[LINK] Internet filtering plan may extend to peer-to-peer traffic, says Stephen Conroy
kim at holburn.net
Tue Dec 23 23:30:14 EST 2008
On 2008/Dec/23, at 1:48 AM, Jan Whitaker wrote:
> At 12:43 AM 23/12/2008, Kim Holburn wrote:
>>> "Technology that filters peer-to-peer and BitTorrent traffic does
>>> exist and it is anticipated that the effectiveness of this will be
>>> tested in the live pilot trial," Senator Conroy said.
> Does anyone know if there are 'filters' per se that can do much more
> than block IP addresses or the full p2p protocol? Can filters do a
> discriminating blockage within the protocol?
I see be 2 ways of doing it - by deep inspection or by using an
application firewall. A full application firewall would have to
understand each protocol and with p2p I just don't see it as
possible. Either would be prohibitively expensive and/or slow. Also
subject to the possibility of nasty attacks (see:
ie it would subject almost all Australians to the possibility that
their web traffic could be hijacked and their home computers being
used to display child-pornography .
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