Flash Media Servers as Open Proxies
tme at americafree.tv
Thu Dec 3 11:45:54 CST 2009
I recently found out that the Adobe Flash Media Server (FMS) can
operate "out of the box"
as an open proxy, enabling other people to steal server resources and
I also found that there is an ecosystem of pirates taking advantage of
this "feature" to
illegally stream sports events (and maybe other stuff as well). Each
event uses multiple (stolen)
servers and can amount to thousands of streams and Gbps of consumed
I believe but am not 100% sure that there are similar problems with
Window Media Servers.
I would like to hear (off-list) from people who have experience
fighting this so that we could
maybe pool techniques. I will try to write this up further later.
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