Museum of Broken Packets

August 2, 2007 at 9:05 pm (interesting, internet, security) (, , , , )

Can’t remember why I found out about the Museum of Broken Packets, but for some reason I did and for another equally obscure reason, I was thinking about it again the other day.

If you are interested in how TCP/IP (i.e. the Internet) works (as I am) this is an interesting site.  It lists several odd packets that have defined explanation so far.  Maybe they are just the result of a freak network blip.  Maybe they are due to a buggy implementation of a network stack.  Maybe there is another reason.  Either way its interesting.

The site is owned by Michal Zalewski (wikipedia entry) who is the author of the excellent (but also quite weird) network security book Silence on the Wire.  Again, if you are interested in the odd, geeky things people have thought about related to computers and networking, read this book.  I particularly like the ‘juggling with packets’ idea, which is mentioned on his website and explored further in his book.

Interesting stuff.

Kevin.

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