Flash Media Servers as Open Proxies

Ray Sanders ray.sanders at villagevoicemedia.com
Thu Dec 3 12:09:30 CST 2009


Did you find out via published article, or your own research? 

Either way I'd like (if you don't mind) more information on this so I 
can investigate what impact there may be on our systems.


Marshall Eubanks wrote:
> 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 
> bandwidth. Furthermore,
> 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 
> bandwidth.
> 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.
> Regards
> Marshall Eubanks

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-Niels Bohr
Ray Sanders
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Village Voice Media
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