When The (Net) Time Stood Still

3 thoughts on “When The (Net) Time Stood Still”

  1. This reminds me of a similar incident a couple of years ago when Netgear wireless routers flooded the ntp server at Univ of Madison with ntp queries.
    A simple firmware upgrade fixed it although i am unsure as to how many consumers are willing to “risk” performing firmware upgrades on their router or even aware that the problem exists in the first place.

    It should have been easy enough to make the ntp server an options field so that a firmware update would not be required and in any case netgear et. al should at least use the ntp server pool rather than statically hardcode ntp servers without prior permission from the admins.

  2. Both the current D-link, and the previous netgear incidents are discussed above in my blog.

    As someone who’s implemented a WHOLE bunch of ntp servers over the years (first thing done when installing/taking over a lab)
    I can safely report that I NEVER connected to ANY stratum 1 NTP servers!
    Markbnj

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