Netflow records with Destination Ports 1025,257 and Protocol as ipv6-icmp

ng flag

I have some Netflow records from a bunch of routers. The records contain IPv6 flows and there are entries with protocol as ipv6-icmp and their destination port values as 0, 1025 and 257. I know from this link that the value of 0 for ipv6-icmp in netflow indicates an echo reply. Is there any resource to find the meaning of the ipv6-icmp-1025 and ipv6-icmp-257?

Ron Maupin avatar
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[RFC 4443]( explains ICMPv6 Types and Codes, but 0, 1025 and 257 are not ICMPv6 Types. Also, ICMP does not use ports, so I am not sure what you mean by port numbers.
Said Jawad avatar
ng flag
I know that ICMPv6 does not use (TCP/UDP) port numbers and ICMPv6 has its own types. However, in my Netflow dataset, it seems that Netflow is overloading the destination port number field, which is normally used for TCP/UDP flows, to indicate the ICMPv6 message type. At first, I also thought that those values are the ICMPv6 message types, as indicated in the RFC, but no. Please have a look at the link that I've posted in the question.
cn flag

ICMP and ICMPv6 do not have port numbers. Possibly netflow is using 0 to indicate this is not a UDP or TCP flow.

Standard types and codes are in IANA registries. In v6, type 0 actually is reserved, and would be invalid on the wire. And as these are 8 bit fields, they only go up to 256.

These do not map obviously to ICMP. Possibly some other logging or packet capture would be better at analyzing it.

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