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Re: Exploit through firewall question
From: "Curt Purdy" <purdy () tecman com>
Date: Wed, 19 Jul 2006 16:43:32 -0400

-----Original Message-----
From: mr.nasty () ix netcom com 
Mgmt wants me to only test through the firewall as if I'm 
coming in like the public. The rational is that the fw will 
prevent any attacks though ports other than 80 and 443. 
Therefore, there is no reason to change this configuration.

What would be the reason to test behind the firewall?

Because of malicious insiders.  I once owned and ran a regional ISP and
worked with the FBI hunting child pornographers several times.  One of their
agents told me that 1 in 250 employees are "bad eggs".  This was several
years ago and is probably worse now.

Information Security Officer 
Information Systems Security


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