Rule Category


Alert Message

POLICY-OTHER RPC Portmapper version 2 dump request attempt

Rule Explanation

This event is generated when an inbound RPC Portmapper version 2 dump request is made at least 10 times within 1 second Impact: Detection of a Denial of Service Attack via amplification if enough responses are made in a short enough period of time Details: RPC Portmapper, in response to a legitimate call, will respond with a valid response. The issue lies in that the response is significantly larger than initial inbound request. This is known as amplification, and if a significant number of responses are forwarded to server, a DoS condition may occur. Ease of Attack: Simple and publicly available

What To Look For

Known Usage

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False Positives

Known false positives, with the described conditions

Detection only covers ten requests made in a short period of time and the requests in of themselves will not do anything and is completely legitimate. Many requests made to a single server is likely indicative of an attempted UDP amplification DoS attack.


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