L2 address mask rule chain example

This is an example of L2 Address Mask Rule Chain creation.

  1. Create a chain (this creates chain alias, "chain0" in the example, pointing to the chain created):

    create chain name "l2-mask"
  2. Add a rule to the chain that drops traffic with a src (source) MAC not starting with 12:34:56:

    chain chain0 create rule hw-src !12:34:56:78:90:ab hw-src-mask ffff.ff00.0000 type drop


Here’s an example for how you might use hw-dst-mask.

You decide to block (DROP) all multicast traffic on a specific L2 virtual network (bridge). The 8th (least significant) bit of the first (most significant) octet of a MAC address is 1 if the address is multicast, 0 if it’s unicast.

However, a MAC broadcast address has all octets set to FF. It’s best not to drop broadcast packets,for example, ARP requests. Therefore, you add the following two rules to the pre-bridging rule-chain of the virtual bridge:

  • at position 1: ACCEPT if hw-dst is "ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff"

    midonet> chain chain0 add rule hw-dst ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff type accept
  • at position 2: DROP if hw-dst has bit 0100.0000.0000 set

    chain chain0 add rule hw-dst 01:00:00:00:00:00 hw-dst-mask 0100.0000.0000 pos 2 type drop
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