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Article: Working behind a misconfigured firewall

Item posted by Mathieu Roy <yeupou> on Mon 15 Mar 2004 03:48:14 PM UTC.

Some sysadmins, by mistake, tend to think that blocking outbound ports is an interesting security measure. It is not a security measure, it's a political one. Solving the political problem can be very important. And on the average, counterfeiting stupid firewalls with odd usages of the Internet has never been rewarding, on the contrary.

However, we would not like to put Free Software developers in a dead-end because of this issue.

We do allow SSH access on the port 443, usually dedicated to https, on cvs.gna.org, download.gna.org and arch.gna.org.

We may at a later point remove that possibility, if we need to. This is not a good way to go, it must be considered as a temporary solution, a dirty workaround. The way to go is clearly to solve the political problem.

The way to go is definitely to get the firewall configured properly. Sysadmin are supposed to be here to help you to get things done, not the contrary.

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