Question about Node Status Request made to name "*"

Todd Moody tmoody_lhs at
Fri Jul 20 15:37:58 GMT 2001

Hello all-

I'm trying to understand how Samba behaves in the event that it
receives a Node Status Request with a question name of "*".  I don't
understand Microsoft's use of this wildcard name..

I've look at the code (process_node_status_request() in
nmbd/nmbd_incomingrequests.c) and it appears that Samba will just
respond to this as though it were addressed by name directly; in
other words, it truly is a wildcard name.

Can anyone comment on if this is true?

My next step would be to capture some traffic to see for sure, but
that will take me a bit of setup time to get that going..

Thanks for any information in advance-

Todd Moody

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