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Securing Asterisk SIP PBX by simple iptables rule checking if the domain is correct

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Hi,

For some time I’ve been looking for a simple way to protect my Asterisk SIP pbx against attacks from bots, scanners which scans and trying dialing to premium numbers. Opening SIP port to the internet causes that there was no one minute without suspect requests hitting my Asterisk. The log was full of that attempts.

While analyzing this problem I noticed that bots, scanners, attackers using everywhere IP address of my server to trying break it. While my proper clients using domain of my Asterisk server. If user is using domain name in his SIP client/phone,this domain is used in further communication on SIP protocol.

Below I will show example of INVITE (INVITE is using to establish VoIP call) SIP request from user using domain name (sip.example.com), and from user using IP address (10.10.10.10) of Asterisk server.

With domain:

With IP address:

Knowing that, I want to block requests to Asterisk server which are NOT contains my domain name. In this point I want to clarify that I have special subdomain for telephones. Bots, scanners, attackers are not knowing about this domain.
Blocking unwanted requests can be done by iptables rules with string matching.

Differences between rules result from different approach between TCP and UDP protocols when establishing a connection. TCP need to do three way handshake to establish connection, UDP not doing this.

After applying these rules, I did not see even one attack 🙂
At the and we can check increasing iptables counters:

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