smurf's attack...

Rick Summerhill rrsum at
Fri Sep 5 21:23:45 UTC 1997

On Fri, 5 Sep 1997, Jordyn A. Buchanan wrote:

> At 2:45 PM -0500 9/5/97, Jon Green wrote:
> >On Fri, 5 Sep 1997 15:24:58 -0400, jordyn at writes:
> >
> >>We're also using the following extended access list (along with
> >>anti-spoofing filters) to prevent smurf attacks from originating from our
> >>network:
> >>
> >>access-list XXX deny ip any
> >
> >
> >Folks, this is a bad idea.  There are lots of completely valid IP
> >addresses out there that end in .255.  True, most of them that
> >end in .255 ARE broadcast addresses, but if people implement this
> >kind of filtering on a large scale, it really breaks classless IP.
> Eep, this is true.  (Stupid me).
> Haven't had any complaints yet from users unable to access anything yet,
> but so much for making the 'Net slightly safer from this crap.

Well, I'm not so sure it is a bad idea in all cases.  Like anything, you
should apply this with a little forthought, however.  If you know how your
network is configured, if you know how people have carved up their class B's
and such, you can eliminate a lot of the problems by doing this kind
of thing, especially if your network is not too large.  It won't stop
a broadcast sent to a network like (i.e.,
and the same is true for smaller networks, but if you have a bunch of class
B's and you have carved them up into /24's, then you can catch a lot of
the problems by doing just that filter.  As a general rule, for everyone,
probably not!


Rick Summerhill                          Network administrator, KANREN
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