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LWN: DDOS Attack Mitigation

Feb 12, 2000, 23:33 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Elias Levy)

"Unless you lived under a rock for the past week you've heard of the distributed denial of service attacks (DDOS) against some of the top Internet web sites. In particular these attacks were of the bandwidth consumption type. Some of the network providers involved claim to have been upwards of 1 Gb/s traffic."

"These attacks are not knew. David Dittrich has performed an excellent job dissecting these attacks and the tools that enable them...."

"These attack are made possible because of fundamental design decisions at the IP protocol level. It does not provide strong authentication of the source of a packet, and it only provides a best effort service with no resource allocation protocol."

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