Characterizing ICMP Rate Limitation on Routers

Abstract : In the last decade, path discovery has been extensively covered in the literature. In its simplest form, it generally works by sending probes that expire along the path from a host to a destination. It is also known that network administrators often configure their routers to limit the amount of ICMP replies sent, a common practice typically referred to as ICMP rate limitation. In this paper we attempt to characterize the responsiveness of routers to expiring ICMP echo-request packets. Our contribution is twofold: first, we provide a detailed analysis of how routers are most commonly configured to respond to expiring packets; next, we show that for the vast majority of routers, the measured round-trip time is not affected by the probing rate.
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Riccardo Ravaioli, Guillaume Urvoy-Keller, Chadi Barakat. Characterizing ICMP Rate Limitation on Routers. IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC), Jun 2015, London, United Kingdom. ⟨hal-01111190⟩

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