Gleb Smirnoff glebius at
Fri Dec 16 14:10:08 PST 2005

The following reply was made to PR kern/90279; it has been noted by GNATS.

From: Gleb Smirnoff <glebius at>
To: bug-followup at
Subject: kern/90279
Date: Sat, 17 Dec 2005 01:02:20 +0300

 On Fri, Dec 16, 2005 at 03:25:25PM -0500, Guy F. Boyd wrote:
 G> Self-follow-up: The previous tangential assertion about VPN
 G> packets and the nge(4) interface was a red herring. This was
 G> firewall-rule related, and was resolved by passing proto GRE
 G> and port pptp on the applicable interfaces. The issues
 G> regarding nge(4), bridging, and AppleTalk frames stand as
 G> reported, and via testing I think one can narrow the problem
 G> down to *some* AppleTalk aarp packets not getting past the
 G> nge(4) interface. ipfw interference was ruled out by adding
 G> a single default allow rule, then comparing  performance
 G> against an re(4) card and an rl(4) card with the same set of
 G> rules. Both of these cards performed as expected. Multiple
 G> nge(4) cards ( of the same make) were tried.
 G> This particular FreeBSD installation is back in production
 G> service, but as time and resources permit, I will be happy
 G> to try to provide additional information. It should be noted
 G> that my own vendor of this particular nge(4) card ( Asante
 G> 1032TA Giganix) says the card is no longer in production so
 G> it *may* be a moot exercise to pursue this if other nge(4)
 G> cards don't show this behavior.
 Totus tuus, Glebius.

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