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Re: fingerprinting BIND 9.1.0
From: Lucas Holt <luke () FOOLISHGAMES COM>
Date: Wed, 31 Jan 2001 14:13:07 -0500
Hiding a version number does not someone who knows what they are doing, but it
does stop script kiddies out there. If a 14 year old kid can not figure out what
they are dealing with, they will move on to easier targets.
"William D. Colburn (aka Schlake)" wrote:
The FAQ file that comes with the distribution already covers all this.
While it used to seem like a good idea to obfuscate version numbers,
things like nmap can be written for just about any internet service
which would make version obfuscation just a false sense of security.
Even if your version is obscured, a known exploit will still work
against it if someone tries. I agree with the BIND people that there
isn't much point in hiding that information.
Luke () FoolishGames com
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