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Date: Sat, 10 Aug 2013 06:49:58 -0400
From: Jeffrey Walton <>
To: Gichuki John Chuksjonia <>
Cc: "" <>,
 "" <>
Subject: Re: Apache suEXEC privilege elevation /
	information disclosure

On Sat, Aug 10, 2013 at 6:10 AM, Gichuki John Chuksjonia
<> wrote:
> One thing u gotta remember most of the Admins who handle webservers in
> a network are also developers since most of the organizations will
> always need to cut on expenses, and as we know, most of the developers
> will just look into finishing work and making it work. So if something
> doesn't run due to httpd.conf, you will find these guys loosening
> server security, therefore opening holes to the infrastructure.
Cognitive Bias and Dissonance are well known problems in security
engineering. NB's comments are a testament to the disconnect between
the creators of the system and the users of the system. (No offense to

See, for example, Peter Gutmann's Engineering Security
(‎) or Ross Anderson's
Security Engineering (


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