Issues encountered with assigning .0 and .255 as usable addresses?

Jimmy Hess mysidia at
Tue Oct 23 00:23:54 UTC 2012

On 10/22/12, Paul Zugnoni <paul.zugnoni at> wrote:
> Any experience or recommendations? Besides replace the ISA proxy…. Since
> it's not mine to replace. Also curious whether there's an RFC recommending
> against the use of .0 or .255 addresses for this reason.

ISA is old, and might not be supported anymore, unless you have an
extended support contract.   If it's not supported anymore, then don't
be surprised if it has breakage you will not be able to repair.     I
don't recommend upgrading to TMG, either:  although still supported,
that was just discontinued.

If ISA is refusing traffic to/from IPs ending in .0, then ISA is
either broken, or misconfigured.
Get a support case with the vendor, raise it as a critical issue --
unable to pass traffic to critical infrastructure that ends with a
.255 or .0  IP address,  demand that the vendor provide a resolution,
And explain that changing the IP address of the remote server is not an option.

If the vendor can't or won't provide a resolution,   then  not only is
the proxy server broken,
but malfunctioning in a way   that has an impact on network connectivity.

I would consider its removal compulsory,  as you never know,  when a
network resource, web site, e-mail server, etc. your org has a
business  critical need to access,  or be accessed from;  may be
placed on .255 or  .0


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