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Preparing Inspection Interfaces

Inspection Interface(s)

Inspection interfaces receive traffic from a SPAN port or TAP device. Typically, they do not need IP addresses.

ⓘ A notable exception is on AWS's port-mirroring implementation for VPCs which relies on VXLAN encapsulation requiring the monitored interface to have a routable ip address.

Disabling any NIC offloading functions such as tso, gso, and gro can also improve performance.


auto mon0
iface mon0 inet manual
  up ifconfig $IFACE -arp up
  up ip link set $IFACE promisc on
  down ip link set $IFACE promisc off
  down ifconfig $IFACE down
  post-up for i in rx tx sg tso ufo gso gro lro; do ethtool -K $IFACE $i off; done
  post-up echo 1 > /proc/sys/net/ipv6/conf/$IFACE/disable_ipv6