Experimental Storm Worm DNS Blocklist

Published: 2007-09-13
Last Updated: 2007-09-13 12:49:58 UTC
by Johannes Ullrich (Version: 1)
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Threatstop is currently experimenting with a DNS based blocklist scheme to dynamically block storm worm infected hosts. Its a test list they offer for free to get some feedback on how well it works for people. The basic idea of their blocklist scheme is not like traditional DNS blocklists, which require a DNS lookup for each new IP address seen. Instead, you add a hostname to your blocklist, which will then resolve to multiple A records, each of which is an IP address to be blocked. It appears that most firewalls will refresh the list whenever the TTL for the record expires. Currently, the following hostnames can be used: basic.threatstop.com basic1.threatstop.com basic2.threatstop.com basic3.threatstop.com basic4.threatstop.com Each one resolves to a set of storm infected IPs. This is just a temporary service to test this distribution method with a larger set of users. For more details, see the threatstop.com website.
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