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Re: syn flooding attack and bandwidth consumation
From: "David J. Bianco" <bianco () jlab org>
Date: 05 Nov 2002 08:59:27 -0500

On Mon, 2002-11-04 at 04:58, SB CH wrote:
Hello, all.

As you know, when I received smurf attack which is icmp based attack, the 
bandwidth is full.
But when I receive syn flooding attack, the bandwidth is full or not?
As my test, the syn and ayn+ack packet size is 0.
So I think that the syn flooding attack has no relations with bandwith 
based attack? right?

This is basically true.  A SYN flood is an attempt to fill up an
internal table in your host's TCP/IP stack by repeatedly sending
only the first stage of the three stage handshake protocol.  Not only
does this usually consume little bandwidth (these packets are small
and it usually doesn't take many of them), but it's only effective
against a single host.  Other hosts probably continue to share the same
network connection without error.  You might have to worry about
bandwidth if you were on a slow connection, like a dialup modem, but
for DSL, Cable or anything faster, it's probably a non-issue.


David J. Bianco, GSEC GCUX              <bianco () jlab org>
Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility
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