Flash Media Servers as Open Proxies

Marshall Eubanks tme at americafree.tv
Thu Dec 3 12:22:41 CST 2009

On Dec 3, 2009, at 1:09 PM, Ray Sanders wrote:

> Marshall,
> 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.

Via a DMCA take-down letter for a Cricket match that was sent to  
AmericaFree.TV, and subsequent research into what was going on.


> Thanks!
> 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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> Ray Sanders
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