IP Multicast and IP Address Range

This section provides a quick introduction of IP Multicast communication and IP address range, from 224.0.0.0 to 239.255.255.255, reserved for multicast.

MS08-001 vulnerability is around Windows' handling of the IGMP and MLD protocols, which are used to control multicast traffic over the network. So let's learn some basics about multicast communication in this section first.

What Is Multicast? Multicast is a network communication technology for the delivery of information to a group of destinations simultaneously using the most efficient strategy. If multiple destinations are on a single physical network, only a single copy of the message needs to be transferred on that network.

On the Internet network, multicast is also called IP Multicast. It uses a multicast group address to link message sources and receivers together.

A multicast group address is any IP address in the IP address range from 224.0.0.0 to 239.255.255.255. This range of IP addresses are reserved for IP Multicast communications only. Some of reserved IP addresses are registered for special purposes:

Last update: 2008.

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