The Shadowserver Foundation

Open Quote of the Day Service Scanning Project

If you are looking at this page, then more than likely, you noticed a scan coming from this server across your network and/or poking at the QOTD (Quote of the Day) service.

The Shadowserver Foundation is currently undertaking a project to search for publicly accessible devices that have the (legacy) QOTD service running. The goal of this project is to identify openly accessible systems that have the QOTD service running and report them back to the network owners for remediation.

These devices have the potential to be used in UDP amplification attacks and if at all possible, we would like to see these services made un-available to miscreants that would misuse these resources.

Servers that are configured this way have been incorporated into our reports and are being reported on a daily basis.

Information on UDP-based amplification attacks in general can be found in US-CERT alert TA14-017A at:


We are querying all computers with routable IPv4 addresses that are not firewalled from the internet on port 17/udp with a carriage return and capturing the response. We intend no harm, but if we are causing problems, please contact us at gro [tod] revfooreswodahs [ta] nacbarssnd

If you would like to test your own device to see if it has QOTD enabled, try the command: "nc -u [IP] 17" and type in a few bits of text, followed by a carriage return. If QOTD is enabled, expect to see a pithy quote appear on your screen. If your system does not have the command "nc", it may also be called "netcat".


To be removed from this set of scanning you will need to send an email to dnsscan [at] shadowserver [dot] org with the specific CIDR's that you would like to have removed. You will have to be the verifiable owner of these CIDR's and be able to prove that fact. Any address space that is blocklisted will be publicly available here:

Useful Links

Scan Status

Statistics on current run

Other Statistics

If you would like other statistics and information on historical trends, please take a look at: Otherwise, stats from the most current scan are listed below.

All devices with QOTD Enabled

All qotd

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If you would like to see more regions click here

All devices with QOTD Enabled

All qotd

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If you would like us to not scan your network, please let us know and we will remove your networks from the scan.

Likewise, if you have anymore questions please feel free to send us an email at: gro [tod] revfooreswodahs [ta] nacbarssnd

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