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flooding



Recent happenings on the Internet have raised concern over "malicious 
flooding", especially flooding a server with forged-client-addressTCP 
connection initialize messages for various protocols like HTTP, Telnet and 
SMTP.

Is Styx in any way better in this than TCP? Could there be some kind of 
built-in discard mechanism in responding to sudden inward rush of traffic? 
Inferno probably has not fixed everything concerning this issue, so I am 
raising it here.

Does anyone know any articles treating flooding as a general problem? How 
can the initializer be forced to authenticate himself _before_ he is given 
enough of attention to consume receiver resources.

I guess the only solution is to prevent forged-sender-address packets 
entering to the network at all. A hard task which requires updating of lot 
of router software in todays Internet.