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Re: WINS flooding
From: davidrmo () NWU EDU (David Montgomery)
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 1997 12:30:14 -0500

If I'm not mistaken, MS has yet to release a hotfix for this problem on NT
3.51 - the hotfix they released is only for NT 4.0.

Has anyone reproduced this on 3.51, and if so, does this mean MS no longer
supports 3.51?


At 09:57 AM 8/15/97 -0400, Sam Chan wrote:
Aleph One wrote:

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 1997 12:17:53 -0400
From: Holas, Ondxej <OHolas () EXCH DIGI-TRADE CZ>
Subject: WINS flooding

When a flood of random (size and contents) UDP packets is sent to port
137/UDP to machine running WINS Server, this service stops after about 5
seconds. I reproduced this on several machines running NTS 4.0 + WINS.
Even if there were SP3 and all (12) recent postfixes, this service
stops. The stop is regular, without Access Violation, manual restart is
possible (probably, when attacked, WINS service reports its state to
SCM). I never tried to reproduce this issue on NT 3.5x.

I discovered there are many unprotected WINS servers in the Internet,
which are vulnerable to such attacks (including one well-known software

I reported this bug 06/27/1997, but now, I have neither reply from MS
nor available fix.

If there's somebody who wants to get sample source (in C, of course) of
killing program, I can send it against E-mail.

Ondrej Holas, MCSE
DIGI TRADE, spol. s r.o.
Czech Republic

the follow comes from WinNTMag UPDATE Vol. 2, Issue 32:

A problem with WINS was reported to Microsoft some months back. The
lets a WINS server abnormally terminate. Last week, a post Service Pack
(SP3) hotfix was released that corrects this problem. The problem is
created when invalid UDP packets are directed to a WINS server, causing
to silently terminate.



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