[AusNOG] Cloudflare offline

Jonathan Thorpe jthorpe at Conexim.com.au
Mon Mar 4 09:40:33 EST 2013

There appears to be something a little odd about the rule they've installed. 

+    route 173.X.X.X/32-DNS-DROP {
+        match {
+            destination 173.X.X.X/32;
+            port 53;
+            packet-length [ 99971 99985 ];
+        }
+        then discard;
+    }

Specifically, they mention "In this case, our attack profiler output the fact that the attack packets were between 99,971 and 99,985 bytes long". Unless there's a typo in the report, the packet-length statement above only includes the two listed.

The other thing that looks weird is that IPv4 supports a maximum packet length header of 16-bits (65,535), so how are packet lengths above this possible?

Kind Regards,

From: ausnog-bounces at lists.ausnog.net [mailto:ausnog-bounces at lists.ausnog.net] On Behalf Of Jeffrey Sims
Sent: Monday, 4 March 2013 8:55 AM
To: Don Gould
Cc: ausnog at lists.ausnog.net
Subject: Re: [AusNOG] Cloudflare offline

+1 for a great approach by Cloudflare!

Agreed, now people know there is a potential bug in JunOS that eegits of the internet might try again (ie: mimik the packet size again to trigger the bug conditions to crash the network). 

Collaboration is the key!

On Mon, Mar 4, 2013 at 8:31 AM, Don Gould <don at bowenvale.co.nz> wrote:

On 4/03/2013 10:21 a.m., Jethro Carr wrote:
On Mon, 2013-03-04 at 04:37 +1100, Emily Ozols wrote:
So... Who's getting fired?

<bit of snipping...>

the key difference
between a competent engineer and an incompetent one is whether they
followed processes and handled the disaster in a professional manner.

I think a key difference is when people just fess up to a mistake so everyone can learn from it! :)

Nothing worse than wondering what caused the stuff up and if you could have been part of the cause.

Even worse is making a stuff up that you might not have if you'd just known that someone else had done exactly the same thing the week before but didn't share because they were fearful of not being able to feed their kids the next week.

+1 for a great approach by Cloudflare!


Don Gould
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