PF.OS(5) BSD Reference Manual PF.OS(5)
pf.os - format of the operating system fingerprints file
The pf(4) firewall and the tcpdump(8) program can both fingerprint the operating system of hosts that originate an IPv4 TCP connection. The file consists of newline-separated records, one per fingerprint, containing nine colon (':') separated fields. These fields are as follows: window The TCP window size. TTL The IP time to live. df The presence of the IPv4 don't fragment bit. packet size The size of the initial TCP packet. TCP options An ordered list of the TCP options. class The class of operating system. version The version of the operating system. subtype The subtype of patchlevel of the operating system. description The overall textual description of the operating sys- tem, version and subtype. The window field corresponds to the th->th_win field in the TCP header and is the source host's advertised TCP window size. It may be between zero and 65,535 inclusive. The window size may be given as a multiple of a constant by prepending the size with a percent sign '%' and the value will be used as a modulus. Three special values may be used for the win- dow size: * An asterisk will wildcard the value so any window size will match. S Allow any window size which is a multiple of the maximum seg- ment size (MSS). T Allow any window size which is a multiple of the maximum transmission unit (MTU). The ttl value is the initial time to live in the IP header. The finger- print code will account for the volatility of the packet's TTL as it traverses a network. The df bit corresponds to the Don't Fragment bit in an IPv4 header. It tells intermediate routers not to fragment the packet and is used for path MTU discovery. It may be either a zero or a one. The packet size is the literal size of the full IP packet and is a func- tion of all of the IP and TCP options. The TCP options field is an ordered list of the individual TCP options that appear in the SYN packet. Each option is described by a single char- acter separated by a comma and certain ones may include a value. The op- tions are: Mnnn maximum segment size (MSS) option. The value is the maximum packet size of the network link which may in- clude the '%' modulus or match all MSSes with the '*' value. N the NOP option (NO Operation). T the timestamp option. Certain operating systems always start with a zero timestamp in which case a zero value is added to the option; otherwise no value is append- ed. S the Selective ACKnowledgement OK (SACKOK) option. Wnnn window scaling option. The value is the size of the window scaling which may include the '%' modulus or match all window scalings with the '*' value. No TCP options in the fingerprint may be given with a single dot '.'. An example of OpenBSD's TCP options are: M*,N,N,S,N,W0,N,N,T The first option M* is the MSS option and will match all values. The second and third options N will match two NOPs. The fourth option S will match the SACKOK option. The fifth N will match another NOP. The sixth W0 will match a window scaling option with a zero scaling size. The seventh and eighth N options will match two NOPs. And the ninth and final option T will match the timestamp option with any time value. The TCP options in a fingerprint will only match packets with the exact same TCP options in the same order. The class field is the class, genre or vendor of the operating system. The version is the version of the operating system. It is used to distin- guish between different fingerprints of operating systems of the same class but different versions. The subtype is the subtype or patch level of the operating system ver- sion. It is used to distinguish between different fingerprints of operat- ing systems of the same class and same version but slightly different patches or tweaking. The description is a general description of the operating system, its version, patchlevel and any further useful details.
The fingerprint of a plain OpenBSD 3.3 host is: 16384:64:1:64:M*,N,N,S,N,W0,N,N,T:OpenBSD:3.3::OpenBSD 3.3 The fingerprint of an OpenBSD 3.3 host behind a PF scrubbing firewall with a no-df rule would be: 16384:64:0:64:M*,N,N,S,N,W0,N,N,T:OpenBSD:3.3:!df:OpenBSD 3.3 scrub no-df An absolutely braindead embedded operating system fingerprint could be: 65535:255:0:40:.:DUMMY:1.1:p3:Dummy embedded OS v1.1p3 The tcpdump(8) output of # tcpdump -s128 -c1 -nv 'tcp == 2' 03:13:48.118526 10.0.0.1.3377 > 10.0.0.0.2: S [tcp sum ok] \ 534596083:534596083(0) win 57344 <mss 1460> (DF) [tos 0x10] \ (ttl 64, id 11315) almost translates into the following fingerprint 57344:64:1:44:M1460: exampleOS:1.0::exampleOS 1.0 tcpdump(8) does not explicitly give the packet length. But it can usually be derived by adding the size of the IPv4 header to the size of the TCP header to the size of the TCP options. The size of both headers is typi- cally twenty each and the usual sizes of the TCP options are: mss four bytes. nop 1 byte. sackOK two bytes. timestamp ten bytes. wscale three bytes. In the above example, the packet size comes out to 44 bytes.
pf(4), pf.conf(5), pfctl(8), tcpdump(8) MirOS BSD #10-current August 18, 2003 2
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