Unrestricted Modem on the Internet


A live and potentially unrestricted modem has been detected.


A remote intruder can anonymously dial anywhere that the phone can call.


In the past, dialout modems were often placed unprotected on one of a UN*X host's TCP ports to facilitate their use. With the advent of special purpose hardware with built-in protection facilities, as well as extra authentication methods such as S/Key and digital tokens, there is little reason to do this.

The problem

Anyone can use the modem to dial anywhere, enabling them to attack random targets and incurring you a potentially large phone bill.


Disallow unprotected Internet access of the modem by placing it behind a firewall or putting password or other extra authentication methods on it (such as S/Key or digital tokens.)