Re: disable traceroute to my host

From: Igor Podlesny (
Date: 06/23/01

Date: Sat, 23 Jun 2001 11:13:08 +0700
From: Igor Podlesny <>
To: "alexus" <>

> is it possible to disable using ipfw so people won't be able to traceroute
> me?

Yes, of course.

You should know how do traceroute-like utilities work.

The knowledge can be easily extracted from a lot of sources, for e.g.
from Internet, cause you seem to be connected ;) but, it also should
be mentioned that man pages coming with FreeBSD (I guess as well as
with other *NIX-likes OSes) also describe the algo.

so man traceroute says, that it uses udp ports starting with 33434 and
goes up with every new hop. but this could be easily changed with -p
option. Besides, windows' tracert works using icmp proto, so the
decision isn't here. It lies in what does the box do when answering to
them. It does send 'time exceeded in-transit' icmp message cause TTL
value is set too low to let the packet jump forward. So it is the
answer -- you should disallow it with your ipfw. for e.g. using such

deny icmp from any to any icmptype 11

(yeah, you should carefully think about whether or not to use ANY
cause if you're box is a gateway other people will notice your
cutting-edge knowledge cause it will hide not only your host ;)

This is not the end, alas. unix traceroute will wait for port unreach
icmp so after meeting, it stops and displays the end-point of your
trace. Windows' tracert will wait for normal icmp-echo-reply for the
same purpose. So if you also wish to hide the end point, you need to
disallow this also. I bet you can figure out the way how by yourself,

P.S. there are also other ways (even more elegant) of doing that in
practice... they called 'stealth routing' and can be implemented via
FreeBSD kernel mechanism (sysctl + built-in kernel support) or with
ipf (ipfilter)

read the man pages, man, they are freely available...

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