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RE: Port Knocking questions
From: "David Gillett" <gillettdavid () fhda edu>
Date: Mon, 1 Mar 2004 09:28:18 -0800

  Since most ordinary applications don't work this way, such
services can only be accessed using specialized tools.  Technically,
that makes it a security tool, but one that is routinely used by 
crackers to secure an unauthorized backdoor rather than by 
administrators to secure an authorized service.
  A host might have "ICMP echo request" blocked, or this might
be blocked at a firewall in front of it; if the knock sequence
doesn't use that, then the block will not interfere with it.
(It's *convenient* to use ping to determine if a server is up,
but it's not a requirement.)

Dave Gillett


-----Original Message-----
From: Richard Shinkle [mailto:rshinkle451 () hotmail com]
Sent: Friday, February 27, 2004 8:58 PM
To: security-basics () securityfocus com
Subject: Port Knocking questions


Hello...

I have a few questions about port knocking.  First of all, is 
it a hacker 
tool or a security tool?  Does it require the hacker to be 
able to ping the 
device?

Rich S.

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