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5.3.8 Source Address Validation Connected: An Internet Encyclopedia
5.3.8 Source Address Validation

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5.3.8 Source Address Validation

5.3.8 Source Address Validation

A router SHOULD IMPLEMENT the ability to filter traffic based on a comparison of the source address of a packet and the forwarding table for a logical interface on which the packet was received. If this filtering is enabled, the router MUST silently discard a packet if the interface on which the packet was received is not the interface on which a packet would be forwarded to reach the address contained in the source address. In simpler terms, if a router wouldn't route a packet containing this address through a particular interface, it shouldn't believe the address if it appears as a source address in a packet read from this interface.

If this feature is implemented, it MUST be disabled by default.


This feature can provide useful security improvements in some situations, but can erroneously discard valid packets in situations where paths are asymmetric.

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