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

Elliott Mitchell ehem at m5p.com
Mon May 30 21:14:15 EDT 2005


>From: Kenneth Porter <shiva at sewingwitch.com>
> Is that really a bad thing? Consider all the spamming zombies on the 
> Internet. If an exploit is discovered for a popular P2P app, chances are 
> that most people won't update it and seal the hole, so it will be widely 
> exploited, just as Outlook, IE, IIS, and SQL Server are now. Maybe 
> requiring some basic knowledge before throwing up a server is a Good Thing.

Prior to being compromised, neither IE nor OE ever has ports open. Yet
we're all aware that these are the two programs most often compromised.

Though another minor delaying factor that will slow down an attacker, and
perhaps make them move onto someone more vulernerable firewalls are not
magical security end-alls. The three main things needed to stay secure
are patching your software, patching, and more patches. If you've got
that problem solved, who needs a firewall?


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