With a update to the klogd package (or perhaps it was an
update to the netbase package which contains ipchains, I
started getting the following log messages written to my console (in
/var/log/syslog and in dmesg!):
Packet log: input DENY ppp0 PROTO=88 22.214.171.124:65535 126.96.36.199:65535 L=60 S=0xC0 I=0 F=0x0000 T=2 (#11)
These packets are coming from actdial.togaware.com (188.8.131.52—my connection to the internet) and their CISCO router sending regular EIGRP (PROTO=88) packets. Nothing untoward about this but for some reason the log messages were appearing on the consoles! Every 4 seconds!
Looking at the current ipchains rules we see rule 11 is the default catch-all:
DENY all ----l- anywhere anywhere n/a
With the following
ipchains command the log messages are stopped:
# ipchains -I input 11 -i ppp0 -d 184.108.40.206 -j DENY
So that rules 11 and 12 of the input chain are now:
DENY all ------ anywhere IGRP-ROUTERS.MCAST.NET n/a DENY all ----l- anywhere anywhere n/a
Note that you can save the current rules using:
# /etc/init.d/ipchains save
which places the saved rules into
them in again with:
# /etc/init.d/ipchains load
It seems to be okay to flush the old ones when asked.
Unfortunately, this rule is lost each time ppp restarts!
But the actual problem has been found: The log messages have a log
level of less than 7, meaning they are more than debug messages. The
klogd logger will display messages with a log level less than
7 to the console! This is `
fixed'' by changing, in the file/etc/init.d/klogd` the line that says:
The messages are now gone from the console, but still remain in
/var/log/syslog gets filled with these so it still may be
best to turn them off with the ipchains rule.
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