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Nov 26 2008   5:59AM GMT

What is Dynamic ARP Inspection (DAI) ?

Yasir Irfan Yasir Irfan Profile: Yasir Irfan

Dynamic ARP inspection is a security feature which validates ARP packet in a network. Dynamic ARP inspections validates the packet by performing IP to MAC address binding inspection stored in a trusted database (the DHCP snooping database) before forwarding the packet. Dynamic ARP intercepts, logs, and discards ARP packets with invalid IP-to-MAC address bindings. This capability protects the network from certain man-in-the-middle attacks.

Dynamic ARP inspection ensures that only valid ARP requests and responses are relayed.

The switch performs these activities:·        

Intercepts all ARP requests and responses on untrusted ports ·        

Verifies that each of these intercepted packets has a valid IP-to-MAC address binding before it updates the local ARP cache or before it forwards the packet to the appropriate destination·        

Drops invalid ARP packets

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