RE: switch jamming

From: Alexander (
Date: 01/31/02

Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2002 11:25:22 -0500 (EST)
From: Alexander <>
To: Anthony Gruppuso <>


        Static ARP entries can prevent this if implement on the switch
(and it is a good idea to use them on all the network devices as well).
Also, protocols such as IPSEC can strengthen any protocols tunneled
through it against manipulation or sniffing.


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On Thu, 31 Jan 2002, Anthony Gruppuso wrote:

> Does anybody know of any switches that can protect against this type of > attack, or is virtually every switch affected? I imagine this is "old > news," so what have vendors done to counteract this type of activity? > > -----Original Message----- > From: Sebastian Jaenicke [] > Sent: Wednesday, January 30, 2002 5:13 PM > To: > Subject: Re: switch jamming > > > Hi, > > On Wed, Jan 30, 2002 at 10:05:08PM +0000, Jan wrote: > [..] > > how can i sniff upon a switched network segment ? a read some articles > about "switch jamming" and "port mirroring" but up to know i didn't > learn anything special at all. > > ca some of your guys out there help me ? (i'm sure some of you can but > are you willing, too ?) > > > > This can be achieved by flooding the switch with spoofed ARP packets > until > its internal MAC table is filled up - most switches will then revert to > "hub mode" and therefore broadcast all traffic to the network where it > can easily be sniffed. > > should > give you some (more accurate?) information. > > Sebastian > -- > Sebastian Jaenicke > whois|perl -ne's-^certif: +--&&print' > "Object-oriented programming is an exceptionally bad idea which > could only have originated in California." --Edsger Dijkstra >

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