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RE: Spyware
From: "Paris E. Stone" <pstone () alhurra com>
Date: Fri, 17 Dec 2004 08:15:47 -0500

That is correct, the best way too.

But, most spyware uses the outbound HTTP & HTTPS ports.  

Because almost every firewall in the world allows that out.  

Because those are the ports we browse the web on.

Spyware authors are pretty smart.  I just found some spyware that set a
system restore point on a XP box, and whenever it's files got removed,
and registry keys got deleted, it system restored it's self right back!

Paris E. Stone, "Linux Zealot"
CISSP, CCNP, CNE, MCSE, CIW Master Administrator
"Not all who wander are lost."
-----Original Message-----
From: dallas jordan [mailto:dallas.jordan () gmail com] 
Sent: Wednesday, December 15, 2004 2:09 PM
To: Matt Stern
Cc: security-basics () lists securityfocus com
Subject: Re: Spyware

I believe as a general rule, all traffic should be denied unless
explicitly permitted.  this includes incoming as well as outgoing
traffic.  You should start off with a "deny all" rule and then only
allow specific traffic through your firewall.  This way, there is less
chance you may miss something.  HTH.

On Tue, 14 Dec 2004 17:37:48 -0500, Matt Stern
<sternm () comprehensive com> wrote:
Hello all:

I was just wondering if spyware sends its answers "back home" on any
particular TCP or UDP port.  If so, then couldn't I doubly safeguard
LAN (after trying to keep all the spyware off the workstations) by
disallowing outbound communications via the firewall, for those ports?
Or conversely, instead of allowing all outbound traffic, only allow
usual ports, such as 80, 443, 23, etc?


Matthew H. Stern, CCP/CDP, sternm () comprehensive com
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