[time] What to do about abuse

Jeffrey Goldberg jeffrey
Tue Feb 27 01:53:48 UTC 2007

I fear that this is a FAQ, but I didn't find a FAQ which listed it.   
If there is such a document, please point me to it and accept my  
apologies for posting to this list.  I have read the Usenet  
discussions that are pointed to from http://www.pool.ntp.org/, but  
those seem to predate the pool.

I just recently joined the pool (ntp0.goldmark.org) and have just  
started playing around with Wayne Schlitt's monitoring scripts.

Well, I'm absolutely flabbergasted by the abusive clients.  I'd like  
some understanding of what's behind it and what people do about it.

It don't see anything to gain by being deliberately abuse.  You don't  
gain anything by sending out a request 5 times per second.  As  
annoying as it is, there is little chance of doing any noticeable  
vandalism.  So my guess is that it is accidental.  But how could  
someone accidentally configure a client to just keep making requests.

And what do people do about them.  I can manually block those clients  
at my firewall.  I could report them to their ISPs and hosting  
companies.  I could just ignore the problem.  I could lower my  
claimed speed at the pool management site.

I'm curious to know what others do.

Jeffrey Goldberg                        http://www.goldmark.org/jeff/

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