January 26, 2003

Microsoft Considered Harmful

Yesterday I noticed a severe Internet slowdown. I checked my network's logs and noticed an unusual number of requests for port 1434, which would be hackers looking to exploit a known hole in Microsoft's MySQL server, which I don't run at home.

As Inluminent explains, this turned out to be a global attack that crippled Internet traffic over the last day or so.

I'm thinking that running a Microsoft server attached to the Internet may soon become a new flavor of "attractive nuisance" that server operators could be sued for. Well, maybe not, but if you have a chance to switch to Apache, please do.

Posted by wasylik at January 26, 2003 10:04 AM | TrackBack