Re: Rogue connections to netbios-ssn port

From: Karl Levinson [x y] mvp (
Date: 02/18/03

From: "Karl Levinson [x y] mvp" <>
Date: Tue, 18 Feb 2003 11:29:30 -0500

If you don't have a firewall, these connections are permitted [and worse
yet, you have no native log recording of where they came from]. You should
really have a firewall to block your computer from leaking information such
as user IDs and passwords to the internet to any interested party.

If you do have a firewall, I would question the manufacturer to find out why
it isn't working.

Netbios over TCP/IP is routable through routers. Neither the computer nor
the router knows or cares whether the router is an internet router or a
router on the LAN or WAN. In fact, if you look at, you'll
see that this is one of the most commonly used and scanned ports on the

There are free firewalls out there, such as and others.

"Charles Harrison" <> wrote in message
> I've been getting some strange connections to my netbios-
> ssn port. The connections come from outside of my
> network, which seems strange because I was under the
> impression that the port was only for local network use.
> I noticed a connection under the shares section of
> computer management to a resource called \PIPE\samr. I
> dont know what this could be. There is no resource \PIPE
> that I know of. The computer connected to it didn't show
> up having any username. Its computer name was FISCAL.
> The actual connection was from,
> the Women's Center of Montomery County in Jenkintown PA.
> Does anyone know what these connections could be, and what
> I can do to stop them?

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