On OS X 10.9 (but no prior version), every now and then, I start getting strange network errors. I can still ping, but anything that requires actual content (like a web page) completely stops.

For example:

$ ping
PING ( 56 data bytes
64 bytes from icmp_seq=0 ttl=46 time=175.291 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=1 ttl=46 time=172.519 ms
--- ping statistics ---
2 packets transmitted, 2 packets received, 0.0% packet loss
round-trip min/avg/max/stddev = 172.519/173.905/175.291/1.386 ms
$ curl http://dailyjs.com/
curl: (7) Failed to connect to Can't assign requested address

It seems similar to this message thread, but I don't see an answer there.

I've tried deleting the ethernet interface and re-adding it, but that doesn't seem to help.

I've tried deleting the ethernet interface and turning on wifi, which shows the same symptoms.

A reboot might fix the problem, but it's rather intrusive. Any ideas?

  • Seems like a bug in OSX network stack. Also another message thread at discussions.apple.com/thread/5551686?tstart=0
    – hanxue
    Commented Feb 20, 2014 at 9:54
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    Check whether your VPN software is leaving behind static routes to the tun/tap device: netstat -n -r If that is the case make sure you configure it to reset the primary interface after disconnecting.
    – user86213
    Commented Jul 29, 2014 at 3:22

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In my case there was only one host giving me this issue. sudo route delete example.com fixed it instantly, no reboot.

  • What is causing that problem?
    – Whitecat
    Commented May 25, 2017 at 17:17
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    I had this problem too on my Mac; this fixed it for me. Other connections were working fine, but the target hostname had been updated to point to a different server, and I was getting the OPs error. route flush and other stuff didn't work, but this did.
    – Doktor J
    Commented Jan 19, 2018 at 20:24
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    I had the same issue while trying to ping a specific IP (an EC2 instance, for the record). Pinging public websites like google.com or www.cineca.it worked fine. Only that specific IP was giving me Strange read error from <instance IP> (49 - 'Can't assign requested address') I did sudo route delete <instance IP> and suddenly ping <instance IP> started working again! Thanks @Andy Commented Nov 17, 2020 at 12:00
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    u r a genius !!
    – h q
    Commented Jul 28, 2021 at 9:23

A reboot was the only thing that corrected the problem for me. :(

  • Just a note; I'm currently running OS X 10.11 (.2 Beta) and I no longer have this problem. I strongly suspect it was due to the DNS changes in 10.9 which Apple rolled back in 10.11. So, if anyone is still experiencing these outages, upgrade to the latest version of OS X and that should fix it. Commented Dec 2, 2015 at 16:32

I just fixed this from the command line on my own workstation running OS X 10.11.6 by flushing the routing table, and then adding my default route back in:

    sudo route -n flush
    sudo route add default
  • This was the only way I could get my Sierra install back on the rails.
    – w00t
    Commented Feb 6, 2017 at 12:56

I saw lots of TCP sessions in CLOSED, FIN_WAIT_1, and several other states, and they were not clearing. It looks like the TCP timer just stopped. I had to reboot to get my network back.


I saw this problem rear its head when NFS automounts started failing. They attempted to fall back to UDP. Running mount_nfs -o tcp fileserver:/export/path /mnt/path reliably failed with:

mount_nfs: can't mount /export/path from fileserver onto /mnt/path: Can't assign requested address

kernel.log contains entries like this as well:

Mar 31 15:40:38 guru kernel[0]: 0xfbdf4000, 0xe00002be Intel82574L::outputStart - NoResources from txFrame - pkt saved

OSX - 10.9

A reboot also cleared the problem.

  • Also, other network connections worked fine (eg: from a browser) Maybe this is a port allocation issue since NFS uses trusted ports. Commented Mar 31, 2014 at 22:54

I cured one by unplugging my USB WiFi interface and plugging it back in.

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