Whois 172/12

Jon Lewis jlewis at lewis.org
Sun Jan 15 13:54:34 UTC 2012

On Sun, 15 Jan 2012 bmanning at vacation.karoshi.com wrote:

> 	so as a stylistic point,   172/12  is supposed to equal

Yeah...it's pretty common to drop the zeros when talkind CIDR.

> 	if memory serves, back in the day, there were records of allocations in this space,
> 	pre-ARIN. When RFC 1918 was settled on, there were some folks blocking
> 	so there was talk of relocating those folks into other space.

AOL has and uses (publicly) a bunch of space in 172/8.  In fact, looking 
at a BGP table, I'd say they're by far the largest user (one of the only) 
in that /8.

For the OP...that scan traffic coming from could be locally 
generated, or could be coming from the internet, either from someone 
announcing it briefly, or from a leaky NAT (just because it's not rfc1918 
space doesn't mean someone didn't pick it out of their nether regions as 
the "private network" for some NAT'd network).

There are resources where you can check to see if 172.0.1/24 or larger 
networks have been announced recently (left as an exercise for the 
reader).  If it hasn't, then the "scans" probably aren't being very 
effective since there can be no reply.

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