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What is Ping of Death Attack
A correctly-formed ping packet is typically 56 bytes in size, or 64 bytes when the Internet Protocol header is considered. Unfortunately, some operating systems behave in unpredictable ways if they receive a larger packet. Systems may hang, crash, or reboot. With a Ping of Death (or Ping o' Death) Attack, the packet size option for ping is used to send a slightly oversized packet to the victim's computer.
This is basically an operating system problem. Large packets must be fragmented when sent. The destination will put the pieces in a buffer until all the pieces have arrived and the packet can be reassembled. Some systems simply don't do adequate bounds checking, allowing memory to be trashed.
The correct way to deal with this problem is to apply the appropriate patch to your operating system. Blocking ICMP packets at your router will not protect you from other oversized packets. Fortunately, most systems have corrected this problem, so you are likely to see it only if you are running older systems.
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