Smurf attack - definition of smurf attack by The Free Dictionary
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A denial-of-service attack in which a network is disabled by an overwhelming number of replies to ping requests that have been given the return address of the network to be attacked.
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We illustrate a ping for an ordinary broadcast showing a scan of hosts in the network and a ping broadcast in conjunction with IP Spoofing, which is the Smurf attack
There are various types of DoS attacks; the more popular ones are known as Smurf attack
(when the person behind the attack sends high volume of ICMP type packets) and SYN attack (when the attacker initiates a high rate of new connections requests and then fails to follow up).
Second, in Smurf attacks
, a ping request with a spoofed sending address is sent to a broadcast network address, with the intention of causing so many ping replies to be sent to the computer under attack that it is unable to process the replies .