Bug 158173 - MLDv2 uses wrong ICMP type: IPv6 multicast receiving broken
MLDv2 uses wrong ICMP type: IPv6 multicast receiving broken
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3
Classification: Red Hat
Component: kernel (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: David Miller
Brian Brock
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Reported: 2005-05-19 07:35 EDT by Pekka Savola
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:07 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2007-10-19 15:02:01 EDT
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Trivial patch to fix the problem. (521 bytes, patch)
2005-05-19 07:35 EDT, Pekka Savola
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Description Pekka Savola 2005-05-19 07:35:55 EDT
Description of problem:

MLDv2 code uses wrong ICMP type, and in consequence, multicast receiving does
not work because the routers ignore the wrong type.  This has since then been
fixed in the later kernel releases, but apparently not in RHEL.

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How reproducible:
1) run 'tcpdump -n -vvv -s0 icmp6'
2) start a v6 multicast application, for example 'ttcp -r ff1e::1'
3) observe that the ff1e::1 group shows in 'netstat -g -n' but the generated
   MLDv2 report uses a bogus ICMP type  #206, instead of #143

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Comment 1 Pekka Savola 2005-05-19 07:35:56 EDT
Created attachment 114561 [details]
Trivial patch to fix the problem.
Comment 2 Pekka Savola 2005-05-19 08:06:06 EDT
Minor correction: the MLD report doesn't show with 'tcpdump icmp6' because
there's a hop-by-hop option; you must use 'tcpdump -XXXX ip6' instead.
Comment 3 Pekka Savola 2005-05-20 01:46:16 EDT
Additional observation after running with locally patched kernel for a while:
the MLDv2 implementation is severely broken, it doesn't seem to refresh the MLD
memberships, so the router forgets about the MLD reports for applications which
run for more than 5 minutes.

Thus, it might be beneficial to update the whole MLDv2 code from a newer 2.4
kernel, which is hopefully works a lot better, but just fixing the ICMP type
helps a bit as well.
Comment 4 Pekka Savola 2006-02-24 03:58:00 EST
Any progress on this....?
Comment 5 RHEL Product and Program Management 2007-10-19 15:02:01 EDT
This bug is filed against RHEL 3, which is in maintenance phase.
During the maintenance phase, only security errata and select mission
critical bug fixes will be released for enterprise products. Since
this bug does not meet that criteria, it is now being closed.
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