From: Maxim S. Shatskih (maxim@STORAGECRAFT.COM)
Date: 11/03/01

Message-ID:  <000501c164aa$0ad2f560$5885763e@sauron>
Date:         Sat, 3 Nov 2001 23:36:03 +0300
From: "Maxim S. Shatskih" <maxim@STORAGECRAFT.COM>
Subject:      Re: Call to arms - INFORMATION ANARCHY

>That line of reasoning seems familiar. Oh, now I remember - Steve Gibson and
>raw sockets.

That article was a known piece of nonsense. Its purpose was to escalate anti-MS hysteria and not any real life purpose.

First of all, yes, person who is an administrator on the machine must be able to use or abuse it any technically possible way.
Computer is not a "training spoon" with a huge hole used in the army to have fun from novices.
Second - IP_HDRINCL option which offended Gibson was there since at least NT4.
Third - throwing away a facility from the OS will not help - people will write MS-DOS software which will send the offending packets
to the modem using DOS's COM port interrupt.
Fourth - person can install Linux and use raw sockets there. Then why MS having raw sockets is a problem? Or maybe Gibson suggests
to ban Linux? Or maybe ban scissors since you can cut yourself running with them (C) MS Word tips?

Yes, IP_HDRINCL is a tool, and it is not even a gun - since gun's sole purpose is to kill.

So, Gibson's article is junk.