Linked by David Adams on Tue 7th Oct 2008 15:20 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption "Denial of Service attacks aren’t new, yet they persist in being effective methods of denying access to resources on the Internet. Now meet Sockstress, the newest version of DoS attacks and potentially the most devastating of the bunch."
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New? No one really knows
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Tue 7th Oct 2008 16:15 UTC
Bill Shooter of Bul
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2006-07-14

Fydoor was explaining the typical DOS attack. Nothing really new with that. He also explained the different ways to selectively target resources to bring down the machine. I don't think that's particularly new either. As they haven't published details, its difficult to tell what, if anything, makes it distinct.

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RE: New? No one really knows
by Soulbender on Tue 7th Oct 2008 16:23 in reply to "New? No one really knows"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

and it's even harder to asses if it's "most devastating of the bunch." without knowing jack about it.
But hey, hype sells.

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RE: New? No one really knows
by Fahrbot on Wed 8th Oct 2008 07:29 in reply to "New? No one really knows"
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2008-10-08

It's actually very serious. What makes it new is that it's easy to do and does not take much resources to accomplish the DoS attack. It is basically a way to get around the problem syn cookies was supposed to fix. If you want to learn more about it I suggest listening to episode #164 of Security Now. http://www.grc.com/securitynow.htm

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Oh yeah, GRC. A truly reliable source for security information. Gibson would never be caught hyping anything (raw sockets will doom the internet!) out of proportion.

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