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I have an Amazon EC2 instance and i don't have anything running on it yet but my event log is full of below error

"Login failed for user 'sa'. Reason: An attempt to login using SQL authentication failed. Server is configured for Windows authentication only. [CLIENT: 59.48.47.215]"

What is this ? is someone trying to attack or is it something internal ? I know about the authentication mix mode and etc... just want to make sure what it is before I change the sql security settings.

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Unless you're expecting traffic from China Telecom, then yes, it's an attempt at an attack - though obviously an ineffective one in this case, since the sa account isn't enabled in windows-only mode.

I'd recommend against having port 1433 accessible to the outside world.

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  • I thought it was blocked by default on windows firewall! How do i block it ? – Parham Oct 17 '13 at 5:19

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