Traceroute and random UDP ports

Matthew Luckie mjl at luckie.org.nz
Wed Aug 13 14:29:15 CDT 2008


These days there are better implementations of traceroute that are less
likely to infer false IP paths by not playing games with the source and
destination ports.

www.paris-traceroute.net

Paris traceroute hacks the payload of the UDP probe to use the checksum
field as the probe identifier (and also uses the IPID field as a backup
since NATs will change the checksum).  Paris traceroute also has an ICMP
mode.




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