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super source quench
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A special packet designed to shut up an Internet host. The
Internet Protocol (IP) has a control message called Source
Quench that asks a host to transmit more slowly on a
particular connection to avoid congestion. It also has a
Redirect control message intended to instruct a host to send
certain packets to a different local router. A "super source
quench" is actually a redirect control packet, forged to look
like it came from a local router, that instructs a host to
send all packets to its own local loopback address. This will
effectively tie many Internet hosts up in knots. Compare