How to verify DDOS attack with netstat command on Linux Terminal

Some examples with explanation

netstat -na

This display all active Internet connections to the server and only established connections are included.

netstat -an | grep :80 | sort

Show only active Internet connections to the server on port 80, this is the http port and so it’s useful if you have a web server, and sort the results. Useful in detecting a single flood by allowing you to recognize many connections coming from one IP.

netstat -n -p|grep SYN_REC | wc -l

This command is useful to find out how many active SYNC_REC are occurring on the server. The number should be pretty low, preferably less than 5. On DoS attack incidents or mail bombs, the number can jump to pretty high. However, the value always depends on system, so a high value may be average on another server.

netstat -n -p | grep SYN_REC | sort -u

List out the all IP addresses involved instead of just count.

netstat -n -p | grep SYN_REC | awk '{print $5}' | awk -F: '{print $1}'

List all the unique IP addresses of the node that are sending SYN_REC connection status.

netstat -ntu | awk '{print $5}' | cut -d: -f1 | sort | uniq -c | sort -n

Use netstat command to calculate and count the number of connections each IP address makes to the server.

netstat -anp |grep 'tcp|udp' | awk '{print $5}' | cut -d: -f1 | sort | uniq -c | sort -n

List count of number of connections the IPs are connected to the server using TCP or UDP protocol.

netstat -ntu | grep ESTAB | awk '{print $5}' | cut -d: -f1 | sort | uniq -c | sort -nr

Check on ESTABLISHED connections instead of all connections, and displays the connections count for each IP.

netstat -plan|grep :80|awk {'print $5'}|cut -d: -f 1|sort|uniq -c|sort -nk 1

Show and list IP address and its connection count that connect to port 80 on the server. Port 80 is used mainly by HTTP web page request.
How to mitigate a DOS attack

Once that you have found the IP that are attacking your server you can use the following commands to block their connection to your server:


Please note that you have to replace $IPADRESS with the IP numbers that you have found with netstat.
After firing the above command, KILL all httpd connections to clean your system and than restart httpd service by
using the following commands:

memory check for apache used

ps aux | grep 'httpd' | awk '{print $6/1024;}' | awk '{avg += ($1 - avg) / NR;} END {print avg " MB";}'
apache connection count

netstat -alntp | grep :80 | wc -l
mysql connection count

 netstat -antp | grep :3306 | wc -l
count connection Stat, Listen, Established, Foreign

 netstat -ant | awk '{print $6}' | sort | uniq -c | sort -n
killall -KILL httpd
service httpd start #For Red Hat systems
 /etc/init/d/apache2 restart #For Debian systems

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