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Ubuntu servers shut down for attacking others

Network those absos
Wed Aug 15 2007, 17:15
MAKER OF the Open Sauce Ubuntu software, Cannonical had to shut down five of the eight of its servers after receiving reports that they were attacking other servers.

Knowing that there is nothing worse than a bunch of chavish Linux servers looking for a rumble, or goading Windows computers with calls of, "Come and have a go, if you're hard enough," Cannonical decided to pull the plug.

With the offending servers out of action, Cannonical called for probation reports and found that the servers had a variety of problems.

Not only had the servers not been taking their security patches, which tends to make most servers a bit aggressive. There was a marked disparity between themselves and other posher servers.

A Cannonical spokesman said that it was not surprising that the servers were feeling disaffected and socially isolated. While other servers in the Linux world are regularly upgraded they had missed out because there were problems finding drivers for the network cards.

The problem has still not been resolved and Cannonical were going to talk to the server's parent community.

We guess the problem is that you can't give a server an asbo.

More here. µ


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