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Rule:
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Sid:
241

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Summary:
This event is generated when a DDoS Shaft handler agent launchs a SYN flood against a target. 

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Impact:
Attempted DDoS. If the listed source IP is in your network, it may be a Shaft agent.  If the listed destination IP is in your network, your host may be a target of a DDoS SYN flood. 

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Detailed Information:
The Shaft DDoS uses a tiered structure of compromised hosts to coordinate and participate in a distributed denial of service attack. Agents are hosts that are directed to launch attacks.  One type of attack that may be launched is a SYN flood of a target.  The SYN packets have a telltale initial sequence number of 674711609. 

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Affected Systems:
Any Shaft compromised host.

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Attack Scenarios:
A Shaft agent may attack a target using a SYN flood. 

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Ease of Attack:
Simple. Shaft code is freely available.

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False Positives:
It is possible that an innocuous SYN packet will have a sequence number of 674711609.

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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/IDS253

Miscellaneous:
http://biocserver.cwru.edu/~jose/shaft_analysis/


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