Chernobyl packet definition networking
/cher-noh'b*l pak'*t/ A network packet
that induces a broadcast storm
and/or network meltdown
, named in memory of the April 1986 nuclear accident at Chernobyl in Ukraine.
The typical scenario involves an IP Ethernet datagram
that passes through a gateway
with both source and destination Ethernet address
and IP address
set as the respective broadcast addresses for the subnetworks being gated between.
Compare Christmas tree packet