From: Seton Wingfield [mailto:SWingfield@atl.co.nz]
Sent: Sunday, 1 February 2004 7:00 p.m.
I recently read the "Changes to Functionality in Microsoft
Windows XP Service Pack 2" and in it, it states that the
Internet Connection Firewall will be turned on by default.
Changes like this and Microsoft's long term commitment to
security via their "Trustworthy Computing" initiative may
make the problems that you are trying to solve a thing of the past.
Unfotunately it will be a long time until all net people shift from
Windows 95 et al and move to WinXP etc. Also with the growth of linux
variants can we expect the same default security options to be set there
as well (remember all the sendmail exploits and the redhat
Beyond that there are a lot of people that like to run programs such as
p2p file sharing applications and irc and ftp and these unfortunately
don't work too well with misconfigured firewalls. The typical answer to
"how do I get p2p app working?" is "oh, you're running XP? Then
the default firewall and it will all work".
i.e. n00bs will always unwittingly impact the internet through
miseducation and ignorance