What is the use of magic cookie in dhcp options

Ragnar Lonn raglon at packetfront.com
Tue Jun 27 08:45:09 UTC 2006

Ralph Droms wrote:

>Bonus question: What does the magic cookie value represent and
>how is it encoded?  Philip told me he suggested "OREO" (in ASCII, I assume),
>but Jon Postel changed it to the current value when the RFC was published
>(likely due to trademark issues).

I was just about to ask where the cookie value came from :-)

So noone knows why Jon chose ""? I can't see that it is 
related to "OREO", which would be 79:82:69:79, but I'm not very good 
at numerical analysis so I might be missing something.


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