Re: Automatic IP address assignment

Steve Deering (
9 Jun 1987 16:21-PDT

The other problem with "defended addresses", besides the issue of PCs
not always running their networking software, is that the owner of an
address may not hear a challenge if the network is partitioned.
A local-area network can be partitioned by failure of a MAC-level bridge,
temporary disconnection of a host-to-network cable, etc.

Steve Deering

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