Deciding what modes to keep.

Eric S. Raymond esr at
Fri Sep 30 00:22:02 UTC 2016

Gary E. Miller <gem at>:
> > But we have one mission imperative that trumps drop-in replacement:
> > security.  And what makes these modes targets for removal is that,
> > according to Daniel, there are fundamentally impossible to secure.
> I would split that hair.  Maybe ntpd could still send broadcast, there
> are a lot of legacy clients that can not be updated.  But not
> accept broadcast in.

That is an interesting idea!

> I not exactly sure what modes you are dropping, but dropping 'peer'
> mode would be a serious PITA for the isntalled base.  Trying to
> update an old router, without a support contract, is pretty much
> impossible.  At least not without some license or legal violation.

Ordinary peer mode is unicast, yes?  No way we'd ever drop that.
		<a href="">Eric S. Raymond</a>
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