icmptunnel is a tool to tunnel IP traffic within ICMP echo request and response (ping) packets. It’s intended for bypassing firewalls in a semi-covert way, for example when pivoting inside a network where ping is allowed. It might also be useful for egress from a corporate network to the Internet, although it is quite common for ICMP echo traffic to be filtered at the network perimeter.
While there are a couple of existing tools which implement this technique, icmptunnel provides a more reliable protocol and a mechanism for tunneling through stateful firewalls and NAT.
The tool uses a plain Makefile to compile and install.
make to compile icmptunnel.
First, disable ICMP echo responses on both the client and server. This prevents the kernel from responding to ping packets itself.
# echo 1 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/icmp_echo_ignore_all
On the server-side, start icmptunnel in server mode, and assign an IP address to the new tunnel interface.
# ./icmptunnel –s opened tunnel device: tun0 (ctrl-z) # bg # /sbin/ifconfig tun0 10.0.0.1 netmask 255.255.255.0
On the client-side, point icmptunnel at the server, and assign an IP address.
# ./icmptunnel <server> opened tunnel device: tun0 connection established. (ctrl-z) # bg # /sbin/ifconfig tun0 10.0.0.2 netmask 255.255.255.0
At this point, you should have a functioning point-to-point tunnel via ICMP packets. The server side is 10.0.0.1, and the client-side is 10.0.0.2. On the client, try connecting to the server via SSH:
# ssh email@example.com Password:
To use the remote server as an encrypted SOCKS proxy:
# ssh -D 8080 -N firstname.lastname@example.org Password:
Now point your web browser at the local SOCKS server.
./icmptunnel -h for a list of options.
Please report any bugs on the Github project page at: