icmp: echo reply? Am I being attacked?
Dear list members,
First of all let me state where I stand.
I've been using Linux (Debian) for one year now. During this year I've
learnt quite a lot but on the issue of network and security I'm a
Now I think I have a security problem (although it is not exclusively
mine). The problem is as follows:
I am the administrator of three PCs in a local network. They all have
real IP adresses.
Sometimes, withou any aparent reason, some of the computers in this
network start producing network trafic without any aparent reason. I do
netstat and there is no indication of a network conection. I do "tcpdump
host machinename" and I get a series of:
17:32:27.620336 neural1.fe.up.pt > bozzman.comesurfthe.net: icmp: echo
not necessarily with the same machine adress (bozzman.comesurfthe.net).
The increase in the network trafic can be as high as 50kB/s.
This is not a Debian or Linux specific problem as it also hapens on
another machin running Digital Unix, but on the other hand, if I change
one of the PCs from Linux to Win NT4 the problem stops. It reapears when
I change it back to Linux.
Can you help me? Can you point me to some document I might read to find
information related to this subject?
Thanks in advance,