IP(4)                   NetBSD Kernel Interfaces Manual                  IP(4)

     ip -- Internet Protocol

     #include <sys/socket.h>
     #include <netinet/in.h>

     socket(AF_INET, SOCK_RAW, proto);

     IP is the network layer protocol used by the Internet protocol family.
     Options may be set at the IP level when using higher-level protocols that
     are based on IP (such as TCP and UDP).  It may also be accessed through a
     ``raw socket'' when developing new protocols, or special-purpose applica-

     There are several IP-level setsockopt(2)/getsockopt(2) options.
     IP_OPTIONS may be used to provide IP options to be transmitted in the IP
     header of each outgoing packet or to examine the header options on incom-
     ing packets.  IP options may be used with any socket type in the Internet
     family.  The format of IP options to be sent is that specified by the IP
     protocol specification (RFC 791), with one exception: the list of
     addresses for Source Route options must include the first-hop gateway at
     the beginning of the list of gateways.  The first-hop gateway address
     will be extracted from the option list and the size adjusted accordingly
     before use.  To disable previously specified options, use a zero-length

     setsockopt(s, IPPROTO_IP, IP_OPTIONS, NULL, 0);

     IP_TOS and IP_TTL may be used to set the type-of-service and time-to-live
     fields in the IP header for SOCK_STREAM and SOCK_DGRAM sockets.  For

     int tos = IPTOS_LOWDELAY;       /* see <netinet/ip.h> */
     setsockopt(s, IPPROTO_IP, IP_TOS, &tos, sizeof(tos));

     int ttl = 60;                   /* max = 255 */
     setsockopt(s, IPPROTO_IP, IP_TTL, &ttl, sizeof(ttl));

     IP_IPSEC_POLICY controls IPSec policy for sockets.  For example,

     const char *policy = "in ipsec ah/transport//require";
     char *buf = ipsec_set_policy(policy, strlen(policy));
     setsockopt(s, IPPROTO_IP, IP_IPSEC_POLICY, buf, ipsec_get_policylen(buf));

     The IP_PKTINFO option can be used to turn on receiving of information
     about the source address of the packet, and the interface index.  The
     information is passed in a struct in_pktinfo structure, which contains

             struct in_addr ipi_addr;        /* the source or destination address */
             unsigned int ipi_ifindex;       /* the interface index */
     and added to the control portion of the message: The cmsghdr fields have
     the following values:

     cmsg_len = CMSG_LEN(sizeof(struct in_pktinfo))
     cmsg_level = IPPROTO_IP
     cmsg_type = IP_PKTINFO

     The IP_PORTALGO can be used to randomize the port selection.  Valid algo-
     rithms are described in rfc6056(7) and their respective constants are in
     <netinet/portalgo.h>.  For example,

     int algo = PORTALGO_ALGO_RANDOM_PICK;       /* see <netinet/portalgo.h> */
     setsockopt(s, IPPROTO_IP, IP_PORTALGO, &algo, sizeof(algo));

     The port selection can be also viewed and controlled at a global level
     for all IP sockets using the following sysctl(7) variables:
     net.inet.ip.anonportalgo.available and net.inet.ip.anonportalgo.selected.

     IP_PORTRANGE controls how ephemeral ports are allocated for SOCK_STREAM
     and SOCK_DGRAM sockets.  For example,

     int range = IP_PORTRANGE_LOW;       /* see <netinet/in.h> */
     setsockopt(s, IPPROTO_IP, IP_PORTRANGE, &range, sizeof(range));

     If the IP_RECVDSTADDR option is enabled on a SOCK_DGRAM or SOCK_RAW
     socket, the recvmsg(2) call will return the destination IP address for a
     UDP datagram.  The msg_control field in the msghdr structure points to a
     buffer that contains a cmsghdr structure followed by the IP address.  The
     cmsghdr fields have the following values:

     cmsg_len = CMSG_LEN(sizeof(struct in_addr))
     cmsg_level = IPPROTO_IP
     cmsg_type = IP_RECVDSTADDR

     If the IP_RECVIF option is enabled on a SOCK_DGRAM or SOCK_RAW socket,
     the recvmsg(2) call will return a struct sockaddr_dl corresponding to the
     interface on which the packet was received.  the msg_control field in the
     msghdr structure points to a buffer that contains a cmsghdr structure
     followed by the struct sockaddr_dl.  The cmsghdr fields have the follow-
     ing values:

     cmsg_len = CMSG_LEN(sizeof(struct sockaddr_dl))
     cmsg_level = IPPROTO_IP
     cmsg_type = IP_RECVIF

     The IP_RECVPKTINFO option is similar to the IP_PKTINFO one, only in this
     case the inbound information is returned.

