Home page logo
/

basics logo Security Basics mailing list archives

RE: application for an employment
From: "Craig Wright" <cwright () bdosyd com au>
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2006 10:33:36 +1100


To answer a question:
"When is the last time you ran a port scan just to make sure someone had
a webserver running instead of just pointing a browser to it?"

Last time I had a VALID contract - this constitutes the ONLY times I do
this.

Craig


-----Original Message-----
From: Craddock, Larry [mailto:l_craddock () wfec com]
Sent: 31 March 2006 3:55
To: security-basics () securityfocus com
Subject: RE: application for an employment

Well ... *double sigh*

Since other various people have a shown a gross willingness to obfuscate
the obvious intent of port scanning, I'll respond. When is the last time
you ran a port scan just to make sure someone had a webserver running
instead of just pointing a browser to it?  The legitimate way to find
whether or not someone is running a service is to give it a try with a
client application. If you don't have a client app that needs to connect
to a server implementing that port then why do you need to connect in
the first place?

Larry Craddock


-----Original Message-----
From: Ansgar -59cobalt- Wiechers [mailto:bugtraq () planetcobalt net]
Sent: Wednesday, March 29, 2006 6:38 PM
To: security-basics () securityfocus com
Subject: Re: application for an employment

On 2006-03-29 Craddock, Larry wrote:
That may be how you interpret it but I think they're very analogous.
The point is simple ... no one has any legitimate business checking
the status of the doors and windows on my property and no one has any
legitimate business port scanning someone else's network. What
legitimate reason would I have in port scanning your network? Let me
answer that for you ... absolutely none. At best, my answer would be
curiosity and that doesn't qualify as legitimate.

*sigh*

I'd rather stayed out of this discussion, but since various people have
shown a gross ignorance of the technial realities of the 'net I'll throw
my 2 cent in.

The legitimate reason you have is the simple fact that you don't have
any other option of determining what services are available on a given
host or range of hosts. It's absolutely ridiculous to think that one
would need express permission to find out whether a shop is open or not.
Or if there is a shop in the first place.

Of course if your scan breaks something you may (or may not) be held
liable for that, but that's a different story.

FWIW

Regards
Ansgar Wiechers
--
"All vulnerabilities deserve a public fear period prior to patches
becoming available."
--Jason Coombs on Bugtraq

------------------------------------------------------------------------
---
EARN A MASTER OF SCIENCE IN INFORMATION ASSURANCE - ONLINE The Norwich
University program offers unparalleled Infosec management education and
the case study affords you unmatched consulting experience.
Tailor your education to your own professional goals with degree
customizations including Emergency Management, Business Continuity
Planning, Computer Emergency Response Teams, and Digital Investigations.


http://www.msia.norwich.edu/secfocus
------------------------------------------------------------------------
---


------------------------------------------------------------------------
---
EARN A MASTER OF SCIENCE IN INFORMATION ASSURANCE - ONLINE The Norwich
University program offers unparalleled Infosec management education and
the case study affords you unmatched consulting experience.
Tailor your education to your own professional goals with degree
customizations including Emergency Management, Business Continuity
Planning, Computer Emergency Response Teams, and Digital Investigations.


http://www.msia.norwich.edu/secfocus
------------------------------------------------------------------------
---


Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation in respect of matters arising within 
those States and Territories of Australia where such legislation exists.

DISCLAIMER
The information contained in this email and any attachments is confidential. If you are not the intended recipient, you 
must not use or disclose the information. If you have received this email in error, please inform us promptly by reply 
email or by telephoning +61 2 9286 5555. Please delete the email and destroy any printed copy. 

Any views expressed in this message are those of the individual sender. You may not rely on this message as advice 
unless it has been electronically signed by a Partner of BDO or it is subsequently confirmed by letter or fax signed by 
a Partner of BDO.

BDO accepts no liability for any damage caused by this email or its attachments due to viruses, interference, 
interception, corruption or unauthorised access.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------
EARN A MASTER OF SCIENCE IN INFORMATION ASSURANCE - ONLINE
The Norwich University program offers unparalleled Infosec management
education and the case study affords you unmatched consulting experience.
Tailor your education to your own professional goals with degree
customizations including Emergency Management, Business Continuity Planning,
Computer Emergency Response Teams, and Digital Investigations.

http://www.msia.norwich.edu/secfocus
---------------------------------------------------------------------------


  By Date           By Thread  

Current thread:
[ Nmap | Sec Tools | Mailing Lists | Site News | About/Contact | Advertising | Privacy ]
AlienVault