Chernobyl packet

Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope
chernobyl packet

A Chernobyl packet induces a condition known as a network storm or network meltdown, sometimes referred to as broadcast radiation. These packets are usually crafted with malicious intent, by containing both a source and destination address that matches the broadcast address for the subnets it uses. When the packet is routed through the gateways containing these subnets, it can cause a "switching loop". This loop generates a crippling amount of network traffic, potentially making the affected networks unusable.

Network terms, Packet, Security terms