RangeAMP Attack: CDN DDoS Attack


Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) aim to improve network performance and protect against web attack traffic for their hosting websites. And the HTTP range request mechanism is majorly designed to reduce unnecessary network transmission. However, we find the specifications failed to consider the security risks introduced when CDNs meet range requests. In this study, we present a novel class of HTTP amplification attack, Range-based Amplification (RangeAmp) Attacks. It allows attackers to massively exhaust not only the outgoing bandwidth of the origin servers deployed behind CDNs but also the bandwidth of CDN surrogate nodes. We examined the RangeAmp attacks on 13 popular CDNs to evaluate the feasibility and real-world impacts. Our experiment results show that all these CDNs are affected by the RangeAmp attacks. We also disclosed all security issues to affected CDN vendors and already received positive feedback from 12 vendors.

Dec 21, 2019 1:00 PM — 3:00 PM
Kaiwen Shen
Kaiwen Shen
Ph.D. Student of Tsinghua University

My research interests include protocol security, web security and data-driven security. If you are interested, feel free to drop me an email and join us!

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