My Sonicwall keep alerting me to port scans, I know they happen all the time but why be alerted if there isn't anything to do about it. Checking the IP address I came across this post below which seems to show these IPs port scanning me as itunes servers On three separate connections, achieve by pausing for about minutes and then resuming, the average sustained bandwidth varied widely.
Out best guess is that this is just some sort of recipricating scan from a website our users go to. I read that somewhere Sorry I have been slow in responding. It could be a series of PCs trying to attach to adobe or windows updates. Yes only ones reported. RDP is only port open. Also I do use Splashtop for remote access on some systems because we use Ipads for a few users. This might be their setup. It's so hard to tell anymore. I realize this thread is a little old, But I just installed a Sonicwall last week and I'm seeing these same sorts of log entries.
The reason these 'scans' are coming back on IP The DSL modem is in front of the Sonicwall with the public. I had it bridged for a while but we've had major issues with this circuit and are about to change to a different ISP. So has anyone come up with a reason why deploy.
TCP scanned port list, I'd like to know. They say it's safe but seems like someone like anonymous could use it as a back door. I've seen other statements like this. But I've also seen this app on a lot of PCs. So put that together with the port scanning and you start to worry. Or at least I do. The Akamai Intelligent Platform is the leading cloud platform for delivering secure, high-performing user experiences to any device, anywhere.
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Other than MS updates and probably the HP updater that a few of my machines have I wonder what else would be on my network. But what I really want to know is WHY are they sending packets to my network on unsolicited ports? If they are using FTP it should be in passive mode so my client is doing all the work. It's one thing for me to see 'odd' traffic from the hackers, but from a known good website - why are they talking to me, again, on the unsolicited ports and cauing my firewall to take note?
I turned off port scan reports with a sonicwall tech but I'm still getting these reports. I also want to know why they would broadcast this crap at me. I worry there is something else going on. I know this is an older thread, but I just wanted to chime in to say I'm having the same issue.
The scanned port is likely the last outbound port the client or firewall used to connect to the public server. I don't use SonicWall, but my logs show such activity all the time. Your challenge is that such reports are cherry-picking the activity, which leaves you with little context of the actual traffic. Look at what happened prior to those packets, and you'll likely see outbound traffic to something related to that source.Thank you for taking the time to respond.
Was this article helpful? What is a Denial-of-Service attack DoS attack? A Denial-of-service attack DoS attack is an attempt to make a computer or network resource unavailable to its intended users. In a Denial of Service DoS attackan attacker attempts to prevent the users from accessing information or services, usually by flooding the network with large amounts of fake traffic. By targeting your computer and its network connection, or the computers and network of the sites you are trying to use, an attacker may be able to prevent you from accessing email, web sites, online accounts banking, etc.
This causes a Denial of Service DoS and results in slow access to the Internet, since the amount of traffic attempting to ping your IP address overloads the router. By default, the router uses port scan and DoS protection it is enabled to help guard a network against those attacks that inhibit or stop network availability.
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A few days ago I started using the internet by connecting the cable directly to my computer. For some reason my router slows up my download speed - I have already tried fixing it with no luck, it's probably outdated. Anyway after I hooked up directly via cable SEP started notifiying me that I am being port scanned by a certain IP which is not a part of my network. It's European. SEP automatically blocked the IP for seconds.
After that I noticed that I have been port scanned continously by different IP's from around the world. As I understand this is quite normal and not something I should be concerned about if I am behind a firewall. However, the previously mentioned IP keeps port scanning me about every minute repeadetly along with other various IP's. But it keeps scanning me which is visible in my router log. Which ports should I keep open and which ports should I close? If I understand correctly the IP's are scanning for open ports that are vournable however aren't certain ports always open in order for the internet to work?
I don't have any ports forwarded on my router. There are some application specific ports open in the windows firewall. Can I get hacked through these ports?
First of all, you should make sure you use the newest firmware for your linksys device if you use it. I wouldn't recommend to connect your Windows PC directly to the internet. Doing so allsows a potential attacker to directly "access" and gather information about the target machine and there's only your SEP and your Windows firewall to prevent this and i wouldn't entrust my life to those solutions.
Again, if your systems are top up-to-date you decrease the risk factor. In my opinion the securest way is a small linux device e. You can use all solutions Alexey mentioned on it and you are able to customize it the way you want.
This way, you would have many possibile defenses against port scans and network attacks. Most portscans scan the lower well known ports Well known ports to find services e.
You can't imagine how many unsecure servers are out there that run outdated versions of such services. Most exploit attacks run a scan automatically, compare the results with an exploit database and attack if the have a suitable exploit.
