An ICMP black holes tracker

Ludovic Jacquin, Vincent Roca, Mohamed Ali Kaafar, Fabrice Schuler, Jean Louis Roch

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ICMP is a key protocol to exchange control and error messages over the Internet. An appropriate ICMP's processing throughout a path is therefore a key requirement both for troubleshooting operations (e.g. debugging routing problems) and for several functionnalities (e.g. Path Maximum Transmission Unit Discovery, PMTUD). Unfortunately it is common to see ICMP malfunctions, thereby causing various levels of problems. The contributions of this paper are threefold. We first introduce a taxonomy of the way routers process ICMP, which is of great help to understand for instance certain traceroute outputs. Secondly we introduce IBTrack, a tool that any user can use to automatically characterize ICMP issues within the Internet, without requiring any additional in-network assistance (e.g. there is no vantage point). Finally we validate our IBTrack tool with large scale experiments and we take advantage of this opportunity to provide some statistics on how ICMP is managed by Internet routers.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2012 IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2012
Place of PublicationPiscataway
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781467309219
ISBN (Print)9781467309202
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event2012 IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2012 - Anaheim, CA, United States
Duration: 3 Dec 20127 Dec 2012


Conference2012 IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2012
CountryUnited States
CityAnaheim, CA

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