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Considerations on DMZ Design in 2016, Part 3: Some Notes on Firewall Rule Management

This is the 3rd part of this loose series on considerations of (operating) DMZs in 2016 (part 1 on the role of a DMZ is can be found here, part 2 on reverse proxies here).
Again, I dare to deviate a bit from the plan & order I initially had in mind – today I will cover one process whose maturity may significantly influence the overall security posture of a DMZ environment: firewall rule management.

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(Securely) Updating Smart Devices / Some Considerations

How to provide updates to IoT devices – yes, I’m aware this might be a overly broad generalization for many different devices – has been the topic of many discussions in the last years (for those interested the papers from the “Internet of Things Software Update Workshop (IoTSU)” might be a good starting point).
Given Matthias and I will moderate the respective session at tomorrow’s IoT Insight Summit I started writing down some points that we consider relevant in this context.

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IPv6 Source Address Selection

As we all know an IPv6 enabled host can have multiple addresses. In order to select a source address for a to-be established outbound connection, operating systems implement a source address selection mechanism that evaluates multiple source address candidates and selects the (potentially) best candidate. Criteria for this selection are defined in RFC6724 (which obsoletes RFC 3484).

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To Control Something

Some years ago I discussed the meaning of the term “control” in this post, but at the time I was mainly referring to the noun “control”. Given I’ll extensively use the term “control” as a verb in the next parts of “the DMZ series” and some upcoming talks I reflected a bit on its meaning (as a verb). In the following I’ll lay out the definition/understanding to be employed at those occasions.

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Considerations on DMZ Design in 2016, Part 2: A Quick Digression on Reverse Proxies

This is the second part of a series with considerations on DMZ networks in 2016 (part 1 can be found here). Beforehand I had planned to cover classification & segmentation approaches in this one, but after my little rant on how “the business” might approach & think about reverse proxies in the first part, I felt tempted to elaborate a bit further on this particular topic. I kindly ask for your patience 😉 and will digress a bit for the moment.

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