For scaling, those attacks are often scripted. You are right, there are certain open ports on your machine if you connect to the internet see Ephemeral ports. Example: You connect to an http server by using firefox.I've had port scans performed on my machine since yesterday. My firewall has pick it up and seems to have prevented access. My back trace tool has identified the IP addresses these port scans have been conducted from. Additionally I've reported this issue to the IP network owners, but haven't had any replies from them.
I am not sure how you sent or worded your report to their ISP. Usually these accounts are setup and tracked. The only other real thing you can do to eliminate the pest is put up a firewall from that IP number. Now, if he changes IP's, then he can come at you again.
If that is a concern, then wipe out the whole domain. I cut down a pile of spam by preventing my linux box my main server from talking to anyone at yahoo. I am considering hotmail too Is he scanning you on all ports, or just a couple in particular? If he is targeting a few ports, say 23 telnet25 smtp80 web then make sure the services that belong to those ports are patched.
If you want to have some fun, you can use nmap to determine what kind of machine the bozo who is knocking on your door is using. When one guy hit me times in a day, I ran his information, and provided his ISP with the IP information, and what kind of computer it was. They were prompt and professional, and well, shut the guy down.
It is normal to be scanned once in a while. That is the nature of web life. Someone might be curious, some college student trying out the scripts. No one really knows. But repeated hammering is a different story. These days most port scans you see are coming from trojan infected zombies out there.
PC's infected with any of various virii or malware often hook up in vast botnets, ready to send out tons of spam, or to attack websites or users in a vast Denial of Service attacks. Such infected machines are commonly called 'Zombies'. My router's tracking all the portscans I get on my machine, and I'm scanned on average 3 times a minute, often more.
Just for reference, that means were I to reinstall Windows XP, and hop up on the web to grab all the latest updates, AND if I did not have a firewall, I'd be infected with one of these self spreading trojans before I could finish downloading the updates. Scary, huh? Can you stop someone from repeatedly port scanning your machine? Hi, I've had port scans performed on my machine since yesterday. In the meantime, my machine continues to be scanned, every few minutes or so.
Is there anything I can do to get rid of this pest? Thank you. Hello, I am not sure how you sent or worded your report to their ISP. Good Luck, Christian. The Only way I know how to avoid getting scanned is to never go online :.My security appliance keeps issuing port scan attack alerts even though my LAN seems to be protected behind a firewall You forgot to provide an Email Address.
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Transport layer protocols, including the Transmission Control Protocol TCPUser Datagram Protocol and the Stream Control Transmission Protocoluse ports, which, taken together with an IP address, are used to identify the processes running on a networked host to which a packet is sent. Ports number 1 through are well-known ports used as defaults for different internet protocols -- port 0 is reserved and should not be used. The port numbers in the range of through are set aside for ports registered with the IANA to be associated with specific protocols.
Ports in the range of through are ephemeral ports that are used as needed to address dynamic connections. For example, once a server and client initiate a connection, the server sends packets to an ephemeral port on the client. An attacker launches a port scan by using a listening service to see what ports are open on the target machine. A port scan attack, therefore, occurs when an attacker sends packets to your machine, which can vary the destination port. The attacker can use this to find out what services you are running and to get a pretty good idea of the operating system you have.
Most internet-facing systems get scanned every day, though as long as you harden your firewall and minimize the services allowed through it, these attacks shouldn't worry you. The practice of port scanning is as old as the internet, and while protocols have changed over time and security tools and systems have evolved as well, port scan alerts still must be attended to.
Port scans are used by both attackers and defenders for similar reasons. They can be used to map a network for reconnaissance to identify systems, ports and, potentially, the software in use. This mapping can be done using a variety of tools at a variety of speeds, depending on whether the person running the scan wants to minimize the chance of being detected.
Some legitimate endpoint software may even map a local network looking for a printer or other network resource, and such a scan could look like a port scan attack. Much of the publicly addressable internet has already been mapped by legitimate services like Shodanas well as by some more questionable projects, so it is not necessary to do port scans of the internet.
But enterprises should scan their internal networks. The data gathered by a port scan can be used for attacks or defense. An attacker could use port scan attack data to flag potentially vulnerable systems -- with the intention of exploiting those systems to gain access to the target network. Defenders use the same data, but with the intention of identifying potentially exploitable systems so they can strengthen them.
