UDP port 1900 DDoS traffic

Published: 2014-08-25
Last Updated: 2014-08-25 19:26:38 UTC
by Jim Clausing (Version: 1)
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I guess this is my day for asking for feedback from our readers.  Again, I'm going to ask "Got packets?"  On 22 Aug, one of our readers (Paul) commented on the Port 1900 page that he was seeing a DDoS on port 1900, with packet sizes of 300 bytes.  This is a development we've been watching at $dayjob, too, but I was wondering if anyone (including Paul) has packets so we can try to figure out what the amplification mechanism might actually be (if you have the packets, please share via the contact page).  What we're seeing in Dshield data is a little odd and different from what I'm seeing at $dayjob.  You'll note below that there were a more targets until they suddenly dropped off on 18 Jun.  On the other hand, the sources seem to be trending upward (at least, peaking higher).  Unfortunately, we only have source and target counts in the Dshield data, not byte volumes.  Compare that with what we're seeing at the $dayjob as shown in the webcast we do weekly there (from 39:55 in this video -- watch to about 47:00 if you want to see our discussion of all the reflective DoS ports we're watching).

[1] https://isc.sans.edu/port.html?port=1900
[2] http://techchannel.att.com/play-video.cfm/2014/8/14/AT&T-ThreatTraq-1-Billion-Accounts-Hacked

Jim Clausing, GIAC GSE #26
jclausing --at-- isc [dot] sans (dot) edu

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