Longitudinal Study of Large-Scale Traceroute Results
Technical Report,05 Jan 2016,30 Mar 2018
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA MONTEREY United States
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Traceroute is a popular active probing technique used by researchers, operators, and adversaries to map the structure and connectivity of IP networks. However, traceroute is susceptible to making inaccurate inferences. We perform a large-scale longitudinal investigation of traceroute artifacts to find anomalies that may be indicative of network errors, misconfiguration, or active deception efforts. Using the IPv4 Routed 24 Topology Dataset from the Center for Applied Internet Data Analysis CAIDA, we provide a taxonomy of traceroute results, including anomalous and unexpected artifacts. We analyze the distribution of the observed artifacts and attempt to find attribution to the cause of each. Finally, we provide a longitudinal analysis of multi-protocol label switching in order to explore possible explanations for unexplained artifacts.
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