Denial of Service is a family of attacks that attempt to force a target to use up resources (CPU time, memory, bandwidth etc) through flood a target with useless packets, connections or tasks

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How are server overload and DoS/DDos different?

I know that server overloads are caused due to excessive number of genuine requests and DoS due to malicious request. But, my question is, if you have designed a system for Overload mitigation, does ...
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how does a reflection attack work?

I am trying to understand reflection attacks but unfortunately wikipedia is too vague. I understand that in such an attack the attacker tries to authenticate with the target but does so in such a way ...
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How can I detect/withstand DNS amplification attack?

I am a developer, and I am trying to get an insight into what could I do to enable my application to withstand a DNS amplification kind of attacks. Would such prevention methods help against DOS type ...
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UDP flood from my machine, or false positive?

The company that hosts my dedicated server has alerted me to what they think is malicious traffic coming from my machine. They supplied me with graphs showing a large amount of UDP traffic coming from ...
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How could a SYN flood affect a home router

I was curious how a DoS attack would affect a home router. In particular, I'm interested in how a SYN flood would affect a home router. The reason I'm interested is due to a Cisco document I read. ...
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DoS by consuming all hosting trafic

Given a small website hosted on a small data plan, is it possible for someone to keep doing requesting for my website URL or just an image hosted on my website that will consume all my permitted ...
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Is this a symptom of an attack (DoS/DDoS)?

I work for an e-commerce website in my country and this is the second time we suffer an attack. At least, looks like one. We have a search functionality in our website and the supposed attacker is ...
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Are latency based Proof-of-Work systems capable of preventing DDoS attacks on popular hidden tor services (.onion websites)?

I was reading an interesting article found here: http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/techreports/UCAM-CL-TR-703.pdf It's titled "Lazy Susan: dumb waiting as proof of work". It suggested the following in section ...
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How can the Android GraphicBuffer::unflatten() vulnerability (CVE-2015-1474) be exploited remotely?

I've been reading up-on DoS (denial-of-service) attacks within android and although I understand attacks like the below, which make use of regular programming functions etc. (Android Web Browser) ...
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How to mitigate UDP flood attacks?

My friend linked me some website where you pay $5.00 / m and get access to a plethora of 'dos stresser' tools that offer udp flooding, and other malicious flooders. It's a web-based system and you ...
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Can this be a DoS Attack?

When I'm checking my log, I found like 15k events of " PAM service(sshd) ignoring max retries; 6 > 3 " I know this might be normal, and considered as Brute-Force attack, but can it be classified as ...
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nf_conntrack: table full, dropping packet

I see a lot of these messages in /var/log/messages of my Linux server kernel: nf_conntrack: table full, dropping packet. kernel: __ratelimit: 15812 callbacks suppresse while my server is under DoS ...
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Anti-DoS WebSockets Best Practices

What are the best practices for thwarting DoS attacks for a WebSocket server? Is there a comprehensive site or document that can be referenced?
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Using SYN cookies to perform a DOS attack

In my software security class, we had this question: You are the system administrator for a provider that owns a large network (e.g., at least 64,000 IP addresses). Show how you can use SYN ...
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How does a Distributed Denial Of Service Attack work

Let's assume that a hacker has already infected an X number of PCs , each one of them is online. How will he actually perform this attack? Just send ping requests or use his very precious tool to do ...
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Prevent DOS against RSA authentication

In my current setup, the clients are bundled with the server's public key. The client encrypts a nonce and sends it to the server which uses its own nonce and the nonce received from the client to set ...
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Measuring SNR to detect jammers in Wi-Fi networks

I'm trying to figure out a way to detect a Wi-Fi 2.4 GHz signal Jammer. I am not looking into locating the location of the jammer but rather detect the jamming signal. How do i do so using only ...
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What are the mitigating factors for CVE-2015-5364?

CVE-2015-5364 describes a UDP based DoS vulnerability in the Linux kernel that can be used to deny processing cycles to the host operating system and its applications. ...
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Deny attacker access to my router

I was experiencing very low connectivity on my wireless, so I checked the router logs. Here's what I saw: Jul 09 11:07:24 Per-source ACK Flood Attack Detect (ip=74.125.130.129) Packet Dropped Jul 09 ...
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DOS safe alternative to delay response to an attacker with sleep()?

tl;dr sleep() costs my servers resources. Using it to delay response to the attacker might cost him/her time, but allows for DOS. Is it possible to keep him/her waiting without costs of mine? Long ...
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HPKP-based persistent denial-of-service attack on web sites

HTTP Public Key Pinning (HPKP) is a standard that allows a HTTPS website to specify which certificates it trusts, and instruct the browser not to allow any connection to that site that's secured by ...
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Is there any protection against malicious devices on a CAN bus?

CAN (controller area network) is a bus used in all modern cars. You can read a lot of the cars information over this bus and I think (but I'm not too sure about this) that some critical control ...
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What to do if I accidentally DoS a site? [closed]

A few weeks ago I was non-maliciously using a website with server-side calculations when curiosity got the better of me and I decided to mess with some GET request values. I expected the site to give ...
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Google: “Unusual traffic from your computer network”

I often happen to receive the message: "Unusual traffic from your computer network" while googling in Russian speaking countries. Google explains this with: You may see "Our systems have ...
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What to do when GSM/Wifi is jammed and ethernet cables are cut?

