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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Why do sites implement locking after 3 failed password attempts?

I know the reasoning behind not letting infinite password attempts -- brute force attempts is not a meatspace weakness, but a problem with computer security -- but where did they get the number 3 ...
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I think I accidentally DoS'd a website. What should I do?

I was browsing a website, and stumbled across a sample scheme for password-protecting web pages. The owner of the website specifically had a page that invited people to attempt to hack it. I wanted ...
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Is there a security reason for a site to limit the number of times a user can change their password?

Is there a security reason to disallow a user to change their password as frequently as they want? I have found this security policy in a site and I am not sure why it is enforcing it. One reason I ...
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How do DoS/DDoS work?

In the last days one could frequently read about attacks from anonymous and LulzSec against different platforms like Sony or HBGary etc. Yesterday for example they DDoS'ed soca.gov.uk and jhw.gov.cn. ...
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Preventing artificial latency or “Lag Hacking” in multiplayer games

There is an attack that some people have dubbed "lag hacking", and its gaining popularity in multiplayer games. There are at-least two ways of creating artificial latency. One method of introducing ...
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Global Blackout is a myth?

In order to shut the Internet down, anonymous claimed that putting-down the 13 root DNS servers of the Internet and therefore disabling the HTTP Internet, the most widely used function of the Web, ...
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Should you care about DoS attacks if your server is using bcrypt?

(I just asked this question on "cryptography SE" and was suggested to ask it here instead) EDIT I just realized my question is mostly a dupe of: Prevent denial of service attacks against slow hashing ...
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How can a DoS attack be used as part of the 'Gaining Access' phase of a hack?

I'm doing some revision for an exam and I've made a note to look at how DoS attacks can be used to gain access to a system. I can't find anything online but I found a reference to the fact here. I ...
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Bruteforce vs Denial of Service

I had a problem presented today which I found quite interesting. You have an application with a management panel. You know some of the accounts as they are standard. You want two things: You want ...
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Protection against account lockout DoS

Any ideas on how to protect against the following scenario? Company x uses active directory for authentication of it's employees. The company has multiple authentication points that are semi-public ...
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Does clicking lead to DoS attack?

I have a website. Suppose someone will code a program that will click continuously on the links of my webpage: could this lead to a DoS attack ?
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What is a DoS Attack and how does it differ from a DDoS attack?

Can some one explain to me the concept of Dos Attacks for web applications ? Also what is the distinction between Dos and Distributed Dos ( ie DDos) attacks ? Wikipedia says : In computing, a ...
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What lessons about Denial of Service can we learn from Egypt's “experiment”?

Internet service was widely disrupted in Egypt starting Jan 27th at about 22:15 UTC, in the space of about 20 minutes: How Egypt Killed the Internet. Service was largely restored 5 1/2 days later on ...
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Can I trust the source IP of an HTTP request?

As far as I've understood, if you try to issue a HTTP request with a spoofed IP address, then the TCP handshake fails, so it's not possible to complete the HTTP request, because the SYN/ACK from the ...
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Apache/Linux server, DoS attack from own IP

I have an unusual problem I've been trying to diagnose for a while: It's about a Debian server running a custom compile of apache 2.2 with PHP, Red5, MySQL 5.5 (standard binary), sendmail (distro ...
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Prevent denial of service attacks against slow hashing functions?

I've been thinking about bcrypt recently, and what I wonder is if there's a way to deal with the inherent (D)DoS problems with slow hashing functions. Namely, if I set up bcrypt so my machine takes ...
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Understanding Layer 7 DoS

I recently read this article about how a lone hacker (The Jester) conducts, amongst various other things, his DoS attacks over layer 7 instead of layer 4. It also mentions at one point he was able to ...
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Combat Apache Killer

Three days ago, KingCope released a simple Perl script to DoS Apache, aptly named Apache Killer. This script launches about 50 threads to request Partial Content from the server with optional GZIP ...
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Best way to report a foreigner attacker's ip to authorities?

I have been under attack last week and I was able to trace down the attacker and get his IP address. The attacker was located in Germany but I live out of Europe? From your experience what is the ...
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TCP Peer unexpectedly shrunk window messages in dmesg log

We get quite few messages like these in our dmesg log on various servers: TCP: Peer 0000:0000:0000:0000:0000:ffff:d431:5861:56369/80 unexpectedly shrunk window 2522304441:2522312601 (repaired) TCP: ...
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How to patch against RefRef's DOS attack

Overview Anonomous claimed responsibility today for the Denial of Service attack against wikileaks. They are using a new software called RefRef. It seems to exploit MySQL using the server's ...
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How can I stop this DOS attack?

