Routing Worm: A Fast, Selective Attack

By | August 17, 2005

Most well-known worms, such as Code Red, Slammer, Blaster, and Sasser, infected vulnerable computers by scanning the entire IPv4 address space. In this paper, we present an advanced worm called “routing worm”, which implements two advanced attacking techniques.

First, a routing worm uses BGP routing tables to only scan the Internet routable address space, which allows it propagate three times faster than a traditional worm. Second, and more importantly, the geographic information of BGP routing prefixes enables a routing worm to conduct pinpoint “selective attacks” by imposing heavy damage to vulnerable computers in a specific country, company, Internet Service Provider, or Autonomous System, without collateral damage done to others.

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