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NTP Mode 6 REQ_NONCE DRDoS Scanner

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NTP Mode 6 REQ_NONCE DRDoS Scanner



This module identifies NTP servers which permit mode 6 REQ_NONCE requests that can be used to conduct DRDoS attacks. In some configurations, NTP servers will respond to REQ_NONCE requests with a response larger than the request, allowing remote attackers to cause a distributed, reflected denial of service (aka, "DRDoS" or traffic amplification) via spoofed requests.


  • Jon Hart <jon_hart@rapid7.com>


Module Options

To display the available options, load the module within the Metasploit console and run the commands 'show options' or 'show advanced':

msf > use auxiliary/scanner/ntp/ntp_req_nonce_dos
msf auxiliary(ntp_req_nonce_dos) > show actions
msf auxiliary(ntp_req_nonce_dos) > set ACTION < action-name >
msf auxiliary(ntp_req_nonce_dos) > show options
    ...show and set options...
msf auxiliary(ntp_req_nonce_dos) > run 

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