I enabled UPnP and BitTornado still doesn't work. I'm forced to use Bram's BT client.
I think that the URL from the Guest post is a bunch of BS. They just want to sell a product using scare tactics. Their product does something that can already be done manually. One paragraph states "Microsoft's latest security patch DOES NOT DISABLE UPnP!" Why would it disable UPnP?! I believe that the latest security patch from Microsoft makes UPnP safe. Sure; there may
be undiscovered vulnerabilities, but Microsoft generally releases patches long before they are exploited. The problem is that most elitists think that they're too good for Automatic Update Notification.
Err... open ur mouth and now put ur foot in there. Steve Gibson's UnPlug n' Pray is FREE! There is nobody trying to sell you anything. This is just a small registry hack to disable UPnP for the average person who doesn't know how to do it manually.
There have been numerous hacks exploiting the UPnP feature that is automatically turned on. You have to keep in mind that Microsoft tailors their software around functionality before security. They figure they will configure your OS to work. It is up to the end-user to figure out what services are and are not needed. If some of these unneeded services are security risks, too bad. Microsoft will not fix them until they start receiving bad press because of it. Even with SP2 there are still known exploits in the wild. Microsoft just does not deem them serious enough to fix right away. Some of the major worms seen in the past couple years exploited known vulnerabilites. MS only fixed them after everyone started getting slammed.
You say there may
be undiscovered vulnerabilities... you should be saying there are known vulnerabilities that are still not fixed
Go do some googling if you don't believe me.
Turning off UPnP is just common sense. If you don't need the service running, then by all means turn it off and shut a potential security leak. As long as there is one curious or industrious individual out there, new ways to hack will
be discovered. There is no such thing as a foolproof program. There are always ways to get in the door. If you remove the door and put a solid brick metal wall in it's place, it makes it a hell of a lot harder for someone to get in without being seen.