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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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Reviewing IP(s) that has been blocked by firewall / router

Is there a best practice on how to review IP(s) that are blocked on firewall / router and determine if they are safe to be removed from banned list? Occasionally, the firewall guys see a high counts ...
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Are there “LAN IPs” on the internet?

I have a home-made web application and thought that an easy way to secure it's administration interface would be to simply reject all IPs that arent from 192.168... Is this viable? is it possible for ...
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IPTables DDoS protection working with per client IP address counter AND UDP

I am looking to protect LAMP server with a software, which will detect above average number of requests from single IP numbers (in this case DNS queries), and add these hosts to IPTables deny chain. ...
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Why is my firewall blocking on some files but not others?

I'm behind a corporate firewall which restricts access to certain urls and most downloads. The download restriction is mainly on .exe(but it allows some exe files to be downloaded and I don't know ...
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Why block network ports?

There was another good question here on why you should block outgoing traffic: Why block outgoing network traffic with a firewall? But I was hoping to get an answer on why it is a good idea to block ...
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Incoming Packet From Source Port 80

I'm sure no daemon or browser is using network resources, but I found incoming packets from Wireshark: 98.126.43.174 source port 80 --TCP--> MyIp destination port 339 [SYN, ACK] 98.126.43.174 ...
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Consequences of using -s and -d arguments in iptables

We are studying iptables for a Computer Systems Security course. We are confused as to what happens when the -s and -d arguments are both used in the same rule, such as: iptables -A OUTPUT -s ...
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Enterprise IDS - Deployment & Uses

I am investigating deploying the Snort IDS for an enterprise environment. This environment consists of a NOC that manages several servers, mainly internal but some internet facing. There are several ...
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Firewall Migration: NetScreen NS500 to FortiGate [closed]

I have recently been tasked with doing a firewall migration from an old NetScreen NS500 box to a FortiGate device (I believe it will be a 60C). I am sure most of you aware that NetScreen boxes are no ...
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Suspicious VMWare connections that bypass firewall

I'm running VMWare 5 and I have found that when I start up VMWare I see two connections: TCP 10.100.100.161:55555->as-40816.engx.vmware.com:https (ESTABLISHED) TCP ...
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Benefits of REJECT over DROP on a single PC

Recently I learned about the difference between DROP and REJECT in a firewall. I understand that REJECT is better because it closes the connection immediately instead of waiting for timeout as DROP ...
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How are IaaS Virtual Machines Isolated?

I am currently examining Hypervisor firewalls for my graduate thesis, but I unfortunately don't have a lot of experience with IaaS environments. How are IaaS Virtual Machines network isolated from ...
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Why are some ports reported as closed by nmap?

I was scanning a machine from inside the same LAN which is running and up to date Windows XP Home Edition which I suspect may be running some malware. The target machine has an up to date antivirus ...
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Is it really better to use port 80 or 443 for outgoing traffic in order to bypass user firewall?

I recently created a reverse connection shell in C#. I tested it with some computers and I noticed that some computers connected back correctly and I established connection with them but another ...
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What is more risky? Database Server in DMZ or Trusted Network?

Hoping this is not a dupe of any of the related database / DMZ questions, but I don't think any of them answered my question sufficiently. Assume the following A web server is being used for ...
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Effectively limiting outgoing firewall traffic to frequently-changing IPs

PCI DSS 1.2.1 states: Restrict inbound and outbound traffic to that which is necessary for the cardholder data environment. Verify that all other inbound and outbound traffic is ...
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Config Server Firewall: What Outgoing ports need to be open for wget and apt-get install?

I am just configuring CSF and I have to specify my outbound ports here. I am trying to close as many as possible leaving only what I need open, however what do I need to leave open for wget? # Allow ...
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Project help required by a newbie!

Basically, I'm doing a degree in network computing and am currently working on my dissertation right now. I am not an expert with networking yet, so I'm kind of struggling to get started with my topic ...
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Recommendations for security gateway/firewall management tools (Juniper SRX) [closed]

I am seeking recommendations for management tools for high-end firewalls, such as the Juniper SRX3000 series. When I say "management", I mean operations, configuration management, policy management, ...
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Expose web service in a secure manner

Requirement I have a web service I need to expose on the DMZ for external communication. The web service communicates directly with a critical database that sits on an internal net. Current ...
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What's the difference between an application-level and circuit-level gateway?

From Wikipedia, I understand that circuit level gateways look at TCP handshakes to filter illegitimate traffic and that application level gateways somehow filter application specific traffic. But I ...
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State before getting whitelisted?

There is a data flow of incoming files (from untrusted, external sources), that get whitelisted by a kind of application layer firewall. Is there a common name for the state of the files before they ...
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What security risks are involved with sending data over the internal network on Rackspace Cloud servers?

What are the risks involved with sending unencrypted data over the internal network with Rackspace Cloud Servers? Assume the interfaces use iptables to filter IPs and ports so they only accept data ...
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How does pfsense block torrent traffic?

