Re: [Full-disclosure] Does this exist ?

Ah 2^4000 is rather big, I suggest you plug something less into a
calculator to see how big 2^ can get. If you're looking for 16ish
million entries you want 2^24.

What you're kinda describing would work as far as I understand what it
is you're trying to say. Along the same sort of arguments we can turn
this into a compression algorithm where we represent the whole entire
universe as the letter 'A'. The unfortunate part of this compression
algorithm is that when we want to uncompress it we go to our table,
look up what 'A' represents, and then output it. So we would still
have to store the universe in as a whole.

In other words it's terribly infeasible to have a database of all the
possible packet combinations up to 500 bytes.

On 06/07/07, Dan Becker <list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Quoting Andrew Farmer <andfarm@xxxxxxxxx>:

On 05 Jul 07, at 06:20, Dan Becker wrote:
I have an idea that won't leave me alone and this list seems to
have the most potential for knowing if the idea exists. My
apologies for a somewhat offtopic post.

Would there be a way to create a rainbow table of tcp packets to
be used to generate one packet for every 1000 or so normal packets
simply by matching hashes with databases on both ends ?

No; for a 128-bit hash (for example) there are only 2^128 packets which
can be uniquely represented. This is far below the 2^12144 1518-byte
packets which are possible, so - by the pigeonhole principle, there
will be collisions. Increasing the hash size won't help unless you make
it at least as large as the packet, at which point you aren't gaining

Computing such a rainbow table is computationally impossible, anyway.
The largest keyspace which I know of that's been brute-forced was
somewhere around 64 bits, and that takes either dedicated hardware or a
distributed-computing network. 128 bits is believed to be physically
impossible, and even that is just barely enough to fit a TCP header
into, without any data.

If the data being transmitted over the link is reasonably redundant,
then you might get lucky and be able to just hash the relevant packets
ahead of time. However, you could probably do even better with a
purpose-built compression scheme anyway.

I thank you for the reply and must apologize for using the wrong
terminology. A rainbow table isn't really what I am thinking about.

Think of DNA strands, we all have the potential to be any living thing
on the planet. (to my limited understanding of DNA)

Now lets apply that to digital data. We all have the 0's and 1's to be
any potential data already in the computer. Let us go further and
create a database of a packet data field with 500bytes in the data
field or 2^4000 which would come to 16 million entries. Modern
databases can do extremely quick lookups with the properly configured
database having that many entries.

So we generate a packet using the idpacket field of a database to
describe which packets should be assembled in which order then send
it. 1 packet to send 500.

Then upside is everyone has the potential to create any data possible
already at their command and data transmissions will be increased
exponentially. The downside being intellectual property is not going
to be easy to enforce considering all you are doing is defining the
order packets are assembled.

Am I missing something ? Would a hash function not be able to do this
? Would a packet checksum be similar to the hash function I am
thinking about ?

Again my apologies for offtopic postings.


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