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IPv6 growth is slowing and no one knows why. Let's see if El Reg can address what's going on

Analysis Stop us if you've heard this one before: the rollout of IPv6 is going slower than expected. In fact, nearly seven years after the eternally optimistic World IPv6 Launch launched, we are still only at just over a quarter availability of the new internet protocol. But if that wasn't bad enough, the latest news is that even that …
Kieren McCarthy, 21 May 2018
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OK, this time it's for real: The last available IPv4 address block has gone

You may have heard this one before, but we have now really run out of public IPv4 address blocks. The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority – the global overseers of network addresses – said it had run out of new addresses to dish out to regional internet registries (RIRs) in 2011. One of those RIRs, the Asia-Pacific Network …
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Apr 2018
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It's begun: 'First' IPv6 denial-of-service attack puts IT bods on notice

Analysis What's claimed to be the first IPv6-based distributed denial-of-service attack has been spotted by internet engineers who warn it is only the beginning of what could become the next wave of online disruption. Network guru Wesley George noticed the strange traffic earlier this week as part of a larger attack on a DNS server in …
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IPv6 and 5G will make life hell for spooks and cops say Australia's spooks and cops

The Australian government has fingered the next threat in the country's cryptography vs. policing debate: the IPv6 protocol. The nation's Department of Home Affairs (a super-department created last year to bring immigration, border protection, and security services under a single minister) aired its fears in a submission to …
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China plots new Great Leap Forward: to IPv6

China has claimed it invented IPv6, according to state-controlled newswire Xinhua. The outlet on Sunday reported the Middle Kingdom's plan to ramp up IPv6 adoption. That plan has probably been implemented because, with more than 700 million Internet users at the end of 2016, China has likely struggled to find sufficient IPv4 …

Small carriers aren't showing up to IPv6 standards chats, consultant warns

Smaller ISPs are dealing themselves out of discussions about the inevitable transition to IPv6, a Spanish consultant warns, and could find their future defined by large telcos. Frustrated at their indifference, Jordi Palet Martinez of Consulintel has appealed for just a bit more enthusiasm (and participation) from ISPs in IPv6 …
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Finally a reason not to bother with IPv6: Uh, security concerns...?

For all those sysadmins tired of having to make excuses for why they haven't moved to IPv6, worry no more: the new protocol brings with it the risk of network infiltration. That's according to NATO's Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, which has published a research paper [PDF] claiming it is possible to set up …
Kieren McCarthy, 10 Apr 2017

I need an ISP that offers IPv6. Virgin Media: Whatevs, nerd

Despite being the third-largest internet provider in the UK, Virgin Media is not exactly looking toward the future. As pretty much every ISP in the world recognizes, we have already effectively run out of IPv4 addresses and so finally need to move to, or at least offer, IPv6. Not so Virgin Media, which – despite owning 20 per …
Kieren McCarthy, 28 Mar 2017

Public IPv4 drought: Verizon Wireless to stop handing out static addys

Verizon Wireless will soon stop issuing public static IPv4 addresses to its business customers “due to a shortage of available addresses.” Instead, it will dish out persistent prefix IPv6 addresses. If you're a Verizon customer and you need a static public address for an IPv4-only device, you'll have to replace that hardware …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Mar 2017
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One IP address, multiple SSL sites? Beating the great IPv4 squeeze

We're fresh out of IPv4 addresses. Getting hold of a subnet from your average ISP for hosting purposes is increasingly difficult and expensive, even the public cloud providers are getting stingy. While we wait for IPv6 to become usable, there are ways to stretch out the IPv4 space. There are several big problems with IPv6 that …
Trevor Pott, 1 Mar 2017

Global IPv4 address drought: Seriously, we're done now. We're done

You may have heard this before, but we are really, really running out of public IPv4 addresses. This week, the regional internet registry responsible for Latin America and the Caribbean, LACNIC, announced it has moved to "phase 3" of its plan to dispense with the remaining network addresses, meaning that only companies that …
Kieren McCarthy, 15 Feb 2017

Windows 10 networking bug derails Microsoft's own IPv6 rollout

A bug in Windows 10 is undermining Microsoft's efforts to roll out an IPv6-only network at its Seattle headquarters. According to Redmond's principal network engineer Marcus Keane, the software giant is struggling to move over to the decade-old networking technology due to a DHCPv6 bug in Windows 10, which made it "impossible …
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Jan 2017
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IPv6 vulnerable to fragmentation attacks that threaten core internet routers

A trio of 'net experts argues that a key IPv6 protocol needs fixing to get rid of a fragmentation attack vector against routers in large-scale core networks. The vector, called “atomic fragments” has long been regarded with suspicion by IPv6 security wonks. Here, for example, is a Black Hat 2012 presentation illustrating the …

IPv4 is OVER. Really. So quit relying on it in new protocols, sheesh

Well, that took a while. Eighteen years after the IETF brought us IPv6 as an answer to then-looming-now-upon-us IPv4 address exhaustion, the Internet Architecture Board says: no more. Getting IPv6 into the field has been a long, slow slog. According to Google, IPv6 carries just 14.6 per cent of search requests to the web giant …

DNS infrastructure sprinting to IPv6 while users lag

IPv6 might be moving slowly among the general community, but it's penetrating the Internet infrastructure at a much higher rate. In an article published at his Potaroo blog, Internet address Registry for the Asia Pacific region chief scientist Geoff Huston has published the results of a study into how many servers in the …

US govt pleads: What's it gonna take to get you people using IPv6?

The US government is entering the next stage of grief and loss over IPv6, asking companies to explain why they won't just move over to the new protocol. "We are on the verge of an explosion in the number of Internet-connected devices, from smartwatches to connected refrigerators, furniture and thermostats," the National …
Kieren McCarthy, 27 Sep 2016
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IPv4 apocalypse means we just can't measure the internet any more

IPv4 address exhaustion is making it harder to measure the size of the Internet, even as IPv6 deployment accelerates. While IPv6 activity doubled in 2015 (to 400 million addresses by year-end), the vast majority of users are still on IPv4 addresses, mostly via dynamic assignment or behind carrier-grade Network Address …

Google: There are three certainties in life – death, taxes and IPv6

CloudFlare Internet Summit As internet engineer jokes go, Google's Ilya Grigorik came up with a good one. On stage to answer the question "what can we expect from the internet in 2020?", he offered: As far as I can tell, by 2020, we will have flying cars, singularity... and IPv6. It's an amusing but pointed stab at the fundamental internet protocol …
Kieren McCarthy, 16 Sep 2016

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