Nachi Worm

The Nachi worm attacks Microsoft Windows 2000 and XP systems that are not patched against the MS03-026 vulnerability (the MS03-026 string refers to the Microsoft vulnerability tracking number). A key feature of this worm is that before it attempts to compromise a system, it first pings the target with a 92-byte ICMP Echo Request packet. This initial ICMP packet with the specific length of 92 bytes makes the Nachi worm easy to detect. To graph Nachi worm traffic from the Scan34 iptables data set, you can use the psad ip_len:92 criterion for the --CSV-fields argument and restrict the inspection to ICMP packets that do not originate from the subnet:

# psad -m --gnuplot --CSV-fields "timestamp ip_len:92,counthour" --gnuplot-graph lines --gnuplot-xrange 1140887484:1143867180 --CSV-regex "PROTO=ICMP" --CSV-neg-regex "SRC=11.11." --gnuplot-file-prefix fig14-11 $ gnuplot fig14-11.png

Sure enough, there is a spike of Nachi worm activity on March 19, easily discernible in the Gnuplot graph shown in Figure 14-11.

Figure 14-11: Nachi worm traffic by the hour

Link graphs of worm traffic are eye-catching because of the sheer number of external IP addresses that send suspicious packets toward the local subnet. The link graph produced by AfterGlow (shown in Figure 14-12) illustrates Nachi worm ICMP traffic ganging up on honeynet systems. The 92-byte IP LEN field is displayed as the small circle directly in the middle of the graph, with external IP addresses displayed as ovals and honeynet addresses displayed as rectangles:

# psad -m --CSV --CSV-fields "src dst ip_len:92" --CSV-max 300 --CSV-regex "PROTO=ICMP.*TYPE=8" | perl -c |neato -Tpng -o figl4-l2.png

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