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RE: Preveting DDOS Syn floods on HTTP servers
From: "Shaun Sturby, MCSE Optrics Engineering" <Shaun () Optrics com>
Date: Mon, 8 Mar 2004 13:30:44 -0700


<Disclaimer> I work for a consulting firm that sells and supports this type
of solution.

This has been done, at least for the larger sites (Learn Key, Rapattoni,
Belo Interactive, SingTel, Brylane, SEVEN and NetZero to name a few) using a
purpose built web accelerator from NetScaler. The idea is that all SYN
requests get handled by the NetScaler and it hands back to the requesting
zombie a ticket that a legitimate client will return to the server. Only
after the ticket is returned does the NetScaler then forward on that request
to the web server. All SYN flood requests are dropped by the NetScaler and
never get to your server to impact performance. The NetScaler also handled
HTTP Get Flood DDOS's using a similar technology.

There is some additional information and whitepapers available (Registration
required or contact me off list) at the main NetScaler website.


Shaun, Manager of Technical Resources
Optrics Engineering.

-----Original Message-----
From: nabi1 () securology org [mailto:nabi1 () securology org]
Sent: Friday, March 05, 2004 6:16 AM
To: security-basics () securityfocus com
Subject: Preveting DDOS Syn floods on HTTP servers
Importance: High

Dear list,

I was wondering if it was possible for a HTTP servers to prevent DDOS syn
floods, attacks from different IP's, like a attack from a IRC network or
something like that.

Some people say it's impossible and some say it's possible, so I wonder if
someone can give me the right answer, and if it's possible, how to do it?

NOCC, http://nocc.sourceforge.net


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