[Full-disclosure] Dumb question: Is Windows box behind a router safe ?
michael at fritscher.net
Tue Sep 22 19:42:06 BST 2009
I hope you haven't caused a storm with aggressive mails here^^
This maillinglist is more about now detected holes in soft- and hardware...
First, you certainly mean not a normal router (which is on most cases 100%
transparent in both directions), but a NAT-router.
What the NAT blocks (in most cases) are incomings connections - But
expecially since XP SP2 this is a very seldom used way to attack
Nowadays, most bad software use holes in apps - browser, office, flash and
so on which use outgoing connections - which are NOT blocked by a
So, yes, a bot connectiong to a botnet could be installed if Firefox or a
plugin like Flash, Java, Quicktime and so on has a hole and you browse on
a "bad" site.
Btw, please read about NAT, routing, current bad software etc in the
internet - this will help you understanding the concerns.
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