[ipv6hackers] IPv6 security presentation at Hack.lu 2011

fred fred at fredbovy.com
Tue Sep 27 12:51:55 CEST 2011

You are right that the big issue with ND is that RA can be used announce a
Rogue router and without SEND or at least RA Guard, we have no way to
control this efficiently.

On the other hand, with IPv4 we had the ICMP REDIRECT since day 1 which has
the potential to do basically the same damage and reprogram the default
gateway of any host to an arbitrary address. And we have been living with
this threat for 30 years pretty good!

RA go a bit further as they can advertize much more than a default gateway.

But in IPv4 you can also have rogue DNS servers and rogue DHCP servers which
can break even more things than a rogue RA which can be identified very
quickly with a good IDS and blasted to stop its attack!


Le 27/09/2011 05:04, « Jim Small » <jim.small at cdw.com> a écrit :

> Fred,
> So why NDP could be worse than ARP ?
> [JRS>] Better and worse.  Better in the sense that it has more features and
> flexibility.  Worse in the sense that since it uses IPv6 it can use (abuse)
> extension headers to bypass current security mechanisms like ACLs and RA
> Guard.
> Because it can advertise a default router with a RA? If the answer is yes
> maybe there is a way (which I would
> not recommend anyway) to stop the router from sending RA and configure the
> end node from DHCPv6 or manually. Just like IPv4 would do.
> [JRS>] Currently DHCPv6 is not capable of provisioning a default gateway, it
> relies on SLAAC for this.  So currently disabling SLAAC would prevent DHCPv6
> from working.
> Or is there anything else where NDP spoofing is worst than ARP spoofing ? I
> would really think the opposite...
> [JRS>] I think it will end up being superior, but first the issues with
> extension header abuse and getting mainstream vendors like Microsoft and Apple
> to implement SeND must be addressed.
> --Jim
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