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  1. Force deletion of a single ARP entry in the router from remote

    Hi,

    I have a Cisco router with a very long ageing period, I can't change
    the ageing period and I do want in some way to delete a specific entry
    from its ARP table (this will cause the router to send a broadcast ARP
    request). The thing is that I do not want to do it administratively
    from the Cisco(arp -d).
    I'm familiar with the purpose of gratuitous ARP and I know I can
    update the router ARP table by issuing a gratuitous ARP from one of
    the hosts on the LAN; however this only updates an existing entry in
    the ARP table of the router and does not delete it from the table.

    Is there any way I can make the router delete an ARP entry from
    remote?

    Thanks'

  2. Re: Force deletion of a single ARP entry in the router from remote

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    yanvar@gmail.com wrote:

    > Hi,
    >
    > I have a Cisco router with a very long ageing period, I can't change
    > the ageing period and I do want in some way to delete a specific entry
    > from its ARP table (this will cause the router to send a broadcast ARP
    > request). The thing is that I do not want to do it administratively
    > from the Cisco(arp -d).
    > I'm familiar with the purpose of gratuitous ARP and I know I can
    > update the router ARP table by issuing a gratuitous ARP from one of
    > the hosts on the LAN; however this only updates an existing entry in
    > the ARP table of the router and does not delete it from the table.
    >
    > Is there any way I can make the router delete an ARP entry from
    > remote?


    I can't think of anything. There's nothing in the ARP protocol that
    explicitly manipulates another device's ARP cache. Updating an existing
    entry is simply a side effect of receiving an ARP query.

    Why do you need to do this, rather than send a gratuitous ARP?

    --
    Barry Margolin, barmar@alum.mit.edu
    Arlington, MA
    *** PLEASE don't copy me on replies, I'll read them in the group ***

  3. Re: Force deletion of a single ARP entry in the router from remote

    > Why do you need to do this, rather than send a gratuitous ARP?
    Think about two devices which implemenst some sort of proxy ARP. Once
    a host which is being proxy disconnects (and may be later proxied by
    the other device), I would like to remove its ARP entry from the
    router, in order for the router to send ARP broadcast when trying to
    reach that host.

    I found an RFC which describes an extentsion for ARP - UNARP
    RFC 1868 - ARP Extension - UNARP - http://www.packetizer.com/rfc/rfc1868/
    It looks like this can do the trick,I am not sure it is operational,
    it says that it is experimental.

    Barry Margolin wrote:
    > In article
    > ,
    > yanvar@gmail.com wrote:
    >
    > > Hi,
    > >
    > > I have a Cisco router with a very long ageing period, I can't change
    > > the ageing period and I do want in some way to delete a specific entry
    > > from its ARP table (this will cause the router to send a broadcast ARP
    > > request). The thing is that I do not want to do it administratively
    > > from the Cisco(arp -d).
    > > I'm familiar with the purpose of gratuitous ARP and I know I can
    > > update the router ARP table by issuing a gratuitous ARP from one of
    > > the hosts on the LAN; however this only updates an existing entry in
    > > the ARP table of the router and does not delete it from the table.
    > >
    > > Is there any way I can make the router delete an ARP entry from
    > > remote?

    >
    > I can't think of anything. There's nothing in the ARP protocol that
    > explicitly manipulates another device's ARP cache. Updating an existing
    > entry is simply a side effect of receiving an ARP query.
    >
    > Why do you need to do this, rather than send a gratuitous ARP?
    >
    > --
    > Barry Margolin, barmar@alum.mit.edu
    > Arlington, MA
    > *** PLEASE don't copy me on replies, I'll read them in the group ***


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