IPv6, IPSEC and DoS

J. Oquendo sil at politrix.org
Mon Jan 3 15:29:55 UTC 2005

Re: IPv6, IPSEC and DoS

On Mon, 3 Jan 2005, Mohacsi Janos wrote:

> To prevent ARP or ND spoofing attack you should have L2 switch support to
> it! Or you can use static ARP or ND entries, which is rather difficult to
> maintain.
> Regards,
>       Janos Mohacsi

Funny you should mention this I thought about this but figure the
following, regardless of VLAN/PVLAN/ settings, switches still need to
build an ARP table so I would think that one can still inject bogus ARP
information but it would likely but delegated to that particular segment
where the MAC's are being spoofed from.

There was an instance last year where I saw a student using some form of
LAN generator for him to be able to spoof a network in order to play some
XBOX game. Packeteers saw multiple MAC addresses coming from the ports in
his room. When we investigated the situation he told us what it was the
program was doing and we advised him to limit it via pseudo threat of
disconnecting his port.

So what happens when an ARP generating programs collides with the address
of your L2 switch or a database. VLAN/PVLAN even static ARP entries won't
help much. At least I don't think there is much that can be done when
someone is determined. I could be wrong I am almost 99.999% of the times.
Even an exhaustion attack could do some major damage.


Aside from this, I've noticed there are quite a few OS' that still have
issues regarding IPv6


III. Impact
It may be possible for a local attacker to read portions of kernel
memory, resulting in disclosure of sensitive information. A local
attacker can cause a system panic.

Not to single out this one instance, there was also an issue with OpenBSD,
I'm sure I could find others for Windows, NetBSD as well.

J. Oquendo
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