Fun with Network Forensics: Discovering a Rouge Bridge

This is a short write up on some interesting things I found while completing a midterm project for a Network Forensics class I took last year. My network forensics group decided to map the traffic for contemporary Windows-based denial of service vulnerabilities. Our project utilized a live network of volunteer hosts connected to the university network. We used NetFlow data collected by Flow Tools. While searching for possible exploits I found a hidden network bridge. The bridge used a non-human host registered to a roaming port in a networking closet. The host was eventually found to use a rouge process which proxied connections from an external residence on to campus. A malicious user could have used this bridge to proxy requests from their home through the university.

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