Cyber Attackers are Using IPv6 to Tunnel into Networks

Speaking at the Rocky Mountain 2010 IPv6 Summit, Command Information’s Cybersecurity CTO, Ron Hulen told the audience, “As IPv6 deployment and adoption continues to increase, both implementers and security personnel must be aware of the security risks present in IPv6. Security is just not keeping pace with adoption.”
Complete info at EarthTimes, DigitalJournal and SunHerald.

Free IPv4 and IPv6 DNS hosting

Hurricane Electric now offers free DNS hosting.  This service provides both native IPv6 and IPv4 authorative nameservice, supports A, AAAA, CNAME, MX, NS, TXT, SRV, and PTR records, as well as IPv4 and IPv6 reverse zones.


http://dns.he.net

IPv6 professionals are migrating even without employer support

MONTREAL (May 25, 2010) – gogo6 inc., the leading provider of IPv6 products, community and services, today announced gogoNET (gogoNET.gogo6.com), the social network for IPv6 professionals, has reached over 20,000 members since its launch in December 2009.  Upon joining gogoNET members answer a few key questions which when taken together paint an informative picture of the state of IPv6 readiness.


gogoNET members span over 70 countries.  When segmented by RIR region: 63% are from RIPE, 22% are from ARIN, 11% are from APNIC, 2% are from LACNIC and 1% are from AfriNIC.  The top country from each region is: France with 3,269 members, America with 3,348 members, China with 773 members, Brazil with 213 members and South Africa with 74 members.


Professionals involved in IPv6 migration are: Network Engineers at 18%, System Administrators at 16%, Software Developers at 11%, Consultants at 7%, Management at 6%, Teachers/Researchers at 5% and 37% chose “Other”.


Looking at the overall status of IPv6 migration, 44% are in the testing phase, 30% are researching, 9% are trialing, 4% are deploying, 4% have networks in production and 9% chose “Other”.


When asked which networks are being migrated to IPv6, 70% of professionals are migrating their home networks, followed by 8% migrating fixed broadband networks, 8% migrating research/education networks, 5% migrating enterprise networks, 3% are migrating mobile networks and 5% chose “Other”.


“While alarming, the fact that we are predominantly in the research and testing phases of IPv6 migration is not surprising.  What is surprising is that a vast majority of networking professionals are doing this testing on their own time, on their own home networks,” said Bruce Sinclair, gogo6 CEO.  “In retrospect this fits the market dynamics we’ve observed.  Networking professionals have been trying to convince their management to go v6 for years but the economics didn’t justify it happening.  It seems the people who will ultimately do this migration felt strong enough about it to move ahead even without the support of their employers.  To me this sends a strong warning to organizations to start their migration today.”


Results are based on a sample size of 12,000 responses – an order of magnitude greater than any other IPv6 survey to date.


More information about GoGoNET and their survey can be found on http://gogonet.gogo6.com/

Weekend Project: Transition to IPv6

Our friends over at linux.com have published their thrd article in the Weekend Project series. This Weekend Project is all about IPv6 and how to get started with it.


With information and tips about setting up IPv6 connectivity at your lan.  So check it out!


http://www.linux.com/learn/tutorials/308738-weekend-project-transition-to-ipv6

Broadband providers & router manufacturers failing to support IPv6

Thinkbroadband called 17 uk broadband service providers a few weeks ago to ask if they supported IPv6 and we were quite surprised by the results to this simple question “Do you support IPv6?”

“Is that a TV channel?”

“I know quite a bit about computers but I’ve never heard that before.”

Read the full article here

Two more down

Yesterday IANA announced that they allocated 31/8 and 176/8 to RIPE NCC. LACNIC and APNIC will most likely allocate two blocks each soon. It looks like we only are going to have 9 usable block after this summer.


The total allocation rate from the RIR’s to its members has been very high lately, around 1.3-1.4 /8 block per month. All regional registrars except for ARIN that serves North America have seen an unusual high allocation rate. Even AfriNIC have currently a higher burn rate than ARIN. A recent allocation of 2 million addresses to Agence Tunisienne Internet in Tunisia contributed to AfriNIC’s high burn rate. (see the dashbord for a summarized view over burn rates, http://www.ipv4depletion.com/old.html)


9 blocks and 1.4 blocks per month in burn rate. You don’t have to have a master degree in mathematics to realize that it is time for IPv6.