Vat Location Service

Chip Morningstar
Thu, 14 Jan 1999 09:57:16 -0800 (PST)

Jonathan sez:
>I'm missing something obvious.  Why shouldn't it simply report whatver IP
>address the vat *tells* it to report?  The VLS has no way to determine the
>port number at which the vat accepts connections in any case, so there is
>already vat-alleged stuff that needs to be accepted by the VLS.

[-] The problem, as I understand it, is that with Network Address
Translation the Vat may not *know* what its IP address is. The only
way it can find out is to ask somebody else, "what address do you see
me talking to you from?". That somebody else might as well be the VLS.