[ntp:questions] other strange Linksys behaviour (phone home?)
maeder+news at mathconsult.ch
Wed Jan 21 14:31:04 UTC 2004
Not strictly related to this topic, but another strange thing happens with the
utility (Ver. 1.2) for the WPC54G wireless PC card. I noticed, first with a
netstat, now very clearly with zonealarm, that when this utility starts up it
tries to make a TCP connection to 126.96.36.199:13. This connection stays in
the SYN_SENT stage. This IP doesn't seem to have a PTR record, but "whois"
says it belongs to SBC Internet Services of Plano/Texas. and the subrange with
this IP (188.8.131.52/25) belongs to Linksys, Irvine, CA (ARIN NET-66-161-11-0-1)!
Port 13 is "daytime" so this looks like another, rather clumsy, attempt to
find out what time it is. It also allow Linksys to find out who in the world
uses the WPC54G (except under Windows XP, where you would normally not use the
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