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Not able to see ARP response in wireshark

asked 2020-04-05 06:46:19 +0000

AnonGeek gravatar image

updated 2020-04-05 07:27:45 +0000

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I am trying to understand how ARP works. I'm running a CentOS 7 as a guest VM(Virtual Box) on a Windows 10 host.

The guest configuration network is set to "bridged adapter" and the VirtualBox Host-Only Network is set to IP: mask:

Wireless LAN adapter Wi-Fi:

IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . :

Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . :

Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :

I am pinging the CentOS VM from host(Ping is working fine). I captured the network packets on wireshark on the host.

Ideally, I should see an ARP response directly from CentOS VM( to the host( since both are in the same network.

In my case, I see no response from CentOS VM( to the host( I am still able to ping.

Is there any setting I need to change in order to see the reply from CentOS?

Thanks in advance

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Do you see the ARP request? If not it is very likely that the entry is already cached by the host.

Helpful commands are:

arp -a show entries in the ARP cache on Windows and Linux

arp -an My preferred method to display the ARP cache on Linux (numeric results)

arp -d to delete entries from the ARP cache

Good luck Eddi

Eddi gravatar imageEddi ( 2020-04-05 07:26:32 +0000 )edit

I see the ARP request from my host( to CentOS(

I can see another ARP request from my gateway( to CentOS(

ARP response is from my host to gateway - is at 10-02-B5-BE-C4-13(mac address of my host)

But there is no ARP response, yet I am able to ping from windows:


Pinging with 32 bytes of data:

Reply from bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=64

Reply from bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=64

Reply from bytes=32 time=1ms TTL=64

Reply from bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=64

The ARP entries are displayed correctly.

Thank you

AnonGeek gravatar imageAnonGeek ( 2020-04-05 09:11:12 +0000 )edit

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answered 2020-04-05 13:55:42 +0000

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Does your host have a wired ethernet interface to use for testing?
Looks like the arp traffic is handled differently on a wireless adapter:
6.5. Bridged Networking
ARP broadcasts when bridging wireless and wired adapters

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My interface is wireless. I think the behaviour is different here. Thanks for the links

AnonGeek gravatar imageAnonGeek ( 2020-04-05 18:43:49 +0000 )edit

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