Purpose of spoofed packets ???

Steve Atkins steve at blighty.com
Wed Mar 11 01:15:04 UTC 2015


On Mar 10, 2015, at 4:40 PM, Matthew Huff <mhuff at ox.com> wrote:

> We recently got an abuse report of an IP address in our net range. However, that IP address isn't in use in our networks and the covering network is null routed, so no return traffic is possible. We have external BGP monitoring, so unless something very tricky is going on, we don't have part of our prefix hijacked.
> 
> I assume the source address was spoofed, but this leads to my question. Since the person that submitted the report didn't mention a high packet rate (it was on ssh port 22), it doesn't look like some sort of SYN attack, but any OS fingerprinting or doorknob twisting wouldn't be useful from the attacker if the traffic doesn't return to them, so what gives?
> 
> BTW, we are in the ARIN region, the report came out of the RIPE region.

Either the reporter doesn't know what they're talking about (common enough) or someone is scanning for open ssh ports, hiding their real IP address by burying it in a host of faked source addresses. That's a standard option on some of the stealthier port scanners, IIRC.

Cheers,
  Steve



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