New ZeroConf Spec

Dan Kegel dank at
Fri Jul 21 19:12:46 BST 2006

On 7/21/06, Florian Zeitz <Florian.Zeitz at> wrote:
> > An example that comes to my mind, please correct if I am wrong, is
> > printers. A rogue machine could advertise a printer, and you decide to
> > use it. You then end up printing your confidential document on your 15
> > years old neighbour's printer...
> >...
> Both cases are possible, but won't really happen IMHO.
> 1. Why would your neighbors PC be on the same network as yours?

Because he connected to your wireless router?  Happens all the time.

> 2. Why would you print to a printer of which you don't know the
> location, didn't know it existed, that is connected to an unknown PC?

Because it has the same name as one of your printers,
or because the system chose it as the default printer for some reason?

Avahi is extremely dangerous precisely because it makes things so easy.
- Dan

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