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These kinds of articles about "attacks" are annoying. Let's be absolutely clear: there is no "attack" or "hack" involved. No real company was affected by this. There is no operating system bug involved. No software vulnerability. No zero-day exploit. No social engineering angle. There's no real problem.

This is simply first-time developers with no server experience, deploying their first project, who don't understand the first thing about having a server on the internet. Publicly exposing an open port for software that is innately designed to run on a private network has nothing to do with... whatever you want to call all these "exposé" pieces about "attacks".

You could write an article to explain the introductory concepts of system administration to newcomers to the industry. But to even mention the word "attack" when the only thing involved is an open port is... sigh.

I feel for newcomers who need to learn. I really do; the amount of information one needs to absorb to be even remotely competent is vast, and takes at least a few years to pick up (and then another decade or two to fine tune that knowledge). But this is not a situation where the maintainers of software packages are to blame for not educating their users, or insinuating that their products are not "secure out of the box". It has nothing to do with individual software packages, and everything to do with the very core aspects of having a computer connected to a public network.




I'm afraid your suggestion that "No real company was affected by this" doesn't bear out with the evidence that I've seen or the experiences I've had in security.

Real companies with real data make some pretty elementary mistakes with regards to security. I'm a security tester and the number of times I've got access to systems deployed by real companies who've really paid money for an external security reviewer using things like default creds is quite high.

It's tempting to think that this is just an education issue and that once people know how to do security well things will get better but personally, my opinion after 16 years in security is that this isn't the case.

Effort spent on security is a trade-off with other things and in many cases people make the choice (either unconsciously or deliberately) not to prioritise it.




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