The Internet is a radioactive environment
How long would it take for a computer purchased at an average computer store to destroyed by viruses and intruders if it was connected to the Internet without being patched or firewalled? It would not take long, for sure. Our computers must be constantly vaccinated and wear protective shielding when entering the wild, hazardous environment of the Internet.
I had a standard install Linux PC connected to the net unfirewalled before. It lived happily for four days or so.
How long would a 3 year old child survive on a busy street without its parent?
I put one outside our firewall yesterday as a test of just that. It lasted 10 min and is now not booting properly. Win 2k fully patched and updated.
A co-worker was setting up a system for a friend of his. Took less than an hour for it to be hit IIRC.
"I put one outside our firewall yesterday as a test of just that. It lasted 10 min and is now not booting properly. Win 2k fully patched and updated. "
As of 11pm tonight, my dedicated server account will be closed. It's running windows 2003 server. I've just removed VPN server/RAS role, so the machine is out on the internet like little red riding hood, 'vulnerable' and all. Have at it, you have 4-5 hours to take it down, deface the default IIS6 webpage, whatever.
Re: How long would a 3 year old child survive on a busy street without its parent?
The Honeynet project do tests like this. I saw one report (it was a while back) where an out of the box Red Hat 6 machine lasted 15 minutes before being compromised. I'm sure an unpatched Windows box would have a similar lifespan now.
WTF are you talking about?!?!
I've put a PC bare on the net (win2k) for weeks, with no issues.
We've been running Red Hat 7.2 on the Internet as a web/messaging server for about a year now, with constant and immediate patching. Apache 2.0.42, Sendmail, and Resin. No telnet, all logon communications by SSH or through SSL (for POP or IMAP access).
One of my clients inadvertently did this test w/ a SQL 2000 box (I warned them). They lasted nearly a month before getting Slammed.
For the past two years or so, my father's been using an uprotected Windows 98 machine connected to a cable modem. No viruses that I know of. Of course, he only uses it for about 15 minutes at a time, three or four times a week. But still...
J. D. Trollinger
Did Giorgio's 2K3 machine get hacked?
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