Virtio - broken checksums
2.1-BETA0 (amd64) built on Sat Sep 1
I have pfsense running as VM on a KVM/qemu. If I use virtio for the NICs, TCP connections over pfsense (e.g. from LAN to WAN) cannot be set up anymore: SYN packets are dropped(?) at the destination, no SYN/ACK are sent back. Pinging over pfsense, however, does work as well as all connection types to pfsense itself.
Found these symptoms described in blogs/forums with hints that the current virtio kernel module of FreeBSD has trouble calculating checksums correctly. Didn’t dig any deeper, but found the following working for me.
Workaround: disable hardware checksum offloading
Around two month ago, I had a pfsense devel built without this issue.
I'm having the same issue with virtio on a KVM guest (SmartOS). Did you ever find a resolution?
you have to disable hardware checksum offloading. That, as he noted, is the work around.