Subject: RAW sockets problems: RFC
To: Tech Net <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Bryan J. Phillippe \(spamblock\) <email@example.com>
Date: 11/13/2002 13:35:40
I am currently writing a packet test utility which allows command-line
parameters to be used to specify fields of IP/TCP/UDP/ICMP/etc protocol
headers. I am using the following sockets calls to access the sockets
socket(AF_INET, SOCK_RAW, IPPROTO_RAW))
setsockopt(s, SOL_SOCKET, SO_BROADCAST, yeah) /* do I need this? */
setsockopt(s, IPPROTO_IP, IP_HDRINCL, yeah)
(this appears to be pretty much what libnet does as well)
This works fairly well, however, there are some glitches:
1.) If I _want_ an IP ID of 0, the stack will test for ip_id == 0 and
interpret truth as "I want the stack to use the next natural IP ID".
2.) If I _want_ a source address of 0.0.0.0, a similar replacement is done
using the outgoing interface address.
2.1.) Due to the above, the checksum I generate for a TCP/UDP packet (for
example) will be wrong.
3.) The ip header checksum is always calculated by the stack, meaning I
can't force a bad one.
4.) I can't set a bogus value for ip_len.
Is there another socket type I can use to accomplish these goals, or should
I experiment with adding another socket option which means "use the header
Thanks for any suggestions,
# Software Engineer