Monday, April 18, 2011


  • What is ARP ?
The Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) is a computer networking protocol for determining a network host's hardware address (MAC) or link layer when only its Internet Layer (IP) or Network Layer address is known. In fact it’s a IP to MAC mapping.

Broadcast ARP Request:

Jessica, the receptionist, tells Word to print the latest company contact list. This is her first print job today. Her computer (IP address wants to send the print job to the office's HP LaserJet printer (IP address So Jessica's computer broadcasts an ARP Request to the entire local network asking, "Who has the IP address,"

Unicast ARP Reply:

All the devices on the network ignore this ARP Request, except for the HP LaserJet printer. The printer recognizes its own IP in the request and sends an ARP Reply: "Hey, my IP address is Here is my MAC address: 00:90:7F:12:DE:7F"

  • ARP Poisoning:
Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) spoofing, also known as ARP poisoning or ARP Poison Routing (APR), is a technique used to attack an Ethernet wired or wireless network. ARP Spoofing may allow an attacker to sniff data frames on a local area network (LAN), modify the traffic, or stop the traffic altogether.

The ability to associate any IP address with any MAC address provides hackers with many attack vectors, including Denial of Service (DoS), Man in the Middle, and MAC Flooding.

  • Man in the Middle Attack (MIMA):
A hacker can exploit ARP Cache Poisoning to intercept network traffic between two devices in your network.

Attack Stage-1:

The hacker wants to see all the traffic between your computer,, and your Internet router, The hacker begins by sending a malicious ARP "reply" (for which there was no previous request) to your router, associating his computer's MAC address with

Attack Stage-2:

Now your router thinks the hacker's computer is your computer. Next, the hacker sends a malicious ARP reply to your computer, associating his MAC Address with

Attack Stage-3:

Now your machine thinks the hacker's computer is your router. Finally, the hacker turns on an operating system feature called IP forwarding. This feature enables the hacker's machine to forward any network traffic it receives from your computer to the router.

  • ARP Poisoning Tool:
Ettercap is a suite for man in the middle attacks on LAN. It features sniffing of live connections, content filtering on the fly and many other interesting tricks. It supports active and passive dissection of many protocols and includes many feature for network and host analysis.

Download ETTERCAP from here.

  • Protection:
1. Arpwatch is a computer software tool for monitoring Address Resolution Protocol traffic on a computer network. Network administrators monitor ARP activity to detect ARP spoofing.

2. Arping is a computer software tool that is used to discover hosts on a computer network. The arping tool is analogous in function to ping, which probes hosts using the Internet Control Message Protocol at the Internet Layer (OSI Layer 3).

3. Capsa Network Analyzer (Packet Sniffer) is an easy-to-use Ethernet network analyzer (aka. packet sniffer or protocol analyzer) for network monitoring and troubleshooting purposes.

Happy Hacking...Enjoy...

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