[asterisk-users] tired of "midget packet received" warnings

Louis-David Mitterrand vindex+lists-asterisk-users at apartia.org
Sat Nov 8 01:20:25 CST 2008

On Sat, Nov 08, 2008 at 02:33:18PM +1100, Rob Hillis wrote:
> Tzafrir Cohen wrote:
> > On Fri, Nov 07, 2008 at 09:29:20AM +0000, Tim Panton wrote:
> >
> >   
> >> I'd take this warning seriously. It means that your monitoring app isn't
> >> monitoring what you think it is.
> >>
> >> I always want to know when I get malformed protocol packets in. It is
> >> always bad news, mostly either a misconfiguration (your case), an  
> >> attack,
> >> (ie my firewall is not protecting this service) or a sign of a switch  
> >> port going bad.
> >>
> >> Fix the cause not the symptom.
> >>     
> >
> > Maybe it's me, but I think that "warning" should be regarding a problem
> > I can fix. Malformed network content does not neceserily fall under that
> > definition. "notice"?
> >   
> Absolutely it does.  Warnings of malformed packets are often (as 
> mentioned above) symptomatic of network problems.  Fix the network 
> problem, fix the warning.

C'mon, even firewalls give you the option of _not_ logging malformed
packets! fiaif does. Else your logfile would be the weak point of your

And what if you can't fix the source of these packets? And what if
friendly peers outside of your realm (likely to iax-call you, so can't
block them) sends these packets? There are holes in your logic.

So asterisk has to be puritan of the lot? Holier than thou? Pro-life
with malformed packets? I see where this is going and I don't like it
one bit.


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