Securing IPv6

Oct. 8, 2017 1 comment ADMIN Magazine Management firewall security web

In 1995, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) chose IPv6 as the successor to IPv4. Initially, this was not an issue that raised much interest. But this changed when Microsoft added IPv6 support to its Windows Vista and Windows Server platforms in 2007. Linux in all its variants and Apple’s Mac OS X followed suit; thus, the new protocol spread with each new installation. On all of these computers today, IPv6 is active by default, communicating in unsolicited dual-stack operations using IPv4 and IPv6. Moreover, Microsoft’s operating systems introduced transition technologies, which use IPv4 as a link-layer protocol for IPv6 use. This happens autonomously and, in some cases, long before admins organize normal IPv6 operations – which is exactly where the latent threat lies. Dual-Stack on the LAN The most common operating systems on the LAN are Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X. They all run IPv6 in parallel with IPv4. IPv6 is enabled and active by default, and the systems on the networ...

Irina Alexandra Negrii 7 months, 1 week ago

Many organisations are being misled about the complexities surrounding IPv6 security, according to security firm Stonesoft...interesting reading