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Thursday, January 05, 2006

Packets from Mars

Another thing I'm seeing with the LaBrea Tarpit software—wierd ARP packets.

I've got the logging set to “verbose” (in case any problems come up) and one result is that it logs all the ARP requests that it sees, but can't answer (can't answer them because they're outside the normal netblock LaBrea is “answering” for). So I see a bunch for other public IP addresses we have. And the various private IP addresses that I'm not exactly sure what they're being used for, but hey, they're private.

And then … there are the ARP requests that shouldn't exist:

Jan  6 00:55:40 ltp : IP address not in netblock - ARP WHO-HAS 64.76.67.1   TELL 64.76.67.64
Jan  6 00:55:42 ltp : IP address not in netblock - ARP WHO-HAS 64.76.67.1   TELL 64.76.67.248
Jan  6 00:55:43 ltp : IP address not in netblock - ARP WHO-HAS 64.76.67.254 TELL 64.76.67.236
Jan  6 00:55:43 ltp : IP address not in netblock - ARP WHO-HAS 64.76.67.1   TELL 64.76.67.248
Jan  6 00:55:44 ltp : IP address not in netblock - ARP WHO-HAS 64.76.67.1   TELL 66.252.226.46
Jan  6 00:55:44 ltp : IP address not in netblock - ARP WHO-HAS 64.76.67.254 TELL 64.76.67.236
Jan  6 00:55:44 ltp : IP address not in netblock - ARP WHO-HAS 64.76.67.1   TELL 64.76.67.248
Jan  6 00:55:45 ltp : IP address not in netblock - ARP WHO-HAS 64.76.67.254 TELL 64.76.67.236
Jan  6 00:55:47 ltp : IP address not in netblock - ARP WHO-HAS 64.76.67.1   TELL 64.76.67.248

I have no clue where these are coming from.

None, and I mean none of our addresses are from the 64.0.0.0/8 block. That doesn't appear to be any of our upstream providers. I can traceroute to 64.76.67.248 but why I'm seeing ARP requests from it is beyond me. Especially since ARP requests can't be routed! It's something local sending it out, or it's LaBrea misinterpreting the ARP packet (since it can be used for more than just IPMAC address translations).

One thing for sure, I'll have to check the code, and possibly modify LaBrea to log the MAC address so I can track this down. Then again, I have to hit the code anyway, since technically, the MAC address LaBrea uses is wrong (the “global/local” bit in the address is not set, and it should be).

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