We have a firewall (was Re: Pakistan government orders ISPservice level agreement)
Christopher L. Morrow
chris at UU.NET
Wed May 7 03:42:57 UTC 2003
On Tue, 6 May 2003, Scott Granados wrote:
> Unless you actually call UUnet and your not a customer, God help you then.
The problem is that ALL isp's (large ones atleast) are setup to handle
direct customers only. They expect downstreams of downstreams to call the
downstream first :( There is authentication information setup and ready to
figure out that Scott from Internap is in fact Scott from Internap and not
Scott from wworks :( This impedes the process for some situations, like
attacks. It also protects the direct customer and the customer's customer
from social engineering attacks.
> Some companies are very very good at dealing with DDOS, Internap being one
> and UUNET if you are a customer another. Even a post here although maybe
> not exactly proper will get you responses from people like Chris and so on
> who can and will be helpful.
There are other ways to get in touch with me or brian or with other ISP's.
In the last few months some outside folks have started getting together
some cross provider contact methods. These are making contact much
easier for things of this sort. Apparently the Gov't gotten onto the tip
that there is little if any interprovider communications :( (Atleast for
So, the long and the short of it is things are getting better...
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Phil Rosenthal" <pr at isprime.com>
> To: "E.B. Dreger" <eddy+public+spam at noc.everquick.net>; <nanog at merit.edu>
> Sent: Tuesday, May 06, 2003 5:02 PM
> Subject: Re: We have a firewall (was Re: Pakistan government orders
> ISPservice level agreement)
> > On 5/6/03 7:51 PM, "E.B. Dreger" <eddy+public+spam at noc.everquick.net>
> > >
> > > SD> Date: Tue, 6 May 2003 19:28:48 -0400 (EDT)
> > > SD> From: Sean Donelan
> > >
> > >
> > > SD> The Pakistan Telecommunications Company Ltd has aquired a
> > > SD> firewall to solve the DDOS situation impacting Internet
> > > SD> service in the country. An unnamed security advisor asserted
> > > SD> the proper use of a firewall would control the DDOS attacks
> > > SD> and prevent hacking.
> > >
> > > Now the DDoS melts the pipes _and_ the firewall. I'd like to
> > > know if said "consultant" ever considered recommending the PTC
> > > contact their upstreams for help with backtrace/blocking. Anyone
> > > with a modicum of clue (or Google access) should figure out that
> > > one...
> > >
> > Not every upstream is as clueful as Uunet, and not every noc employee is
> > clueful as Chris and Brian at UUnet.
> > It has been my experience that most upstreams have no concept that they
> > backtrace, and generally have no interest in helping you do it. I'm not
> > mudslinging here, so I won't say who my experience is with, but a few
> > transitless/near transitless upstreams I've dealt with were most
> > either because they didn't know how to help, or worse, they did know how
> > help and didn't care.
> > And, depending on the nature of the DDoS attack, perhaps it isn't related
> > saturation, but rather to overloading router processors, or something else
> > that can effectively be filtered customer-side?
> > Our policy as of late has just been to make sure we have equipment on our
> > side fast enough to filter at wire speed, and get enough capacity to our
> > upstreams that it is signifigantly unlikely that anyone could generate
> > enough traffic to saturate it (in which case, we would have no choice but
> > ask carriers to filter, and backtrace).
> > --Phil
> > ISPrime
> > >
> > > Eddy
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