Yeah, I've done capturing ( loopback address ) using GNS . But it is possible to capture and direclty from any adapter on our device?

Here is a network route of my device

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and here is my ping response of both network reply by and reply by my own ip with message "Not reachable "


ping response for

now ,


ping respose of

i always wonder where upto it goes while doing pinging and but i've idea about it check working of TCP/IP suits while pinging

  • 1 it's a reserved network for local connections, and simply means that any address from that network - it's your device. is a reserved address that means "any host", so you can't directly ping it, but it's often used in access-lists to specify "any address". Jan 29, 2019 at 12:17

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By design, the network is supposed to respond even when there's no network adapter in the machine.

When you ping an address in this network, it doesn't goes down to the hardware layer, not even to the L2. The request is handled and responded to in the Internet (Network) layer of the TCP/IP stack.

So you cannot capture it on any other adapter than the loopback adapter(except maybe if you configure a port mirroring of the loopback adapter to another NIC or other unusal setup of packet forwarding).

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Concerning the address
It is reserved and should only be used as a source address in a initialization process I.E. DHCP / BOOTP.

It is not a valid destination IP address, as per RFC1122

Whether a host will respond to a ping to is implementation dependent. Windows and MacOs doesn't handle it, while Linux Debian respond:



Pinging with 32 bytes of data:
PING: transmit failed. General failure.
PING: transmit failed. General failure.


~$ ping
PING ( 56 data bytes
ping: sendto: No route to host

Linux Debian

~$ ping
PING ( 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from icmp_req=1 ttl=64 time=0.038 ms
64 bytes from icmp_req=2 ttl=64 time=0.015 ms

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