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Rule:
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Sid:
236

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Summary:
This event is generated when a Stacheldraht handler probes for a Stacheldraht agent on the destination host.

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Impact:
Severe. This indicates that a Stacheldraht handler may exist on the source host and an agent may exist 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 distributed denial of service attack.�

There are "handler" hosts that are used to coordinate the attacks and "agent" hosts that launch the attack.�A handler can discover if a particular host is a Stacheldraht agent by sending it an ICMP echo reply with an ICMP identification number of 668 and a string of "gesundheit!" in the payload.

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Affected Systems:
Any Stacheldraht compromised host.

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Attack Scenarios:
A handler may attempt to discover if the destination host is a Stacheldraht agent. A script named "gag" can be used to generate this communication for a defender or attacker to discover if a host is a Stacheldraht 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:
Perform proper forensic analysis on the suspected compromised host to discover the means of compromise.

Rebuild a confirmed compromised host.

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/IDS194

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