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Re: Port blocking last resort in fight against virus

  • From: Robert Raszuk
  • Date: Wed Aug 13 03:06:19 2003

Sean, All

Watching this thread I can't resist a question if ISPs would see any use
for automated propagation of information to be filtered/blocked to all
of their (and possibly) neighbours border routers ? 

I am sure you have noticed my & Pedro's recent draft:
draft-marques-idr-flow-spec-00.txt 

Just checking for possible feedback of interested ISPs if any on this
one ... The example listed in the draft is targeted to address DDoS, but
the concept is equally applicable to virus fights as well.

Thx,
R.


> Sean Donelan wrote:
> 
> On Tue, 12 Aug 2003, Randy Bush wrote:
> > > Is it just me that feels that blocking a port which is known to be used
> > > to perform billions of scans is only proper?
> >
> > the second, and important part of the, question is whether there
> > are legitimate packets to that port which want to cross your border.
> > for 135, i am not aware of any that should cross my site's border
> > un-tunneled.
> 
> Who should determine what protocols can cross your site's border router?
> You or your ISP (ignoring the fact a lot of people on this list are their
> own ISP)?
> 
> 80% or more of customers wouldn't notice if you blocked everything on
> their connection except HTTP/HTTPS and DNS.  So why do ISPs let all
> the other infection laden protocols reach their customers?
> 
> Fix spam - block port 25
> Fix Slammer - block port 1434
> Fix Blaster - block port 135
> Fix KaZaA - block everything
> 
> I think filters/firewalls are usefull.  I believe every computer should
> have one.  I have several.  I just disagree on who should control the
> filters.




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