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Changes are expected over time. This version is dated 24 February 2012.
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IPv6 offers a much larger address space than that of its IPv4 counterpart. An IPv6 subnet of size /64 can (in theory) accommodate approximately 1.844 * 10^19 hosts, thus resulting in a much lower host density (#hosts/#addresses) than is typical in IPv4 networks, where a site typically has 65,000 or less unique addresses. As a result, it is widely assumed that it would take a tremendous effort to perform address scanning attacks against IPv6 networks, and therefore brute-force IPv6 address scanning attacks have been considered unfeasible. This document updates RFC 5157, which first discussed this assumption, by providing further analysis on how traditional address scanning techniques apply to IPv6 networks, and exploring some additional techniques that can be employed for IPv6 network reconnaissance. In doing so, this document formally obsoletes RFC 5157.
Working Group Summary
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were there decisions where the consensus was particularly
No controversy. Document went pretty smooth in the WG
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The content is Informational experience and hence require no vendor implementation.
Who is the Document Shepherd? Who is the Responsible Area
Document Shepherd: Gunter Van de Velde
Responsible Area AD: Joel Jaeggli
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Document Shepherd followed the document through its creation and this document is ready for publication. A final 1 week sanity check was requested on 21 April and WG consensus was voiced on document value to the list.
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Depth and technical details are satisfactory
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This document does not need broader review due to the nature of the document.
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No specific concerns
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Fernando Gont: confirmed on list no awareness IPR.
Tim Chown: Confirmed to OPSEC chair through direct email that he is not aware of any IPR
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The WG agrees that this is a good document providing fine information.
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No particular negative emotions were expressed during the creation of this document
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idnits were checked on 20 April and sent to authors for verification. Fernando commented that all idnits have been fully checked.
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No such reviews are needed
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All Normative references are ready
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This document intends to obsolete RFC 5157. This is indicated
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allocations procedures for future registrations are defined, and a
reasonable name for the new registry has been suggested (see RFC 5226).
This document makes no particular IANA considerations
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