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Attack Detection and Prevention Overview


Juniper Networks provides various detection and defense mechanisms at the zone and policy levels to combat exploits at all stages of their execution:

  • Screen options at the zone level.

  • Firewall policies at the inter-, intra-, and super-zone policy levels (super-zone here means in global policies, where no security zones are referenced).

To secure all connection attempts, Junos OS uses a dynamic packet-filtering method known as stateful inspection. Using this method, Junos OS identifies various components in the IP packet and TCP segment headers—source and destination IP addresses, source and destination port numbers, and packet sequence numbers—and maintains the state of each TCP session and pseudo UDP session traversing the firewall. (Junos OS also modifies session states based on changing elements such as dynamic port changes or session termination.) When a responding TCP packet arrives, Junos OS compares the information reported in its header with the state of its associated session stored in the inspection table. If they match, the responding packet is allowed to pass the firewall. If the two do not match, the packet is dropped.

Junos OS screen options secure a zone by inspecting, then allowing or denying, all connection attempts that require crossing an interface bound to that zone.