Thursday, May 25, 2006

Ports

No, not the drinking kind... I was amused to see that this website lists TCP port 135 as being used by "Blaster worm". (Other ports have the correct protocol in the description, e.g. 80 = HTTP).

Free computer help != correct computer help.

Update 5/26/2006: For the not-so-geeky folks out there. :)

Yes, the website above is in fact wrong. TCP (a protocol used to send data on the Internet) uses "ports" to direct traffic to different applications or services on a machine.
Port 135 is used on Windows machine for the DCOM/RPC service. The Blaster worm targeted a bug in this service and caused widespread disruption. (Machines would usually reboot endlessly - if you were really unlucky you might get malware installed too). I remember volunteering to help handle customer support calls in Sammamish. It was amazing to see how much time it took to resolve a single call - I think one call I handled took 45 mins, and the person at the other end remained amazingly friendly and patient all the way through.

Anyway, somehow the website above thinks the worm was so important that the TCP port should be re-christened in its honour.

8 comments:

::Wendy:: said...

too geeky! what does itb mean? are you sying this site published inaccurate information?

Anonymous said...

You'll never guess who stumbled onto your BLOG. A single cryptic clue from the murky depths...

Would you pay for space? :)

Mark said...

Is that you grandma?

Anonymous said...

ah boet it would seem you need more clues.

....

Mark said...

Hmm... Sorry, I have no idea.
Someone from Seff Effrica judging by the boet...

Mark said...

Is your first name Mark too?

Anonymous said...

Ze memory is clouded over... a further clue now follows...

Is that you |\|euron|\| ?

Mark said...

Wait... Maybe that's AJS?