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SubjectRe: [2.4 PATCH] bugfix: ARP respond on all devices
On Tue, 19 Aug 2003 09:51:05 -0700
"David S. Miller" <davem@redhat.com> wrote:

> On Tue, 19 Aug 2003 17:54:26 +0100
> Richard Underwood <richard@aspectgroup.co.uk> wrote:
>
> > When a HOST sends out an ARP request, it's NOT associated with a
> > single connection, it's associated with the host. Why should it pick a
> > "random" IP number to send as the source address?
>
> It's not "random", it is using the IP address it intends
> to use as the source in packets it will output once the
> ARP completes.
>
> In fact, if you look at the code in arp_solicit(), the source address
> is coming directly from the packet we are trying to output.

Well, then you have a problem, at least with RFC-985 as quoted in my other
email.
If your host has two interfaces on two different pyhsical nets and host A from
net A shall be contacted by a service bound to your interface on net B you will
obviously send an arp request with a source ip from wrong subnet.
I did not read the code, I take your code explanation as true, of course.
It is very likely you will not receive a valid answer in this case:

<quote RFC-985>
An ARP request is discarded if the source IP address is not in the same subnet.
</quote>

Regards,
Stephan

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