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Re: Is ident secure?

Alisson Sellaro wrote:

> I was checking my firewall logs and have detected lots of TCP/113
> dropped packets. Checking /etc/services I realized it was ident
> traffic. What do you think about such service? Should I let it blocked
> or should I allow it without further security exposure?

Please wrap your emails at 72 columns or so when sending to lists.

I don't know of any specific security problems with ident, other than
the fact that a service that exists to tell people about your machine
may be revealing information that a cracker would want to know. But to
me, the principal issue with ident is, what good is it doing me if I let
it run on my system? None, as far as I can tell. I don't need it, so
it's gone. Whether it's actually dangerous or not is a non-issue to me.


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