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Re: BGP Exploit

  • From: Christopher L. Morrow
  • Date: Thu May 06 18:55:21 2004

On Thu, 6 May 2004, Patrick W.Gilmore wrote:
> >> That is DAMNED impressive.  I've never seen a router which can take a
> >> Gigabit of traffic to its CPU and stay up.  What kind of router was
> >> this?  You mentioned Juniper and Cisco before, but I know a cisco will
> >> fall over long before a gigabit and a Juniper either does or drops
> >> packets destined for the CPU (but keeps routing).
> >
> > recieve-path acl and recieve-path-limits perhaps on a cisco will allow
> > survival? Though if this is 'bgp' from a valid peer it seems likely to
> > crunch it either way.
> Does this mean you think a cisco would survive a gigabit of traffic
> from a "valid" peer directed at the CPU?  I admit I have not tested

If you employed the recieve-path acls and limits sure... the linecard can
take a gig of traffic, right? :) The neighbor might not be happy since you
would likely rate-limit down peer traffic to some 'normal' level and thus
choke off the real peer and the session would drop in the end anyway. So,
same end effect, different method.

> this, but past experience with similar things would imply _any_ router
> cisco makes would fall over in such a situation - at best just wedging
> and not doing anything (pass packets, SMNP, SSH, etc.), and perhaps
> rebooting, depending upon IOS / model.

without the recieve-path stuff it surely will pain the router.

> >> Perhaps it was rate limiting the # of packets which reached the CPU,
> >> and the session stayed up because the "magic" packet was dropped in
> >> the
> >> rate limiting?
> >>
> >
> > That sees likely.
> Agreed.  Which makes the test ... not 100% valid.


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