[CentOS-mirror] DOS attack downloading DVD isos

H. Peter Anvin hpa at zytor.com
Thu Nov 26 03:00:50 UTC 2009

On 11/25/2009 03:19 PM, Nick Olsen wrote:
> A lot of mirrors do this anyways. ISO's are big files, HTTP wasn't made
> to move big files. Most people do this just so the user has a better
> chance of the download completing successfully.

What makes you say that http was not made to move big files?  There is
absolutely nothing about http which makes it unsuitable for large files.

I would personally consider a mirror redirecting http traffic to ftp to
be broken.  It's at the very best rude for people behind firewalls.


H. Peter Anvin, Intel Open Source Technology Center
I work for Intel.  I don't speak on their behalf.

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