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As for the ping request, it's also important to disable broadcast request. When a packet is sent to an IP broadcast address (i.e. 192.168.1.255) from a machine on the local network, that packet is delivered to all machines on that network. Then all the machines on a network respond to this ICMP echo request and the result can be severe network congestion or outages -denial-of-service attacks. See the RFC 2644 for more information.
[root@deep] /# echo 1 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/icmp_echo_ignore_broadcasts
# Enable ignoring broadcasts request net.ipv4.icmp_echo_ignore_broadcasts = 1
To restart all networks devices manually on your system, use the following command:
[root@deep] /# /etc/rc.d/init.d/network restart
Setting network parameters [ OK ] Bringing up interface lo [ OK ] Bringing up interface eth0 [ OK ] Bringing up interface eth1 [ OK ]