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SubjectRe: linux kernel TCP, network connections and iptables
On Thu, 7 Sep 2000 kuznet@ms2.inr.ac.ru wrote:
> Hello!
> > I believe that the DoS is that the path through the kernel turns out to be
> > long and that a lot of these packets will bring a machine to its knees.
>
> It is not longer than path for any other kind of packet.
> In the reported case it is much shorter. 8)
>
> Apparently, you try to remind about that silly pseudo-attack
> against some kind of BSD? 8) First, it was different, because
> flood was made for port, which was listened. The path is really
> longer there, but the difference is ridiculuous.

Well, it looks like you're getting hit with stream.c or raped.c and what
I'm passing on is just what I picked up from a CERT guy at Usenix. He
claimed that stream.c worked by exploiting a long path through the kernel
to bring the machine to its knees.

Dave Dittrich has a bunch of information (which I should probably read) on
these attacks here: http://staff.washington.edu/dittrich/misc/ddos/stream.txt

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