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I have a PCAP-file which contains multiple frames with Ip4 Header with as info "IPv6 Hop-by-Hop Option" (see screenshot below)

My question is:

  • What kind of packets are this?
  • In what situations you will see them in traffic?
  • How can I filter on these Hop-by-Hop packets? (e.g. as display filter in Wireshark, or via code in via libpcap). As far as I can see source/dest are Is this always the case for this class of packets?


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asked 03 Feb '16, 05:45

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That packet looks bogus all the way - It has source and destination IP zero, which is impossible on a live network, so it looks like someone messed with (=edited) the packet.

IPv6 Hop-by-Hop isn't relevant to IPv4 packets, either.

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answered 03 Feb '16, 05:52

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edited 03 Feb '16, 05:54

Or a device 'lost its marbles' and produced this frame on its network interface...

(03 Feb '16, 08:37) Jaap ♦

"IPv6 Hop-by-Hop" is the protocol that's defined by IANA for IP protocol number 0.

To filter, use a display filter of ip.proto == 0.

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answered 03 Feb '16, 05:53

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