Drastic increase in inbound ICMP Flood upon installation of MARS

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Jul 9th, 2007
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Hello all,

we are seeing an increase in inbound ICMP Flood traffic that closely correlates to when a MARS 20 server went live. The inbound ICMP traffic seems to match web sites that users are browsing to. Has anyone seen anything like this and/or has an explanation as to why this is happening? The inbound ICMP traffic was nowhere near the level it is now before the MARS server came up.

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wmblake755 Tue, 07/10/2007 - 09:17
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iirc mars will auto discover/probe your network, maybe that is causing the floods?

mhellman Tue, 07/10/2007 - 09:50
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Can you be more specific about the type of ICMP messages? Is this an IDS alarm that is firing? CSMARS supports collecting messages using SNMP-trap (udp port 162) and syslog (udp port 514). These types of messages can come fast and furious. If a reporting devices is misconfigured and sending lots of message via either method on the wrong port, then the CSMARS will reply with lots of ICMP port unreachable (type=3/code=3). This can also happen if the reporting devices is sending the messages to the wrong host. The most likely culprit IME is Snare for Windows, which has a configurable port. I've seen it go completely bonkers and take down a switch.

travis-dennis_2 Tue, 07/10/2007 - 10:37
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Thanks for the replies. The traffic is being seen as inbound TCP SYN Host Sweeps originating from various IP addresses from te outside.

I do have to correct the statements that the ICMP traffic correlates to web pages browsed. That is not the case



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