Live-CD's? Violating policies?

  1. graphic7

    graphic7 560
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    I've been wondering if booting a Live-Linux CD, i.e. "Knoppix" goes against my college's computer use guidelines.

    "k. Users must not attempt to modify system facilities or subvert the restrictions associated with their computer resource."

    Furthermore:

    "While the *** does not routinely do so, the *** is able
    and reserves the right to monitor and / or log all network activity of
    users without notice, including all e-mail and Internet communications.
    Users should have no reasonable expectation of privacy in the
    use of these resources."

    Technically, they still have the capability to monitor network traffic coming from a Live-CD booted machine.

    I'm not writing data to the hard-drive, and the CD, itself, isn't part of the computer or college property. So *they* don't have the right to impose restrictions on the CD itself, unless the restrictions comply with the GPL.
    (All software on Knoppix is under the GPL, or some nondistributable but open-source license).

    The college is also *very* serious about software licensing. Since the specific Knoppix distribution I use is open-source and consists of mostly GPL'd software, they have doing to worry about.

    It's a vague topic, looking for some input.
     
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2004
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  3. dduardo

    dduardo 1,919
    Staff Emeritus

    I wouldn't worry too much. Unless there is a big incident they won't check their logs. There is just too much data to keep track off. If you try and get fancy by encrypting your internet traffic through a tunnel you'll might call more attention to yourself, if they have an intrusion dection system setup.
     
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