[OT] Traffic from ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff in switched environment
opie at 817west.com
Tue Nov 16 23:02:21 CET 2004
On Tue, 2004-11-16 at 16:45, Eduardo Fernández wrote:
> Hi all,
> i know this is not strictly about netfilter, but here it goes:
it sure isn't.
> While I was deploying my firewall script, I noticed some weird traffic
> from mac ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff in my router's private interface.
it's more likely that ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff is the destination mac, not the
> Later on I
> noticed the same traffic in other computers within the network. The
> traffic was arp who-has packets at a constant rate of about 35 kbytes/s.
> It's a /16 network in a switched environment.
arp "who-has" packets are vital to the proper functioning of a local
area network--it's how each host finds the MAC address associated with
each IP on the network.
the volume of traffic you're seeing is a symptom of the fact that you
have a /16 configured as a flat, switched network.
the guy that i learned TCP/IP networking from once told me a good
guideline is to never have more than 1024 hosts in a single layer-2
broadcast domain, as the broadcast traffic becomes unmanageable. he
knew a whole lot more than i ever will--so i try to stick to that when i
(re)design a network.
"Silly customer, you cannot hurt a Twinkie!"
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