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Date:	Mon, 11 Jan 2010 23:31:37 +0200
From:	Octavian Purdila <>
To:	David Miller <>
Subject: Re: [RFC] ipv4: support for request type gratuitous ARP

On Sunday 10 January 2010 23:21:05 you wrote:
> From: Octavian Purdila <>
> Date: Tue, 5 Jan 2010 00:04:44 +0200
> > Signed-off-by: Octavian Purdila <>
> > ---
> >
> > I've noticed that even though we currently support response type
> > gratuitous ARP [response type, source mac, dest mac, source IP, source
> > IP] *with a clean ARP table* we do not support the request type [request
> > type, source mac, ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff, source IP, source IP].
> Please don't submit your patches in this manner.
> All of these relevant, interesting, details belong in the commit
> message.  But any text you place aftr the "---" line will be omitted
> from the commit message when your patch is applied by automated GIT
> tools.

Got it.

> I've done some research and I'm happy to apply your patch to
> net-next-2.6 once it is submitted properly.

Thanks, I'll resubmitted it properly in a bit.

> In fact we need to do some more research in this area because
> generally we should more mimick the processing order of ARP prescribed
> in the RFC.  In particular we should test the operation code lastly,
> which would avoid these kinds of inconsistencies.
> I'm worried though about security issues as well, as we make more the
> acceptance more and more liberal, it becomes that much easier for
> machines on the local network to poison ARP entries and use that to
> either accept all traffic destined for a particular node or simply
> deny that node access to the network.
> In particular the kernel currently explicitly does not accept
> unsolicited ARP, and this is controlled by the ARP_ACCEPT per-device
> option.
> 	if (IPV4_DEVCONF_ALL(dev_net(dev), ARP_ACCEPT)) {
> 		/* Unsolicited ARP is not accepted by default.
> 		   It is possible, that this option should be enabled for some
> 		   devices (strip is candidate)
> 		 */
> ...

Good point, I'll try to respin the patch to do this check for the request type 
gratuitous ARP as well.


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