[unisog] Collecting PTR names rather than IP addresses (Was: Re:IRC Bot list (cross posting))

Joel Anderson Joel.Anderson at mainnerve.com
Wed Feb 9 19:02:30 GMT 2005

Yes, there are places using this practice and there is a product called
Adaptive DarkNet that tracks and blocks based on IP. Basically works as
an adaptive egress filter. 

Joel Anderson

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-----Original Message-----
From: Valdis.Kletnieks at vt.edu [mailto:Valdis.Kletnieks at vt.edu] 
Sent: Wednesday, February 09, 2005 10:03 AM
To: UNIversity Security Operations Group
Cc: nanog at nanog.org
Subject: Re: [unisog] Collecting PTR names rather than IP addresses
(Was: Re:IRC Bot list (cross posting)) 

On Wed, 09 Feb 2005 12:11:16 GMT, Ketil Froyn said:
> > > http://www.albany.edu/~ja6447/hacked_bots8.txt
> Isn't it a good idea to collect the IP addresses rather than the ptr
> name? For instance, if I were an evil person in control of the ptr
> record of my own IP, I could easily make the name something like
> 1-2-3-4.dsl.verizon.net, and if you didn't collect my IP, you can
> be sure you got the right details!
> Something like this is probably not very widespread (has anyone seen
> in practice?), but I still think that for tracking purposes, ptr
> are useless. IMHO.

The kiddies have been doing it for *years* on IRC to make their
hostnames show
up as various 31337 values on a /who.  In fact, if you know what you're
you don't even need control of the PTR record - many older versions of
were incredibly susceptible to DNS cache poisoning.

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