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Re: XP vulnerable to DoS attacks
From: InfoSec News <isn () c4i org>
Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2001 03:39:44 -0500 (CDT)

Forwarded from: Dave Dittrich <dittrich () cac washington edu>

On Wed, 24 Oct 2001, InfoSec News wrote:

http://techupdate.zdnet.com/techupdate/stories/main/0,14179,2819030,00.html

By Wayne Rash
October 19, 2001

"It suffers from being very complicated," Steven Gibson says,
trying to explain why he thinks a little-known feature of some
operating systems could spell doom for businesses on the Internet.
Gibson runs Gibson Research, a highly regarded Laguna Hills,
California, security research firm. The feature is something
called "raw sockets," and it's in Windows XP, the newest version
of Microsoft's Windows operating system. Internet businesses could
find their access to the world buried in a flood of nonsense
traffic that could exclude nearly everything else.

Steve Gibson is *still* pushing "raw sockets are the devil?" Anyone
(especially journalists) who are interested in this topic had best
look into the details, not just take what Steve tells them.

Here are the results of my research, which address Steve's claims:

        http://staff.washington.edu/dittrich/misc/ddos/grc-reply.txt

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http://staff.washington.edu/dittrich    University of Washington

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