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Re: European ISP enables IPv6 for all?
- From: Mohacsi Janos
- Date: Wed Dec 19 11:27:46 2007
On Wed, 19 Dec 2007, Iljitsch van Beijnum wrote:
On 19 dec 2007, at 16:16, Jay R. Ashworth wrote:
I'd say that the huge address space makes life impossible for scanning
That doesn't mean that there can be no successful scanning at all with
IPv6, but it needs to be highly targeted if you want results the same
year, so just pumping random numbers in the destination address field
like SQL slammer did so successfully doesn't cut it in IPv6.
Just so we're all thinking about it; the issue isn't the size of the
address space, it's the sparseness of populated addresses. That won't
*necessarily* always be true.
Well, if you can scan the whole space (at 15 kpps 80 hours for the entire
IPv4 space although with random generation it's going to take longer than
that) sparseness isn't a huge issue. If you can't scan the whole space (at 15
kpps 7.1 x 10^26 years for the entire IPv6 space) then sparseness becomes a
consideration. But I still don't see how random scanning is going to do you
much good: either so few IPv6 hosts are vulnerable that scanning for them
isn't worth the time, or so many that if you can scrape some IPv6 addresses
from the web you can infect those and they'll infect all the networks they
connect to (scanning a LAN locally is easy).
Agreed. LAN scanning is bigger problem. I usually emphasize this point in
my IPv6 security presentations: If you can compromise a single system ->
You are inside! Then LAN scanning is possible. Thus security of the
systems and applications will become more important in the future!
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