SMURF amplifier block list

Brandon Ross bross at
Mon Apr 20 23:08:53 UTC 1998

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.

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