Building

Why It Might Make Sense to Use IPv6 in Enterprise Infrastructure Projects

Looking at IPv6 deployment graphs like this one it becomes clear that IPv6 still is not widely deployed in enterprise space (the reason for the apparent oscillation in that curve is the difference between working days – where people use their office computers – and weekend where they preferably use their smartphones or their home equipment connected by means of broadband networks).

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Events

RIPE IoT Roundtable Meeting / Balanced Security for IPv6 CPE Revisited

Last week I had the pleasure to participate at the first RIPE IoT Roundtable Meeting in Leeds (thanks! to Marco Hogewoning for organising it). It was a day with many fruitful discussions. I particularly enjoyed Robert Kisteleki‘s talk on RIPE NCC’s own design & (security) process considerations in the context of RIPE Atlas (at TR17 NGI there was an intro to Atlas, too).
In this post I’d like to quickly lay out the main points of my own contribution on “Balanced Security for IPv6 CPE Revisited” (the slides can be found here).

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Misc

An Update of PenTesting Tools that (do not) Support IPv6

As you may remember, back in 2014 we published a whitepaper (compiled by Antonis Atlasis) on the support of IPv6 in different pentesting tools. This is almost three years ago and we thought it is time for an update. In short not much has changed. Most of the tools which didn’t support IPv6 are still not supporting it or haven’t got any update since then.
This post will  cover the tools where we could identify some progress on supporting IPv6.

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Building

IPv6 RA Flags, RDNSS and DHCPv6 Conflicting Configurations Revisited

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as you may know, we published a whitepaper discussing the behavior of different operating systems once they receive IPv6 configuration parameters from different sources two years ago. At that time, the results were quite a mess. We were curious whether the situation is still so “dire” like two years ago. We fired up the lab, updated the tested operating systems and performed the tests again. Continue reading “IPv6 RA Flags, RDNSS and DHCPv6 Conflicting Configurations Revisited”

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Misc

Local Packet Filtering with IPv6

Just recently we discussed IPv6 filter rules for NIC-level firewalls (in a virtualized data center) with a customer. I’d like to take this as an opportunity to lay out potential approaches for local packet filtering of IPv6, which in turn might somewhat depend on the address configuration strategy chosen for the respective systems (for the latter you may refer to this post or to this talk from the Troopers NGI event).

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Misc

One Step Closer – RDNSS (RFC 8106) Support in Windows 10 Creators Update

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It is a pleasant surprise for many (us included) that Microsoft implemented support for the RDNSS (RFC 8106) option in Router Advertisements beginning with the Windows 10 Creators Update. Interestingly, I wasn’t able to find any official documents from Microsoft stating this. As we are involved in a lot of IPv6 related projects for our customers, the lack of RDNSS support for Windows and DHCPv6 for Android is a major pain point when implementing IPv6 in mixed client segments, as you need to implement both mechanisms to ensure that all clients do get the relevant network parameters. I won’t beat on the dead horse, but Microsoft’s decision is a huge step in the right direction and one can hope that one day Google finds a “compelling use case” to implement at least stateless DHCPv6 for Android. Continue reading “One Step Closer – RDNSS (RFC 8106) Support in Windows 10 Creators Update”

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