Port Forwarding - how safe?

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by Mainframeguy, Oct 8, 2004.

  1. Mainframeguy

    Mainframeguy Debiant by way of Ubuntu Folding Team

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    For reasons I will not go into in any boring detail, I have just forwarded a TCP range and a UDP port to my main host through my MoDem/Router.... Now over a period of time I must admit that I have become completely lax with firewalls since I got this router, although I do now run with the SP2 one simply because it is easier that way by default.....

    So I thought I would ask here, what are peoples opinions of the insecurity I have opened myself to by port forwarding? I view it as pretty miniscule - but after reading about PunkRulz I am thinking twice.... all views received with interest - reps for the most educational :p
     
  2. j79zlr

    j79zlr Glaanies script monkey Political User

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    It depends on what ports you've forwarded and what is listening on those ports from the PC that the ports are forwarded to. If you forward port 32145 to PC1, but PC1 has no program/service/daemon listening to port 32145 it makes no difference.