So.. There are household alarm systems (to defend against burglars) which send SMS/e-mail alerts if an intruder has been detected or an alert is trigged. However, Mobile networks can be jammed, and ...
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SYN flooding attack causing high CPU on hardware firewall

I have a ZyWall USG 200 firewall. A few days ago there was a SYN flooding attack on it causing 100% CPU load. After investigating it turns out this was attack from a single IP address and while the ...
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How can I constrain or limit 3rd party Javascript (*.js) files that can DOS my site?

Many website owners integrate Google analytics, various Facebook or Twitter social media javascript plug ins into their web pages. The problem is that this trust seems to be "all or nothing", meaning ...
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Could somebody explain connect loop DoS?

I'm trying to understand this vulnerability. How can I reproduce this?
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DoS attacks and bitcoin

I was wondering what the repercussions were if a Bitcoin exchange or website that holds bitcoins were to succumb to a DoS attack. In my understanding, all a denial-of-service attack does is deny ...
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Is it safe to ignore DoS attacks on my router?

There are several entries in my router's log file showing recent DoS attempts on some of its ports. They look like this: [DoS Attack: ACK Scan] from source: 213.61.245.234, port 80, Friday, November ...
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Why should an IKE responder change the cookie secret 'frequently'?

IKEv2 has the concept of a COOKIE mode, to attempt to prevent state exhaustion from floods of initiation requests from non-existent IP addresses: Two expected attacks against IKE are state and CPU ...
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RSnake's Slow Loris tool

I was looking at RSnakes implementation of his Slow Loris done on perl which can be seen here. I set up a little server to listen to his packets, and at first found this GET / HTTP/1.1\r\nHost: ...
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HTTP attack taking down PHP-FPM [closed]

Someone started attacking my site a few minutes ago and its caused PHP-FPM to max out all cores (4) on my vps and NGINX is now serving 502 to all users. I'm seeing a bunch of these requests with tons ...
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What is this strange GET request (GET /A0A32579-2767) DoSed my apache?

I have apache behind nginx on my webserver. Today my apache stops answering to requests. Investigations shows this situation: Number of apache processes grows more that 500 but MaxChildren=256 in ...
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SSL Based Denial of Services due to Message Digest

On a very high level, its known that SSL/TLS uses message digests to verify the integrity of the messages sent. However, the question I have in mind is : How does SSL ensure a DoS does not happen ...
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Denial of Service on SSL services

When the SSL handshake takes place, is there a point where the computational work done by the client is significantly less than the computational work done by the server? Could such an imbalance be ...
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Content management url security

I manage a website that is a "bad magnet" for our competitors. I am using Incapsula CDN + WAF and I have internal proxy for caching. CMS/WP from its nature is very data consuming, I have check ...
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What is DDOS TCP KILL?

I've recently been introduced to Kali Linux's webkiller tool, located in the websploit category. It works on the concept of Tcpkill. I don't understand how the DoS attack with Tcpkill works. Can ...
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De-auth attack Reason codes and possible reaction

I am learning about Deauth attacks and how they work. I see that the Deauth frame has a reason code which indicates the reason for the deauth. I have tested the attack with aircrack-ng and this reason ...
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how does a sip flood attack work?

I understand that SIP is an application-level protocol that is used to setup/modify/end communication sessions for things like VOIP and instant messenger. I also understand that users can send request ...
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What type of attacks will a SMTP server face if it does not have ratelimiting while sending mails?

Assume a web site with some kind of mailer option, that doesn't implement any rate limiting: This enables users to send an unlimited amount of email per second. Will SMTP face possible DoS attacks ...
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How web application firewalls protect application from DDoS attacks?

How to protect a web application from DDoS by the implementation of Web Application firewalls? How effective is this method?
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Tools for performing HTTP FLOOD attack?

I'm looking for tools which can perform HTTP FLOOD ATTACK . I seached a lot and this is the only tool I've found DoSHTTP. Does anyone know another tool? I want to test them on my localhost to find ...
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Why would Tor not be vulnerable to this easy-sounding attack?

I'm thinking of this attack on Tor, which I'm sure won't work, as it is much too simple. Mr. Blackhat sets up lots of intermediate nodes. However, whenever TCP connections come in, they are given ...
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Disadvantages of HTTP GET/POST Flooding Attack?

I asked about What is HTTP GET/POST Flooding Attack? recently and I got a few detailed answers about what they are and how they work. Now I want to find out what are the disadvantages of them.
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What approaches are to detect DoS attack in IDS/Firewall?

First approach to DoS attack detection: There are techniques for intrusion detection, and of course DoS attack, in which for each packet (or flow) some features are calculated, then based on some ...
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Good steps to survive from denial-of-service attack (DoS attack)

I need to follow several steps to safe our Web Project from DoS attack. Is there any guideline / steps? EDIT : We have our own server where we are running several e-Commerce websites. Our server's ...
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Can an attacker slow down my server without compromising it?

We have a Linux server with WHM/cPanel which has been running without problems for almost 3 years now. Yesterday, the server became unresponsive (it was definitely there though) for around an hour. ...
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Is radio burst transmission really “jam resistant”?

Quoted from here: Certain military communication systems are based on the jam-resistant burst transmission of binary telegrams which consist of orthogonal spread-spectrum waveforms (BOK). To ...
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How to detect bots clicking a link?

I own a url shortening service. I want to deliver only legitimate statistics to my clients. There are possible scenarios that a particular user writes a script to automatically open the shortened URL, ...