Bug 61006 - doesn't reverse-resolve to "localhost" doesn't reverse-resolve to "localhost"
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: anaconda (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Jeremy Katz
Brock Organ
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Reported: 2002-03-11 14:52 EST by Joshua Jensen
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:40 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2002-03-28 17:16:33 EST
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Description Joshua Jensen 2002-03-11 14:52:43 EST
Description of Problem:
Inside of /etc/hosts I see this line:
	localhost.localdomain localhost

This is fine, but it is annoying when doing a reverse lookup on  The
name resolution comes back of "localhost.localdomain", instead of localhost. 
Why not put "localhost" before "localhost.localdomain"?  They would both forward
resolve perfectly, but the reverse resoution would just be "localhost".

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How Reproducible:

Very easily:

Steps to Reproduce:
netstat -tul | grep local

Actual Results:

tcp        0      0 localhost.localdom:smtp *:*                     LISTEN

Expected Results:

tcp        0      0 localhost:smtp *:*                     LISTEN
Comment 1 Jeremy Katz 2002-03-13 16:33:09 EST
I seem to remember that it's specified to be localhost.localdomain and not just
localhost by the RFC.  It's a simple change, though, so with a convincing case,
I'm fine with changing it.  But localhost.localdomain is not a convincing reason.
Comment 2 Joshua Jensen 2002-03-14 22:34:00 EST
Ok... here is a good reason:  security.  When admins list "localhost" in a
security context, like smb.conf, or /etc/hosts.{allow,deny}, or anywhere else,
it is generally understood to represent "", or "coming from".  

However, since the reverse lookup of a connection coming from will
yield "localhost.localdomain" per the current /etc/hosts, the assumption that
"localhost" is the reverse-resolution to isn't correct.

Granted, this is an _assumption_, but how many admins list localhost.localdomain
to mean ""?  The vast majority of name useage for is
"localhost"... which is why localhost should be _before_ "localhost.localdomain"
in /etc/hosts.
Comment 3 Jeremy Katz 2002-04-04 23:35:16 EST
Based on feedback from internal lists, this still breaks sendmail and other
things when you don't do it the way we currently do.

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