"Definition" of DoS attack (specifically, PPPoE and DHCP)

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We've been having an argument as to what would be defined as a DoS
attack with PPPoE or DHCP.
I was saying one would have to send just the PADI or DHCP Discover as
fast as possible, my friend was saying that just trying to connect
real users as fast as possible would also be a DoS attack.

Is there a "standard" or acceptable definition for this kind of
Or perhaps a standard test-bed description available?


Re: "Definition" of DoS attack (specifically, PPPoE and DHCP)

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Anything that overloads the server and prevents it from handling many of
the real requests is a DoS.

Barry Margolin, barmar@alum.mit.edu
Arlington, MA
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