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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What a surprise
by moleskine on Sun 9th Apr 2006 14:51 UTC
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I once had five D-Link products. One dropped dead in three weeks, another after eight weeks and another after 14 months. I still have two, but never again.

While I don't know how D-Link really work, I did have to waste a lot of time messing with firmware while trying to get their broken products to work. I formed the impression that D-Link either buy-in or ship unchecked code cooked up in SE Asia. So it would be very easy for a developer out there to rip stuff off and feel fairly confident that D-Link would never bother to check. They certainly didn't check whether one of their ADSL modems would work under the UK telephone system. Perhaps no one told the developers on the other side of the world that it would need to.

So I am not surprised at this news. But I am a little surprised that instead of playing nice and doing something about it, D-Link are choosing to play big bully. You can bet that if Microsoft or IBM were doing the complaining instead of a single guy then D-Link would drop their pants and bend over sooner than you could say "Never buy a D-Link product".

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RE: What a surprise
by Angel--Fr@gzill@ on Sun 9th Apr 2006 15:13 in reply to "What a surprise"
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I would suggest to contact someone at the European Union .
Ther may be a possibility of bothering them at a european level. The layers or the embassy of Denmark to the EU should have any knowledge about who to contact. I guess it is worthy to bother them trying to stop or obstacle their business in all the countries in the EU. Of course, never going to a California court...

Since this is a big chunk of the global market, it could make them reconsider the case!

Anyway, this is nothing out of the ordinary. Typical "Big companies behaviour!


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