How to use OVH as an anti-DDOS provider ?

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It’s a very strange use but sometimes, it can save time and money.

Big picture about the attack

You’ve few dedicated servers (not OVH) and you’ve DDOS attacks.
Firstly, you call your provider and pay for anti-DDOS protection but it’s not accurate.
What can you do?

OVH to clean ingress

It’s very strange but OVH is the company with 2 anti-DDOS technologies that work very well: Arbor Networks & Tilera. This combo is the most powerful to kill DDOS.

What can we do?

It’s a strange but working solution :

  • We move all DNS entry (toto.domain.tld) to OVH IP
  • Iptables’ll route input traffic to your dedicated server (not OVH)
  • client receives reply directly by the dedicated server (not OVH)

Action !


We need to activate IP Forwarding

sysctl -w net.ipv4.ip_forward=1
echo "net.ipv4_forward=1" > /etc/sysctl.d/forwarding.conf


Now, it’s time to do MASQUERADING for output traffic

iptables -t nat -A POSTROUTING -o eno1 -j MASQUERADE


It’s where we do magic

iptables -t nat -A PREROUTING -d IP_OVH -j DNAT --to-destination IP_NOT_OVH


We need that iptables rules to survive after a reboot

apt-get install iptables-persistent -y


It’s not a magic solution but can help in some way. In addition, don’t forget to harden your kernel and other configuration to survive.

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