Re: Telnet, Ping and Port 1025

From: Don Taylor (
Date: 09/04/04

Date: Sat, 04 Sep 2004 08:14:30 -0500

C & C Antiques and Collectables <> writes:
>In article <OrToU9ikEHA.1356@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl>,
>Lanwench [MVP - Exchange] wrote ...
>> Put a firewall in place....if you're on XP, you can just enable the built-in
>> one.
>> C & C Antiques and Collectables wrote:
>> > I just run a security check on my system at Symantec. It reported
>> > risks from Telnet, Ping and open port number 1025. Can anyone help me
>> > close these these holes in my systems security please?
>I do have Norton AV and Firewall installed, both are updated daily. It
>was Norton's own on-line security check that revealed the Telnet, Ping
>and 1025 holes in XP Home.

Norton doesn't seem, by default, to lock down all ports.
But if you don't see a need for a particular service then
you can add a rule yourself that will block incoming and/or
outgoing packets for any particular port.

For telnet it isn't clear whether you have that open for
incoming or for outgoing, or perhaps both, directions.
For incoming, unless you specifically need to have the
telnet server running and the port open to accept telnet
connections from outside I'd certainly think that blocking
that port number would be reasonable.

For ping there are occasional "ping flood" attacks, where
some little net vandal will flood your machine with a few
thousand pings a second. If you don't need to have the
ability for someone to check and see whether your machine
is up then you can turn that off with little loss.

The 1025, and I think 1029, seem to have become popular
for some net vandal's probing several months back. Both
those are used for some sort of checking of network
status. I began seeing a handful of those a minute and
finally put both those into my block list, but let the
little "norton flag" wave at me to let me know that they
are still coming in on a regular basis.

You can also include a rule "all that is not permitted
is prohibited" and that is convenient to just blanket
block the twits that are out there just rattling your
door to see if they can get in. And it is possible with
any and all of these to have the rule add a line to your
logs/stats, just so that every few days you can go peek
at the totals and watch for any spike in activity.

I do support for a few small business users. It amazes
me that isp's, both small and large, have slowly been
inching towards blocking virus and spam but that they
let vandals send any kind of net packets in that they
want. For example, AOL has finally got antivirus tools
running, congrats to them, but I watch the trojan
packets hammering right through their system, trying to
find any customer who is at risk and who can be subverted.

The net isn't what it used to be 25 years ago.
In hindsight, we never should have let the public know
about the net, that would have been for the best.