Unix, Security, and FTP

By Xah Lee. Date:

Some unix moron said:

Xah, WTF is your question or are you just trolling (again)?

Look, fckheads in the IT industry. I'm really fcking tired of your fcking lies and moronicities and asshole aggression.

It is fcking very offensive and insulting, that many of you fcking people not fcking knowing what you are talking about, but insist and throw your righteousness fcking shit feelers.

By the way dear Randal Schwartz, no need to resort to underhand activities to disclose my chat ids. They are on my website personal page for long.

for those who may be swayed by the asshole behaviors of unix admin fckheads on this list. Here's some i hope clarification of the situation.

FTP is a file transferring protocol that sends passwords in clear text. That means, any no-brainer hacker on the network can learn user's login password. This situation is similar to telnet. Telnet itself has been phased out almost completely since about ~2000 by ssh. (which is a incompetence comparable to any hole Microsoft possibly ever had at the time) So today, almost every server you'll find run ssh service instead of telnet. However, FTP is still used UBIQUITOUSLY, instead of the secure counterpart SFTP. (sftp here means the SSH File Transfer Protocol, not Simple File Transfer Protocol or FTP tunneling thru SSH.)

From my experience, most web hosting companies (that hosts on unix) tout their use of ssh for security reasons as if there's no tomorrow, yet they all meanwhile run ftp along side on public network, like a fcking mum joke.

This is the same with Apple as i have just realized. Look at Apple's Server Admin app. You'll see this app has FTP widget built-into the GUI along with other protocol services such as HTTP, DNS, AFP, SAMBA…, but no SFTP. Nor is SFTP mentioned in Apple's official OS X server doc on file serving.

(a similar situation exists for emails. Vast majority of unix email servers (POP3) are setup with no encryption of passwords, and many if not most are to the same server serving SSH.)

With all the fcking greatness of SECURITY of unix… what a fcking lie it is.

Note: I do not hold grudge toward any particular one on this list. (however, unix fckheads on mailing lists has done me personal harm before) I do not like to be banned from this list. However, complaint to ban me if you like.

Mac OS X 10.4 Server Admin Screen
a screenshot of Mac OS X Server 10.4's Server Admin program. Note FTP as part of the service set.

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