[RC5] Security risks?

Steve Clark steevc at MailAndNews.com
Tue Jan 16 14:02:03 EST 2001

I've just had this mail from our IT manager:

"Due to the increased risk of network intrusion faced by us on a daily
basis, it has been decided not to permit applications like distributed
network computing to run on our network.
It opens a permanent connection to the internet.  This is unacceptable."

I've been running dnet here for over a year with the co-operation of my
colleagues and the knowledge of some management. We're currently
processing around 2000 giganodes on OGR each day.

He also refers to ICQ and Napster as possible risks and I know others
use them here.

Is he overreacting? Can anyone provide me with an argument to persuade
him otherwise? I don't know enough about network technicalities to
dispute what he says.


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