Tag: DoS

How to prevent or stop DoS attacks?

application layer firewallThe response and prevention

In order to defend against Denial of Service attacks the combination of attack detection use is typically involved in it, classification of traffic as well as response tools, and the target is to block traffic if identified as illegal and permit the legal traffic only after identifying it. Below is a list of response tools as well as prevention:

Firewalls

The rules of firewalls are quite simple like to permit or not to permit ports, protocols, or IP addresses. There are some DoS attacks that are quite complicated for number of firewalls, for example if an attack occurs on port 80 (web service), it is not easy for the firewalls to differentiate between the bad traffic and the good traffic of DoS attack so the filter packet filter firewalls cannot prevent the attack. In addition, firewalls may be located too deeply in the network. Even before the traffic enters the firewall the affect on routers may take place. However, firewalls can play an effective role in preventing users from the launch of even simple flooding attacks that can occur from the machines behind the firewall.

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DoS Methods – PDoS, Permanent DoS attacks

DoSA PDoS or permanent denial-of-service, also referred to as phlashing, is a severe attack that completely damage a system as a result of which the system’s reinstallation of hardware or replacement is required. A PDoS attack exploits the flaws of security which further permits the administration present far away on the hardware of the victim management interfaces, like printers, routers, or other hardware used for networking.

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DoS Methods – ICMP and SYN flood, Teardrop and Low-rate DoS attacks

ICMP flood

Smurf attack is one specific form of a flooding DoS attack that occurs on the public Internet. It solely depends on incorrect configuration network equipments that permit packets that are supposed to be sent to all hosts of computer on a specific network not via any machine but only via network’s broadcast address. Then the network actually works or serves as a smurf amplifier. In an attack like this, the killers or the perpetrators will send IP packets in huge number displaying the fake source address as to show that it is a victim’s address.

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DDoS – Distributed Denial of Service attack

When a number of systems i.e. one or more than one web server floods the resources and bandwidth of a targeted system then a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS) takes place, Different types of methods are used by attackers in order to compromise the systems.

It is the malware that can carry out the mechanisms of DDoS attack; its best example was MyDoom. The mechanism of its DoS was actually triggered on a specific time and date. The DDoS of this kind involves hardcoding of the target IP address before the release of malware and there was no need of communication for launching the attack.

It can also happen that the system may be compromised with a trojan, giving a permission to the attacker downloading a zombie agent (sometimes the trojan already contain one). Attackers can destroy the systems with the help of automated tools that exploit the faults present in programs and listen for connections from far away hosts. The primary concern of this scenario is that the systems start serving as web servers.

One of the classic examples of DDoS tool is Stacheldraht DDoS tool. A layered structure is used and the attacker make use of a client program for connecting to the handlers, and these are compromised systems that send commands to the zombie agents, which give rise to DDoS attack. The handlers can control the agents with the use of automated routines in order to exploit program’s vulnerabilities that accept the connections running far away on the targeted hosts. Every single handler has a capacity to control up to 1000 agents.

These systems compromisers are referred to as botnets. Still the DoS tools like Stacheldraht utilizes the classic method of DoS attack centered on IP spoofing as well as amplification like fraggle attacks and smurf attacks (also referred to as bandwidth consumption attacks). Sometimes the SYN floods or resource starvation attacks may be used too. For the purpose of DoS modern tools can utilize DNS servers.

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DoS and DDoS – Denial of Service attacks

DoS – Denial of Service attack

The concept behind the design of DoS attack is interfering in the normal functions of a server, web site, or other resources of a network. The hackers and even the virus writers can use number of ways in order to get this job done. One of the most common methods is flooding a server with heavy traffic from network so that it becomes difficult to control it. As a result of this heavy traffic it is not possible to carry out the normal functions properly and sometimes this can further lead to server crash.

The only difference in case of DDoS attack is that multiple machines are used in order to conduct it. The master and zombie machines are used by hackers or virus writers in order to co-ordinate the attack across the other. These two machines usually exploit an application’s vulnerability on the machine, to install any malicious code like Trojan.

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