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Revealing Middlebox Interference with Tracebox
Detal, Grégory; Hesmans, Benjamin; Bonaventure, Olivier et al.
2013 • In ACM/USENIX Internet Measurement Conference
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Keywords :
Measurement; Network Discovery; Middleboxes; tracebox
Abstract :
[en] Middleboxes such as firewalls, NAT, proxies, or Deep Packet Inspection play an increasingly important role in various types of IP networks, including enterprise and cellular networks. Recent studies have shed the light on their impact on real traffic and the complexity of managing them. Network operators and researchers have few tools to understand the impact of those boxes on any path. In this paper, we propose tracebox, an extension to the widely used traceroute tool, that is capable of detecting various types of middlebox interference over almost any path. tracebox sends IP packets containing TCP segments with different TTL values and analyses the packet encapsulated in the returned ICMP message. Further, as recent routers quote, in the ICMP message, the entire IP packet that they received, \tracebox is able to detect any modification performed by upstream middleboxes. In addition, tracebox can often pinpoint the network hop where the middlebox interference occurs. We evaluate tracebox with measurements performed on PlanetLab nodes. Our analysis reveals various types of middleboxes that were not expected on such an experimental testbed supposed to be connected to the Internet without any restriction.
Disciplines :
Computer science
Author, co-author :
Detal, Grégory
Hesmans, Benjamin
Bonaventure, Olivier
Vanaubel, Yves ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Dép. d'électric., électron. et informat. (Inst.Montefiore) > Réseaux informatiques
Donnet, Benoît  ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Dép. d'électric., électron. et informat. (Inst.Montefiore) > Algorithmique des grands systèmes
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Title :
Revealing Middlebox Interference with Tracebox
Publication date :
October 2013
Event name :
ACM/USENIX Internet Measurement Conference (IMC)
Event date :
23 - 25 octobre 2013
Audience :
Main work title :
ACM/USENIX Internet Measurement Conference
Peer reviewed :
Peer reviewed
European Projects :
FP7 - 318627 - MPLANE - mPlane – an Intelligent Measurement Plane for Future Network and Application Management
Funders :
CE - Commission Européenne


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