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[aprssig] Someone's Server Mangling Packets

Lynn W. Deffenbaugh (Mr) ldeffenb at homeside.to
Wed Jan 25 13:24:38 UTC 2012

I've been trying to home in the source of these, what I call 
"concatenated" packets for some time now.  There's various kinds of 
corruption, but here's another recent classic example:

2012-01-25T13:14:35.707 server->client,qAS,sq3fyk-3: 
F1ZZF-2>APNW01,qAR,LX1CU-3:=4922.53N100607.89E#PHG2200 W1 Thionville 
(57) 324m ASL

And another pair of the *'d q-servers:

KM0R-3>APN391,qAR,KV0S-3*:;IRLP-3121*111111z3859.51NI09222.35W0442.325Mhz T127 

KV0S-3 itself uses an APN382 identifier 
(http://aprs.fi/?c=raw&call=KV0S-3&limit=50&view=normal) which is 
documented at http://www.aprs.org/aprs11/tocalls.txt as "APN3xx  
Kantronics KPC-3 rom versions"

I'm sure you have your own tools, but if you bring up an APRSIS32 
instance connected to a full feed, just open up Enables / View Logs / 
Concat and enable it.  You'll see various "suspect" packets that I'm 
ignoring and possibly some of my ideas about what I might do with such 
packets in the future.

Lynn (D) - KJ4ERJ - Author of APRSISCE for Windows Mobile and Win32

On 1/25/2012 7:23 AM, Pete Loveall AE5PL Lists wrote:
> I noticed some packets yesterday such as:
> Note the asterisk after AE5PL-WX which is an invalid modification of the path (never alter the "last digi'ed" indicator) and the concatenation of the object with the message.  Authors, please check your software and ensure you are not mangling packets like this.  Server sysops, monitor the output of your server to ensure you are not generating these mangled packets (monitor the input and output).  We have had an increase of software mangling packets like this as well as adding trailing white spaces.  Unfortunately, for the volume of packets handled by core servers, there is really no way to effectively prevent passage of these mangled packets without blocking some valid packets as well.  These are only examples.  I will be issuing an update to javAPRSSrvr that blocks any packets with an asterisk following the q construct as that is invalid at all times.  I would hope the software author of the offending software would correct their software as well since it is doing other mangling of packets.
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