Linked by David Adams on Fri 15th Jul 2005 15:34 UTC, submitted by Ben Deckers
Privacy, Security, Encryption Opera's announcement of in-browser support for Bittorent highlights the trend for common desktop applications requesting an ever-larger number of TCP ports to be opened up for them, essentially poking holes into firewalls. File transfer apps, VoIP, games, and other programs routinely request open ports, and that's a security risk, say some security experts.
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True enough. Theoretically a program installed in a users home directory shouldn't have system access, but exploits do occasionally happen.

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