Saturday, August 15, 2009

Traceroute Explained - Introduction!

Gathering more information about a particular IP address or a domain name can be of great use to network security analysts. It can give you tons of information about a particular address such as the physical address of the computer/server, location, name of a particular firm and even phone/fax numbers.

So, where to begin from? Let's go back to the old faithful Telnet commands. There are two commands which really help you in gathering information about IP addresses and Domain names. They are again Traceroute and Whois.

Now, if you're a Windows user, you can't easily use the 'cmd' to run UNIX based Telnet commands. Both of these commands are UNIX based though Traceroute has a Windows variant which is:

"tracert"

The syntax of command is "tracert www.domain.com" OR "tracert xxxx:xxx:xx:x".

eg. let us trace Google using the command prompt. Here is what you will get.

C:\>tracert www.google.com.pk

Tracing route to www.l.google.com [216.239.61.104]
over a maximum of 30 hops:

....


But if you want to skip the painstaking task of using the command prompt, there is an awesome website which opens a whole new world of information. To visit the website CLICK HERE.

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