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ICMPv6 Rate Limiting

ICMPv6 rate limiting is a throttling mechanism to prevent flooding and DDoS attempts. The implementation employs an error packet rate and a token bucket, which work together to enable throttling and ensure that ICMP packets don’t flood the network segments protected by the firewall.
First the global
ICMPv6 Error Packet Rate (per sec)
controls the rate at which ICMPv6 error packets are allowed through the firewall; the default is 100 packets per second; the range is 10 to 65535 packets per second. If the firewall reaches the ICMPv6 error packet rate, then the token bucket comes into play and throttling occurs, as follows.
The concept of a logical token bucket controls the rate at which ICMP messages can be transmitted. The number of tokens in the bucket is configurable, and each token represents an ICMPv6 message that can be sent. The token count is decremented each time an ICMPv6 message is sent; when the bucket reaches zero tokens, no more ICMPv6 messages can be sent until another token is added to the bucket. The default size of the token bucket is 100 tokens (packets); the range is 10 to 65535 tokens.
To change the default token bucket size or error packet rate, see the section Configure Session Settings.

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