Re: Closing ports

From: cato (
Date: 10/26/03

Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2003 16:09:32 -0500

Hi Curtis,
In XP pro the TCP/IP filtering panel has "Permit All" or "Permit Only"
possibilities. It means practically zero possibility to close a port from
filter control. Maybe a Microsoft Professional has the full info to list all
permitted ports except the ones to be closed :-) Plus it must have some
automated way to fill in the necessary data.

By and large I found in XP the TCP/IP filtering is only for decoration! Why
to advise a totally unusable service? Is there some hidden trick with which
the lack of direct denomination of the unwanted ports can be worked around?
Until than I stay with closing unnecessary services and time by time
security scan ports.

"Curtis Koenig [MSFT]" <> wrote in message
> I would agree with the statement that ports are used dynamicaly but would
> add that if you want to stop all communication on a port permanently you
> can use the TCP/IP filters that are built in to specify the types of
> traffic you want to allow or not allow.
> --
> Curtis Koenig
> Support Professional
> Microsoft Clustering Technologies Support
> Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
> Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer - Security
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> >From: "Steven L Umbach" <>
> >Subject: Re: Closing ports
> >Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2003 16:47:30 GMT
> >
> >Ports are opened and closed by the applications/services that use them.
> block
> >access to ports from the internet, use a firewall XP has a very good
> in
> >firewall that you can use called ICF. --- Steve
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