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Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP)

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Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP)

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  1. IP provides unreliable and connectionless delivery Provides unreliable delivery Make efficient use of network resources No error reporting, or correcting mechanism No management of queries Network manager might need information about a host/router What happens if Router discards a datagram ? TTL expires ? Host didn’t receive all datagram’s fragments ? Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP)

  2. Position of ICMP in the network layer And Encapsulation • Special purpose message mechanism added to the TCP/IP protocols • Destination of an ICMP message is the ICMP software module • ICMP is a network layer protocol, but its messages are first encapsulated into IP datagrams.

  3. Error reporting vs. Error Correction • ICMP can only report an error to the original source • Up to the source to deal with it. • ICMP cannot be used to inform intermediate routers. • Source has no responsibility of routers problems. • Why restrict ICMP messages to original source? • Except for record route option, datagrams only contains source + destination @. • No global knowledge of routes (i.e. routers establish and change their own routing tables)

  4. ICMP messages

  5. General format of ICMP messages • Data section in • Error Messages carries information to find the original packet that had the error • Rest of Header unused (all 0s), except for Redirection message format • Query Messages carries extra information based on type of the query. • Rest of Header = Identifier (8 bits) + Sequence Number (8 bits)

  6. Error-reporting messages Important points about ICMP error messages:1.No ICMP error message for a datagram carrying an ICMP error message.2. No ICMP error message for a fragmented datagram that is not the first fragment.3. No ICMP error message for a datagram having a multicast address.4. No ICMP error message for a datagram with a special address such as or

  7. Contents of data field for error messages • In ICMP error messages • The first 8 bytes of the Transport layer header is included • Provides Information about the port numbers (TCP or UDP) and sequence number (TCP)

  8. Destination-unreachable (Type 3) • ICMP destination unreachable message for codes = 2 and 3 only created by a host • All others are created by a routers !!! Routers cannot detect all Problems that prevent the delivery of a packet.

  9. Source-quench (type =4, code =0) • IP do not provide a flow-control mechanism • Source never knows if routers of destination is congested • A source-quench message informs the source that a datagram has been discarded due to congestion in a router or the destination host • Two purposes: (1) informs the source of dropped packet (2) inform of congestion along the path • Source must slow down (quench) the sending of datagrams until the congestion is relieved. • One source-quench message should be sent to each datagram that has been discarded due to congestion • One-to-one congestion • Many-to-one congestion (congested router has no idea which source is sending datagrams faster)

  10. Time-exceeded message (Type 11) • If router receives a datagram with TTL = 0 • Discard the datagram • Inform the source using a Time-exceeded message (code = 0) • If a host does not receive all fragments of a datagram during within a certain time of receiving the first fragment • Discard all fragments • Inform the source using a Time-exceeded message (code = 1) Code 0: used only by routers Code 1: used only by Hosts

  11. Parameter-problem message • A parameter problem message is created by a router or destination host • If there is an error or ambiguity in the header field (code = 0), pointer points to the byte with problem • An option is missing or incorrect (code = 1) pointer not used • Router discards the datagram and sends a Parameter-problem message

  12. Redirection message format • Updates to routers’ routing tables are dynamic • Updates to hosts’ routing tables are static • Starts with the small routing tables that gets updated one of the tools is redirection message format • Redirection always sent from a router to a host in the same network Code 0: Network specificCode 1: Host specificCode 2: Network specific (specified service) Code 3: Host specific (specified service)

  13. Query messages • Diagnose some network problems. • Information request/reply is now obsolete (replaced by RARP/BOOTP)

  14. Timestamp-request and timestamp-reply message format • Can be used to determine RTT needed for an IP datagram to travel between two machines. • Identifier and Sequence fields allows machine to associate request with replies

  15. Can be used to synchronize two machines clocks. Example: Orig = 83573336, recv = 83573330; trans = 83573330; With RTT = 2 ms, |diff| = 6 ms; implies that recv is 7 ms late. Orig = 83573336, recv = 83573000; trans = 83573000; With RTT = 2 ms; |diff|=336 ms Timestamp req/reply is useless In general: SendingT = recv – orig ReceivingT = packet arrived – trans RTT = (sendingT + ReceivingT) If: One_way_time = RTT/2 outOfSyncT = recv – (orig + RTT/2) Timestamp-request and timestamp-reply message

  16. Router solicitation message format • An important issue is how to accommodate routers in the same netwok: • Designers provided routers advertisement, • Default value 10 mn • Compromise between rapid failure detection and low overhead. • From a Host point of view this delay is very expensive • Example: when a host boots cannot wait 10 mn • Designers provide Router solicitation message to request immediate advertisement. • Host multicasts/broadcasts a router solicitation message • Identifier + Sequence number not used.

