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We have published a revision of our IETF Internet-Draft about port
randomization. It is available at:
http://www.gont.com.ar/drafts/port-randomization/draft-ietf-tsvwg-port-rand omization-02.txt (you can find the document in other fancy formats at: http://www.gont.com.ar/drafts/port-randomization/index.html)
This new revision of the document addresses the feedback we got from Amit Klein, Matthias Bethke, and Alfred Hoenes.
The abstract of the document is:
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Recently, awareness has been raised about a number of "blind" attacks that can be performed against the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) and similar protocols. The consequences of these attacks range from throughput-reduction to broken connections or data corruption. These attacks rely on the attacker's ability to guess or know the fivetuple (Protocol, Source Address, Destination Address, Source Port, Destination Port) that identifies the transport protocol instance to be attacked. This document describes a number of simple and efficient methods for the random selection of the client port number, such that the possibility of an attacker guessing the exact value is reduced. While this is not a replacement for cryptographic methods, the described port number randomization algorithms provide improved security/obfuscation with very little effort and without any key management overhead. The algorithms described in this document are local policies that may be incrementally deployed, and that do not violate the specifications of any of the transport protocols that may benefit from them, such as TCP, UDP, UDP-lite, SCTP, DCCP, and RTP. - ---- cut here ----
Any comments will be more than welcome.
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