Manual Chapter : Response messages being processed by different router instance

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BIG-IP LTM

  • 16.0.0, 15.1.0, 15.0.1, 15.0.0, 14.1.2, 14.1.0, 14.0.1, 14.0.0, 13.1.3, 13.1.1, 13.1.0
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Response messages being processed by different router instance

SIP routes response messages by inserting a VIA header into the request message. This VIA header contains a branch parameter that is used to contain the internal identifier of the connection that originated the request. The contents of the branch header are encrypted.
When the response message is received, it will contain the inserted VIA header. This inserted header is removed from the message and the branch parameter is decrypted to get the connection identifier of the request's originator. The message will be forwarded to the originating connection. If the originating connection has since been closed, the address in the next top-most header will be used for routing the response message.
This method frees MRF SIP from having to store any data internally while waiting for a response message. All information needed to route the response is added to the message and will be returned with the response. This method works whether the message is returned to the same connection that it was sent from or a new connection.
But if the response message is returned to a different router instance, the branch parameter of the VIA header cannot be decrypted. "MR SIP: Decrypt branch parameter failed with error : Buffer error" will be recorded in /var/log/tmm.