  17. Router Advertisement • Static routing works well for a network that has only one router. (no need to discover routes or change routes) • For a network with many routers, and if a router crashes, then host uses router advertisement message. • ICMP route discovery helps in: • Host can get the router address from the router itself, instead via a bootstrap protocol (i.e. static configuration) • Use of Timers to update routes (Soft state technique)

  18. Router advertisement message format • Number of addresses (that follows usually 1) • Address size (IPv4 = 1) • Lifetime: time to use the specified address (a default 30 mn) • Address Preference: Shows the preference of the router’s address.

  19. Mask-request and mask-reply message format • In general to request a subnet mask from a router • Diskless machine can use Mask-request to get its subnet mask.

  20. Echo-request and echo-reply message format • Designed for diagnosis purposes • Host or router can send a echo-request • Receivers echoes back the message with an echo-reply • Echo-request/reply used by network admin to test the reachability of a specific host • Identifier & Sequence Number are not formally used by the protocol, • Can be set to anything by the sender • Example : Ping program : a statistical tool • Does not use Transport protocols (TCP or UDP)

  21. Ping Program • Ping programs uses Echo-request/reply to test reachability of a host • Identifiers : Process ID • If many ping programs are running • Sequence Number : increment for each echo-request • RTT = received_reply_time – requested_time(stored in ICMP data packet) • Other Options: • Use ICMP request message encapsulated into an IP packet with record route option. • Example: Ping –R machine • Limited number of IP addresses • IP header lenght = 4 bits • Allows 15* 4 bytes (60 – 20 IP header– 3 bytes for option information ) Only 9 IP addresses • Use ICMP request message encapsulated into IP packet with timestamp option • More severe limitation

  22. ICMP package

  23. Input Module (handles all types of received ICMP messages) • Receive an ICMP packet from the IP layer • 1- if (type = request type) • 1- Create a reply • 2- Send the reply • 2- if (type = router solicitation) • 1- if (station is a router) • Create router advertisement • Send the advertisement • 3- if (type = one of the 3 reply messages or router advertisement) • 1- Extract information in the data section of the packet • 2- Deliver extracted information to the process that requested it • 4- if (type defines a redirection) • Modify the routing table • 5- if (type = error messages other that redirection) • Inform the appropriate source protocol • 6- return.

  24. Output Module (responsible for: creating requests, solicitation, error messages requested by higher level protocols or IP) • Receive : a demand • 1- if (demand = error messages) • If (demand is from IP) • If (demand is forbidden i.e. 4 cases where ICMP does not error message) • Return • If (type defines a redirection message) • If (station is not a router) • Return • Create the error message using type, code, and original IP packet • 2- If (demand = request or solicitation) • Create a request or solicitation message • 3- send the message • 4- return

  25. Ping Program (example)

  26. If a router crashes or connection between two routers is lost Can take time to re-route In this case TTL function is to avoid routing loops. If TTL =0/1 must not forward the datagram. Router sends ICMP “Exceeded Time” to sender. TRACEROUTE Create UDP datagram(“with unreachable port#”) to send to destination UDP datagram has 12bytes of data, (sequence#, TTL,time). TTL = 1; Send ‘n’ datagrams to destination while (!receive (ICMP “port_unreachable”) (TTLth Router TTL--; Send ICMP “TimeExceeded”) Sender knows IP address of TTLth router in ICMP packet Print (IP address, 1st RTT, 2nd RTT, .., nth RTT) TTL++; Send ‘n’ datagrams to destination } Traceroute Program (ICMP “Time Exceeded” revisited)

  27. Traceroute Program ( IP Source route revisited) • Traceroute can specify a Strict Source routing • If failed, ICMP error source route unfeasible (type =3, code =5) • Can also specify loose source routing • Traceroute [-LooseRoute Destination] Source • Traceroute Round Trips may be different • How many source route IP addresses?

  28. Traceroute stores original time in UDP data. (12 bytes). Ping stores original time in ICMP packet, echoed by receiver. Traceroute or Ping RTT?