Hardware-enabled DDOS Protection

It is crucial to protect the control plane on the switch to ensure that the proper control plane applications have access to the CPU. Failure to do so increases vulnerabilities to a Denial of Service (DOS) attack. Cumulus Linux provides control plane protection by default. It also offers a DDOS protection mechanism, which protects data plane, control plane and management plane traffic in the switch. It drops any packets that match one or more of the following criteria while incurring no performance impact:

  • Source IP address matches the destination address for IPv4 and IPv6 packets
  • Source MAC address matches the destination MAC address
  • Unfragmented or first fragment SYN packets with a source port of 0-1023
  • TCP packets with control flags =0 and seq number == 0
  • TCP packets with FIN, URG and PSH bits set and seq number == 0
  • TCP packets with both SYN and FIN bits set
  • TCP source PORT matches the destination PORT
  • UDP source PORT matches the destination PORT
  • First TCP fragment with partial TCP header
  • TCP header has fragment offset value of 1
  • ICMPv6 ping packets payload larger than programmed value of ICMP max size
  • ICMPv4 ping packets payload larger than programmed value of ICMP max size
  • Fragmented ICMP packet
  • IPv6 fragment lower than programmed minimum IPv6 packet size

Supported ASICs

DDOS protection is available for the following Broadcom ASICs:

  • Helix4
  • Maverick
  • Tomahawk
  • Tomahawk+
  • Trident
  • Trident-II
  • Trident-II+
  • Trident3

Cumulus Networks recommends enabling DDOS protection when deploying a switch with one of the above mentioned ASICs, as hardware-based DDOS protection is disabled by default.

DDOS protection is not supported on Broadcom Hurricane2 and Mellanox Spectrum ASICs.

Configure Persistent DDOS Protection

  1. Open the /etc/cumulus/datapath/traffic.conf file in a text editor.

  2. Enable DOS prevention checks by changing the following value to true, and save the file:

    # To turn on/off Denial of Service (DOS) prevention checks dos_enable = true
  3. Open the /usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/cumulus/__chip_config/bcm/datapath.conf file in a text editor. Set the following checks to true, then save the file:

    cumulus@switch:~$ sudo nano /usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/cumulus/__chip_config/bcm/datapath.conf
    # Enabling/disabling Denial of service (DOS) prevetion checks
    # To change the default configuration:
    # enable/disable the individual DOS checks.
    dos.sip_eq_dip = true
    dos.smac_eq_dmac = true
    dos.tcp_hdr_partial = true
    dos.tcp_syn_frag = true
    dos.tcp_ports_eq = true
    dos.tcp_flags_syn_fin = true
    dos.tcp_flags_fup_seq0 = true
    dos.tcp_offset1 = true
    dos.tcp_ctrl0_seq0 = true
    dos.udp_ports_eq = true
    dos.icmp_frag = true
    dos.icmpv4_length = true
    dos.icmpv6_length = true
    dos.ipv6_min_frag = true

    Configuring any of the following settings affects the BFD echo function. For example, if you enable dos.udp_ports_eq, all the BFD packets are dropped because the BFD protocol uses the same source and destination UDP ports.

  4. Restart switchd to enable DDOS protection:

    cumulus@switch:~$ sudo systemctl restart switchd.service