The Internet Gateway Device Discovery and Control Client Is an Optional Networking Component in Windows XP Professional Service Pack 1a (SP1a)

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SUMMARY

By default, the Internet Gateway Device Discovery and Control Client is installed on a Windows XP Professional computer. The Internet Gateway Device Discovery and Control Client starts the Simple Service Discovery Protocol (SSDP) Discovery service, that listens on port 1900 for NOTIFY directives. NOTIFY directives are messages that advertise the availability of UPnP-capable devices on the network. If you do not require the functionality of the Internet Gateway Device Discovery and Control Client, you can remove the client from your computer. Doing so can help lower the risk of Internet-based attacks to port 1900 on your computer.

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The Internet Gateway Device Discovery and Control Client permits Windows to detect and interact with Internet gateway devices. Internet gateway devices include routers and computers that run Internet Connection Sharing. Internet gateway devices use SSPD to broadcast their availability on the network. Using SSPD to do so permits clients to automatically locate the IGD device and use the device as their default gateway for external network access.

Windows XP Service Pack 1a (SP1a) makes the Internet Gateway Device Discovery and Control Client an optional networking component that you can add or remove by using Add or Remove Programs. You can add or remove the Internet Gateway Device Discovery and Control Client, based on your individual requirements. For additional information about how to obtain the latest Service Pack for Windows XP, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322389 How to Obtain the Latest Windows XP Service Pack

If you want to remove the Internet Gateway Device Discovery and Control Client after you install Windows XP SP1a, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, click Control Panel, click Add or Remove Programs, and then click Add/Remove Windows Components.
  2. In the Components list, click Networking Services, click Details, and then click to clear the Internet Gateway Device Discovery and Control Client check box.
  3. Click OK, click Next, and then click Finish.
  4. Restart your computer.

Note If you need the functionality of the Internet Gateway Device Discovery and Control Client, standard firewall practices, specifically blocking port 1900, can be used to help lower the risk of Internet-based attacks on your computer.

REFERENCES

For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
821371 Capabilities of the Internet Gateway Device Discovery and Control Client and of Universal Plug and Play
For additional information about a buffer-overrun vulnerability in UPnP in Windows XP, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
315000 Unchecked Buffer in Universal Plug and Play Can Lead to System Compromise for Windows XP

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Article ID: 821980 - Last Review: July 3, 2003 - Revision: 1.2
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP1
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP1a
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