MikroTik – CCR1072-1G-8S+ – PPPoE testing preview – 30,000 connections and queues.


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Why we chose PPPoE as the next test

First of all, thanks to everyone for all the positive feedback, comments and questions about the CCR1072-1G-8S+ testing we have been posting in the last few months.  Even MikroTik has taken an interest in this testing and we have gotten some great feedback from them as well.

We received more questions about the PPPoE capabilities of the CCR1072-1G-8S+  than any other type of request. Since we have already published the testing on BGP, throughput and EoIP, we have decided to tackle the PPPoE testing to understand where the limits of the CCR1072-1G-8S+ are. This is only a preview of the testing as we are working on different methods of testing and config, but this will at least give you a glimpse of what is possible.

30,000 PPPoE Connections !!!!


Overview of PPPoE connections and CPU load


PRTG Monitoring

We have started using PRTG in the StubArea51.net lab as it makes monitoring of resource load over time much easier when we are testing. Check it out as it is free up to 100 sensors and works very well with MikroTik


PRTG CPU Profile 



PRTG PPPoE connection count over time

It took us about 20 minutes to reach 30,000 connections…we are working on tuning the config to see if we can shorten the time it takes to build the connections. In the graph here, you can see it go form a 24 hour stable load of 30k connections donw to nothing as we prepare for a load test. At about 10:07 AM is when we started the full load test and you can see the time it takes to get to 30k.


More on the way!!!

This is just a small preview of our full PPPoE testing. We will be completing testing and should be publishing the results within the next week.

MikroTik and Ubiquity routers being Hijacked by Dyre Malware?


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Came across several interesting articles that claim there is a change in the way Dyre aka Upatre malware is spreading. Dyre seems to be getting a lot of press as it is used in browser hijacks to compromise online banking credentials and other sensitive private data. However, most recently – instead of infecting hosts, it appears to be compromising routers as well.  Blogger krebsonsecurity.com writes:

Recently, researchers at the Fujitsu Security Operations Center in Warrington, UK began tracking Upatre being served from hundreds of compromised home routers — particularly routers powered by MikroTik and Ubiquiti’s AirOS.

As I first started researching this, I was wondering how they determined the router itself is compromised and not a host that sits on a NAT behind the router. Certainly different devices leave telltale signs visible in an IP packet capture that help point towards the true origin of a packet, so it’s possible that something was discovered in that way. It’s also possible the router isn’t being compromised via the Internet, but rather on the LAN side as it would be much easier for malware to scan the private subnet it sits on and attempt to use well known default credentials to login and take control of a router. While concerning, this LAN attack vector theory relies on the user not properly securing the router and doesn’t indicate a vulnerability in the operating system of either router.

However…I then came across this thread at the Ubiquity forums:


Apparently the attackers are taking advantage of routers that are in fact open and have storage that can be utilized so that it can serve as a distribution point for the malware and also as a C&C point to initiate attacks. In the thread the vulnerable code version that is mentioned is firmware version XW.v5.5.6. It’s not exactly clear what makes this vulnerable, but from reading the forum it seems likely that the firewall may not be enabled by default and with the credentials unchanged, it becomes a target for Dyre. Somebody with more experience in Ubiquity may be able to comment further as I don’t spend enough time with Ubiquity to know for sure across the various code versions.

Example of Dyre using an ubiquity router to initiate attacks…the ./win9 processes are Dyre

MikroTik’s response

There is a thread on this at the MIkroTik forums and MikroTik’s official response below is that this is mostly hype and there isn’t a major threat. Which seems to be true if your router is properly secured with a firewall and you change the default credentials.  MikroTik routers definitely come with the firewall enabled to protect the less tech-savvy or forgetful users.



Neither vendor seems to have a vulnerability that exposes serious code flaws. The answer to this is an oldie but a goodie – be sure to properly set the firewall and use complex credentials on Internet facing routers.




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