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CAPEC-315: TCP/IP Fingerprinting Probes

 
TCP/IP Fingerprinting Probes
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Attack Pattern ID: 315
Abstraction: Standard
Status: Draft
Completeness: Stub
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+ Summary

An attacker engages in TCP stack fingerprinting techniques to determine the type and version of operating systems on the network. TCP Fingerprinting involves manipulating portions of the TCP header or other characteristics in order to elicit a unique and identifiable response from an operating system. This response is compared against a database of known operating system fingerprints and a guess about the operating system type and version is made.

+ Target Attack Surface

Target Attack Surface Description

Targeted OSI Layers: Network Layer Transport Layer Application Layer

Target Attack Surface Localities

Server-side

Target Attack Surface Types: Host Service

Target Functional Services

Target Functional Service 1: None
Protocol 1: Any
Related Protocol: Internet Protocol
Relationship Type
Uses Protocol
Related Protocol: User Datagram Protocol
Relationship Type
Uses Protocol
Related Protocol: Internet Control Messaging Protocol
Relationship Type
Uses Protocol
Related Protocol: Transmission Control Protocol
Relationship Type
Uses Protocol
+ Attack Prerequisites
  • The ability to send and receive TCP segments from a target in order to identify a particular TCP stack implementation.

+ Typical Severity

Low

+ Attack Motivation-Consequences
ScopeTechnical ImpactNote
Confidentiality
"Varies by context"
Confidentiality
Access_Control
Authorization
Bypass protection mechanism
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+ References
[R.315.1] [REF-20] Stuart McClure, Joel Scambray and George Kurtz. "Hacking Exposed: Network Security Secrets & Solutions". Chapter 2: Scanning, pg. 56. 6th Edition. McGraw Hill. 2009.
[R.315.2] [REF-21] Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Information Processing Techniques Office and Information Sciences Institute University of Southern California. "RFC793 - Transmission Control Protocol". Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). September 1981. <http://www.faqs.org/rfcs/rfc793.html>.
[R.315.3] [REF-22] Gordon "Fyodor" Lyon. "Nmap Network Scanning: The Official Nmap Project Guide to Network Discovery and Security Scanning". Chapter 8. Remote OS Detection. 3rd "Zero Day" Edition,. Insecure.com LLC. 2008.
[R.315.4] [REF-10] Gordon "Fyodor" Lyon. "The Art of Port Scanning". Volume: 7, Issue. 51. Phrack Magazine. 1997. <http://www.phrack.org/issues.html?issue=51&id=11#article>.
+ Content History
Submissions
SubmitterOrganizationDateSource
CAPEC Content TeamThe MITRE Corporation2014-06-23Internal_CAPEC_Team

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