A solar eclipse influences Internet traffic, reverse traceroute, xzutils backdoor, page load times, http/2 attacks using continuation frames, Gigabit Ethernet links going down

Last week, a solar eclipse was visible in North America. Amazon engineers looked at some of the traffic data they collect to see whether their Internet traffic was affected by the solar eclipse. They expected an indirect effect as humans were looking at the eclipse instead of using the Internet. They observed a visible effect by looking at the traffic decrease per groups of post codes every ten times. In case of doubt, this is another illustration of the massive amount of data that Amazon collects and uses…


Kevin Vermeulen provides a brief explanation of reverse traceroute and its inclusion in the Network Diagnostic Tool maintained by measurement lab.

Last week, a backdoor in the widely used xzutils package was detected before the inclusion of the latest version of this software in popular Linux distributions. If successful, this could have affected the security of many ssh servers. Bruce Schneier provides a concise description of this problem on his blog.

There are also ongoing attacks that affect different implementations of HTTP/2. HTTP/2 is a binary protocol that contains several types of frames. A new type of attack described in details in a blog post abuses the HTTP/2 CONTINUATION frames to cause memory exhaustion on servers.

DebugBear analyzes the time to load web pages on many websites by leveraging the [Google Chrome CrUX dataset](https://www.debugbear.com/blog/chrome-user-experience-report that collects speed information from many real chrome users. The average page load time is 1.3 seconds, with desktop being slightly faster than mobile. During the last the page load time has decreased slowly.

page load times

Daniel Dib continues his exploration of Gigabit Ethernet. In his latest blog post, he explains how network cards detect a link to be down. This is important for failure detection and fast recovery.

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Written on April 15, 2024