Defenders can also use port scan data and correlate it with data from endpoint or vulnerability management tools to identify systems they need to protect or to identify new devices on a network that may need attention. The simplest types of port scans are streams of packets sent to a single host, with each succeeding packet addressing the target host's IP address and an incremented port number. When a packet is directed to an open port, the target system will reply to the attacker with an appropriate response packet, signaling to the attacker that the port is open.
TCP port scanning is the most common vector for port scan attacks, however, because the protocol requires target systems to respond to incoming packets. Port scan attacks can also be categorized by whether they target multiple destination ports at a single IP address -- known as a vertical scan -- or target a single port at multiple destination IP addresses -- known as a horizontal scan.
Enterprises should block aggressive port scans if they are causing operational problems at a border. Otherwise, they may want to ignore the scans to focus their efforts on higher risk areas. But before a port scan attack can be stopped, it must be detected. When properly installed and configured, modern security appliances are quite effective at detecting port scans by keeping track of attempts to access systems in the local network.
Security appliances can usually link ongoing repeated scan attempts from the same source whether they target a single host or multiple hosts.This topic has been closed to new posts due to inactivity.
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I had no interent access. Which makes me think it was a real dos. Also ive noiticed i would lag spike a lot when im playing online and I traced the IPs and they were coming from Ohio, Germany, and Arizona. I am just wondering if this is something I should worry about.
I have the same logs with the same IP's oddly enough. I'm not having any loss of internet and you should check your logs to see if that was a coincendence rather than being knocked off by a DoS attack. Also make sure you have the latest firmware. As long as the logs are showing the attacks the royter is doing its job. Solved: Can someone tell me why my Nighthawk x10 is making Also the last week has had hardly any attacks logged false or otherwise i know netger routers are very paranoid logging wisethis started on July 1st like the OP so maybe just the usual port scanning for vulnerabilitoies as a few routers have been updated for security recently.
The IP's 'attacking;' can and probably are spoofed anyway and are mostly port I hope everyone can answer in German. My Eng. I've passed my logs onto a guy with netgear who is on SNB forums, as its odd we all seem to be having the same IP's hitting us, but I looked at my download for today and its not high so its not a DoS. The logs show either the routers logging has gone a bit weird or there are more port scans than usual, but as long as they are logged as has been said they are either false or blocked so nothing to worry about.
I'll get back when I here when I here more from the Netgear guy. Been watching this post for the last few days. I have had intermittant issues with connecting with my ISP for about the past week. They sent their technician out and signal strength was within paramaters. Everything was in normal condition. I shut off UPnP only to have the attacks diminish but still there. I had this pop up in my log which is new.
I dont go to any websites hosted by france.Port Scan Attack is one of the most popular reconnaissance techniques attackers use to discover services they can break into. All machines connected to a network run many services that use TCP or UDP ports and there are more than defined ports available. Normally port scan does not make direct damage just by port scanning. Potetially a port scan helps the attacker find which ports are available to launch various attacks.
Essentially, a port scan consists of sending a message to each port, one at a time. The kind of response received indicates whether the port is used and can therefore be probed further for weakness.
Port scanning usually happens for TCP ports, which are connection-oriented and therefore give good feedback to the attacker. The main port scan attacks are listed as follows:. Stealth scan : it is a kind of scan that is designed to go undetected by auditing tools. So scanning very slowly becomes a stealth technique. The reason that attackers scan for this is because a large percentage of users misconfigure SOCKS which permits arbitrary the sources and destinations.
Bounce Scans : Attackers scour the Internet looking for systems they can bounce their attacks through. This is not often used by attackers since it is easily blocked. Freeware for port scan is available for a nyone to use. Port Scanning Tools can be used legitimately for admins and users to learn network vulnerabilities. The Port Scan attack can be effectively reduced if not completely solved by deploying Firewalls at critical locations of a network to filter un-wanted traffic and from iffy sources.
There are many Port Scan detecting tools and products available on the market. A port scan is a scan for servies hackers can break into and hack from the inside. If you have norton or bitdefender I perfer bitdefender and its reciving these threats, its doing a good job keeping the hacker out. I cant tell you how many scans bitdefender has stped for me. Your firewall is doing what it is supposed to do.
You have nothing to worry about. Answer Save. Port Scan Attack Port Scan Attack is one of the most popular reconnaissance techniques attackers use to discover services they can break into.
The main port scan attacks are listed as follows: Stealth scan : it is a kind of scan that is designed to go undetected by auditing tools. Port Scanning Tools Freeware for port scan is available for a nyone to use. Port Scan Attack Mitigation The Port Scan attack can be effectively reduced if not completely solved by deploying Firewalls at critical locations of a network to filter un-wanted traffic and from iffy sources.
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