TARP: Ticket-based Address Resolution Protocol

tarpserv is a lightweight extensible DHCP server. It was initially created to distribute tarp tickets along with DHCP leases in order to mitigate ARP cache poisoning attacks. This technique is based on the 2005 ACSAC paper by Wesam Lootah, William Enck, and Patrick McDaniel. http://www.acsac.org/2005/abstracts/184.htmlTarpserv is meant to be completely backward compatible with DHCP. It sends an extra option with code 240 (typcially reserved for private use) to send the ticket. If the ticket exceeds the maximum of 255 bytes allowed in one option, it is split into multiple consecutive options. tarpclient receives the packet,
scans for option code 240, and use the contents of that packet to write out to the ticket file.

tarpserv uses pcap to listen to and inject raw packets on the network. 


tarpserv makes use of the openssl and pcap to carry out its functions. These libraries must be installed (with develpment headers) in order to be able to compile tarpserv. Additionally, it also requires a properly functioning tarp installation on client computers, otherwise it will not provide any additional functionality.


tarpserv relies on tarp to provide the actual functionality of protection against ARP cache poisoning. Though the ticket exchange may not be vulnerable to those, any vulnerabilities found in tarpe would lessen the integrity of the network anyway.

Additionally, tarpserv may be vulnerable to DoS attacks. The server generates a new ticket for each request, and does not cache it. You could limit this in one of two way:

1. You could rate-limit packets from certain hardware sources

2. You could cache the ticket when you send out the lease so that you do not
have to re-generate it for the same host frequently.

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