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HP Switch 7750 - Does not drop traffic when a null route is configured

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HP Switch 7750 - does not drop traffic when a null route is configured

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All current software for all types of fabric


0231A43G - S7500 Fabric 768G

0235A13T - S7506 Chassis w/2 AC PSU & Fan

0235A13X - S7506R Chassis + 2 AC PS

0235A13Y - S7506R Chassis + 2 DC PS

0235A14B - S7502 Chassis

0235A14T - S7503 Chassis

0231A43H - S7500 96Gbps Salience III SRPU

0231A43F - S7500 Fabric 384G 4 SFP

3C16894 - Switch 7754 4-slot Chassis Kit w/out Fabric

3C16895 - Switch 7757 7-slot Chassis Kit w/out Fabric

3C16896 - Switch 7758 8-slot Redundant AC Chassis Kit

3C16886 - Switch 7750 96Gig Switch Fabric for all Chassis

3CR1686593-V3.3 - Switch 7750 Advanced Feature Software Version 3.3 for 96Gbps Switch Fabric

3CR16870093-301 - Switch 7700 Advanced Feature Software Version 301.51 for 32/64Gbps Switch Fabrics


Instead of having a static route for, it is suggested to have the following static arp entry configured:


arp static 0011-2222-3333 20 g 2/0/1


Once this line is configured, the return traffic to will be delivered to G2/0/1 with MAC address of 0011-2222-3333, which the PC will not respond to.


SW7750 - does not drop traffic when null route is configured.

The following configuration is on the SW7750:


interface Vlan-interface20

description user

ip address


interface NULL0


ip route-static NULL 0 preference 60


The purpose of the Null 0 ip route configuration is to prevent the PC with IP address to communicate with any devices outside of the subnet. However when the static route is applied to the SW7750, it is seen that the was still able to communicate with devices outside of local subnet.


When dealing with the local subnet the SW7750 does not use the routing table for routing, instead the arp table, which has the port information and MAC address information for - the routing table is not indeed used for local subnet.

In this case, since the arp table has the entry already, the routing table is bypassed - traffic is delivered to directly from arp table lookup.

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