Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Real-world security

On our network, we have a daemon that continuously port scans all our PCs - basically attempts to hack them and reports any vulnerability it finds. I used to be really impressed with the idea; until I saw some of its reports. Here's the latest.

I get a report of a critical security vulnerability and warning me that if I did not fix it immediately, my system would be disconnected from the network. The synopsis of the problem? "It was possible to access the Windows Registry remotely on your system". Very interesting, especially given that my computer runs Fedora Linux.

The network security people, of course, have no clue why this is coming up. Any Linux geeks out there who have any idea? Is this a Fedora Core 4 easter egg by any chance?