[Beowulf] Which distro for the cluster?

Leif Nixon nixon at nsc.liu.se
Wed Jan 3 05:54:03 EST 2007


"Robert G. Brown" <rgb at phy.duke.edu> writes:

> Also, plenty of folks on this list have done just fine running "frozen"
> linux distros "as is" for years on cluster nodes.  If they aren't broke,
> and live behind a firewall so security fixes aren't terribly important,
> why fix them? 

Because your users will get their passwords stolen.

If your cluster is accessible remotely, that firewall doesn't really
help you very much. The attacker can simply login as a legitimate user
and proceed to walk through your wide-open local security holes.

But you know this already.

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Leif Nixon                       -            Systems expert
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National Supercomputer Centre    -      Linkoping University
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