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Re: Honeypot detection and countermeasures
From: Blake Matheny <bmatheny () mkfifo net>
Date: Wed, 18 Jun 2003 09:23:59 -0400

There are several techniques to detect honeypots. 4tphi had released this
(http://lists.insecure.org/lists/honeypots/2002/Oct-Dec/0029.html) in late
2002 for determining whether you are in a VMWare session. There are several
attacks against honeynet (looking for rate limiting, checking known exploits,
etc.). I'd suggest looking at the honeynet site. As Lance says, "... we are
not perfect", which I think can be used to an advantage.

-Blake

Whatchu talkin' 'bout, Willis?
I'm doing some research on honeypot detection, and preventing
honeypots from being detected. I'd greatly appreciate some feedback
from pen-testers on the following issues:

Do you worry about being detected by honeypots?

When you do a pen-test, do you already know of the existence of
honeypots, and their location, so that it is an easy matter to avoid
them?

If you are concerned about honeypots, how do you test to see if the
system under attack is a honeypot or a production machine?

Thanks,
  Larry



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bmatheny () mkfifo net      Roman Empire was that, lacking zero, they had
http://www.mkfifo.net    no way to indicate successful termination of
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