Killing Insecure FTP and Telnet on Campus

Abstract

Because they transmit passwords in clear text, standard telnet and FTP connections are a security risk on the open, potentially untrustworthy networks that are common with universities. Because these services are familiar and heavily used, inertia hinders the adoption of secure alternatives. We were able to discontinue these insecure services on our core systems and still enable users to function normally.

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