Should routers send redirects by default?

Jared Mauch jared at
Fri Aug 20 23:16:08 UTC 2010

Yea the stuff that sometimes is done in hw and sometimes in sw and causes varying pain. You may find the discussion interesting to read if you feel redirects are "ok" or tolerable. 

If vendors can't expose their defaults they really should not be enabling these things as it causes trouble. 

I've had problems with both v4 and v6 redirects. Perhaps you have not. 

Jared Mauch

On Aug 20, 2010, at 6:36 PM, Brandon Ross <bross at> wrote:

> On Fri, 20 Aug 2010, Jared Mauch wrote:
>> The issue is routers typically do this in software requiring a punt and CPU theft from bgp, ospf etc.
> You mean like ICMP echo, ICMP can't fragment, ICMP unreachable...?
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