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FW: Open Resolver Problems
From: "Milt Aitken" <milt () net2atlanta com>
Date: Mon, 1 Apr 2013 11:55:34 -0400

Most of our DSL customers have modem/routers that resolve DNS
externally.
And most of those have no configuration option to stop it.
So, we took the unfortunate step of ACL blocking DNS requests to & from
the DSL network unless the requests are to our DNS servers.

Suboptimal, but it stopped the DNS amplification attacks.

-----Original Message-----
From: Mikael Abrahamsson [mailto:swmike () swm pp se] 
Sent: Monday, April 01, 2013 11:51 AM
To: Chris Boyd
Cc: nanog () nanog org
Subject: Re: Open Resolver Problems

On Mon, 1 Apr 2013, Chris Boyd wrote:

Just back to the office, and started checking my networks.  Found one
of 
the resolvers is a Netgear SOHO NAT box.  EoL'd, no new firmware 
available.  Anyone have any feeling for what percentage are these
types 
of boxes?

If you buy "type of box" mean "small SOHO NAT router which does DNS 
resolving on the WAN interface" then I'd say "a lot". Someone does a 
rollout of new software and configuration and happens to mess up the 
config file (or the vendor just happens to enable global dns resolving
in 
the new software) and this slips through testing, then you're there. I 
believe this happens all the time.

That's why the publication of these lists are important, in a lot of
cases 
there are a lot of people who are simply not aware of these devices
doing 
this, and they need to be poked to notice.

-- 
Mikael Abrahamsson    email: swmike () swm pp se



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