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Vulnerability Assessment Details

ping of death

Vulnerability Assessment Summary
Crash target with a too long fragmented packets

Detailed Explanation for this Vulnerability Assessment

The machine crashed when pinged with an incorrectly fragmented packet.
This is known as the 'jolt' or 'ping of death' denial of service attack.

A possible hacker may use this flaw to shut down this server,
thus preventing you from working properly.

Solution : contact your operating system vendor for a patch.

Network Security Threat Level: High

Networks Security ID:

Vulnerability Assessment Copyright: This script is Copyright (C) 2003 Michel Arboi

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