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### Redirect Message

Redirect Message

```    0                   1                   2                   3
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1
+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
|     Type      |     Code      |          Checksum             |
+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
|                 Gateway Internet Address                      |
+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
|      Internet Header + 64 bits of Original Data Datagram      |
+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+

IP Fields:

Destination Address

The source network and address of the original datagram's data.

ICMP Fields:

Type

5

Code

0 = Redirect datagrams for the Network.

1 = Redirect datagrams for the Host.

2 = Redirect datagrams for the Type of Service and Network.

3 = Redirect datagrams for the Type of Service and Host.

Checksum

The checksum is the 16-bit ones's complement of the one's
complement sum of the ICMP message starting with the ICMP Type.
For computing the checksum , the checksum field should be zero.
This checksum may be replaced in the future.

Gateway Internet Address

Address of the gateway to which traffic for the network specified
in the internet destination network field of the original
datagram's data should be sent.

Internet Header + 64 bits of Data Datagram

The internet header plus the first 64 bits of the original
datagram's data.  This data is used by the host to match the
message to the appropriate process.  If a higher level protocol
uses port numbers, they are assumed to be in the first 64 data
bits of the original datagram's data.

Description

The gateway sends a redirect message to a host in the following
situation.  A gateway, G1, receives an internet datagram from a
host on a network to which the gateway is attached.  The gateway,
G1, checks its routing table and obtains the address of the next
gateway, G2, on the route to the datagram's internet destination
network, X.  If G2 and the host identified by the internet source
address of the datagram are on the same network, a redirect
message is sent to the host.  The redirect message advises the
host to send its traffic for network X directly to gateway G2 as
this is a shorter path to the destination.  The gateway forwards
the original datagram's data to its internet destination.

For datagrams with the IP source route options and the gateway
address in the destination address field, a redirect message is
not sent even if there is a better route to the ultimate
destination than the next address in the source route.

Codes 0, 1, 2, and 3 may be received from a gateway.
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