Spoofed UDP Attacks

A countermeasure employed by many intrusion detection systems is to track the state of TCP connections and only send alerts for attacks that are delivered over established sessions. This is not effective against attacks that are sent over UDP unless a time-based mechanism is employed to track both packets sent by clients as well as any corresponding server responses. Tracking UDP communications in this way can allow the IDS not to send alerts for spoofed attacks that emulate malicious server responses, but it does not address spoofed attacks from UDP clients, because bidirectional communication is not required for this class of traffic. Snort-2.6.1 includes an enhanced stream5 preprocessor with support for UDP, so spoofing UDP server responses has become less effective against Snort. In general, parsing the signature set of an IDS and spoofing it across the wire is a good way to test any connection-tracking capabilities an IDS might offer.

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