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Re: Open Letter to D-Link about their NTP vandalism

  • From: Todd Vierling
  • Date: Fri Apr 07 21:36:13 2006

On Fri, 7 Apr 2006, Matt Ghali wrote:

> > I think the lesson here is that any service you make available to the public
> > (NTP, DNS, IRC, SMTP, whatever) is going to be used in ways that do not
> > match with your desires. If you're not willing to ACL/police the service,
> > you're going to have to accept that people are going to use it in ways you'd
> > rather they didn't.
> The repeated suggestions that the best response to this sort of situation is
> to 'deal with it' are saddening. Did he "deserve it" because of the short
> skirt he was wearing?

And, if a service were available to the public *as a matter of courtesy* (or
even as a matter of accident) and not *advertised to the public*, then those
using the [unadvertised] service must cope if and when the service
disappears, or even starts misbehaving deliberately.

-- Todd Vierling <[email protected]> <[email protected]> <[email protected]>