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

Olaf van der Spek olafvdspek at gmail.com
Tue May 31 01:37:24 EDT 2005


On 5/31/05, Kenneth Porter <shiva at sewingwitch.com> wrote:
> --On Monday, May 30, 2005 4:12 AM -0400 Bill Cox <bill at viasic.com> wrote:
> 
> > However, the trend seems to be making it even more difficult for the
> > average Mom to open a p2p port for the outside world to use.
> 
> 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.

But closed ports (and using BT 'reverse connects') isn't going to help
much. An infected BT client can still participate in the swarm and
wait for victims to contact him instead.



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