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Re: [NANOG-LIST] handling ddos attacks

  • From: Brent Van Dussen
  • Date: Thu May 20 15:25:48 2004

Is there any quantification on what qualifies as a Large DDOS attack and perhaps a comparison of what type of routers can/can't handle such a load? Typical DDOS's that I've seen are 10-20X the normal incoming packet rate, upto and over 1Mpps. Having to switch that amount of additonal load has a tremendous impact on linecard CPU and any amount of additional features to try and protect your customer will sometimes result in a degradation to *everyone* not just the target. In my experience calling the upstream provider and having it blocked is still the only thing that can be done. When working on the backbone I've spent hours tracking the majority of flows back to one or more peering points and blocking it there where the attack isn't as concentrated and thus safer to filter.


At 11:52 AM 5/20/2004, Mark Kent wrote:

I've been trying to find out what the current BCP is for handling ddos
attacks.  Mostly what I find is material about how to be a good
net.citizen (we already are), how to tune a kernel to better withstand
a syn flood, router stuff you can do to protect hosts behind it, how
to track the attack back to the source, how to determine the nature of
the traffic, etc.

But I don't care about most of that.  I care that a gazillion
pps are crushing our border routers (7206/npe-g1).

Other than getting bigger routers, is it still the case that the best
we can do is identify the target IP (with netflow, for example) and
have upstreams blackhole it?


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