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December 16, 2010

Wide Open: On Purpose

There are many specialty Linux distros out there that are targeted at a specific audience.  In the spirit of Damn Small Linux (DSL), comes Damn Vulnerable Linux.  This is a Linux distro that has every conceivable exploit enabled.  It serves many purposes including testing a new IDS box as well as something to wager on (i.e. how long it would take to get a rootkit installed if it is put un-firewalled directly on the Internet).


(Photo Courtesy of Darwin Bell on Flickr)

While this is done on purpose, it evokes this quote from the movie Spaceballs:

"1-2-3-4-5? That's the stupidest combination I've ever heard of in my life! That's the kinda thing an idiot would have on his luggage!"

This is actually pretty old news, but I meant to post it a while back.  Just because it is old doesn't make it any less cool. ;)