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    Router responds to ping.

    This is a discussion on Router responds to ping. within the Sky Router forums, part of the Sky Broadband help category; Hi there I was testing the security of both my sky routers (V2 netgear and sagem) today while using the ...

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      Router responds to ping.

      Hi there I was testing the security of both my sky routers (V2 netgear and sagem) today while using the shields up site and they both failed. I used this tester. https://www.grc.com/x/ne.dll?bh0bkyd2 and used the common ports test. Every thing but this passed =

      (Ping Reply: RECEIVED (FAILED) — Your system REPLIED to our Ping (ICMP Echo) requests, making it visible on the Internet. Most personal firewalls can be configured to block, drop, and ignore such ping requests in order to better hide systems from hackers. This is highly recommended since "Ping" is among the oldest and most common methods used to locate systems prior to further exploitation.)

      However when I use my old Netgear DG834GT (not the sky one) it passes no problem. My guess is sky have enabled ping response on these routers so they can access them online. If this is the case then sky are putting our security at risk. Does anyone else get the same results?
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      Re: Router responds to ping.

      they are on by default as pinging a router is part of troubleshooting should an issue arise...and i think you're a tad paranoid...
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      Re: Router responds to ping.

      Quote Originally Posted by IAmNotTheEnemy View Post
      they are on by default as pinging a router is part of troubleshooting should an issue arise...and i think you're a tad paranoid...
      I hope so.

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      Re: Router responds to ping.

      the router has a built in firewall, as should your PC so i dont think anyone will be able to easily hack you...

      im on a DMZ and have never had any issues so i dont see how a ping can be an issue...
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      Re: Router responds to ping.

      GRC.com is a useful site but please do not get taken in by the paranoid delusions sometimes suffered by the owner lol It has a lot of good tools and info on there but just because the site says something bad is about to happen it doesn't mean it will.

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      Re: Router responds to ping.

      Apart from anything else, the Ping option can be turned off in the router WAN settings. It can be turned on again if requested by Sky CS.

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      Re: Router responds to ping.

      In reality, not responding to pings is really rather pointless.

      Imagine you're an evil swine port scanning for people with port 139 open. What are you going to do? Ping every IP address in your target range and wait for a response, and only then try port 139? Of course not. You might just as well just try port 139 and forget about trying to ping the target host. Indeed, if you scan a range of addresses which all respond to ping but have port 139 closed, you'd end up taking twice as much time scanning that range of addresses than you would if you just went for port 139 and forgot about trying to ping anything.

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      Re: Router responds to ping.

      Here is something else to WORRY about.

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      Re: Router responds to ping.

      I've never liked UPnP anyway but it's interesting to note that the trojan tries other ways to hack the router.

      As for phishing attacks, I do sometimes respond to these things - well, when I'm not working on Windows I do. You want my name, address and credit card number? No problem. My name is George W Bush, and I live at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue...

     

     

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