What on Earth is a "Ping of Death"?

Discussion in 'Broadband' started by Paul King, Feb 27, 2004.

  1. Paul King

    Paul King Guest

    Saw this in the log of my router last night:-
    Feb/27/2004 00:55:34
    Ping of Death Detect src: dst:81.178.xxx.xxx:6699 Packet

    What is a Ping of Death and, more to the point, how is it created?
    Paul King, Feb 27, 2004
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    freeda Guest

    Saw this in the log of my router last night:-
    AFAIK it is pinging a machine with a very large packet/s of data, causing a
    buffer over-run in vunerable machines. I'm sure someone else can elaborate
    on this.
    freeda, Feb 27, 2004
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    Josey Guest

    It's a well know Denial Of Service attack - google will have lots on it,
    just search for "ping of death". There is a small chance the router has it
    wrong and its some strange mal-formed packet.

    Josey, Feb 27, 2004
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    vic Guest

    Don't they have Google down your way or something?

    vic, Feb 27, 2004
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    John Smith Guest

    being nasty to people is a prerequisite of being on here, it seems

    why do it hey?
    John Smith, Feb 27, 2004
  6. Paul King

    Paul King Guest

    Thanks for all the helpful (and not so helpful) replies.
    I hadn't thought to google for it - I assumed that asking here might help
    others who have seen similar.

    Usenet's such a nice thing - pity some people have to spoil the experience
    Paul King, Feb 27, 2004
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    vic Guest

    Paul: What your were asking was a simple, well defined and
    purely factual query.

    I'd *heard* of the infamous Ping Of Death, but that's about all.

    After reading your post, I chucked "ping of death" at Google
    and got more pertinent results than you can shake a stick at.
    That's what Google and other search engines are good at:
    Simple and well defined.

    Where the NG's come into their own is in the realm of the
    complex and ill-defined, where the human readers can apply
    their experience and knowledge in non-linear ways. For
    example, if you type...

    "I'm using a D-Link DSL-200 usb ADSL modem with a
    Pipex xtreme connection and it keeps dropping out
    every few minutes"

    ....into Google you might get lucky and have it find a similar
    query on some board or other, but Idoubt if you'd get any
    meaningful or helpful results. (might be better if you searched
    Google Groups?).

    OTOH, post something simliar to this group and people will
    break their legs in their haste to clue you in.

    I was a bit baffled as to why you hadn't gone the Google route
    - it couldn't be laziness, as it takes more time to type an NG
    posting than it does to use Google or similar.

    Anyway, sorry for being tetchy. Let's kiss and make up,
    or if you prefer, perform a firm and masculine


    vic, Feb 27, 2004
  8. Paul King

    Paul King Guest

    No, I don't know why I didn't google for it either, could have been early
    morning brane fade!
    That's more like it.... firm and masculine handshake accepted
    <FX.. shake/shake>
    Paul King, Feb 27, 2004
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    vic Guest

    Guessing from your un-munged email addy, you work at Marconi, no?

    Which site? I work with some ex-Marconi dudes. You may know them...

    vic, Feb 27, 2004
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    Paul King Guest

    I'll take that off-group if you e-mail me
    Paul King, Feb 27, 2004
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    Steve Parry Guest

    Steve Parry, Mar 1, 2004
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