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Rule:

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Sid:
225

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Summary:
This event is generated when the Stacheldraht DDoS tool is used.

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Impact:
This indicates that a Stacheldraht agent exists on the source host and a handler exists on the destination host.

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Detailed Information:
The Stacheldraht DDoS uses a tiered structure of compromised hosts to coordinate and participate in a denial of service attack.  There are "handler" hosts that are used to coordinate the attacks and "agent" hosts that launch the attack.  A handler may probe for a Stacheldraht agent.  There is also "gag" program used to scan for Stacheldraht agents.  A response to a "gag" request will be an ICMP echo reply with an ICMP identification number of 669 and a string of "sicken" in the payload.  

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Affected Systems:
Any Stacheldraht compromised host.

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Attack Scenarios:
A handler may probe for a Stacheldraht agent or the "gag" program can be used to discover Stacheldraht agents.  The "gag" program can be run by a defender of a network if there is a suspected Stacheldraht agent on the network. An attacker could also run the "gag" program to find an agent.


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Ease of Attack:
Simple. The "gag" script is freely available.

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False Positives:
None Known.

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False Negatives:
None Known.

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Corrective Action:
Turn of all unnecessary services on hosts.

Upgrade to the latest patch level.

Use a packet filtering firewall to block inappropriate traffic to the network to prevent hosts from being compromised.

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Contributors:
Original rule written by Max Vision <vision@whitehats.com>
Sourcefire Research Team
Judy Novak <judy.novak@sourcefire.com>

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Additional References:

Arachnids:
http://www.whitehats.com/info/IDS195

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