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What is a Large Size ICMP Packet (Size > 1024) Screen Protection ?



Article ID: KB4716 KB Last Updated: 22 Jun 2010Version: 3.0
Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP) provides error reporting and network probe capabilities. Because ICMP packets contain very short messages, there is no legitimate reason for large ICMP packets. If an ICMP packet is unusually large, something is wrong. For example, the Loki program uses ICMP as a channel for transmitting covert messages. The presence of large ICMP packets might expose a compromised machine acting as a Loki agent. It also might indicate some other kind of questionable activity.

ScreenOS provides protection against such Large Size ICMP Packet (Size > 1024) .


Note: This article applies to ScreenOS 4.0 and higher.

When you enable the Large Size ICMP Packet Protection SCREEN option, the security device drops ICMP packets with a length greater than 1024 bytes.
To block large ICMP packets, do either of the following, where the specified security zone is the one from which the ICMP packets originate:

Screening > Screen (Zone: select a zone name): Select Large Size ICMP Packet
(Size > 1024) Protection, then click Apply.

set zone <zone-name> screen icmp-large

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