I know that pfsense is a very effective tool for restricting bit torrent traffic. I was wondering how it actually manages to do that ? There's not much information available on this. The more ...
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Anomaly based web application Firewall

How practical are anomaly based web application firewall in mitigating web based attacks ? Which types of threats do they mitigate against and which don't they? Are their any practical implementation ...
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IPS/IDS and Firewall Solution(s) to a Small Office

I was tasked with implementing a network security solution for a small real estate agency. They are a typical old-school mom and pops shop, about 15 employees with basic file sharing, printing, and ...
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Windows: Any method to enforce user confirmation before the browser opens a URL requested by an external desktop app?

A robust outgoing firewall will protect against desktop applications directly connecting to the internet without your permission. However, as the browser is a generally authorized application for ...
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Mixing stateless and stateful firewall rules

I have been advised that mixing firewall rules that are both stateful and stateless can lead to trouble when it comes to troubleshooting. Is there any truth in this? Take the following two rule sets ...
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Barracuda antispam access to active directory in dmz : opening port or not?

I have a Barracuda Antispam unit and look to use recipient validation with active directory to stop sending NDRs (non-delivery reports) when we are being spammed. What I see on the web is people ...
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Normalizing Windows Advanced Firewall rules

How can I best normalize our Windows Advanced Firewall rules while implementing network segmentation? I want them to be as clear and concise as possible for audit purposes. What few examples I've seen ...
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Quick Security Mitigations to Impending attacks

Suppose you are the sysadmin, and you know of an impending attack that just started or about to start soon. You can either wait it out, or try a few tricks and quick mitigation to fend off attackers ...
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How to define different firewall rules for different users on the same machine running on Windows 7?

Provided that one machine running on Windows 7, connected to LAN, and connected to the Internet via a gateway in the LAN. There are two logon user accounts A and B on the machine. I want: 1, User A ...
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Does an equivalent for netconf exist in the Cisco ASA world?

I'm looking for a method to send instructions to a Cisco ASA without writing scripts to execute on the CLI over SSH. Cisco doesn't seem to support netconf or xml-pi on the physical ASAs (only their ...
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How to block all access to Akami deploy servers and Apple push servers?

I no longer blindly trust the numerous connections that occur at night and during the day that always go to "content" and "push" servers like: a23-33-37-54.deploy.akamaitechnologies.com ...
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IDS/WAF scenario for 2 web servers

I'm running 2 web servers on 2 different physical hosts at home. They handle both HTTP and HTTPS traffic. I want to protect against web application attacks, but don't want to spend money for ...
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w00tw00t.at.ISC.SANS.DFind iptables fix - abusable?

It's only an idea. I've recently logged that my server is scanned by w00tw00t tools. I found many solutions to this, such as use of apache mod-security, fail2ban, etc.. The one I want to speak ...
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Large lan party : How to identify the users on the network?

I would like to know what are the good way to identify users on a large lan party when you manage network ? I had the idea to make the users register them self at a desk, they give us Firstname, ...
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Firewall Considerations with PGP Universal

The PGP Universal server is a fairly complex piece of work that provides several different services. When constructing firewall rules I am trying to determine what implications there are for opening ...
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Something causing Sonicwall to throw Smurf Amplification Attack Warning?

I set up a new laptop recently and, after installing various developer tools, it started causing our Sonicwall firewalls to issue an alert email whenever the laptop connected to the network. The ...
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How should I configure a Citrix Netscaler to protect against HTTP, TCP, or UDP flood attacks?

I have a Citrix Netscaler and want to configure the appliance appropriately so that it can protect my hosts from a DDOS. Is this something I can do here, or must I take action on the host itself?
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Use a Common Firewall for two Different Subnets

I want to implement a security scheme in a new network configuration. There are two buildings for the client: Office Building 1 (OB1) with address 10.0.0.0 / 255.255.255.0, Gateway 10.0.0.1 ( ...
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What compliance framework is appropriate for firewalls

As a more corpose vulnerability assessment and penetration test, one step of our activity is to review from a security perspective the policy of some firewall. In our society we have a deep ...
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How To Find Out What Software is Trying to 'Phone Home'?

I have seen some suspicious outbound communications blocked on my VPS, which hosts a small experimental Web site, and am wanting to find out which application is making the attempt. The server is ...
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Blocking incoming traffic from privileged port (< 1024) to mitigate DNS DDos Amplification attacks

Hope someone can clarify. As I understand, in a DNS DDos Amplification attacks Multiple DNS queries are sent to a vulnerable name server with the source IP spoofed to that of the target server. The ...
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How to configure Suricata to not interfere with virtual machine

I'm currently planning on setting up Suricata as a firewall on my laptop. I'm wondering however if it's possible to set Suricata to not interfere with traffic to and from specific virtual machines ...
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Shorewall stopped policies - routeback

Here goes a very specific question about the insides of Shorewall and Iptables in general. Shorewall supports configuration of "Stopped Policies" using the file routestopped, which defines the ...
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Could you attack a port without knowing what service was listening? [duplicate]

A lot of discussion I see suggests that changing default ports for services is just "security by obscurity" and is easily defeated by scanning for open ports. My question is this, though, if the ...
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How can attackers bypass firewalls? [closed]

I have read the Wikipedia article on firewalls but don't understand firewall security and how an attacker from the outside can bypass the firewall to hack target system. We all know it happens but ...
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What justification is there for Comcast to block SMTP port 25 outbound from residential service?

Within the last week, Comcast seems to have started blocking port 25 outbound from their residential internet service. I can sort of understand why they might justify blocking it inbound as perhaps ...