[CentOS] OT: what are all these probes from my firewall log????

Sat Aug 18 15:01:26 UTC 2012
fred smith <fredex at fcshome.stoneham.ma.us>

On Sat, Aug 18, 2012 at 09:20:56AM -0500, Robert Nichols wrote:
> On 08/16/2012 11:06 PM, fred smith wrote:
> > On Thu, Aug 16, 2012 at 08:27:27PM -0700, John R Pierce wrote:
> >> On 08/16/12 7:01 PM, fred smith wrote:
> >>> I'm getting a gazillion of these probes in my firewall logs. I don't
> >>> understand what's going on here,... These all look like bootp requests
> >>> from, to
> >>>
> >>> there's certainly no 10.x.x.x here on this network, and I don't get the
> >>> destination address... is it possible to send packets out onto the
> >>> internet addressed like that?
> >>>
> >>> whois doesn't turn up anything on
> >>>
> >>> Anybody got suggestions on how I'd track this down?
> >>>
> >>> Thanks!
> >>>
> >>>
> >>> Aug 16 21:13:59 kernel: DROP<4>DROPIN=eth0 OUT= MAC=ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:00:23:eb:77:71:d9:08:00<1>SRC= DST=<1>LEN=328 TOS=0x00 PREC=0x00 TTL=255 ID=34040 PROTO=UDP<1>SPT=67 DPT=68 LEN=308
> >>> Aug 16 21:14:45 kernel: DROP<4>DROPIN=eth0 OUT= MAC=ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:00:23:eb:77:71:d9:08:00<1>SRC= DST=<1>LEN=328 TOS=0x00 PREC=0x00 TTL=255 ID=34063 PROTO=UDP<1>SPT=67 DPT=68 LEN=308
> >>> Aug 16 21:15:08 kernel: DROP<4>DROPIN=eth0 OUT= MAC=ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:00:23:eb:77:71:d9:08:00<1>SRC= DST=<1>LEN=328 TOS=0x00 PREC=0x00 TTL=255 ID=34075 PROTO=UDP<1>SPT=67 DPT=68 LEN=308
> >>> ....
> >>
> >> that looks like DHCP requests.  maybe there's some piece of network gear
> >> on your gateway LAN thats trying to get autoconfigured?.
> >
> > John, I'm willing to believe that, but I don't know where it would be
> > coming from... not to mention that 10.x.x.x isn't valid on my LAN,
> > it's in the 192.168.x.x range. I guess I could go around disconnecting
> > things and see where it's coming from. other than some PCs, there is a
> > networked printer, a LaCie RAID-1 network storage box, and a Television,
> > which is allegedly turned off (but as we all know you don't turn them
> > off, really, at least some part is still "on"). last time I looked at
> > the TV config it was properly configured in 192.168.x.x, but perhaps
> > I should go downstairs and take another look.
> >
> > ... no, it's not the tv, I just unplugged its cat5 from the jack and
> > the issue didn't stop.
> >
> > weird.
> >
> > hmm... just did traceroute and it comes back as being a
> > system at my ISP. that doesn't seem right to me. they shouldn't be
> > broadcaasting such stuff, as far as I know, at least.
> >
> > Any other thoughts?
> Those are BOOTP responses from your ISP's DHCP server to clients requesting
> an IP address.  They have to be broadcast because the client does not yet
> have an IP address.  Go yell at whoever set up your firewall to log these
> harmless packets that are a necessary part of dynamic IPv4 address
> assignment on a shared medium.
>        SPT=67                source port = BOOTP server
>        DPT=68                dest port = BOOTP client
>        DST=   dest address = Broadcast

that implies that there are a WHOLE LOT of systems served by this provider
that are doing dhcp requests, given the volume of these things I'm seeing.
they're arriving at rates ranging from 4-5 a second, to 1-2 a minute,
mostly in the one every 1-5 seconds rate.

My firewall is filtering them, which is good. and while there are a lot
of them it isn't enough to make a dent in my incoming bandwidth. Were I
still on dialup or DSL, it might be.

The firewall is the built-in firewall in my Asus router. the UI doesn't
give much flexibility in what it logs (basically you can log none, dropped,
accepted, or all--I've chosen to log dropped). Of course, I could open a
shell on the router and hack the iptables rules, but I'd just as soon not.

thanks for the reply!
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