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Re: The DF Bit Playground (Identifying Sun Solaris & OpenBSD OSs)
From: Jason Axley <jason.axley () ATTWS COM>
Date: Wed, 13 Sep 2000 08:29:42 -0700

As I've pointed out before, these do not stop all UNIcast
requests--mainly broadcast, as noted by the names of the parameters:
there is an ip_respond_to_address_mask_broadcast but _not_ an
ip_respond_to_address_mask parameter.  So, you're stuck with allowing
these requests (although a liberal sprinkling of IPfilter could probably
take care of this).

gak () somehost:/home/gak/SING:30> sudo ndd -get /dev/ip

gak () somehost:/home/gak/SING:30> sudo ./sing -mask somehost
SINGing to somehost ( 12 data bytes
12 bytes from icmp_seq=0 ttl=255 mask=
12 bytes from icmp_seq=1 ttl=255 mask=
--- nofud sing statistics ---
2 packets transmitted, 2 packets received, 0% packet loss


On Tue, 12 Sep 2000, Walsh, Andrew wrote:

Date: Tue, 12 Sep 2000 17:32:59 -0500
From: "Walsh, Andrew" <Andrew_Walsh () ASC AON COM>
Subject: Re: [BUGTRAQ] The DF Bit Playground (Identifying Sun Solaris &
    OpenBSD OSs)

Since Sun Solaris answer for an ICMP address mask request and OpenBSD does
not, we can distinguish between those operating systems as well (they both
answer for ICMP Timestamp request).

This is a simple operating system fingerprinting method, which does not
require additional and unusual patterns to be set.

You can disable both ICMP address mask request and ICMP Timestamp (broadcast and
unicast) under Solaris with ndd.  The commands are:

ndd -set /dev/ip ip_respond_to_address_mask_broadcast 0
ndd -set /dev/ip ip_respond_to_timestamp_broadcast 0
ndd -set /dev/ip ip_respond_to_timestamp 0

These are recommended by Sun (along with other fun ndd commands) in their
"Solaris Operating Environment Network Settings for Security By Alex
Noordergraaf and Keith Watson", a Sun Blueprint available at

Andrew Walsh

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