Secure DHCPv6 with Public Key

Document Type Replaced Internet-Draft (dhc WG)
Authors Sheng Jiang  , Sean Shen 
Last updated 2014-01-13 (latest revision 2013-10-16)
Replaced by draft-ietf-dhc-sedhcpv6
Stream Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)
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The Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol for IPv6 (DHCPv6) enables DHCPv6 servers to pass configuration parameters. It offers configuration flexibility. If not secured, DHCPv6 is vulnerable to various attacks, particularly spoofing attacks. This document analyzes the security issues of DHCPv6 and specifies a Secure DHCPv6 mechanism for communication between DHCPv6 client and server. This mechanism is based on public/private key pairs. The authority of the sender may depend on either pre-configuration mechanism or Public Key Infrastructure.


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