[MLB-WIRELESS] The consequences of an open AP

Rowan Crowe rowan at sensation.net.au
Fri Jul 15 15:29:10 EST 2005

I've seen a lot of wireless storage devices pop up lately. What happens if
you happen to have a couple of "enterprising" kids who find your open AP
and use your HD space to store their pirated music and games? Or some
dirty old men passing ch*ld p*rn through your storage AP? You may not even
realise that there is illegal content sitting on your own equipment.

I thought it would be fun to set up an open AP with a public Samba server
to encourage file sharing, but that idea quickly dissolved when I
considered the above scenarios... probably unlikely that it ever would
happen, but if it did there could be some serious trouble.

Another potential issue... if you run an open AP with authentication
and/or encryption at a higher level, two parties could still connect and
pass through packets between themselves (unless there's an AP setting that
only permits packets between WAN-LAN and LAN-WAN?)

Thoughts? Am I just paranoid? :)


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