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SubjectRe: 2.4.19 ICMP redirects erroneously ignored
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On Thu, 2003-01-09 at 02:52, Tim Gardner wrote:
> I'm getting pounded by ICMP redirects from my Nortel router. The
> setup is a SuSE 8.1 (2.4.19) standard client with fixed IP and netmask.
> The client is configured with a default route. However, there are
> several routers on the subnet that the default router knows about.
> Hence, the reason that the Nortel router emits ICMP redirects
> which my client steadfastly ignores.
>
> I've RTFM, read the kernel source, and checked the relevant settings
> (/proc/sys/net/ipv4/conf/all/*). I find in /proc/net/rt_cache that there are
> 2 entries, one of which is marked RTCF_REDIRECTED.
>
> Why isn't this redirected route being used?

AFAIK, because that would mean that you are allowing another machine to
manipulate your routing tables by simply using ICMP. How do you know
that you can trust the other machine, in this case, the nortel router ?
The problem is not of (missing) functionality, its about trusting the
integrity of the source of the ICMP redirect.

>
> This seems like a problem that ought to be common to anyone that
> has multiple routers on the same subnet. What am I missing?
>
> rtg
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