Retraining "IT" on networking myths (the cloud to the rescue!)

Michael Sinatra michael at rancid.berkeley.edu
Wed Jun 8 20:54:34 CDT 2011


On 06/08/11 18:32, Jared Mauch wrote:

> MYTHS:
>
> TCP/53 is only for zone transfers ICMP is a security risk/ddos
> avenue Internal networks must be secured with NAT A firewall is the
> only way to secure the perimiter
>
> In fact for IPv6, ICMP is more important vs less.  Firewalls
> frequently harm and don't block data going out.  TCP/53 is needed for
> EDNS.

tcp/53 is needed when EDNS is _not_ available and DNS message size 
exceeds 512 bytes.  UDP fragments are (sometimes) necessary for EDNS.

So, that adds to your MYTHS section:

Fragmented packets (like ICMP) are always a security risk and DDoS vector

michael




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