[unisog] UDP fragments anyone?

Russell Fulton r.fulton at auckland.ac.nz
Tue Feb 20 19:17:15 GMT 2007

Stephen John Smoogen wrote:
> Vijay S Sarvepalli VSSARVEP wrote:
>> Anybody care to share their concerns on UDP fragments across their
>> perimeter?  It seems like there is no
>> valid traffic that needs it.  eMule ?  I am not sure if there are only
>> P2P use it.  
> My normal mode of activity is to drop UDP and ICMP fragments at any
> border where I am going to use detection tools to examine traffic.
> Fragmented UDP and ICMP are normally used to evade various tools and in
> legitimate traffic a sign of something broken.
any tools worth their salt will reassemble packets *before* examining
the contents and will flag overlapping fragments.  I don't see this as a
valid argument for dropping UDP fragments.  Our fireall (OpenBSD's pf)
actually does the reassembly at the border which is another way of
dealing with the issue.


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