ICMP redirect packets ignored

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  • The router/default gateway sends out ICMP redirects to a RHEL box that seems to ignore them
    • No correct routing entries can be found in the router cache after redirects.
  • The redirect is not subject to any of the reject conditions seen in the code
    • The new gateway is not the same as the default gateway
    • all.accept_redirects and eth0.accept_redirects are both 1
    • all.forwarding and eth0.forwarding are both 1
    • There are no error messages in the logs about rt_cache rebuilding
    • New gateway is on the local network
    • Shared media and secure redirects are off
    • The new gateway is a normal unicast IP
  • Probing shows that the reject conditions are not misfiring


  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5

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