What is a loopback Ip, 127.0.0.1 ?

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What is a loopback Ip, 127.0.0.1 ?

Post by pranav2794 on Tue May 31, 2011 11:07 am
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I found that my computer pings all the IP addresses that starts with 127.0.0.1 to 127.0.0.255, Till now I saw only those things getting pinged which have their LAN cards, Now from where so much of cards arrived in my LAN ( 255 LAN cards ! ).

I heard about this as a loopback, which I am not sure of, tell me about this.

I have also heard that this IP is very much dangerous for script kiddies, like if you give them this IP then it will damage their own host from which they are attacking.........
So I just wanna know what is all this in detail !
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Re: What is a loopback Ip, 127.0.0.1 ?

Post by caracarn001 on Tue May 31, 2011 1:48 pm
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loopback address
To keep things simple: the loopback address refers to your own computer. If a skiddie attacks this address, he's basically attacking himself.
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Re: What is a loopback Ip, 127.0.0.1 ?

Post by pranav2794 on Wed Jun 01, 2011 10:53 am
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My computer is only one but the ping requests get reply from all the 127.0.0.1 to 127.0.0.255. I have only one computer not 255 !
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Re: What is a loopback Ip, 127.0.0.1 ?

Post by epifany on Wed Jun 01, 2011 12:45 pm
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That's because 127.0.0.1 is a loopback address. 127/8 is the range of addresses that are reserved for loopback. This can make it even more fun to mess with people because a lot don't realize that 127.254.195.71 will also point to the localhost.

Loopback is mostly just for testing the functionality of IP on your computer, but it has some other uses; like accessing services that are running on your own machine.

Check out this list of other special-use IP addresses: http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc3330
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Re: What is a loopback Ip, 127.0.0.1 ?

Post by pranav2794 on Wed Jun 01, 2011 3:53 pm
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every such IP address like 127.211.200.45 is same as 127.0.0.1 and it will first loopback to 127.0.0.1 which is our host.
which means only 127.0.0.1 is my host and any other 127.0.0.0/8 will first become 127.0.0.1
am i right,. ?
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Re: What is a loopback Ip, 127.0.0.1 ?

Post by epifany on Wed Jun 01, 2011 7:37 pm
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Almost.

Various loopback addresses don't become, or turn in to, the 127.0.0.1 address. All of them simply point to the same place. There's really nothing significant about 127.0.0.1, besides being the most popular loopback address to use.
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Re: What is a loopback Ip, 127.0.0.1 ?

Post by ampakine on Mon Jun 20, 2011 4:59 pm
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The hostname for it is localhost.
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