[e2e] method to detect liveness of remote other than ping

Cottrell, Les cottrell at SLAC.Stanford.EDU
Mon Oct 13 07:07:21 PDT 2003

If you know a port that is open (e.g. ssh, web (80), telnet, FTP, DNS) you can try probing one of those ports. However, this may appear to the remote host admin as unfriendly and blocks may then be added for your host.

We did some study on this a couple of years back (see http://www-iepm.slac.stanford.edu/monitoring/limit/limiting.html) mainly for the purpose of detecting ping rate limiting rather than outright blocking.  We used a tool called synack (see http://www-iepm.slac.stanford.edu/tools/synack/, but note it only runs on Solaris) to probe different TCP ports and looked for the difference with ICMP pings. 

-----Original Message-----
From: Jing Shen [mailto:jshen_cad at yahoo.com.cn] 
Sent: Monday, October 13, 2003 2:36 AM
To: ippm at ietf.org
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Subject: [e2e] method to detect liveness of remote other than ping


Usually, we detect remote end liveness by 'ping'
remote end IP address. I want to know, if ping packet
is filtered out by firewall which tools could be used
to detect remote end liveness?


jing shen

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