Also called TCP sockstress, sockstress is a potentially serious generic issue in many operating systems that affects the availability of TCP services. It is believed that a DoS attack exploiting the sockstress vulnerability uses half-open connections to deplete resources in the machines under attack. It very quickly causes specific services to become unavailable and may even require complete machine reboots. The attack may be effective against almost anything on a network, including Windows, BSD, Linux, embedded systems TCP/IP stack implementations, and others.
May also be referred to as TCP state table manipulation vulnerability.
In computer science, soft is used to describe things that are intangible. For example, you cannot touch software. It’s like music — you can see musical scores and touch CDs and tapes, but the music itself is intangible. Similarly, you can see software instructions (programs), and touch floppy disks on which the programs are stored, […]
- soft boot
Same as warm boot.
- soft bounce
When e-mailing, soft bounce is used to describe an e-mail that has bounced back to the sender undelivered after it has already been accepted by the recipient’s mail server. Compare with hard bounce.
- soft error
An error occurence in a computer’s memory system that changes an instruction in a program or a data value. Soft errors typically can be remedied by cold booting the computer. A soft error will not damage a system’s hardware; the only damage is to the data that is being processed. There are two types of […]
- soft font
A font that is copied from a computer’s disk to a printer’s memory. Soft fonts can be erased, unlike resident fonts (fonts that are built into the printer) or font cartridges. Soft fonts are generated by a font program in the computer. You can control the program to specify the font size and other characteristics. […]