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Considerations for automating firewall prefix management via XML

‎01-28-2014 09:20 AM

We have a home built DoS attack mitigator which, when an attack is triggered, adds iptables-rules to our public servers and which blocks the attackers.

This has obvious drawbacks in terms of scalability and manageability. There are hundreds of servers and hundreds of prefixes, probably thousands before soon.

 

We are looking into wether it would be possible for the "DoS attack mitigator" to instead add the prefix to a firewall filter at our edge routers (via XML).

What would be the things too look out for here when implementing a solution like this? Maximum number of firewall prefixes? Doing configuration commits too often? Is the firewalling done in hardware or would we run into issues when prefix lists are too long? If i remember correctly, arbor works in a similar way (but only with SRX's?) so the method as such probably wouldn't be that exotic.

 

Thanks!

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Re: Considerations for automating firewall prefix management via XML

‎01-28-2014 10:32 AM

Novel dea which would work, but yes there are issues you would probably see when the number firewall filters and lines increases. However to also minimize that problem, you could create the appropriate firewall filter and reference a prefix-list instead of adding multiple prefixes to filter itself. So you would only need your xml to add the prefixes to the prefi-list. The firewall filters are implemented in hardward in the forwarding plane. personally I have no expereince working with the xml stuff so I cannot offer any help there, but have you considered testing the AppSecure suite which would give you AppDOS? You may also want to ask about the effectiveness of the :

http://www.juniper.net/us/en/local/pdf/datasheets/1000426-en.pdf

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