How to ARP your network in two easy steps
chris.carey at gmail.com
Fri Dec 29 12:40:44 MST 2006
I did something similar when I hooked up 3 of my Linksys boxes (modded
with OpenWRT). They are running distributed wireless mode (WDS) in
order to expand the reach of the wireless netowork and I forgot to
enable spanning tree protocol (LAN_STP=1).
Apparently some loops were created within the Linksys's and it made
the switches go crazy. After enabling STP, everything was better.
On 12/29/06, Brian Hawkins <brianhks at activeclickweb.com> wrote:
> This happened the other day at my work. I thought it was kind of
> amusing. When the ARP of death hit my laptop (win2k) hit about 60%
> utilization. I noticed the lights on my dlink switch were going nuts
> with activity. A quick look in wireshark revealed the network was being
> flooded with ARP's. The computer from which the ARP o death originated
> (winXP) had locked up. It actually no longer booted and we had to
> reinstall it. Even after disconnecting the origin of the ARP from the
> network we were still flooded with the same ARP request. A couple of
> other XP boxes kept flickering their display like they wanted to "blue
> screen" but couldn't make up their mind. The linux machines seemed
> unaffected except for the network traffic.
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