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Should i tell my High School Admin?

Hello, im in 8th grade, and i’d consider myself computer savvy for my age, and well i have a question, i go to a really small school (70 kids in a grade) 7-12 in the high school, and well… i found some security flaws in our computer system

like he allows us to use Command Prompt.. it’s not so bad, because were limited user, but still… bad idea

we are allowed to boot up into safe mode, which we can then change the pass if i wanted to…

we are aloud to boot up on a live CD, so then i could get the Hash, and just use rainbow tables to crack it… not a good idea

and we are aloud to type in “C:Documents and Settingsnameofperson” into a web browser, and view all their files… even the admin..

and a couple other things.. im taking algebra 1 + 2 online, and i would rather not have my computer privilages taken away, but i would like to get credit and would prefer if he new who i was (knowing that he wouldn’t get me in trouble) i also would like to suggest installing linux on all the systems, because im the only kid i know in the whole school (i know most of the 5-10 graders) that has ever even heard of linux, much less find security flaws in it, also we are going into budget cuts, so i think that it would help, not having to buy all the “updated” apps… but i would like to help install it if i could… I have thought about writing an email from some random email address… but like i said, i’d like to get credit for it. is there any high school admin’s out there? if so, what would you do if a student told you all this? would you bust them?

What should I use to replace KNOPPIX 5.1.1 as my Linux-based bootable repair CD?

I repair Windows machines often with KNOPPIX; it’s the easiest way for me to get a clean OS running so I can blow away viruses. However, KNOPPIX 5.1.1 shows its age, as it failed to work on a computer I recently went to service due to the computer being “too new.” KNOPPIX 5.2 is a DVD-only release and so is not particularly useful to me. I’m also looking for a USB-based self-contained Linux. The problem is that the number of choices are staggering: SLAX, DSL, MEPIS…it’s hard to pick one. I’d be primarily using it for command-prompt-based repairs on Windows machines, but I’d need X11 and a browser like Firefox available as well. Having ntfsprogs and ntfs-3g are crucial, and having the “dd_rescue” command would be a very good thing as well. Failing all this, having a guide to rolling my own would be a nice thing to have. I’ll be booting this on anything from a Pentium II to a brand new Core 2 Duo, so a RECENT kernel and drivers is fairly vital.

So, what “live” distros should I check out in my search? And please don’t say “Ubuntu.” It’s the worst Linux distro I’ve ever seen in my life, and horribly slow on top of all that.

Perfect OS for a n00b.?

My mother is in the stone age. She needs a computer bad, as she uses snail-mail for everything.

I’m really not sure of her computing abilities, but I’m smart enough to know that someone giving another a computer becomes their tech support.

I’m giving her a PC, not Mac, that is…guessing since I didn’t open it yet, a 700, or 800 MHz machine with 256MB Ram, and a 10GB hard drive or so, if I can find it.

I’m thinking a Linux flavor like Knoppix, or Ubuntu. Something that is virus proof. Hackable…she has nothing valuable, and I may have it set as a live CD machine anyway.

Ideas, comments??

Should i tell my High School Admin?

Hello, im in 8th grade, and i’d consider myself computer savvy for my age, and well i have a question, i go to a really small school (70 kids in a grade) 7-12 in the high school, and well… i found some security flaws in our computer system

like he allows us to use Command Prompt.. it’s not so bad, because were limited user, but still… bad idea

we are allowed to boot up into safe mode, which we can then change the pass if i wanted to…

we are aloud to boot up on a live CD, so then i could get the Hash, and just use rainbow tables to crack it… not a good idea

and we are aloud to type in “C:Documents and Settingsnameofperson” into a web browser, and view all their files… even the admin..

and a couple other things.. im taking algebra 1 + 2 online, and i would rather not have my computer privilages taken away, but i would like to get credit and would prefer if he new who i was (knowing that he wouldn’t get me in trouble) i also would like to suggest installing linux on all the systems, because im the only kid i know in the whole school (i know most of the 5-10 graders) that has ever even heard of linux, much less find security flaws in it, also we are going into budget cuts, so i think that it would help, not having to buy all the “updated” apps… but i would like to help install it if i could… I have thought about writing an email from some random email address… but like i said, i’d like to get credit for it. is there any high school admin’s out there? if so, what would you do if a student told you all this? would you bust them?

What should I use to replace KNOPPIX 5.1.1 as my Linux-based bootable repair CD?

I repair Windows machines often with KNOPPIX; it’s the easiest way for me to get a clean OS running so I can blow away viruses. However, KNOPPIX 5.1.1 shows its age, as it failed to work on a computer I recently went to service due to the computer being “too new.” KNOPPIX 5.2 is a DVD-only release and so is not particularly useful to me. I’m also looking for a USB-based self-contained Linux. The problem is that the number of choices are staggering: SLAX, DSL, MEPIS…it’s hard to pick one. I’d be primarily using it for command-prompt-based repairs on Windows machines, but I’d need X11 and a browser like Firefox available as well. Having ntfsprogs and ntfs-3g are crucial, and having the “dd_rescue” command would be a very good thing as well. Failing all this, having a guide to rolling my own would be a nice thing to have. I’ll be booting this on anything from a Pentium II to a brand new Core 2 Duo, so a RECENT kernel and drivers is fairly vital.

So, what “live” distros should I check out in my search? And please don’t say “Ubuntu.” It’s the worst Linux distro I’ve ever seen in my life, and horribly slow on top of all that.