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Granting QSECOFR access

We use a packaged tool to lock down our TCP/IP application access (FTP, ODBC, RMTCMD, etc.). I am the administrator of this access. I have always gone with the idea that our most vulnerable profile (QSECOFR) should not be granted this remote access. But more and more, software installation routines are requiring this ability and some of them require the specific profile QSECOFR. Typically, I would grant access on a case by case basis, but this has become a bit of an administrative overhead. Plus, it leaves the system vulnerable for a period anyway.

What is your take on granting QSECOFR access to the TCP/IP services (eliminating the administration)?
I'm with you. QSECOFR is definitely one of the most vulnerable profiles (along with profiles that own well-known applications and have default passwords.) QSECOFR is always the one that will be tried first by the hackers since it is well-publicized. In my opinion, the protection is worth the hassle and administrative overhead, but that's a call you will have to make for your particular situation.

P.S. I understand the need to install a product with a powerful profile, but there is absolutely no excuse for a vendor to require you to sign on as "QSECOFR." It's irresponsible for vendors that require you to do that!

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