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Re: Providers removing blocks on port 135?
On Sat, 20 Sep 2003, Sean Donelan wrote: > It costs service providers more (cpu/ram/equipment) to filter a > connection. And even more for every exception. Should service providers > charge customers with filtering less (even though it costs more), and > customers without filtering more (even though it costs less)? If the > unfiltered connection was less expensive, wouldn't everyone just buy > that; and we would be right back to the current situation? Abosulutely. At least if the customer wants technical support or plans on paying for their bandwidth. It costs *more* resources for an ISP to *not* filter ports and it costs them *less* resources to filter known ports that are rarely used by Joe Blow average user but the cause of 99% of their (our) headaches. How many people here have ever worked in a helpdesk with hundreds of users calling you for help when they've been infected with the latest greatest Netbios-enabled virus and lost their report, thesis, archived email, pictures of the kids, you name it. I used to work at a Unv helpdesk. Every single time the mail server hiccuped for whatever reason, or the personal webserver was offline for a few minutes of maintenance in the week hours of the morning (no matter whether it was 2 minutes of 2 days) people would inundate us with complaints. All the real problems had to be put on hold so we could answer the phones. Technical support costs an ISP many times that of the neccessary CPU and RAM resources on an access server or border router needed to filter malicious ports. Why don't we just wait until we identify that a user has been infected or compromised (by whatever resource-hog of a method that entails). Then we can just disable their account and wait for them to call. Those calls are always the most pleasant of the day. When did proactive security measures become criminal? Was there a memo I missed? Justin