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Re: Worms versus Bots

  • From: Michael.Dillon
  • Date: Thu May 06 05:22:40 2004

> "Microsoft is expected to recommend that the "average" Longhorn PC 
feature a
> dual-core CPU running at 4 to 6GHz; a minimum of 2 gigs of RAM; up to a
> terabyte of storage; a 1 Gbit, built-in, Ethernet-wired port and an 
> wireless link; and a graphics processor that runs three times fasterthan 
> on the market today."

How about a PC that has *NO* externally accessible network 
connectivity, not even wireless. But it does have an internal
100baseTx Ethernet port that uses a non-standard connector.
And it also includes a router unit running off the same
power supply as the PC but otherwise completely independent.
This router is connected to the non-standard Ethernet
interface of the PC and supplies 2 externally accessible 
Ethernet ports and an 802.11g wireless capability. The
components for this stuff are small enough these days that
you can easily fit an entire router into a PC's slimline
case and the router can include a complete SI Firewall
capability. The PC BIOS will allow the initial SI Firewall
config to be done before booting the PC.

And even if there is an SI Firewall on the broadband
router serving the home, it's still worthwhile to
protect Mom's PC from worm infestations brought into
the home by junior's unsafe Internet practices.

I know Microsoft would hate the idea of a Windows
PC running Linux on an in-box firewall router
but it seems like poetic justice in a way.

--Michael Dillon