Re: Strange netmasks.

Andrew Purtell (
Thu, 24 Jul 1997 09:58:20 -0400

Alan Cox wrote:
> > Now some MiCrO$oFt garbage, that I can't control, executes a variation of
> > SNMP which sends ARP packets to every possible machine on the LAN. This
> > happens at two-second intervals.
> ARP packets don't cross a PPP link. It must be something else.

To our systems they looked like badly formatted bootp packets.
One of our NT machines started broadcasting these at a similar
interval - never did figure out why exactly. Firewalling this
traffic off didn't affect anything one way or the other.

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