[ntp:questions] Re: Can you test my server please.

Brad Knowles brad at stop.mail-abuse.org
Wed Dec 1 01:43:35 UTC 2004

At 8:31 PM -0500 2004-11-30, Danny Mayer wrote:

>  Brad, as you know, DNS is totally agnostic as to which IP address
>  it returns from the pool. It really doesn't know any different.

	Correct.  The problem is not the issue of handing out records 
according to some particular preferences of the pool operators.

	The problem is that some clients become excessively abusive (a la 
Netgear/UWisc), and while some pool server operators may be able to 
withstand such an assault from a somewhat lower volume traffic 
generator, there are plenty who cannot.

>                If the pool operator doesn't want literally anyone and
>  everyone to access their NTP server then they really should not be
>  putting it in the list.

	The problem is not the normal, legitimate use of the servers. 
The problem is the abusers, and what you can/should do to protect 
yourself against them.

	Now, if you're saying that anyone who can't withstand the abuse 
should get out of the pool, then that's pretty much the end of the 
entire pool.ntp.org project right there.

Brad Knowles, <brad at stop.mail-abuse.org>

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