Slow and Fast IP addresses on http ?

Paul Vixie vixie at
Tue Jun 17 17:14:49 UTC 2003

smb at ("Steven M. Bellovin") writes:

> It might also be port 113 -- some sites try to query your tcp port 113, 
> and wait for a timeout if the port is firewalled.  A better solution 
> than blocking it is to send an immediate RST.

people who depend on tcp/113 deserve everything stupid that happens to them.
dropping SYN packets or returning a fixed string are both better than sending
an immediate RST.  (false confidence being valued less than low confidence.)
i was rather shocked to discover tcp/113 clientness enabled by default in
postfix and sendmail.  but even widespread ignorance does not call for
widespread coddling such as returning immediate RST's.
Paul Vixie

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