[e2e] tcp connection timeout

Lynne Jolitz lynne at telemuse.net
Mon Mar 6 18:19:28 PST 2006

What is the point of having a long-lived TCP session with keepalive in the 21st century? Is this not a security hole ripe for exploitation in an age of ubiquitous bandwidth and zombie machines? This is the heart of the issue.

The resource allocated to build a socket is minimal if well-designed in a processor / memory rich environment. Fears about OS resource allocation should not be considered as justification for putting keepalive in transport - that's a red herring, about as silly as libtelnet. ;-)

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