Re: ICMP's & IP src addrs

Richard Fox (
Mon, 19 Sep 88 13:14:35 PDT

>> Subject: Re: ICMP's & IP src addrs
>> Date: Thu, 15 Sep 88 09:04:17 -0400
>> From: tmallory@PARK-STREET.BBN.COM
>> Flame: An ICMP echo to a broadcast address should get no response! What an
>> incredibly obnoxious thing to do!
>> Opinion: If a reply is sent, then the best response is to insert the IP
>> address of the interface over which the packet was received in the source
>> address field of the reply.
>> Tracy Mallory

Something else I noticed (and I am not sure if it was mentioned) if you ping
a network address all hosts out on the network will respond. So I think
not only should we worry about pinging the broadcast address but we should
worry about pinging any non-host address.


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