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Regardless of how a system can end up with two STRTCPs, it turned out not to be the issue here. I think we've mentioned it to the customer, somewhere in our report.

What does worry me is what *else* could be affected by this odd combination of "HOSTSCHPTY(*REMOTE)" and a house DNS server responding to "LOCALHOST" and "LOOPBACK."

And it puzzles the Hell out of me how and why such a combination would arise in the first place. I can grant that there might be some legitimate reason to allow DNS to override the Host Table (even if I cannot imagine what that reason might be), but having a DNS respond to "LOCALHOST" or "LOOPBACK" sounds downright ludicrous, and as I discovered, the combination of the two is a recipe for disaster.


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