Ipv6, The Next Generation Network Playground - How To Connect And Explore presented at The Last HOPE 2008

by Joe Klein,

Tags: Security Firewall IPv6

Summary : A replacement for IPv4 was first imagined after the 1990 report warning of IP address exhaustion was released. It took another five years until the RFC for IPv6 was released and another year before it was implemented in an operating system (BSD) and a network (6BONE). During that time RFCs meant to extend the useful life of IPv4 were killing the end-to-end connections. This includes RFC 1518 - Classless Inter-Domain Routing (CIDR), RFC 1631 - Network Address Translation (NAT), and RFC 1918 - Address Allocation for Private Internets. From that point on, many protocols required workarounds, patches, and hacks just to continue to communicate. Worse yet, each change reduced the usefulness of firewall and increased the attack surface. Now, 18 years later, we have the opportunity to test and explore this replacement for IPv4.
This presentation will discuss the basics of IPv6 including features, benefits, and addressing. There will also be a review of how to connect to the IPv6 network - even if your ISP is clueless. Discussion will include a review of tools needed to test and explore IPv6 as well as a look at the most common IPv6 vulnerabilities.