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Old 03-08-2012, 12:54 PM
Stayvoid
 
Default Securing Debian Manual: 3.7 Install the minimum amount of software required

Hello.

"The presence, for example, of development utilities (a C compiler) or
interpreted languages (such as perl - but see below -, python, tcl...)
may help an attacker compromise the system…"
"So, without Perl and, unless you remake these utilities in shell
script, you will probably not be able to manage any packages (so you
will not be able to upgrade the system, which is not a Good Thing)."
I'm confused. Should I remove it?

http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/securing-debian-howto/ch3.en.html


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Old 03-08-2012, 10:35 PM
Andrei POPESCU
 
Default Securing Debian Manual: 3.7 Install the minimum amount of software required

On Jo, 08 mar 12, 16:54:09, Stayvoid wrote:
> Hello.
>
> "The presence, for example, of development utilities (a C compiler) or
> interpreted languages (such as perl - but see below -, python, tcl...)
> may help an attacker compromise the system…"
> "So, without Perl and, unless you remake these utilities in shell
> script, you will probably not be able to manage any packages (so you
> will not be able to upgrade the system, which is not a Good Thing)."
> I'm confused. Should I remove it?

perl-base is "Essential: Yes", it's probably not worth the effort to
remove it.

Kind regards,
Andrei
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