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Limewire file sharing application installed

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Limewire file sharing application installed

Severity
5
CVSS
(AV:N/AC:H/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P)
Published
11/01/2004
Created
07/25/2018
Added
11/01/2004
Modified
12/04/2013

Description

The Limewire file sharing application is installed. Limewire is a peer-to-peer file sharing program that uses the Gnutella protocol.

File sharing programs are a security risk for the following reasons:

  • File sharing programs are often configured to share entire hard drives, which means that sensitive data (including passwords, email, and confidential documents) can be leaked to the outside world.
  • File sharing programs are often used to download additional software that may pose its own security risks (due to viruses and trojan horses). Many file sharing applications install additional "promotional" 3rd-party software that monitors users' actions (so-called "spyware").
  • File sharing programs are often used to share or obtain copyrighted material. This can expose you to legal action.
  • There have widespread incidents involving file sharing programs rigged with trojan horses which allow any remote user complete control of the infected computer.

In addition to these security risks, peer-to-peer programs can use an inordinate amount of bandwith, degrading network services.

Solution(s)

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