I went to click here to test my firewall after setting up the home network. Everything was nicely stealthed except port 5000 which is apparently a potential weak spot caused by Universal Plug and Play. The site offers a small utility which "first stops the UPNPDH service if it is running, then disables its future operation. After this is done the SSDPDS service is stopped and also disabled. This shuts down Windows XP's external Internet server to prevent exposure to any presently known or later discovered UPnP vulnerabilities".
What do you guys think? No reason why those services can't dealt with myself, but is this really safe or necessary? Do you tech-heads leave UPnP running?
But I thought these weren't needed for a network? I've actually set both to disabled, and can still use the laptop (client) to access the PC's (host) broadband connection. The 2 units can also still access each others files and folders.