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When you carry out the command netstat -an, you may receive a display that shows an IP address of 0.0.0.0 in LISTENING status similar to the following:
TCP 0.0.0.0:110 0.0.0.0:0 LISTENING
NOTE: The normal, or expected, behavior is to have your local computer's IP address listed instead of 0.0.0.0.
The Winsock application that is listening on the designated port was written so that it binds to any local IP address by using INADDR_ANY. This means that the application will listen to all local interfaces and you can connect to the port of any of them. This is why netstat -an shows IP address 0.0.0.0 listening on the port.
This is by design. However, if you do not want the Winsock application to listen to all local interfaces, it must be designed to bind to a specific IP address. Netstat.exe will then show a local IP address in LISTENING status.
NOTE: Netstat.exe began displaying TCP ports that are in LISTENING state with Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 3.
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