sent an invalid ICMP error to a broadcast.

Dan Egli ninja at
Tue Sep 5 14:10:40 GMT 2000

We get that all the time at work, and what it is is (for us anyway) a card
in the router that is dying. Our router has about 6 addresses, and one of
them is always sending 'invalid ICMP error to a broadcast', to anyone on
that particular network segment.

On Tue, 5 Sep 2000, Peter Samuelson wrote:

> [Robert Bartels <rbart2 at>]
> > I'm trying to run samba but my log keeps getting filled with errors.
> > sent an invalid ICMP error to a broadcast happens
> > every few seconds...
> I don't think this has anything to do with Samba.  It seems to be a
> faulty TCP/IP stack on the machine whose IP you see.  (That or a buggy
> switch/bridge, I suppose.)
> You may be able to configure syslog to ignore these messages.  Probably
> not, but check.  There also might be some kernel parameters you can
> configure, depending on what version of Unix you are using.
> Peter

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