kern/76966: udp/520 reply packets when routed is not running

David Malone dwmalone at
Sun Feb 6 09:50:17 PST 2005

The following reply was made to PR kern/76966; it has been noted by GNATS.

From: David Malone <dwmalone at>
To: Emil Cazamir <emil.cazamir at>
Cc: FreeBSD-gnats-submit at
Subject: Re: kern/76966: udp/520 reply packets when routed is not running
Date: Sun, 6 Feb 2005 17:41:15 +0000

 On Tue, Feb 01, 2005 at 05:35:28PM +0200, Emil Cazamir wrote:
 > >Description:
 > 	The FreeBSD kernel seems to respond to udp/520 packets even when
 > there is no such daemon running.
 There's no code in the FreeBSD kernel for doing this, however I think
 I know what is going on...
 > 17:03:32.185977 0:f:3d:47:8b:de ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff 0800 60:
 > >  RIPv1-resp [items 0]: (DF)
 > 17:03:32.186153 0:0:0:0:0:2 0:0:0:0:0:1 0800 60: >
 >  RIPv1-resp [items 0]: (DF)
 Your FreeBSD maching gets a packet for - I suspect
 you have the netmask on your FreeBSD machine set incorrectly so it
 does not consider this a broadcast address. Consequently, it probably
 considers this a misdirected packet and so sends an ICMP redirect
 and then forwards the packet, in this case to the default router.
 I'm not sure why the source address on the packet has changed -
 that bit seems a bit odd.

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