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RE: DDoS attacks
- From: Brad
- Date: Thu Jul 12 13:58:34 2001
On Thu, 12 Jul 2001, David Harmelin wrote:
> At 08:45 AM 7/12/01 -0700, Roeland Meyer wrote:
> >This is the main point, a script-kiddie hunt, with prosecution, is the ONLY
> >real deterrent. Throw some of them in hotel greybar and remove them from
> >computing, for life, and we may see some of this turn around.
> >If a lady wears skimpy clothing, does she deserve to get raped? Obviously,
> >not. If a computer has skimpy protection, does it deserve to be turned into
> >a zombie? Simply because you forget to lock your car one night (whilst in
> >your driveway), do you deserve to have it stolen? If you leave a $100 on
> >your kitchen table, in your unlocked house, whilst you are working in your
> >garage, do I have the right to sneak in the back door and take it while
> >avoiding prosecution, on the grounds that you were careless? WRT EFFnet,
> >does a prostitute deserve to be raped?
> By the way, for those who care, there are relatively easy ways to fight DoS attacks:
> * use netflow and a bunch of scripts to detect them automatically
> * use BGP to block them on all your border routers instantly, based on destination
> * use BGP and Unicast RPF to block them on all your border routers instantly, based on source, if you really need to
> With a combination of all that, you can automatically block any major attack at your border.
Sorry- but after doing all of that, DDoS attacks still
saturate even the largest circuits- thus denying the
> Is it scalable? Yes.
Until the CPU overhead from netflow knocks out the
router(s) from a mass-attack.
> What about false alarms? We have implemented the detection bit.
> With a bit of tuning, we get 0.1% of false alarms and yet catch an average of 15 attacks per day, above 500 pkts/s (up to 10000s pkts/s).
> I wouldnt be surprised if Tier1 networks would catch much more attacks than that, with the same tool.
> My point: block automatically 99% of the DoS attacks at the top 10 transit providers level, and we may see DoS attacks be a thing of the past.
> "Kiddies only do it because they can".
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