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Researchers disclose deadly cross-platform TCP/IP flaws
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Thursday, 02 October 2008 11:07
Researchers disclose deadly cross-platform TCP/IP flaws

By Joel Hruska | Published: October 02, 2008 - 05:45AM CT

DoS attacks have been around ever since the first caveman hacker decided to attack the first caveman network engineer's TCP/IP network. Much like sharks, DoS attacks have survived the passage of time by being very good at what they do, and while they've spawned offspring (distributed denial-of-service attacks, or DDoS), the original version remains alive and well in the deep waters of the Internet. A team of researchers—Robert E. Lee and Jack C. Louis—now claim to have found new vulnerabilities within the TCP/IP stack that can be exploited to allow for devastating DoS attacks, from simply crashing the device in question to snarling it so thoroughly it must be rebooted before it can function normally, even after an attack has been completed.

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