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[LINUX] IP_MASQ / Ethernet Passing Traffic After Halt
From: hamors () LITTERBOX ORG (Sean B. Hamor)
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 1997 23:54:14 -0400


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                                                        Friday, April 11, 1997
                                                                 The Litterbox
                                          Sean B. Hamor <hamors () litterbox org>
                                                           LINUX IP MASQUERADE

Synopsis:

  A problem exists in IP Masquerade under Linux which allows traffic to be
  passed to external networks even after the gateway host has been halted.
  As long as a connection has been established from an internal machine via
  the IP Masquerade gateway to an external host and the Ethernet interfaces
  inside the machine are still being supplied power, that connection will
  stay online in a fully interactive state.

  Even worse, that connection will stay online even if the IP Masquerade
  gateway machine is rebooted.  During a soft reboot, the connection will
  stay online in a fully interactive state.  During a cold reboot, the
  connection will lose interactivity until the IP Masquerade gateway machine
  comes back online.  After that, the connection will regain interactivity.

Impact:

  During an incoming or outgoing attack, systems administrators may use the
  "kill switch" tactic to stop the attack and shut down the gateway machine
  involved in the attack.  This creates a false sense of security with that
  systems administrator thinking that the attack has been successfully
  stopped.  In reality, the connection in question is totally unaffected by
  the system shutdown.

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