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Re: Crazy flying netbios packets

  • From: Karl Denninger
  • Date: Thu Sep 03 13:33:35 1998

On Thu, Sep 03, 1998 at 05:48:31PM +0100, Paul Thornton wrote:
> On Wed, 2 Sep 1998, Pete Ashdown wrote:
> 
> > Has anyone done any estimates on how much net-wide traffic is useless
> > netbios udp?  Are there any suggestions for cutting large chunks of this
> > out of my network without punishing SAMBA and other users who need it?
> 
> On the subject of Windows generated useless traffic, I have been woking with
> RIPE to look at how many queries to k.root-servers.net are for dud TLDs -
> the majority of which are caused by Windows using the DNS to look up the
> local NT domain name - requests of the form "FOO."
> 
> The results are somewhat scary - it seems that around 20% of all queries
> are generated by this behaviour.  I can't give you any more info at present,
> as we are still working on the data - it is literally something I am in the
> middle of doing at the moment, but wanted to give a quick heads up to folks
> in the light of this thread.

Which, for a true root server with a working set of a couple of hundred
kilobytes of data (and a couple of megabytes including buffer space, bss,
and text) is absolutely irrelavent.

Now if you want to talk about *misconfigured* servers which happen to have
2M+ entries on them because they are *also* serving TLDs, well, perhaps
there the processing time and requirements *are* relavent.

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Karl Denninger (karl@MCS.Net)
Voice: 312-803-6271 x219     




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