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

Wolfgang S. Rupprecht wolfgang+gnus20041124T155740 at dailyplanet.dontspam.wsrcc.com
Thu Nov 25 00:52:56 UTC 2004

Brad Knowles <brad at stop.mail-abuse.org> writes:
> 	So, the pool.ntp.org project needs another way to get these
> people to stop abusing the servers, and the method being proposed by
> Simon is that we give them an "obvious" bogus time reference, at which
> point they hopefully decide that we're not a good time server for them
> and they go away.

How about this idea: have each client announce it's name and version
number in every request packet.  Unapproved clients get
ignored/kod-ed/sent-the-wrong-time.  For a client to be approved for
serving at pools.ntp.org someone at pools.ntp.org needs to audit and
give their stamp of approval.  Obvious crap code gets laughed at.
Code that later misbehaves even though it looks like it should work
gets its certification pulled.

This wont stop someone willfully beating on a pools server with
homegrown code, but then nothing will.  We are talking about udp after
all.  The best pools.ntp.org can do is get the attention of the
developers up front in a way that the developers can't ignore.

Wolfgang S. Rupprecht                http://www.wsrcc.com/wolfgang/
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