DNS Amplification attack?
David W. Hankins
David_Hankins at isc.org
Tue Jan 20 17:31:28 CST 2009
On Tue, Jan 20, 2009 at 12:54:32PM -0800, Wil Schultz wrote:
> Anyone else noticing "." requests coming in to your DNS servers?
I was surprised to see 'amplification' in the subject line here, since
on my nameservers my replies are of equal length to the queries. A
little bit of asking around, and I see that it is an amplification
attack, preying on old software.
Let me sum up;
If you're running 9.4 or later, you will reply to these packets with
45 octet RCODE:Refused replies. 1:1. 9.4 has an "allow-query-cache"
directive that defaults to track allow-recursion, which you should
have set appropriately.
If you're running 9.3 or earlier, you will reply to these queries
"out of cache" (the root hints), and those replies can be 300-500
octets I think. 1:6-11.
So in lieu of keeping a new up-to-date list of IP addresses to filter,
as it expands and shrinks, you can greatly reduce your own footprint
in these attacks with a quick upgrade.
David W. Hankins "If you don't do it right the first time,
Software Engineer you'll just have to do it again."
Internet Systems Consortium, Inc. -- Jack T. Hankins
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