Bringing in the Sheep: the FireSheep firestorm

Ryan Byrd ryanbyrd at gmail.com
Thu Nov 4 14:39:09 MDT 2010


It is reportedly possible to flood a switch to turn it into a hub:
http://h.ackack.net/cam-table-overflow.html

On Thu, Nov 4, 2010 at 2:36 PM, Charles Curley <
charlescurley at charlescurley.com> wrote:

> On Thu, 4 Nov 2010 14:12:27 -0600
> Merrill Oveson <moveson at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > Does it only involve wireless traffic?
>
> I don't see why it would not work on a wired LAN run by a hub, but
> haven't done the experiment.
>
> The reason I specify "hub" is that one difference between a hub and a
> switch is that a hub simply propagates data that comes in on one port
> to all other ports. A switch only propagates an incoming packet to the
> next port on that packet's journey, e.g. the firewall. Since the swithc
> operates at the Ethernet level, it should hide Internet traffic from
> the other machines on the LAN.
>
>
> >
> > On Thu, Nov 4, 2010 at 1:09 PM, Charles Curley
> > <charlescurley at charlescurley.com> wrote:
> > > I haven't seen any discussion of FireSheep here.
> > >
> > >
> http://www.charlescurley.com/blog/archives/2010/11/04/bringing_in_the_sheep/index.html
> > >
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