TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Re: Can Someone PINGing Really Screw Your Network

Re: Can Someone PINGing Really Screw Your Network

John McHarry (
Fri, 31 Dec 2004 22:25:45 GMT

On Fri, 31 Dec 2004 00:31:31 -0500, Gene S. Berkowitz wrote:

> In article <>,
> says:

>> Read somewhere that if someone continually pings your network, the
>> server will eventually fall over.appening?

> Ping can be set to send up to 65,500 bytes per packet. Usually the
> "ping of death" is sent from many sources at once. Eventually the
> server spends so much time replying to the pings, it can't get any
> real work done.

Or, the pipe is flooded. Somebody did that a few years ago to one of
the free firewall gurus. He had to get his ISP to block it upstream.

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