I received the following from my friend, ‘Andrew from Vancouver’. Pretty interesting…
I just noted that in the Windows Server 2008 and Vista SP2 “What’s significant” document, that Microsoft has removed the 10 half-open TCP connections limit that they introduced to impede worms and bots on Windows XP SP2.
“SP2 removes the limit of 10 half open outbound TCP connections. By default, SP2 has no limit on the number of half open outbound TCP connections. “
And of course, some may want to turn it back on:
I assume that they’ve decided their SDL is working and Vista is much less abused by botnets than XP was:
… and so they’ve decided to stop getting beaten up by bloggers and tech forum posers over this artificial limit… which probably suckers people into downloading dubious “patches” to increase their P2P download speeds, which, since they’re installed deliberately by the sucker could be any kind of malware instead.
Thanks for sharing, Andrew!