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Promiscuous mode for ethernet device

After succesfully upgrading a debian potato server to woody I was left with an upgraded system which only needed a reboot to get kernel 2.4.18 running. But since everything was done remotely I waited until I was standing in front of the machine to do the reboot. I'm glad I did!!!

When shutting down the system I was confronted with 2 final messages on the console which said something like
eth0 going into promiscuous mode following something like
eth0 left promiscuous mode....

What the F^%&*( what does this mean??? It was quite useless to put the machine into promiscuous mode since it was shutting down.. Or was the DHCPD daemon doing something?

Does anyone knows what it was doing. It seems unlogical that the machine was hacked or so.


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