on amd64 tcp4 cksums are bad (FYI)

Andrew Gallatin gallatin at cs.duke.edu
Fri Aug 20 12:41:37 PDT 2004

David W. Hankins writes:
 > This is as observed via tcpdump on [client], which is what is producing
 > the bad checksums.  Obviously it doesn't cause a problem since no one
 > listens to TCP checksums, but it's interesting.  I only noticed it
 > because I was tcpdump'ing for completely unrelated reasons, and it caught
 > my eye.


 > Client machine is amd64, running 64-bit mode 5-current fresh as of
 > yesterday.  Network interface is e1000, so fxp.  Server is also freebsd

e1000 is actually em.  

You're almost certainly using a driver which offloads transmit
checksums.  (both fxp and em do) Since BPF sniffs the packet before it
leaves the host, the checksum has not yet been calculated, so it looks

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