RE: how to block connections running on non-default ports
From: AMOL (amol.sable_at_capsilon.com)
To: "Niranjan S Patil" <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2005 14:53:26 +0530
Any IDS in inline mode, or Firewall will block the packets as per the rules
defined for blocking/allowing.
Generally,Port 80-HTTP and 443-HTTPS are among the most common ports in the
And yes; your Firewall doesn't know more than source (IP:PORT) destination
(IP:PORT) and state (if you have an option of a stateful inspection of
From your scenario it looks like you have a packet filter Firewall.A
firewall implemented with the Packet Filters work at Network Layer of
Hence it cant stop telnet connection to the server listening on "allowed"
Similar is the case for Inline IDS.
But as a security measure you can make sure that hosts on your network are
NOT practicing things like: running telnet server on port 443. Strictly. And
you can implement ALG (or simply enable it if its already present)option in
A firewall implemented with the Application Layer Gateways(ALG) work at the
Application Layer of ISO/OSI stack.
Hope this may help a little.
From: Niranjan S Patil [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Monday, August 15, 2005 9:06 PM
Subject: how to block connections running on non-default ports
I recently noticed that our corporate IDS could not block some of
connections that are seemingly unauthorised.
I launched a telnet connection to a remote server on Internet on port
23 and it was successfully blocked by our firewall. I change the
listening port of the telnet server to 443 and launched another telnet
connection on port 443. Neither our firewall or IDS was able to block
Aren't IDS supposed to block such masqueraded connections, i.e.,
protocols with non-default ports.
I have less knowledge on IDS, but isn't it simple for them to check
packet headers and block/filter if they are not on right
Is this normal with all IDS?
Any help is appreciated.
-- Regards, Niranjan S Patil