Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 7th Feb 2007 19:31 UTC, submitted by twenex
Internet & Networking Hackers Crackers have attempted to topple key parts of the internet's backbone, in one of the most significant attacks of recent years. The target was servers that help to direct global internet traffic. In the early hours of Tuesday three key servers were hit by a barrage of data in what is known as a distributed denial-of-service attack. There is no evidence so far of damage, which experts are saying is testament to the robust nature of the internet.
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RE: DNS exploit
by openwookie on Wed 7th Feb 2007 21:49 UTC in reply to "DNS exploit"
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Last time I checked more of the Internet's big DNS (and BIND) servers were running some variant of Unix.

Um ... BIND is a DNS server.

I think it's time we question whether Unix is an appropriate platform for the Internet. This is not the first time this has happened, and if we keep using in-secure OSes for critical data then we get what we deserve.

Did you read the article? It had nothing to do with the OS that was running. It was a DOS attack. It doesn't matter what your OS is, if your pipe is full of illegitimate requests, then you're going to have a hard time servicing legitimate requests.

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RE[2]: DNS exploit
by butters on Thu 8th Feb 2007 05:55 in reply to "RE: DNS exploit"
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Um ... BIND is a DNS server.

And it's an outstanding piece of code, too. One of my previous jobs involved using some static analysis software to analyze lots of system code. It's very picky and produces 50% false positives on a good day.

I was asked to run this tool on some open source code of my choice for comparison, and I happened to choose BIND. This resulted in zero "complaints" from the analysis tool, which I'd never seen happen for anything larger than a few thousand lines of code.

Taking a look, I found that the code is immaculate, highly structured, and defensive to the extreme. Every little function has a block of assertions at the top that list all of the preconditions and a block at the bottom to check the postconditions. It manages its own slab of memory using ultra-robust routines (because malloc just isn't hardened enough).

I came away with the sense that this is exactly the kind of code I would want running something so important as the Internet. Then I had to get back to work, so I scanned the FreeBSD kernel instead, and found a more usual distribution of bugs and weaknesses.

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RE[3]: DNS exploit
by arunta on Thu 8th Feb 2007 06:11 in reply to "RE[2]: DNS exploit"
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butters, if you don't mind please post the name of the tool...

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