Active Response Tradeoffs

Automatically responding to an attack by generating session-busting traffic or modifying a firewall policy is not without consequences. An attacker may quickly notice that TCP sessions with the target system are being torn down or that all connectivity with the target has been severed. The most logical conclusion to draw would be that an active response mechanism of some type has been deployed to protect the target. If the active response system has been configured to respond to relatively innocuous traffic such as port scans or port sweeps, it becomes exceedingly easy for an attacker to abuse the response mechanism and turn it against the target. This also applies to malicious traffic that can be delivered in such a way that it does not require bidirectional communication with the target (which enables the attack to be spoofed). The Witty worm is a perfect example of this.

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