ICMP spoofed source payload tunneling
Almost any device having IP stack with enabled ICMP can be used to
be a tunnel redirector.
Let's imagine in Net a hacker having his source server(S), destination
server(D), and a ip-capable device - victim(V). S sends to V spoofed ICMP
echo request packet containing IP source address of D, and the data in
When V receiving that packet, it sends ICMP echo-reply packet to D, AND
FORWARDS TO D ALL DATA IN PAYLOAD!
Backward is the same.
I spent an only hour to write working exploit attaching this to Linux
Where it can be used?
1. Hacker have a victim traffic to that one cost lesser than to the World.
That way Victim will pay for traffic with other hacker's server.
2. Hacker have no access to the world at all, but have external server
(D). For Victim can be used any neighbour device (I tried IP phone - it
works!) or even firewall or gateway! This can make a tunnel through a
server with completely disabled IP forwarding at all.
Very high probability of their attacks is in ISPs that gives a free access
to some networks (I know that situation exists in Ukraine - to UA Internet
Exchange access often is free and/or at higher speed, and in home Ethernet
networks almost all ISPs provides free access to their clients and local
This can be detected by observing an anomally ICMP activity, and if you
have more than one network interfaces - by presence of spoofed packets
that can't be in certain interfaces. Or maybe by viewing your Internet
Turning On reverse-path filtering and other antispoofed
mechanisms. Limiting rates or even denying ICMP type 8 at all.