NG_ETHER(4) BSD Kernel Interfaces Manual NG_ETHER(4)
ng_ether -- Ethernet netgraph node type
The ether netgraph node type allows Ethernet interfaces to interact with the netgraph(4) networking subsystem. Once the ng_ether module is
loaded into the kernel, a node is automatically created for each Ethernet interface in the system. Each node will attempt to name itself
with the same name as the associated interface.
Three hooks are supported: lower, upper, and orphans. The hook name divert may be used as an alias for lower, and is provided for backward
compatibility. In reality, the two names represent the same hook.
The lower hook is a connection to the raw Ethernet device. When connected, all incoming packets are forwarded to this hook, instead of being
passed to the kernel for upper layer processing. Writing to this hook results in a raw Ethernet frame being transmitted by the device. Nor-
mal outgoing packets are not affected by lower being connected.
The upper hook is a connection to the upper protocol layers. When connected, all outgoing packets are forwarded to this hook, instead of
being transmitted by the device. Writing to this hook results in a raw Ethernet frame being received by the kernel just as if it had come in
over the wire. Normal incoming packets are not affected by upper being connected.
The orphans hook is equivalent to lower, except that only unrecognized packets (that would otherwise be discarded) are written to the hook,
while other normal incoming traffic is unaffected. Unrecognized packets written to upper will be forwarded back out to orphans if connected.
In all cases, frames are raw Ethernet frames with the standard 14 byte Ethernet header (but no checksum).
When no hooks are connected, upper and lower are in effect connected together, so that packets flow normally upwards and downwards.
This node type supports the following hooks:
lower Connection to the lower device link layer.
upper Connection to the upper protocol layers.
orphans Like lower, but only receives unrecognized packets.
This node type supports the generic control messages, plus the following:
Returns the name of the associated interface as a NUL-terminated ASCII string. Normally this is the same as the name of the node.
Returns the global index of the associated interface as a 32 bit integer.
Returns the device's unique six byte Ethernet address.
Sets the device's unique six byte Ethernet address. This control message is equivalent to using the SIOCSIFLLADDR ioctl(2) system
Enable or disable promiscuous mode. This message includes a single 32 bit integer flag that enables or disables promiscuous mode on
the interface. Any non-zero value enables promiscuous mode.
Get the current value of the node's promiscuous flag. The returned value is always either one or zero. Note that this flag reflects
the node's own promiscuous setting and does not necessarily reflect the promiscuous state of the actual interface, which can be
affected by other means (e.g., bpf(4)).
Sets the automatic source address override flag. This message includes a single 32 bit integer flag that causes all outgoing packets
to have their source Ethernet address field overwritten with the device's unique Ethernet address. If this flag is set to zero, the
source address in outgoing packets is not modified. The default setting for this flag is disabled.
Get the current value of the node's source address override flag. The returned value is always either one or zero.
Join Ethernet multicast group. This control message is equivalent to using the SIOCADDMULTI ioctl(2) system call.
Leave Ethernet multicast group. This control message is equivalent to using the SIOCDELMULTI ioctl(2) system call.
Detach from underlying Ethernet interface and shut down node.
Upon receipt of the NGM_SHUTDOWN control message, all hooks are disconnected, promiscuous mode is disabled, and the source address override
flag is re-enabled, but the node is not removed. Node can be shut down only using NGM_ETHER_DETACH control message. If the interface itself
is detached (e.g., because of PC Card removal), the node disappears as well.
This command dumps all unrecognized packets received by the ``fxp0'' interface to standard output decoded in hex and ASCII:
nghook -a fxp0: orphans
This command sends the contents of sample.pkt out the interface ``fxp0'':
cat sample.pkt | nghook fxp0: orphans
These commands insert an ng_tee(4) node between the lower and upper protocol layers, which can be used for tracing packet flow, statistics,
ngctl mkpeer fxp0: tee lower right
ngctl connect fxp0: lower upper left
arp(4), netgraph(4), netintro(4), ifconfig(8), ngctl(8), nghook(8)
Julian Elischer <julian@FreeBSD.org>
Archie Cobbs <archie@FreeBSD.org>
The automatic KLD module loading mechanism that works for most other Netgraph node types does not work for the ether node type, because ether
nodes are not created on demand; instead, they are created when Ethernet interfaces are attached or when the KLD is first loaded. Therefore,
if the KLD is not statically compiled into the kernel, it is necessary to load the KLD manually in order to bring the ether nodes into exis-
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