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Re: [opensuse] something like skype, but secure?
  • From: "Carlos E. R." <robin.listas@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 4 May 2008 03:15:52 +0200 (CEST)
  • Message-id: <alpine.LSU.1.00.0805040311170.18629@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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The Saturday 2008-05-03 at 12:19 -0700, John Andersen wrote:

Skype "searches for in your computer"? ???

Bypassing the firewall is the beauty of skype, a documented feature.

Firewall traversal is not difficult.
Skype is a community supported protocol,

Say what?

Community supported!? It is closed source, man. The method is known, more or less, because it has been reverse engineered, but it is certainly not "community suported".

not dissimilar
from BitTorrent in concept. If you have skype running and you are not
behind a firewall (or a port is forwarded inward) you provide routing
for encrypted traffic for other community users. Your machine is not
at risk due to this traffic because it is all encrypted. As is your
traffic.

After you have a look af the discussion on the wikipedia page, for instance, you will start to know what are the security issues of having skype in use in an organization.

- -- Cheers,
Carlos E. R.

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