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On Thu, 13 Mar 2008, Roel Jonkman wrote:

> All,
> UDP checksum is optional, if the checksum field is 0, there is no checksum.

While the implementations must support it being optional, the default is
to do it. Here are two references:

A host MUST implement the facility to generate and validate UDP checksums.
An application MAY optionally be able to control whether a UDP checksum
will be generated, but it MUST default to checksumming on.

If a UDP datagram is received with a checksum that is non- zero and
invalid, UDP MUST silently discard the datagram. An application MAY
optionally be able to control whether UDP datagrams without checksums
should be discarded or passed to the application.

Some applications that normally run only across local area networks have
chosen to turn off UDP checksums for efficiency. As a result, numerous
cases of undetected errors have been reported. The advisability of ever
turning off UDP checksumming is very controversial.

There is a common implementation error in UDP checksums. Unlike the TCP
checksum, the UDP checksum is optional; the value zero is transmitted in
the checksum field of a UDP header to indicate the absence of a checksum.
If the transmitter really calculates a UDP checksum of zero, it must
transmit the checksum as all 1's (65535). No special action is required at
the receiver, since zero and 65535 are equivalent in 1's complement


3.6. UDP Checksums

Syslog senders MUST NOT disable UDP checksums. IPv4 syslog senders
SHOULD use UDP checksums when sending messages. Note that RFC 2460
[4] mandates the use of UDP checksums when sending UDP datagrams over

Syslog receivers MUST NOT disable UDP checksum checks. IPv4 syslog
receivers SHOULD check UDP checksums and they SHOULD accept a syslog
message with a zero checksum. Note that RFC 2460 [4] mandates the
use of checksums for UDP over IPv6.

Paul D. Robertson "My statements in this message are personal opinions which may have no basis whatsoever in fact."

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