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Info for Speech needed...

by bozburn2005 / March 5, 2007 8:08 AM PST

Hey guys,

I'm writing a speech on computer security for my public speaking class. Let's say that we have a Windows XP system that has NO firewall installed (and Windows Firewall is turned off). Could some of you comment on how easy it is to gain root access to the system, or how long it would take on average, any sort of knowledge you have, statistics, etc. Nothing too specific needed, just some alarming stats you might have. Thanks!

-Britt from Georgia

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Some direction
by linkit / March 5, 2007 2:49 PM PST

No software (or "personal") firewall installed on computer.
Windows Firewall is OFF.

Computer is not behind a "hardware" firewall (router or other).
Computer is connected directly to a broadband service (DSL, cable, or faster).

Computer is likely to be attacked within seconds.
Hmmm, how many seconds?
Attacked with what?
Is attack successful?
If successful, how far will the attack go and what will it do?

You still have work to do, but I hope this helps a little.

(Currently north of the Mason-Dixon but has visited Buckhead.)

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by PudgyOne / March 5, 2007 6:07 PM PST
In reply to: Some direction

Was your computer updated?

Do you use virus protection?

Do you use any spyware removal tools?

Do you use Outlook Express?

Do you use the preview pane?

Do you open every email you get?


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Try 13 minutes.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 5, 2007 10:54 PM PST

Actually I've seen this happen in seconds when an unpatched XP (note: no SP1 or SP2) and the XP is connected to the internet to fetch updates and antivirus. The most common worm I saw was Sasser. Time to infection was less than 60 seconds.

Hope this helps.

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by MarkFlax Forum moderator / March 5, 2007 11:45 PM PST

I've deleted a post that I considered took this discussion off course.

By doing so, the replies to it have gone as well.

I wish you good luck in your continued research.

By the way, that link given by Bob is scary. Without doing anything except connecting a Windows PC to the internet, it can be infected with a virus within 13 minutes. That's bad.


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