D/DoS mitigation hardware/software needed.

Dobbins, Roland rdobbins at arbor.net
Sun Jan 10 03:21:18 UTC 2010

On Jan 10, 2010, at 10:05 AM, Roger Marquis wrote:

> Ok, I'll bite.  What firewalls are you referring to?

Hardware-based commercial firewalls from the major vendors, open-source/DIY, and anything in between.  All stateful firewalls ever made, period (as discussed previously in the thread).

> So then you're talking about CPU-driven firewalls, without ASICs e.g., consumer-level gear?  Well, that would explain why you think they fail before the servers behind them.

You obviously haven't read the thread.

No, I'm not talking about little firewalls, and no, I don't 'think' anything - I *know* it, because I've seen it over and over again, including during my tenure at the largest commercial firewall vendor in the world.

See here for a high-profile example:


I've personally choked a hardware-based firewall rated at 2gb/sec with only 80kpps of traffic from an old, PowerPC-based PowerBook, for example.  And again, as noted repeatedly in the thread, all that's required to effectively DDoS servers behind firewalls is to programmatically generate well-formed, completely valid traffic which passes all the firewall rules/inspectors/what-have-you - enough to 'crowd out' legit traffic from legit users.  

I strongly suggest reading the thread before commenting.

> Have you noticed how easily Drupal servers go down with corrupt MyISAM tables?  How would S/RTBH and/or flow-spec protect against that?

We're talking about DDoS mitigation in order to keep the servers up and running, so that they don't go down ungracefully and corrupt anything in the first place.

Placing a stateful inspection device in a topological position where no stateful inspection is possible due to every incoming packet being unsolicited makes zero sense whatsoever from an architectural standpoint, even without going into implementation-specific details.

Once again - read the thread. 

Roland Dobbins <rdobbins at arbor.net> // <http://www.arbornetworks.com>

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