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Posted on 2007-11-19
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I've never really paid much attention to the logs and alarm events on my firewall (save the scolding), but recently I cleared the alarm status to see when it might trigger again.  It has and these are the events shown:

2007-11-19 08:58:26  system   alert  00017   ip sweep, From 68.81.209.249 to xx.xx.xx.xxx, using protocol 1 (on zone Untrust,interface ethernet3) occurred 1 times
2007-11-15 13:52:32  system   alert  00017   ip sweep, From 68.81.209.249 to xx.xx.xx.xxx, using protocol 1 (on zone Untrust,interface ethernet3) occurred 1 times
2007-11-14 12:20:09  system   alert  00016   Port Scan Attempt, From 69.26.185.131/80 to xx.xx.xx.xxx/1848, using protocol TCP (on zone Untrust,interface ethernet3) occurred 1 times
2007-11-14 12:18:56  system   alert  00016   Port Scan Attempt, From 69.26.185.131/80 to xx.xx.xx.xxx/1870, using protocol TCP (on zone Untrust,interface ethernet3) occurred 1 times
2007-11-14 10:18:43  system   alert  00017   ip sweep, From 68.81.209.249 to xx.xx.xx.xxx, using protocol 1 (on zone Untrust,interface ethernet3) occurred 1 times

The xx.xx.xx.xxx are external-facing IPs I have.  

Are these something to be concerned about?  I have not notice any abnormal activity or problems within my network, but just curoius what might be going on.
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the good thing is that you have a good firewall in place that picks up on whats going on.  that ip address is attempting to find out what open ports you have on your server in at attempt to hack into it.  he's scanning your particular server to find any vulnerabilities.


here's some things you can do to avoid any future attacks.


download Nessus.  Nessus is a free scanner that you will download and scan your own server for any unnecessary ports you have open, any vulnerabilites, etc.  its what hackers use to find out about your server.

http://searchwindowssecurity.techtarget.com/downloadPage/0,295339,sid45_gci1107786,00.html


next, take that IP address thats doing the scanning and trace it.  (Most of the time they are behind proxy's so this can get difficult) but theres times its some young kid using some new tool he discovered and is playing with it.  

you can start the trace here:

http://www.geobytes.com/IpLocator.htm?GetLocation


hope that helps
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Thanks for the info.  Nessus found 1 hole in the server so I wiil have to take care of that.

The IP was traced to Toms River, NJ, but had no name, just an ISP.  What more could I do?


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now that you have the ISP, find the way to contact them.  they usually have an abuse line.  report that IP to them and get the log of your firewall with that IP address and email that to them too.  They will most likely cancel that IP.


also, if your firewall allows it, block that specific IP address or create a Deny rule for that IP address.


your firewall is doing its job which is a good thing, i suggest you make it a habit to check your firewall daily.
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Thanks for the help!
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