[apologies in advance for the rant]
On Fri, Aug 10, 2001 at 10:37:48PM -0400,
Yes, it's that bad, and yes, Keith is justified. ;)
It's worse than bad. It's evil and stupid.
If the host is a public mail server then the banner provides useful
information. Munging the banner is a bug, not a feature. If I want
to tailor the banner, then I will configure my mail system to do so.
If the host is not a public mail server, then the service should be
blocked entirely, not munged.
This obfuscation, therefore, serves no valuable purpose and its use
can only be a detriment.
The chip on my shoulder is because I had to do mail system debugging
across a Cisco PIX inserted by a network manager who refused to believe
his network could be messing with the SMTP session I was trying to
Chip Rosenthal Now we buy spam at the grocery store,
http://www.unicom.com/ cause you can't eat the fish no more.
<chip(_at_)unicom(_dot_)com> - Little Village