nmbd as WINS proxy

Steve Langasek vorlon at netexpress.net
Fri Mar 9 20:51:21 GMT 2001

On Fri, 9 Mar 2001, Dr CHEUNG Ngai Tseung wrote:

> Thanks for the information. In that case, what is mean by the man page when
> it says "In addition, nmbd can act as a WINS proxy, relaying broadcast
> queries from clients that do not understand how to talk the WINS protocol to
> a WIN server"?

With this option enabled, nmbd will listen for broadcast name queries on the
network, forward them to the WINS server, and send the replies to the
broadcast client that asked for the information.

There are efforts under way to allow doing Unix nameservice lookups against
WINS, but this can be dangerous:  anyone can add a record to WINS.  What
happens if the record they add is for the name of a website you are trying to
get to?  You may end up talking to their machine instead, maybe without
knowing it.

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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