Re: Random address in asia != APNIC

From: Blaine Kahle (
Date: 06/26/02

Date: Tue, 25 Jun 2002 19:21:16 -0500
From: Blaine Kahle <>

On Wed, Jun 26, 2002 at 09:23:28AM +1000, wrote:
> Blaine Kahle <> Said in
> > And I think it's being scanned for:
> >
> > Jun 25 16:10:06 aspire sshd[26012]: scanned from with
> > SSH-1.0-SSH_Version_Mapper. Don't panic.
> > Jun 25 16:10:06 aspire sshd[26009]: Did not receive identification string
> > from
> >
> > is APNIC.
> Please, if you work in a 'security' domain in FreeBSD, do not, ever
> attribute random addresses to the Internet Registry that allocated
> them.
> APNIC, RIPE, ARIN (and soon LACNIC and AFRNIC) are registries. They
> are not the source, they provision the handing out of the addresses.
> They are not responsible for the packet source, or destination of
> arbitrary flows in the internet.
> Indeed, whois contact information is often out of date, and the whois
> returns the /8 network region which is the parent block, but that
> doesn't make the packets 'ours' -It just means we're doing the best we
> can to tell you where the addresses were obtained. Not where they are
> used, not where the sender is.
> If you run, configure, write code which intuits owners from whois, can
> you not propagate this mistake please?

I apologize. It was a bad statement from a burnt-out admin. Rest and
reflection have made me very repentant concerning that line. I am aware
of the role of the registry, and my poor choice of words was not
intended to imply that the packet was actually from APNIC, the registry.
I am also sorry for the misuse of "APNIC" in trying to convey my
assumptions about the origin and intent of the SSH scan.

Blaine Kahle                               
Systems Programmer                                    Binary Net, Inc.
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