Seach failing with permission denied error on site hosted on same server

I’ve had a problem today where I was attempting to index a new SharePoint site on an existing server. The site had its own fully qualified domain name and host header (alternate access) mapping. I confirmed the site provided full access to the content crawl account and if I logged in with the same account I could access the new site. The problem was that every time the crawl ran it failed with "Access is denied. Check that the Default Content Access Account has access to this content, or add a crawl rule to crawl this content." This was baffling me until I found that that the problem is associated with a fix to Windows 2003 SP1 implemented to stop reflection attacks. It turns out there is a KB article about this with two possible work arounds. One involves hacking the registry to turn off the loopback blocking (not a good idea in my book) and the second involves hacking the registry to allow the loopback for the specified host name. The knowledge bas article can be found at… http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/896861
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