This tutorial covers Ping, one of the oldest utilities in computing history. Nearly as old as the internet itself, the ability to send a data packet to a given server as part of a discovery, troubleshooting, or reconnaissance process is a fundamental aspect of security work.
Using the hping3 Tool The hping3 tool is an upgrade of one of the oldest tools in the history of computing, ping. Ping has the capability to send a data packet to a server in order to discover, troubleshoot, or perform reconnaissance processes, which is a key component of information security work. Now, Ping has gotten an upgrade. hping3 is a utility which allows you to perform the same basic functionality of ping, but across a plethora of protocols and methodologies. It's a fresh face on an old tactic, and one which will help propel you through your security work. It's a new and improved command line network tool version that helps information security professionals send custom TCP/IP packets. The hping3 tool supports UDP, TCP, ICMP, and Raw-IP protocols.