     If the IP_RECVTTL option is enabled on a SOCK_DGRAM socket, the
     recvmsg(2) call will return the TTL of the received datagram.  The
     msg_control field in the msghdr structure points to a buffer that con-
     tains a cmsghdr structure followed by the TTL value.  The cmsghdr fields
     have the following values:

     cmsg_len = CMSG_LEN(sizeof(uint8_t))
     cmsg_level = IPPROTO_IP
     cmsg_type = IP_RECVTTL

     The IP_MINTTL option may be used on SOCK_DGRAM or SOCK_STREAM sockets to
     discard packets with a TTL lower than the option value.  This can be used
     to implement the Generalized TTL Security Mechanism (GTSM) according to
     RFC 3682.  To discard all packets with a TTL lower than 255:

           int minttl = 255;
           setsockopt(s, IPPROTO_IP, IP_MINTTL, &minttl, sizeof(minttl));

     IP multicasting is supported only on AF_INET sockets of type SOCK_DGRAM
     and SOCK_RAW, and only on networks where the interface driver supports

     The IP_MULTICAST_TTL option changes the time-to-live (TTL) for outgoing
     multicast datagrams in order to control the scope of the multicasts:

     u_char ttl;     /* range: 0 to 255, default = 1 */
     setsockopt(s, IPPROTO_IP, IP_MULTICAST_TTL, &ttl, sizeof(ttl));

     Datagrams with a TTL of 1 are not forwarded beyond the local network.
     Multicast datagrams with a TTL of 0 will not be transmitted on any net-
     work, but may be delivered locally if the sending host belongs to the
     destination group and if multicast loopback has not been disabled on the
     sending socket (see below).  Multicast datagrams with TTL greater than 1
     may be forwarded to other networks if a multicast router is attached to
     the local network.

     For hosts with multiple interfaces, each multicast transmission is sent
     from the primary network interface.  The IP_MULTICAST_IF option overrides
     the default for subsequent transmissions from a given socket:

     struct in_addr addr;
     setsockopt(s, IPPROTO_IP, IP_MULTICAST_IF, &addr, sizeof(addr));

     where "addr" is the local IP address of the desired interface or
     INADDR_ANY to specify the default interface.  An interface's local IP
     address and multicast capability can be obtained via the SIOCGIFCONF and
     SIOCGIFFLAGS ioctls.  An application may also specify an alternative to
     the default network interface by index:

     struct uint32_t idx = htonl(ifindex);
     setsockopt(s, IPPROTO_IP, IP_MULTICAST_IF, &idx, sizeof(idx));

     where "ifindex" is an interface index as returned by if_nametoindex(3).

     Normal applications should not need to use IP_MULTICAST_IF.

     If a multicast datagram is sent to a group to which the sending host
     itself belongs (on the outgoing interface), a copy of the datagram is, by
     default, looped back by the IP layer for local delivery.  The
     IP_MULTICAST_LOOP option gives the sender explicit control over whether
     or not subsequent datagrams are looped back:

     u_char loop;    /* 0 = disable, 1 = enable (default) */
     setsockopt(s, IPPROTO_IP, IP_MULTICAST_LOOP, &loop, sizeof(loop));

     This option improves performance for applications that may have no more
     than one instance on a single host (such as a router demon), by eliminat-
     ing the overhead of receiving their own transmissions.  It should gener-
     ally not be used by applications for which there may be more than one
     instance on a single host (such as a conferencing program) or for which
     the sender does not belong to the destination group (such as a time
     querying program).

