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Submission + - Skype reads /etc/passwd 1

An anonymous reader writes: According to this post in the Skype Linux Forums Skype tries to read out the /etc/passwd as well as some other files and directories. At this time, there is no official statement from Skype concerning this matter.
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Skype reads /etc/passwd

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  • This just shows how important it is to use AppArmor profiles in proprietary closed-source applications in Linux, restricting them to access only the files they are supposed to. We never know what they are up to. Even if this turns out to be a misuse instead of an abuse of those files, the fact that networked applications have access to all files in the system makes them very attractive as remote 0-day vulnerability targets.

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