.255 addresses still not usable after all these years?

William Allen Simpson william.allen.simpson at gmail.com
Fri Jun 13 22:58:35 UTC 2008

Mike Lewinski wrote:
>> The TCP/IP stack in Windows XP is broken in this regard, possibly in 
>> Vista as well, though I've yet to have the displeasure of finding out.
> A co-worker confirms that his Vista SP1 can access our .255 router via SSH.
Aww, that's too bad.  I've long enjoyed setting loopback and other internal
device addresses to .255 -- it drastically reduced some attacks, and made
security by obscurity work better.

Not that I recommend obscurity as the only security. ;-)

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