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Re: Level3 routing issues?

  • From: Jack Bates
  • Date: Sun Jan 26 14:12:58 2003

From: "Tony Kapela"

> Maybe the underlying theme is that, for whatever reasons (market
> preassures, business idiocy?), we find ourselves on a network that's
> largely a collection of monoculture hosts -- win32 on x86.

It's been awhile, but both sendmail and cisco routers themselves have had
their worms that pointed out this very same issue. Apache had it's worm,
although craftily only targeted red had/variants despite others being
vulnerable. win32 wasn't even around during the original worms that
treatened entire networks.

I'm not a win32 fan (ignore the fact that I'm sending this from my win32
gaming system), but it has never been a matter of a specific OS, hardware
platform, or software package. It is a matter of awareness. Many people were
caught off guard by this attack as their networks weren't designed to guard
against and still be managable from inside threats. They won't be caught
unprepared twice. Vendors are slowly learning what to test for and protect
against. Consumers are starting to realize (a little bit) that they have an
impact on the 'net. But seriously, what's the virus policy of many
Providers? Are infected accounts cancelled until fixed? Does I provider
think about their contribution to the network as a whole or just the big

Jack Bates
BrightNet Oklahoma

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