[nSLUG] Shared server qualms

Miles Thompson milesthompson at ns.sympatico.ca
Fri Aug 16 22:52:22 ADT 2002

At 01:12 AM 8/17/2002 +0100, you wrote:
>On Fri, Aug 16, 2002 at 07:51:56PM -0300, Miles Thompson wrote:
> > Dop,
> >
> > You're right. I was very surprised to be able to roam around and expected
> > to be able to work only in and beneath the assigned home directory. 
> Anyway,
> > I'm out of there now.
> >
> > At 06:50 PM 8/16/2002 -0300, you wrote:
> > >On Wed, 14 Aug 2002, Miles Thompson wrote:
> > >
> > > > Call me naive, but is this normal, or should I bail on this arrangement
> > > > before going any further? It's a BSD system and the provider is NetKnow
> > > > Canada (www.nk.ca).
> > >
> > >You should be chrooted... It's not exactly complex, and if a webhost can't
>Or in FreeBSD (and I think OpenBSD) it should/may be referred to as a
>jail'ed account. (man 4 jail)
>My question, did this company consider you a "customer" or a business
>"partner"? In the latter case, they may be an reasonable existing trust
>relationship that the restrictions of a chroot or jail'ed account may be
>felt to be insulting that business partnership.
>Of course, you cany always assume that if you can "defeat" their elite
>security, perhaps ofters can too....

I would have presumed no more than customer status, and believe me I'm no 
OS sophisticate. I just thought I'd do a little nosing around before 
investing the time in setting up the site, etc.

Yes I should have been jailed or chrooted.


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