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Re: Dropping ICMP Echo Request
From: Rodrigo Otaviano <rodrigo () otaviano com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2003 09:58:43 -0800

Oh sorry Mike, actually I forgot to mention something: my client is using
Windows 2000 Server. They have Microsoft ISA Server installed ( which I
don't have so much experience on ), but I couldn't figure out a way to
achieve my goals with it because these ICMP packets are been sent to the
entire subnet and as far as I know, I can only apply filter rules on
interfaces the ISA Server is attached to.

The situation is something like this:

     flooding of icmp packets
      GATEWAY - ISA SERVER ( x.y.z.5)
x.y.z.6           x.y.3z.7                x.y.z.8

So I decided to go for Snort, since they don't want to spend a lot of money
on this. My objetive here was to use Snort on this gateway and drop any ICMP
packets directed to any of these IP addresses.

Rodrigo Otavio Paes de Barros Otaviano

On 11/17/03 9:31 AM, "Mike" <mike () superiorholidayadventures ca> wrote:

Sounds like you might be running Linux.  If you are and are using
IPTables you can accomplish this with the following command:

iptables -I INPUT -i <outside nic> -p icmp --icmp-type echo-request -j

You could also slow the rate down with with this:

iptables -I INPUT -i <outside nic> -p icmp --icmp-type echo-request -m
limit --limit 1/s -j DROP

You can fiddle with the numbers on that last one to your liking.  Hope
that helps!

Mike Fetherston

-----Original Message-----
From: Rodrigo Otaviano [mailto:rodrigo () otaviano com]
Sent: Friday, November 14, 2003 4:36 PM
To: security-basics
Subject: Dropping ICMP Echo Request

Hi there,

My goal is to drop some ICMP Echo Request packets in order to minimize
intense ICMP traffic.

I know it's possible to implement some active response on Snort for
by using it along with FlexResp. For example, if I want to send a
"host and port unreachable" to the sender, I can simply use something

alert udp any any -> 31 (resp: icmp_port,icmp_host;

But that's not exactly what I want to do.

My question is: is it possible to drop any ICMP Echo Request instead
sending a new ICMP back ( by using Snort ) or I would have to use some
of filter rule manipulation, for example with SnortSam to
modify/create an
access control list (acl) on a firewall or router  ?

Rodrigo Otavio Paes de Barros Otaviano

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