[ISN] Win-XP firewall defeats Gibson NanoProbes

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Date: Mon Oct 29 2001 - 00:47:04 PST

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    By Thomas C Greene in Washington
    Posted: 26/10/2001 at 19:25 GMT
    A reader recently told me that the default settings on his Win-XP Pro
    firewall made him invisible on the Net, at least according to Steve Gibson's
    ShieldsUp https://grc.com/x/ne.dll?bh0bkyd2 security diagnostic tool. But
    this isn't what Gibberson is worried about. As we know, he's terrified that
    Harry Homeowner users will be Trojanized six ways to Sunday by malicious
    teenagers bent on using their raw sockets to destroy the Internet.
    So I installed the XP Home Edition last night and enabled the firewall with
    default settings only. Then I took a little trip over to GRC and submitted
    myself to an onslaught of Steve's unimaginably sophisticated NanoProbe
    I could almost feel the Ninja-like power of Steve's NanoProbes assaulting my
    machine like a million tiny 'vibrating palms'.
    And I was shocked, shocked, I tell you, to find that ShieldsUp gave my now
    explosively deadly Windows box a perfect, 'full stealth' score. This new
    weapon of mass destruction which I'm typing on is absolutely invisible.
    "For all intents and purposes your computer doesn't exist to scanners on the
    Internet!" Steve explains.
    God, what a relief.
    So of course, if Steve's 101% pure assembly language scanning engine can't
    find my machine on the Net, there's absolutely no possibility that some
    malicious kiddie could do so. And of course, to commandeer an XP box for
    destructive purposes, the kiddies have to find it with a scanning utility.
    But that's not going to happen -- unless, of course, Steve's ShieldsUp
    system is just some lame prop he uses to mystify the masses and propagate
    his bogus legend of technical superiority.
    If ShieldsUP is a crap toy, and XP really is a weapon broadcasting its
    deadly raw sockets to the dark side, then Steve is a fraud. But if the XP
    firewall really offers 'full stealth' right out of the box, then Steve is a
    So which is it?
    The proof:
    ShieldsUp step one
    ShieldsUp step two
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