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How a linux bridge works

Linux bridge is a layer 2 virtual device that on its own cannot receive or transmit anything unless you bind one or more real devices to it. source.

As Anatomy of a Linux bridge puts it, bridge mainly consists of four major components:

Set of network ports (or interfaces): used to forward traffic between end switches to other hosts in the network.
A control plane: used to run Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) that calculates minimum spanning tree, preventing loops from crashing the network.
A forwarding plane: used to process incoming input frames from the ports, forward them to the network port by making a forwarding decision based on the MAC learning database.
MAC learning database: used to keep track of the host locations in the LAN.
For each unicast mac address, bridge maintains a mac learning database to decide which ports to forward based on MAC addresses, and if it can’t find an


 

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