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Re: netkit-inetd in sarge

On Sun, Oct 19, 2003 at 10:48:47AM +1000, Andrew Pollock wrote:

> On Sat, Oct 18, 2003 at 01:40:51AM -0400, Matt Zimmerman wrote:
> > I would like to see inetd leave the base system as well, but what problem
> > could you possibly have with the discard service?
> Well it's been so long since I've seen it in the wild, but doesn't this 
> service just eat whatever you throw at it? In a cents per meg scenario, 
> someone malicious could use this service to cost the person running it 
> some big dollars.

Yes, it receives data from the network and throws it away.  But I don't see
how this figures into your example.  If you can give me an scenario where
this service would allow a malicious remote user to DoS anything other than
the discard service itself, that would be interesting.  Otherwise, I'm
inclined to say that it's quite harmless (and indeed useful).

 - mdz

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