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Re: DNS Cache Dan Kamikaze (Actual Exploit Discussion)
From: "eugaaa () gmail com" <eugaaa () gmail com>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2008 21:44:19 -0500

If the nameserver is "down" most likely the resolver is going to try a
different one. Meaning you're back to square one. Which is why I asked
what happens if the resolver recv's a response after it's been told
the nameserver is down. In any case, I'm not even sure how resolvers
handle dest unreachables. And again, I think that avenue is moot.

As for your question about theory versus practicality. 2^16 seems
possible. This exact same problem exist with ASLR implementations as
well as stack protection mechanisms (canary values etc). I think even
vista's current address space randomization is 16-bits. However with
these DNS transaction ID's you're not looking at a random number. It's
scope is limited because you've seen the transaction ID's of each
request you've made. IE my first request was 125, my second was 133,
etc. Meaning you pick a number higher up (180) and try to win the
race.

Any BIND pros here?

On 7/13/08, coderman <coderman () gmail com> wrote:
On Sun, Jul 13, 2008 at 5:26 PM, eugaaa () gmail com <eugaaa () gmail com> wrote:
What you wrote...

please note that is not my post on that site; i merely link to it.  thanks.


Why flood with dest unreachables when your goal is to answer before
the nameserver?

if the nameserver is "down", you no longer need to race against it.


Meaning it is a remote timing based attack...

sure.  the bigger question is how large the temporal window of
opportunity.  if you have a large window, practical attacks become
widely possible.  a small niche and you're dealing with mostly
theoretical impact.


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