Chapter 5. Security with IPv6

The developers of IPv4 did not rack their brains about security. The “Internet” in those early days connected a few trusted networks of some visionary researchers. The individuals who controlled these networks, as well as those who were allowed to use the networked resources, were implicitly trusted to not cause any malicious or destructive behavior. This is the reason why the original IP architecture does not include a security framework that can be used by all applications. If security was needed, it was usually rudimentary authentication/authorization and was included in the application code (e.g., the password for Telnet and FTP). Many years later, IPsec was introduced when IPv4 had already been widely deployed. Therefore, it needed to be retrofitted into existing deployments. Due to many interoperability and performance issues, IPsec is not widely deployed in many IPv4 scenarios. This is in contrast to IPv6, which from the beginning had the notion that fundamental security functionality had to be included in the base protocol in order to be used on any Internet platform. A standards-conforming IPv6 implementation must include IPsec to allow more secured communication once it is appropriately configured. Before we dive into the technical details, I want to talk about some general security concepts and practices.

General Security Concepts

In order to protect data, one has to be aware of the possible threats. People often focus solely on malicious ...

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