New router feature - icmp error source-interface [was: icmp rpf]

Chris L. Morrow christopher.morrow at
Tue Sep 26 02:29:50 UTC 2006

On Mon, 25 Sep 2006, Joseph S D Yao wrote:

> On Mon, Sep 25, 2006 at 09:22:34AM -0400, Patrick W. Gilmore wrote:
> ...
> > Who thinks it would be a "good idea" to have a knob such that ICMP
> > error messages are always source from a certain IP address on a router?
> ...
> I've sometimes thought it would be useful when I wanted to hide a route.
> But security via obscurity just makes it that much harder to fix

I think in the original poster's scenario one network was looking to
protect their resources/equipment from a majority of the network's ills.
It's not unreasonable... atleast not in my mind. It's also not 'security
through obscurity' since one of the parties is/was leaking their
information OUT, just not 'in' :)

> something.  Many more times than this would have been useful, I've been
> able to identify at which router a problem was by a 'traceroute' that

What's interesting is that today, in many networks, the usefulness of
traceeroute has bee degraded by other non-ip issues (<cough>mpls</cough>)
not in ALL cases, but certainly in many you are not seeing quite what
you'd expect from the traceroute :(

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