I have this entry appearing constantly in my router logs: [DOS Attack] : 5 [RST Scan] packets detected in last 20 seconds, source ip [xx.xx.xx.xx] They just never stop. It doesn't seem to affect ...
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How to defend against SSL-Exhaustion attacks?

The problem of SSL-Exhaustion attacks is well known for years, but nobody really cared until THC released their exploit-tool recently. THC talks about counter measurements in their release: No real ...
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mitigating anonymous DOS (tor combined with pyloris)

I found this rather scary video in youtube, that takes DOS to a whole new level, by making it look like coming from multiple sources. As a counter measure to Rsnake (Robert Hansen) slowloris.py ...
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How to force “expensive calculation” when clients connect to my server?

Page 183 of Secrets & Lies on countering denial-of-service attacks: Some researchers have proposed defenses that force the client to perform an expensive calculation to make a connection. ...
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Slowloris attack?

Could someone analyze this info? We got information that slowloris attack took place. They say (hosting stuff) they have implemented mod_antiloris, is that enough btw? Feel free to share your opinion ...
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Experience with a recent DDoS attack on Apache

I originally posted a question here since I was not familiar with an actual distributed denial of service attack (DDoS) on my server. I noticed that my server is very slow in responding to HTTP ...
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Protecting against DOS attacks

Our current site is easily DOS'd. I can perform an AB test against it from Apache and it disappears for about 5-10 minutes. We have been having problems with others DOSing the site - to the point ...
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Is this type of ARP poisoning attack possible?

I am wondering if it is possible to paralyze a network by sending out a bunch of fake ARP response packets. Some basis: I recently read a moderately detailed description of how ARP and ARP poisoning ...
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How To Protect Tomcat 7 Against Slowloris Attack

I'm using Apache Tomcat 7 to run my webapp on Linux. I scanned it by Acunetix and it's telling me that my webapp is vulnerable to "Slow HTTP Denial of Service Attack". How can I protect it? Acunetix ...
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Parabolic Denial Of Service — Would it work?

Would this DoS attack be effective: Attacker determines target (10.0.0.1) Attacker sends ack packets to a buch of web servers with a src addr of 10.0.0.1 Servers reply to 10.0.0.1 with syn packets ...
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Can someone launch a DOS attack on my IP

Suppose, I have a static IP on my PC and is known to others. None of my softwares listen for remote connection. Is it still possible for someone to DOS attack me in such cases? If yes, how it is ...
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Resource consumption attacks against algorithms

I am studying algorithm construction and weaknesses to resource consumption. One vulnerability that really caught my eye was the Apache Range Header DoS Vulnerability. The following quote was taken ...
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Harden a server against mass SSH DoS attacks

How can a Linux server be protected against an attacker that tries to open a large number of SSH sessions (probably trying to brute force a password) that no ports remain to be able to legitimately ...
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Lessen impact of DoS attack on cpu-expensive login?

This is a follow-up to my previous question: Prevent DOS against RSA authentication. This question is also discusses a similar problem: Prevent denial of service attacks against slow hashing ...
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How does CAPTCHA mitigate DDoS attacks?

This seems like an easy question, but I've failed to find an answer. One of the uses of CAPTCHA is to cope mitigate Denial of Service attacks. Suppose an adversary performs excessive login attempts, ...
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How can one defend against DoS attacks at the physical layer?

Of course, there's always the odd issue of old microwaves and wireless telephone handsets interfering with Wi-Fi performance. And, in many areas, there's a fair chance that you're going to have to ...
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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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First steps in preventing DOS attacks

My server is currently being attacked from another server. This is my log: root@my-server:/var/log# tail -f auth.log Feb 19 11:53:08 my-server sshd[3745]: Disconnecting: Too many authentication ...
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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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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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Zlib DEFLATE decompression bomb

Can you give me an example of a short data string that, when decompressed using Zlib's DEFLATE method, expands to something much much longer? More precisely: what is the nastiest decompression bomb ...
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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 I block an IP, if I'm getting many http requests in a second?

If some one tried force burst attack on my website, how can I block them? Ideally, I want to block an IP if I have many http/Apache requests in a second.
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How to protect myself against paid DDoS services?

I am domestic user and I am getting attacked regularly by a guy that hates me. Here is the background story: that guy uses Skype resolvers (tools offered by paid DDoS services) to find out my IP ...
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What are HTTP GET/POST flood attacks?

I want to know what the main differences are between HTTP GET and POST flood attacks and mitigation strategies for both. I searched a lot but I really can't find some good articles nor examples about ...
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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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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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How dangerous is it to allow arbitrary webhook urls to post to?

I am building a Ruby on Rails API that posts to webhooks that the API user can create, whenever a resource that he manages is created, updated or destroyed, using the HTTParty gem. This got me ...