Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 9th Apr 2006 12:49 UTC, submitted by rycamor
Legal FreeBSD developer Poul-Henning Kamp (PHK) happens to run a tier-1 NTP server, intended only for use by ISPs' main servers in Denmark, and specifically not intended for individual client connections, not to mention client connections from anywhere else in the world. He offers this service pro bono to ISPs. Unfortunately, D-Link has decided to abuse the open nature of the NTP protocol and has actually hard-coded PHK's server hostname in the firmware of several of their home network products. Since contacting D-Link yielded no results, PHK went public.
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RE: Force
by BBlalock on Sun 9th Apr 2006 14:16 UTC in reply to "Force"
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In one of the other discussions of this it was pointed out that filtering the packets would degrade his performance.

It was also mentioned that in the overwhelming majority of cases nobody would ever know or care that thier dlink gizmo has the wrong time, so sending bad packets would be pointless. It would also be hypocritical as it would be an violation of the standards that he is trying to make dlink conform to.

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RE[2]: Force
by CrimsonScythe on Sun 9th Apr 2006 18:22 in reply to "RE: Force"
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From what I understood, the performance strain on the server would also mean that the time-accuracy of the NTP server would lessen. That sounds pretty bad, I think.

Well, I'll never buy a D-Link product as long as I live. I guess Belkin is no longer alone on my networking black list. In case anybody is wondering what I'm talking about, check here:

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RE[3]: Force
by MikeGA on Sun 9th Apr 2006 19:52 in reply to "RE[2]: Force"
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Never come across that story before. That is ridiculously bad ;)

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