Captain's Log, stardate Wed, 1 Dec 2004 12:44:45 +0000, from the fingers of kevin lyda came the words:
> On Wed, Dec 01, 2004 at 12:22:04PM +0000, Ken Gilmour wrote:
>>> Hah! Point taken! (even though this stuff was tested without a
>> firewall etc) (not to mention that software firewalls (for
>> windows) are crap anyway!).
>>>> well according to the article they work well enough.
Ignorance is bliss! Ever controlled a network where every second email is about a "hack attempt" from "your network" which only happens when a ping is sent from a server to see if the client is still "alive"? Software firewalls not only waste network admin's time but they also give a false sense of security to the client using it. But I won't go there!
>> of course they take time to download too.
Not if you have a CD :-)
>> i still don't understand how a modern desktop system can have
> enough stuff open to be remotely exploited.
The best example i've ever seen is one time a person had "File and printer sharing" enabled on their Dialup connection. Now i've never heard of anyone ever exploiting that over an internet connection (unless there's something i don't know about.) but i have a program (AWRC) which lets me remotely control any windows machine and see every single thing that is happening on it (diagnostic info, hardware usage, connected ports / IPs etc)
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