Question

Tracebacking the IP packets

Is it possible to traceback any IP packet for its source assuming it is a legitimate packet and not spoofed??

Discussion is locked
Follow
Reply to: Tracebacking the IP packets
PLEASE NOTE: Do not post advertisements, offensive materials, profanity, or personal attacks. Please remember to be considerate of other members. If you are new to the CNET Forums, please read our CNET Forums FAQ. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Reporting: Tracebacking the IP packets
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Comments
- Collapse -
Answer
Most of the time?

You won't know till you try it. Many will end at some router and you can't go through that gateway. Frankly it's mostly a waste of time. Better to block that IP and be done with it.

- Collapse -
thanks for reply

Yeah, I know that the routers have features to not to provide their owner source to any other party. But my interest is to check the status of connection for a Packet! Suppose if someone sent me a packet and I want to check whether that source is still connected or not! So basically I will ping to source IP and wait for reply. Now here I am a little bit in trouble with IP extraction from a packet. Anyway thanks for reply.

- Collapse -
Answer
Tracebacking IP Packets

Unfortunately the nature of the IP protocol makes it extremely difficult to dependably identify the origin of an IP packet. While a variety of techniques have been created to identify the source of a large number packet flows, techniques have not yet been developed to track individual packets. As was recommended above, I suggest simply blocking this IP, as it could cause harm to your network.

- Collapse -
thanks for reply

Hmmm....Can you provide me illustrated examples for describing those source identification techniques of a large number of packet flow?

CNET Forums