Regular Expression for IPv6 addresses

Valdis.Kletnieks at vt.edu Valdis.Kletnieks at vt.edu
Tue Feb 9 16:25:28 CST 2010


On Wed, 10 Feb 2010 09:12:11 +1100, Mark Andrews said:
> In message <alpine.DEB.1.10.1002091548170.25663 at red.crap.retrofitta.se>, Thomas
>  Habets writes:
> > On Fri, 5 Feb 2010, Mark Andrews wrote:
> > > And now for the trick question.  Is ::ffff:077.077.077.077 a legal
> > > mapped address and if it, does it match 077.077.077.077?
> > 
> > Forget IPv6. The first question is does 077.077.077.077 match 
> > 077.077.077.077 in IPv4?
> 
> I think you meant "does 077.077.077.077 match 77.77.77.77 in IPv4".

No, he had it right, because...

> > The answer is a long one full of different answers depending on 
> > who's doing the parsing (gethostbyname(), inet_aton(), 
> > inet_net_pton(), etc..) and on what OS. And also on many bugs.
> 
> Indeed.  It's a minefield out there for application developers that
> want consistancy.  Even when you develop your own some OS vendor will
> go and stuff it up on you.

There's no guarantee that 2 different binaries on the same box will resolve
077.077.077.077 to the same 32-bit sequence, so it's in fact possible that
it's not even equal to itself, much less 77.77.77.77.
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