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Re: How do you stop outgoing spam?
- From: Dave Crocker
- Date: Wed Sep 18 13:37:46 2002
At 01:09 PM 9/18/2002 -0400, Greg A. Woods wrote:
Thank you. That was my point.
> I guess the last 20 years of Internet use have been entirely invalid
Not necessarily -- it's a matter of what level of risk is acceptable in
a given scenario.
It therefore is essential to pay attention to fixing only real-world
problems that have an operational basis -- or an extraordinarily
unacceptable downside -- before imposing significant change on a large
installed base of users.
As bad as that is, it is a long way from stealing connections. Entirely
different technical basis.
However we've now reached a point where spammers resort daily to theft
of service against remote mail server and to direct attacks against
target remote mail servers.
The current situation is technically trivial. Stealing connections is
not. Perhaps that is why the former happens all the time and the latter
You're pointing out that some users don't want to live with that more
I am pointing out that there is a balancing act to perform, and that 100
million users is more than "some".
And lest you note that all 100 million are not mobile, and that some mobile
users are not inconvenienced, I'll respond that whatever the number is, the
impact on mobile hotspot users should finish the question about scale of
If you think a bit harder about your assertion, you will realize that the
port number neither creates nor restricts the protection.
I.e. you can do what you want to do if you use the right tools, but you
can't do it over TCP port 25.
All that changing the port number does is to impose guaranteed
inconvenience on the entire population of mobile users.
Noting the impact on the installed base of Internet users is FUD?
> Too bad the 100 million current Internet users do not know that.
Indeed it is. Your kind of F.U.D. doesn't help any either.
And by the way...
For all the supposed benefit of port blocking -- eg, we don't see as much
dial-in spam sourcing -- do we have less spam in the world? Is spam less
of a problem?
So the inconvenience to mobile users has not solved or even reduced the
Mechanisms for controlling globe-scaled misbehaviors need to be surgical in
the care with which they are chosen and applied. Outbound port blocking is
a blunt instrument and it is swung blindly.
Dave Crocker <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>
TribalWise, Inc. <http://www.tribalwise.com>
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