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Open News server

Vulnerability Assessment Summary
Public NNTP server is open to outside

Detailed Explanation for this Vulnerability Assessment
The remote server seems open to outsiders.
Some people love open public NNTP servers to
be able to read or post articles anonymously.
Keep in mind that robots are harvesting such
open servers on Internet, so you cannot hope that
you will stay hidden for long.

Unwanted connections could waste your bandwith
or put you into legal trouble if outsiders use your server
to read or post 'politically incorrects' articles.

** As it is very common to have IP based authentication,
** this might be a false positive if the Nessus scanner is
** among the permited source addresses.

Solution: Enforce authentication or filter connections from outside

Network Security Threat Level: Medium

Networks Security ID:

Vulnerability Assessment Copyright: This script is Copyright (C) 2005 Michel Arboi

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