     A multicast datagram sent with an initial TTL greater than 1 may be
     delivered to the sending host on a different interface from that on which
     it was sent, if the host belongs to the destination group on that other
     interface.  The loopback control option has no effect on such delivery.

     A host must become a member of a multicast group before it can receive
     datagrams sent to the group.  To join a multicast group, use the
     IP_ADD_MEMBERSHIP option:

     struct ip_mreq mreq;
     setsockopt(s, IPPROTO_IP, IP_ADD_MEMBERSHIP, &mreq, sizeof(mreq));

     where mreq is the following structure:

     struct ip_mreq {
         struct in_addr imr_multiaddr; /* multicast group to join */
         struct in_addr imr_interface; /* interface to join on */

     imr_interface should be INADDR_ANY to choose the default multicast inter-
     face, or the IP address of a particular multicast-capable interface if
     the host is multihomed.  Membership is associated with a single inter-
     face; programs running on multihomed hosts may need to join the same
     group on more than one interface.  Up to IP_MAX_MEMBERSHIPS (currently
     20) memberships may be added on a single socket.

     To drop a membership, use:

     struct ip_mreq mreq;
     setsockopt(s, IPPROTO_IP, IP_DROP_MEMBERSHIP, &mreq, sizeof(mreq));

     where mreq contains the same values as used to add the membership.  Mem-
     berships are dropped when the socket is closed or the process exits.

     Raw IP sockets are connectionless, and are normally used with the
     sendto(2) and recvfrom(2) calls, though the connect(2) call may also be
     used to fix the destination for future packets (in which case the read(2)
     or recv(2) and write(2) or send(2) system calls may be used).

     If proto is 0, the default protocol IPPROTO_RAW is used for outgoing
     packets, and only incoming packets destined for that protocol are
     received.  If proto is non-zero, that protocol number will be used on
     outgoing packets and to filter incoming packets.

     Outgoing packets automatically have an IP header prepended to them (based
     on the destination address and the protocol number the socket is created
     with), unless the IP_HDRINCL option has been set.  Incoming packets are
     received with IP header and options intact.

     IP_HDRINCL indicates the complete IP header is included with the data and
     may be used only with the SOCK_RAW type.

     #include <netinet/ip.h>

     int hincl = 1;                  /* 1 = on, 0 = off */
     setsockopt(s, IPPROTO_IP, IP_HDRINCL, &hincl, sizeof(hincl));

     Unlike previous BSD releases, the program must set all the fields of the
     IP header, including the following:

     ip->ip_v = IPVERSION;
     ip->ip_hl = hlen >> 2;
     ip->ip_id = 0;  /* 0 means kernel set appropriate value */
     ip->ip_off = offset;

     If the header source address is set to INADDR_ANY, the kernel will choose
     an appropriate address.

     A socket operation may fail with one of the following errors returned:

     [EISCONN]        when trying to establish a connection on a socket which
                      already has one, or when trying to send a datagram with
                      the destination address specified and the socket is
                      already connected;

     [ENOTCONN]       when trying to send a datagram, but no destination
                      address is specified, and the socket hasn't been con-

     [ENOBUFS]        when the system runs out of memory for an internal data

     [EADDRNOTAVAIL]  when an attempt is made to create a socket with a net-
                      work address for which no network interface exists.

     [EACCES]         when an attempt is made to create a raw IP socket by a
                      non-privileged process.

     The following errors specific to IP may occur when setting or getting IP

     [EINVAL]         An unknown socket option name was given.

     [EINVAL]         The IP option field was improperly formed; an option
                      field was shorter than the minimum value or longer than
                      the option buffer provided.

     getsockopt(2), recv(2), send(2), CMSG_DATA(3), ipsec_set_policy(3),
     icmp(4), inet(4), intro(4)

     Internet Protocol, RFC, 791, September 1981.

     Host Extensions for IP Multicasting, RFC, 1112, August 1989.

     Requirements for Internet Hosts -- Communication Layers, RFC, 1122,
     October 1989.

     The ip protocol appeared in 4.2BSD.

NetBSD 7.0                       June 27, 2013                      NetBSD 7.0

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