We do unfiltered Internet access - simple.
But is it?
We do BCP38 on all end user lines, but reasonably sensibly allowing any source IPs from any of a customer's lines including 2002::/16 equivalent IPv4 in IPv6 addresses, and so on. This is part of the definition of "Internet Access" in our terms. We think it is sane and is obviously "Best Current Practice". You get Internet Access for (and from) your IP address(es).
But what of traffic from the Internet to end users. Until now this has been totally unfiltered. This includes spoofed source IP traffic such as from RFC1918 addresses, and unrouted blocks, and traffic used for amplification attacks, TCP SYN flood attacks and so on.
We are, today, putting in place a simple additional source IP check on ingress from transit. It is simply that the source is routable. This covers a lot of duff traffic, e.g. RFC1918 source addresses.
We think this is sensible and a simple step to avoid some of the spoofed attacks. But we offer "unfiltered Internet". Is that right that we filter this. Do customers have a right to spoofed source traffic from the Internet to their line?
I am genuinely interested in feedback on this...
There is then a further, operational aspect. We have seen significant attacks since Saturday with TCP port 80 SYN floods with a variety of valid and invalid TCP options which appear to be designed to crash TCP stacks. They are working on lots of our customer to crash very old ZyXEL P660 routers where we have external access to administer the router. This is not a password attack, but an attack on the routers TCP stack and takes customers off line totally, sometimes for hours.
The source is a fixed single IP - possibly the real source or possibly the target or some reflection attack. So, with our new filtering we could black hole that /32 address which will now cause blocks to incoming packets from that address. We would use this specifically to mitigate attacks on customers during the attacks or the overall period that attacks are happening (i.e. may be several days).
But that is not unfiltered Internet is it?
It is a specific administrative and short term filter, but it is a filter?
So is that valid? Should we do it? We are talking about only specific cases for attack conditions. It is, by no means, a general means to filter stuff, and very very much not a URL filter.
P.S. Whatever we do - we aim to be completely transparent - if we do block an IP for an attack we will say why and for how long and so on...
Update: In light of some feedback I have disabled this source check. At least we have the feature now if we need to do something in an emergency to protect the network as a whole, i.e. during an attack.
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