Should routers send redirects by default?

Jared Mauch jared at
Fri Aug 20 22:29:07 UTC 2010

See below

Jared Mauch

On Aug 20, 2010, at 6:16 PM, Brandon Ross <bross at> wrote:

> On Fri, 20 Aug 2010, Valdis.Kletnieks at wrote:
>> Until a PC or something on the network gets pwned, and issues selective forged
>> ICMP redirects to declare itself a router and the appropriate destination for
>> some traffic, which it can then MITM to its heart's content. *Then* you truly
>> have a manure-on-fan situation.
> I believe the question was along the lines of, "why do I turn this off on my router?"
> How does turning off ICMP redirects on the router prevent a rouge PC from sending ICMP redirects to it's neighbors?
> I'm in the same boat here.  I know there's a lot of conventional wisdom that says to turn it off, but I'm yet to hear a convincing argument as to why I should bother.  Now configuring your hosts to ignore them, that I could understand.

The issue is routers typically do this in software requiring a punt and CPU theft from bgp, ospf etc. 
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