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#1 Gigantor



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Posted 30 August 2012 - 05:13 PM


Please forgive me if this comes across as a stupid question - but I created a test XP-SP2 machine to test for fun against some tools like Metasploit etc..
I left all default settings and brought the box up, and of course after running a scan (as I expected) nothing came back as if I remember correctly Windows XP SP2 blocks all incoming traffic (just not egress)
that is not related to a currently established connection?

This got me thinking, Windows uses ports 135, 139, and 445 by default - so why aren't these showing up in any of the scans as open?
Aren't they currently open and listening for other windows machines on the network?

If the machine was just to sit there idle, with no user running any applications on it, with these default settings - could it not be exploited?
If it can, how (theoretically) - as right now it seems all connections to it are blocked coming in?

Sorry for the onslaught of questions, just curious!!

Thanks in advance for any help!


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