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Re: botnets: web servers, end-systems and Vint Cerf

  • From: Roland Dobbins
  • Date: Mon Feb 19 09:55:53 2007
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On Feb 19, 2007, at 1:24 AM, <[email protected]> wrote:

You need, at minimum, weeks of training in order to safely operate an
automobile. But to safely operate on the Internet, you simply open the
box, plug the DSL cable into the DSL port of the
NAT/firewall/switch/gateway box, plug the brand new unsecured computer
into the Ethernet port, and you can now safely operate on the Internet.

That's right, you've made my point for me. Weeks and weeks of training.

People don't need weeks and weeks of training to operate a television, or a blender, or even a videogame console.

The technical problem has been solved for a long, long time. The same
factors which drive down the cost of computers, have also driven down
the cost of NAT/firewall devices to the point where they could actually
be integrated right into the PC's hardware.

NATting firewalls don't help at all with email-delivered malware, browser exploits, etc.

Roland Dobbins <[email protected]> // 408.527.6376 voice

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