Re: can Hopster traffic be blocked?

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Date: 08/04/04

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    Date: Wed, 4 Aug 2004 11:33:24 -0500

    On Wednesday 04 August 2004 00:05
    Prakash Purushotham wrote:

    > The following site has some information on hopster and similar
    > software.


    > I have tried in vain to block traffic using iptables. I tried INPUT
    > filter on traffic coming in from port 1863 (for example), under the
    > assumption that the messenger server has to reply to hopster
    > requests. I have tried blocking FORWARDs again, based on source
    > port 1863 on the external interface.

    Won't work. All the traffic is tunneled through the SOCKS connection
    with hopster.

    > My last resort (administrative) is to invoke the rule that no
    > unauthorized software be installed on the systems.

    Do this. This should be a default policy for most businesses these
    days with all the adware, spyware and other trashware that abound. We
    have clients that had to implement this as a policy and tie the
    employees' continued employment to compliance.

    > Any suggestions on how I can block hopster (and other similar socks
    > based tunneling applications) from tunnelling out.

    I don't know any but someone else might. I look forward to other


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