Re: Inward telnet from insecure clients (was Re: Security Related Issues)

From: Paul D. Robertson (probertsat_private)
Date: Fri May 08 1998 - 17:44:38 PDT

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    On Wed, 6 May 1998, Bennett Todd wrote:
    > I just had a thought. In a setting like this, how about rig the daemon
    > to scan the client? Strobe[1] can run pretty quickly; don't let someone
    > log in at all until you've completed a strobe against 'em. Then let 'em
    > in, and commence an nmap[2] alongside to make sure there aren't any UDP
    > ports open. After the first time they log in, make a note, and from then
    No UDP ports open would pretty much kill any system using DNS ;)
    > on let 'em in immediately --- but launch an nmap at the same time as you
    > let 'em in, and if ever they fail one disable 'em until a hand reset.
    > If a client isn't listening on any ports it can't be burgled over the
    > net. Set the company policy that logins over the internet are only
    > permitted from clients which themselves can't be easily burgled, which
    > means they can't be listening for incoming connections.
    Problem A:
    Just because the client isn't listening to any ports on one 
    interface doesn't make it secure.  More cable modem market penetration will 
    start to make this painfully obvious at some point.
    Problem B: 
    Users will quickly figure out that a quick filter rule against the 
    strobing machine will allow them access much more quickly and won't upset 
    the Quake2 Deathmatch in progress.
    > > Offer assistance at securing clients up to company spec. 
    > Combine something like this with ssh[3] and I think you could actually
    > have a pretty safe inbound access from the internet.
    Until disgruntaled former employee A helps current employee B who isn't 
    computer literate with his computer...
    I still think "safe inbound access from the Internet" is an oxymoron.
    Paul D. Robertson      "My statements in this message are personal opinions
    probertsat_private      which may have no basis whatsoever in fact."

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