Hi, recently, a few of us came up with a novel (or so we thought) DoS attack against TCP. We spent some time implementing and testing it and found it to work worryingly well.
It turns out that we are not the first to come across this attack. Rob Sherwood and colleagues in Maryland were a year or two ahead of us. They have published a paper entitled "Misbehaving TCP Receivers Can Cause Internet-Wide Congestion Collapse". http://www.cs.umd.edu/~capveg/optack/optack-ccs05.pdf http://www.cs.umd.edu/~capveg/ http://www.kb.cert.org/vuls/id/102014 Linux appears not to have implemented any fix for this vulnerability, although Rob Sherwood wrote a patch against 2.4.24. http://www.cs.umd.edu/~capveg/optack/optack.patch There seems to be a brief mention of it on the fedora-security list but I can't find much discussion of it in linux circles otherwise. http://www.spinics.net/linux/fedora/fedora-security/msg00426.html http://www.securityfocus.com/bid/15468/ Is there some reason that this fix was not accepted or has this just slipped under people's radars? Should some fix not be implemented? The issue seems even more severe with the larger buffer sizes now in use. Gavin - To unsubscribe from this list: send the line "unsubscribe linux-net" in the body of a message to [EMAIL PROTECTED] More majordomo info at http://vger.kernel.org/majordomo-info.html