Ian Griffiths blogs about the removal of Raw sockets in XP SP2

Ian Griffiths’ Weblog: “Raw Sockets Gone in XP SP2 ”

I haven’t decided if I agree with Ian on this yet. He argues that hackers will find ways around the limitation, and that it limits the platform’s usefulness as a security tool.

I think that making things harder for hackers, even if it’s just a little bit, is a good thing… But I also would rather not have to fire up a Linux box to run NMAP. One more good reason to keep a Knoppix CD handy.