Subject: Re: nmap not working?
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Steven M. Bellovin <email@example.com>
Date: 11/14/2007 17:30:00
On Wed, 14 Nov 2007 12:14:14 -0500
Thor Lancelot Simon <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> 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 <email@example.com> 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
I'm shocked... Other BSDs? Solaris? (Working with ISC would be a
good idea, since their dhclient is one of the affected applications.)
> 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).
They're presumably going to run into this pretty soon.
--Steve Bellovin, http://www.cs.columbia.edu/~smb