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In a specific network say the host receives this datagram what is happening ?

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  • If the host is a router (a router is a host), then this perfectly normal, and the router will hapilly forward the packet according to its routing table (dropping it if it has no route for the destination)

  • otherwise the host will simply drop the packet.

Note that all modern operating systems also have routing capabilities and the packet may be passed on a Virtual Machine for example.

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    Modern OS if the is DOS, Windows, MAC, GNU/Linux and UNIX then its a YES,they have had routing capabilities for the last ~30 years. – Mats Karlsson Sep 25 '20 at 11:21
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    Neither (MS)DOS, Windows 3/9x/ME, nor Mac OS classic (pre OS X) were ever capable of routing, only by running additional software. – Zac67 Sep 25 '20 at 15:21

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