Subject: Re: nmap not working?
To: Steven M. Bellovin <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Thor Lancelot Simon <email@example.com>
Date: 11/14/2007 12:14:14
On Wed, Nov 14, 2007 at 05:08:03PM +0000, Steven M. Bellovin wrote:
> On Wed, 14 Nov 2007 12:02:47 -0500
> Thor Lancelot Simon <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > However, one should note that this ioctl appears in no standard and
> > that we provide a much, much less crappy way for callers to get
> > interface addresses. It is probably much less effort to fix each
> > broken caller as we notice it than to even bother to keep arguing
> > about this.
> I agree with your analysis. However, the problems that are popping up
> are largely in pkgsrc applications, and let's face it -- Linux is the
> primary target and test venue for most such applications. What is
> Linux doing about the problems?
Evidently nothing: the ioctl doesn't even return addresses of certain
types on Linux, rendering it effectively useless except for IPv4-only
applications (curiously, since we don't do much Linux work, I stumbled
over this yesterday at work myself).
Thor Lancelot Simon email@example.com
"The inconsistency is startling, though admittedly, if consistency is to
be abandoned or transcended, there is no problem." - Noam Chomsky