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SubjectRe: notion of a local address [was: Re: ioctl SIOCGIFNETMASK: ip alias
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Matthias Andree <matthias.andree@stud.uni-dortmund.de> writes:

>On Thu, 06 Sep 2001, Alan Cox wrote:

>> If you accept 10.0.0.1 from the outside you are leaking information. It

>No, if you accept 10.*.*.* from the outside, your routers are broken.

BS. This has nothing to do with "accepting connections from addresses":

% telnet mail.intermeta.de smtp
Trying 212.34.181.3... <---- Note!
Connected to mail.intermeta.de.
Escape character is '^]'.
220 mail.intermeta.de ESMTP Sendmail 8.11.6/8.11.6; Fri, 7 Sep 2001 11:00:01 +0200
HELO mail.hometree.net
250 mail.intermeta.de Hello IDENT:henning@tangens.hometree.net [212.34.181.34], pleased to meet you
MAIL FROM: <henning@hometree.net>
250 2.1.0 <henning@hometree.net>... Sender ok
RCPT TO: <henning@[192.168.2.1]>
550 5.7.1 <henning@[192.168.2.1]>... Relaying denied
RCPT TO: <henning@[192.168.2.3]>
250 2.1.5 <henning@[192.168.2.3]>... Recipient ok
RCPT TO: <henning@[10.11.12.13]>
550 5.7.1 <henning@[10.11.12.13]>... Relaying denied
QUIT

You may guess now, which the _real_ IP address of "mail.intermeta.de"
is. Yes, "that other mailer" leaks this information. But only for its
own, local IP address.

More "real world" you can't get as in this example. The box transfers
about 1000 Mails per day which may not be much in todays internet but
is fine as "my little mail home". Percentage of failed mails because
of [ip-addr] adressing: 0.00%

So where lies the problem with all this? If the current reporting of
the netmasks is a bug: Fine, fix it, get on with life.

I agree totally with Alan here. If the config can be reported by the
4.3 API, then it should be and be correct. If it can't: Well tough
luck for "really, really" portable mailers.

Regards
Henning


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