I deployed new “transparent” network filtering yesterday evening around midnight. The filtering falls into two categories, global filtering and Linode-specific filtering.
The global filtering is already activated on all the hosts. This filters most of the broadcast traffic, the HSRP messages, and UDP port 137 traffic.
The Linode specific filtering filters broadcast traffic, and ARP traffic not destined for your IP(s).
The Linode specific filtering is available on all the hosts except host1 and host2. These require new kernel features which would require a reboot of host1 and host2 (both have over 100 days uptime). For now, only the global filtering and the original filtering is available on host1 and host2.
For those not on host1 and host2, to take advantage of the new filtering rules you must reboot your Linode.
If you perform some tcpdumps, you should notice a huge improvement.
Thanks and Enjoy!
Filed under: linode manager by caker