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WinMX file sharing application installed

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WinMX 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 WinMX file sharing application is installed. WinMX is a peer-to-peer file sharing program that uses the OpenNAP 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).
  • 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)

  • windows-winmx-installed

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