What is a DDoS.
In computing, a denial-of-service attack (DoS attack) or distributed denial-of-service attack (DDoS attack) is an attempt to make a machine or network resource unavailable to its intended users. Although the means to carry out, motives for, and targets of a DoS attack may vary, it generally consists of efforts to temporarily or indefinitely interrupt or suspend services of a host connected to the Internet.
Why this is like a DDoS, but not a DDoS.
A DDoS is a packet system that slams against the side of a server or connection, causing it to hang, be disrupted, or crash completely. A good example of how to show this is when DayZ had this very same problem. People wanted their own private servers so they would send tons, and tons of Data to the main Hive Server and cause it to crash, interrupting all the servers on its network and bringing everything down.
A very simple way to fix a DDoS attack is normally IP bans or contacting a network provider, local authorities, or giving into the demands of people. As you can tell, everyone has suggested block the IP which we know they can do easily from the Rust service providers.
This is the important part
Why the simple fix of blocking their IP’s hasn’t worked because this attack acts like a DDoS, but isn’t. The individuals in question have said multiple times this isn’t a DDoS, this is an exploit in the Rust server systems. That means they don’t even have to send massive packets of data to slam into the servers. This is a security loophole in the servers themselves being abused, giving them the same DDoS like attack while be much worse and harder to handle.
Why it needs to be labeled as an Exploit in the system and not a DDoS.
If people keep labeling this as a DDoS. Then people are going to assume its an easy fix. The point is, this attack has been happening for four days straight now and continuing. That is a huge, huge problem. If you keep saying its a DDoS, people are looking for solutions in the wrong places, and will take much longer to get fixed, will misinform your users, and cause people to become increasingly frustrated in the inability to get Rust up and going.
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** Explaining how fixing the Ulink problem explains its not a DDoS.**
Most DDoS attacks require the server to accept the connection from the packets of data to start the DDoS. Getting the IP here and then blocking it won’t fix the attacks because then they can just get a new IP (which is very easy with proxy, and they are admitting they are using.) to sweep in through the Ulink exploit and just continue to cause the servers to hang. They can get -directly- into the server through the Ulink itself and eject their ‘script’ to cause the server to hang. They are already way past your connection part of DDoS and really right into the heart of the servers you enjoy. Normally, a DDoS is like a hammer slamming into the side of a server hoping it breaks it. Here you have a syringe being directly injected past all the server stuff and just hanging out in your server because Ulink has a gaping hole in their code for this problem.