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  1. #1
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    Question Asterisk in Traceroute?

    When I try to do a traceroute from my home computer to my rented server, it doesn't end and lots of asterisks but I can reach my site.

    Code:
    traceroute to example.com (6x.xxx.xx.xxx), 64 hops max, 40 byte packets
     1  192.168.1.1 (192.168.1.1)  3.261 ms  0.882 ms  0.894 ms
     2  202.78.96.55 (202.78.96.55)  15.703 ms  20.440 ms  19.937 ms
     3  202.78.96.210 (202.78.96.210)  40.008 ms  44.842 ms  46.024 ms
     4  202.78.96.210 (202.78.96.210)  37.806 ms  38.817 ms  43.920 ms
     5  202.78.97.199 (202.78.97.199)  39.945 ms  38.786 ms  37.962 ms
     6  sjo-bb1-link.telia.net (213.248.98.241)  202.051 ms  203.502 ms  205.967 ms
     7  las-bb1-link.telia.net (213.248.80.17)  219.914 ms  219.435 ms  216.034 ms
     8  vl341ge1-7.cr01.lax02.mzima.net (213.248.94.34)  223.943 ms  215.463 ms  219.768 ms
     9  xe2-1.cr01.lax02.mzima.net (216.193.255.185)  229.965 ms  225.408 ms  224.007 ms
    10  ge0-webnx.cust.lax04.mzima.net (72.37.172.158)  215.750 ms  229.495 ms  215.966 ms
    11  * * *
    12  * * *
    13  * * *
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    34  * * *
    35  * * *
    36  * * *
    37  * * *
    I just press Ctrl-C to end it.

    What's wrong with this?

    TIA

  2. #2
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    Hi,

    It just means that certain types of ICMP traffic are being dropped.
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  3. #3
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    ^^^^^^^

    this means that something between you and your sever is blocking your pings (if you don't know what ICMP is)
    Regards,
    Leigh

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    * Moved to Technical and Security Issues....

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    more importantly, it's nothing to worry about if your site is reachable

  6. #6
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    The next hop (where the stars start) is your server, this is because you have a software firewall running which is blocking ICMP traffic.
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    That's not necessarily true. It could quite easily be a firewall at the datacentre causing it. A firewall on the server *could* be the cause but isn't the only thing that could cause it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CrystalVPS View Post
    That's not necessarily true. It could quite easily be a firewall at the datacentre causing it. A firewall on the server *could* be the cause but isn't the only thing that could cause it.
    In this situation I know thats not the case, as we are the provider (you can see that in the trace). The next hop where the stars start is the clients server.
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