[Pkg-xen-devel] Bug#429789: Bug#429789: peth0: received packet with own address as source address

Ralph Passgang ralph at debianbase.de
Wed Apr 23 14:22:00 UTC 2008

Zitat von martin f krafft <madduck at debian.org>:

> also sprach Adriaan Peeters <apeeters at lashout.net> [2008.04.23.1448 +0200]:
>> It has been a while but yes, we were running two xen hosts in the same
>> network. Since they were both standard Debian installs they had the same
>> MAC address: FE:FF:FF:FF:FF:FF.
>> The patch from my initial bug report fixes this by assigning a separate
>> mac address.
> I'd say this is fighting symptoms. It's either a kernel bug in the
> driver or in xen. I hope to find out more soon.

I maintain more then one xen hosts in the same collision domain myself  
but never saw this error before. But I think the reason must be the  

peth0 is the real physical interface which is connected to the  
network, but peth0 should never be used directly by anybody. peth0 has  
this _strange_ mac adress of FE:FF:FF:FF:FF:FF. This is part of the  
xen bridge-scripts that are executed when xen(d) is started.

then we have a bridge, normally called xenbr0. peth0 is part of this bridge.

And we have a virtual interface, called eth0, which should be used if  
xen's domain0 wants to communicate via network. eth0 is also part of  
this bridge. eth0 should have the mac adress of you real network  

As long as eth0 is used, there is no problem, even if you have more  
then one xen hosts in your collision domain.

But if peth0 is used as source-interface for connections from your  
domain0, then this might lead to problems. If you have more then one  
xen host in your network, then this will produce the network error  
message you saw.

But the question is why traffic was send via peth0 and not via eth0?  
Maybe a wrong routing table? Maybe ipv6 traffic (if eth0 is not  
configured properly for ipv6)? Something like this should cause this  

@Adriaan: Can you provide the output of the following commands:
# ip route
# ip -6 route
# ip neigh
# ip -6 neigh
# ip addr



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