PCs configured with Linux have the same type of flexibility as Mac OS X
or Windows for adding network printers. Linux can operate seamlessly
with an 802.11b card. Not only can it access all the same network printers,
workstations, and resources as the other machines, it can also utilize networking tools not available to the other platforms to break into portions
of your wired LAN through the WLAN without your knowledge.
There are a growing number of hacker tools for the Linux platform and
these tools are expanding in power and breadth every single day. Linux
computers offer the versatility of seeing your wired LAN through its wireless
NIC card more easily than on other machines. It can initiate hacker
attacks, denial of service (DoS), as well as a number of other attacks.
Needless to say, adding a plug and play networked printer is quite
easy. There are a few major versions of the printing utility in Linux that
allow these devices to emulate Windows (through the SAMBA equivalent
networking protocol), NetWare, TCP/IP, and a host of other protocols
too. These machines can gain access to devices through networking
protocols (i.e., NetWare) that you may not have known existed on your
networked printer device. The fact that Linux is so versatile opens up an
entirely new set of vulnerabilities for your entire network.
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