsreader: TIN [version 1.2 PL2] Status: RO
I received this from my system administrator at tenet.edu. : From helpdesk@TENET.EDUSat Mar 25 09:56:35 1995 : Date: Sat, 25 Mar 1995 08:58:44 -0600 (CST) : From: Helpdesk Account <helpdesk@TENET.EDU> : Subject: Re: Finger Command : Finger was removed from the system by the administrators as a possible : security hole. : Kenneth Scott : TENET Help-Desk So, I'll bite. Does anyone know what the security hole is in finger? I can understand not wanting to have anyone be able to finger in, but why wouldn't the admins what me to finger out? ObBackWhenIWasInCollegeHack: The stereo in my dorm room was pretty inconviently located. When someone called on the phone, I had to climb over the furniture, turn down the stereo, climb back over the furniture, and answer the phone. Lord knows, I couldn't hear the phone with the music going. (This was in the pre-remote days. Jeez, I'm old.) I was at Radio Shack one day when I noticed an Emergency Stop button. Designed to work with security systems, it was a mountable momentary switch. I mounted the switch near the phone and wired it to the headphone jack. The stereo would turn off the speakers if it detected a headphone plugged in. Now when someone called, I would press the emergency button until I determined whether I wanted to talk to the joe or not. Marlowe