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

  • From: Valdis.Kletnieks
  • Date: Tue Apr 11 16:34:36 2006

On Tue, 11 Apr 2006 15:00:14 CDT, Robert Bonomi said:

> 1) _Who_says_ it is 'false data'?  *Who*knows* what that machines is 'supposed'
> to provide TO WHOM?

I think if you are handing another machine an NTP packet that's intentionally
set several months off just to get them to shut up, you *know* the answer
to "is it false data".

> I submit that;
> 1) If the query originator is 'entitled' to make assumptions about what the

> 2) It would seem that the server operator is *equally* 'entitled' to make 
>    assumptions about what the query means, and
> 3) to respond in a manner consistent with _his_ understanding of what the
>    query originater 'wanted'.

> If the query originator fails to 'get what he wanted', due to his failure
> to communicate _in_advance_ with the server operator, *WHO* is to blame?

I suppose pointing out that the Internet works because providers *cooperate*
and *agree on protocols* would be pointless....

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