Incorrect Source Addr Selection On Initiate and Asymmetric Routing

Matt Corallo wg-lists at
Tue Aug 18 17:26:21 CEST 2020

[Resending this few-month-old mail because apparently the list bounced it the first time.]

Oops, should have mentioned, this may have always been the case, with only recent addition of asymmetric routing leading
me to identify it, but its at least been the case on 5.6.X and currently is the case on 5.7.6.


On 6/28/20 3:03 PM, Matt Corallo wrote:
> I run wireguard on some endpoints with anycast IP addresses (which mostly workes seamlessly, which is awesome!), however
> of late it seems the source address selection in Wireguard incorrectly selects the default source address when it most
> recently received packet(s) to a different address.
> Most of the routes on such boxes have an explicit default source that is different from the anycast addresses, as
> otherwise regular connections from such boxes would fail, eg:
> via XXX dev XXX src (non-anycast-address) metric 32
> Ive observed wireguard selecting the default source in two cases:
> a) when the server is the one sending the handshake initiation due to the handshake timer, it appears the server selects
> a new source address based on the default. I haen't had practical issues with this, but its worth noting, and probably
> fixing.
> b) when the path outbound to the client is different from the path inbound. In my case, inbound v4 traffic from my phone
> on T-Mobile US (which passes through CG-NAT) comes into my server on one interface, but the path back out to TMO is via
> a different interface. In this case, wireguard selects the default source address and sends a packet which T-Mobile's
> CG-NAT drops as there is no NAT entry for it.
> Matt

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