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IPv6 implications on IPv4 nets: IPv6 RAs, IPv4, and VPN "evasion"


draft-gont-opsec-ipv6-implications-on-ipv4-nets has been adopted as an
IETF opsec wg item (please see:

I was thinking about discussing the following scenario, that I came up
with a few days ago:

A dual-stacked user (v6 enabled by default) "visits" an IPv4-only
network, and establish his VPN with his office (for "mitigating"
sniffing attacks, etc.).

A local attacker sends forged ICMPv6 RAs, thus triggering IPv6
configuration at the victim nodes.

If any of the remote nodes the victim is trying to "visit" is
IPv6-enabled, then it's possible/likely that the IPv6 destination
address will be used over the IPv4 one. in which case the victim will
send his traffic on the local network, as opposed to "through the VPN".

Assuming the VPN product does not disable local v6 support, and that the
VPN does not provide IPv6 connectivity (*), this attack vector could
prove to be an interesting one ("unexpected", to some extent).

(*) even then, this attack might still work.


P.S.: Comments on the current version of the aforementioned
Internet-Draft will be welcome, too.

And yeah, our Twitter is @SI6Networks...


Best regards,
Fernando Gont
SI6 Networks
e-mail: fgont@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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