Originally posted by maddogkf
I just installed a McAfee's anti-virus software & firewall
The firewall says things like this:
2003/08/21 17:28:22 22.214.171.124:0 (ip68-108-248-239.sb.sd.cox.net) 126.96.36.199:0 ICMP Ping
What does that mean?
Is cox.net your ISP?
It looks to me like they were testing links. Nothing to worry about really. ICMP packets are used to test connectivity between nodes on an IP network.
It is kinda like yelling into a crowd "Hey mike... are you out there" (The device sending the ping) and you reply "yeah mike... maddog here" (your PC repling to the ping). Pinging can be malicious though i.e. "Ping of Death". If memory serves me correctly "Ping of Death" is nothing more than trying to overload the server with ICMP packets.
Okay this is way to much technobabel..... sorry once I get on a roll you need to put a fork in me
SirChaz is correct as well