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`ll header` in `martian source` is the Data Link Layer: 2 MAC addresses

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/06/03

The ll header field in a martian source message on linux is about the [WayBackEthernet frame – Wikipedia: Data Link Layer.

The first 6 hex digits are the source MAC address, the next are the destination MAC address:

May 10 08:59:24 linux kernel: IPv4: martian source from, on dev eth1
May 10 08:59:24 linux kernel: ll header: 00000000: ff ff ff ff ff ff 00 0c 29 f7 0f fe 08 00 ........).....

In the above example:

  • Destination = MAC ff ff ff ff ff ff (broadcast, which corresponds with IPv4 target
  • Source = MAC 00 0c 29 f7 0f fe (specific, which I could verify after checking out the machine having IPv4
  • EtherType  08 00 (IPv4)

Some sources indicate it is a martian, as is never a valid IP address, but [WayBack] Martian packet – Wikipedia: IPv4 disagrees.



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