[CentOS] Ping and traceroute...

Lanny Marcus lmmailinglists at gmail.com
Sat Jan 24 15:56:58 UTC 2009

On Fri, Jan 23, 2009 at 7:53 PM, Bill Campbell <centos at celestial.com> wrote:
> On Fri, Jan 23, 2009, Lanny Marcus wrote:
>>On Fri, Jan 23, 2009 at 12:16 PM, John Doe <jdmls at yahoo.com> wrote:
>>> Right now, we are blocking pings and traceroutes to our website.
>>> But, in order for our members to test the connection when they are experiencing slow browsing, we are thinking about unblocking them...
>>> Are there still any security issues (flooding, etc...) in enabling them or is that an old problem fixed a long time ago?
> We generally allow ping at the sites we support, but don't rely
> on pings to test for systems being alive.
> We test system status by doing an xmlrpc call to their web server
> which should return some useful information in addition to making
> sure that the system is actually responding to something useful
> (NICs may return pings even if the underlying system is hung).
Bill: For xmlpc to work, what do I need to install on my Desktop? Does
something need to be installed on the web server also? TIA, ,Lanny

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