To Ping or not to Ping that is the question

Discussion in 'other firewalls' started by Escalader, Nov 24, 2008.

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  1. Escalader

    Escalader Registered Member

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    A while back this was posted. I confess I thought it was the reverse that if my system didn't reply the pinger would "think" I don't exist.

    Can any kind soul out there explain this issue for me?
     
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    Already explained here... together with the stealth nonsense.
     
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    Thanks for the references.

    What is the view then when behind a solid router?

    Seems to me that router will respond to the ping correctly, no matter what settings I have for the SW FW? In other words, the router vendor settings are smarter than my silly settings on stealth? Or do I place to much faith in the router guys?
     
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    The router will probably give you "stealth" on a test, with maybe port 113 showing up as closed on some. You can fix that if you want also. You're fine behind a router, even a cheap NAT router.
     
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    The consumer grade routers I have used (Linksys, D-Link, Cayman, Zyxel, Belkin, ) I think were all selectable to respond to a ping or not, and default not. Probably due to GRCs excellent propagandizing of stealth. Currently using Linksys with various 3rd party firmware with the same capability.
     
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    Yes :thumb: , most if not all more recent routers have the option to block ping... if that is a concern.

    Cheers,
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