I have a linux box with two interfaces: eth0 is a builtin and eth1 is a USB-LAN.
There is an IP configured on eth1.
eth0 is up but no IP is configured. This interface is used for sniffing with tcpdump.
The problem is that eth0 frequently stops receiving packets -- my tcpdump captures are empty, and if I look at the interface stats with ifconfig, I can see that no packets are received.
If I bounce the interface (
ifconfig eth0 down; ifconfig eth0 up), it starts receiving packets again.
What would cause this, and is there a way to prevent it from happening?