I have released a new paper entitled:
Covert Channels in the TCP/IP Protocol Suite
This paper demonstrates several methods of encoding secret data into the
headers of the TCP/IP protocol. Main topics of interest include:
- Encoding data into IP headers.
- Encoding data into TCP headers.
Specific areas of focus allow encoding of data into the IP
identification fields and TCP sequence number fields for clandestine
transmission of data to a remote host. Packets of data appear normal to
network sniffers and packet filters, yet can contain hidden messages in
either plaintext or ciphertext.
Other methods revealed include a new technique where forged packets can
be "bounced" off any Internet connected site to establish a
communication path that appears to originate from the "bounced" host.
Additionally, several methods are discussed regarding bypassing of
packet filters with encoded data for communication with hosts inside a
This paper contains actual demonstrations as well as source code for
Linux 2.x systems to allow encoded transmissions between sites to be
If you are interested in reading this paper, please visit my website:
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