PATHPING is a network utility which is based on TCP/IP that provides useful information about network latency and network loss at intermediate hops between a source address and a destination address.
It provides more detailed network troubleshooting information by not only sending requests to the destination host specified, but also all intermediate routers on the path to the destination. Ultimately, this allows the tool to calculate the degree of packet loss every step of the way to the destination, allowing to determine where problems are occurring.
How ever we can identify that PING may be run using various options (command line switches) depending on the implementation that enable special operational modes such as to specify the packet size used as the probe, automatic repeated operation for sending a specified count of probes, time stamping options, or to perform a ping flood. Flood pinging may be abused as a simple form of denial-of-service attack, in which the attacker overwhelms the victim with ICMP echo request packets
How to use:
Here we can identify the usage of PATHPING command as follows,
- Used to visually see a network packet being sent and received.
- Determine the amount of network hops required for that packet to get to its destination
- Can determine useful information about network latency and network loss at intermediate hops between a source address and a destination address