[bittorrent] BT, Nats, and hackers at the door...

Olaf van der Spek olafvdspek at gmail.com
Sun May 29 07:57:36 EDT 2005

On 5/29/05, Bill Cox <bill at viasic.com> wrote:
> Hi.
> I'm a big fan of p2p networking, and think it has great potential.  I've
> posted some of my concerns here about NAT translators going away with
> IPv6 adoption, which is good for p2p, and bad for security.

What prevents you from replacing your NAT with a stateful firewall?
> Just to play around a bit, I've started running a Linux server at home
> on a fixed IP address, with just a few ports open (ssh, mail, web, and
> of course BT).  It's probably already been hacked, but new hacking

Why would it be hacked already?

> attempts come daily.  I've got random password guessers from France and
> the Netherlands hacking the ssh port.  I've got would-be-spammers

Are you afraid your password isn't strong enough?
Have you looked into public key authentication?

> hacking the mail ports from Taiwan, Korea, and China.  And, of course,
> root on this machine gets spammed!

:( indeed. But what's the relation with open ports?

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