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Date:	Mon, 8 Mar 2010 09:11:35 +0100
From:	Jiri Pirko <>
To:	Guy Harris <>
Subject: Re: [tcpdump-workers] Current wireless-testing breaks libpcap:
 mr_alen should be set

Sat, Mar 06, 2010 at 10:23:12PM CET, wrote:
>On Mar 2, 2010, at 5:00 PM, Pavel Roskin wrote:
>> This patch to libpcap helps:
>> --- a/pcap-linux.c
>> +++ b/pcap-linux.c
>> @@ -1563,6 +1563,7 @@ live_open_new(pcap_t *handle, const char
>> 			memset(&mr, 0, sizeof(mr));
>> 			mr.mr_ifindex = handle->md.ifindex;
>> 			mr.mr_type    = PACKET_MR_PROMISC;
>> +			mr.mr_alen    = 6;
>If there are any network types that support promiscuous mode and have link-layer addresses that aren't 6 octets long, that would still fail.
>It sounds as if the fix is not to care about the address length if the address isn't used, so you don't need to get the length right for PACKET_MR_PROMISC or PACKET_MR_ALLMULTI, so libpcap, and other clients setting promiscuous or "show me all multicast packets" mode, don't need to change.  Is that the case?

This should be fixed in kernel (net-2.6

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