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Re: SMURF amplifier block list
From: Brandon Ross <bross () mindspring net>
Date: Mon, 20 Apr 1998 19:08:53 -0400 (EDT)

On Mon, 20 Apr 1998, Dean Anderson wrote:

This isn't really so surprising, because 0 used to be the broadcast address
before being changed to 255. (~1986 or so, I think, right around the time
4.3 BSD came out if I remember correctly.)  Many systems still respond to 0
as a broadcast address.  Older Sun systems still default the broadcast
address to 0.  It's an anachronism that could be dropped.

Not surprising, but also not mentioned on NANOG until now, at least not as
far as I remember.

But it is interesting that the person would have thought to use it in a
smurf attack...  If they know that much, they really should have known
better than to smurf. I hope they throw the whole bookcase at them...

Hopefully, we will.

Brandon Ross            Network Engineering     404-815-0770 800-719-4664
Director, Network Engineering, MindSpring Ent., Inc.  info () mindspring com
Mosher's Law of Software Engineering:  Don't worry if it doesn't work
right.  If everything did, you'd be out of a job.



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