Michael Leone on Tue, 26 Oct 1999 14:04:59 -0400 (EDT)

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Re: [Plug] telnetting around a firewall - non-technical considerations

At 09:48 AM 10/26/99 PDT, you wrote:
>At the high school I go to, they've locked telnet out. That's why I want to 
>get around it. They'll never find out and I don't think I'm technically 
>breaking any rules if I do it w/ a java applet or something.

Well, since they have a rule that you can't telnet out, and if you do
telnet out (regardless of whether it's via a java applet or tunneled or
other method used), I'd say there was no "technically about it"; you are
breaking the rules. They said you can't do that from their equipment;
you're trying to do it anyway.

Earlier, you had said there was no good reason for them to lock out telnet.
Maybe they have reasons you don't know about. Maybe they're worried that
someone may do something rude via telnet from their systems (after all, if
you telnet into someone else's system, you are IN someone else's system,
and might be able to exploit some vulnerability that the managers of the
other system may not be aware of);  and that your school may be liable.

Whether you do telnet out or not is your business; not being involved, it's
not really my concern. Hell, I've done all kinds of things I'm not supposed
to. :-) Just be aware of what you're really doing, and of any consequences
if they do catch you (I wouldn't rule out loss of priveleges, or even
suspension; you might be surprised at how seriously a school would come
down on someone who's hacked their systems).

"...and if you have any questions about anything, come on up and ask 
me. Even if I don't know the answer, I'll make something up and you'll 
believe me."-Unknown

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