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The Need for IPv6

As new technology is imagined, designed, implemented, deployed and maintained, there is a time when security begins to have importance. With most technologies, security is an add-on, inserted during the maintenance cycle, therefor leaving a gap for attackers to exploit in the process. Even technologies with built in security have suffered, due to a lack of understanding of that technology or the importance of security.

IPv6 is no exception, by default IPv6 has been ‘accidentally’ implemented in the majority of modern operating systems and appliances. Below is a history of device deployments:

1996
•    OpenBSD / NetBSD / FreeBSD
•    Linux 2.1.6 Kernel

1997
•    AIX 4.2

2000
•    Window 95/98/ME/NT 3.5/NT 4.0
•    Microsoft 2000
•    Solaris 2.8

2001
•    Cisco IOS (12.x and Later)

2002
•    Juniper (5.1 and Later)
•    IBM z/OS
•    Apple OS/10.3
•    Microsoft XP
•    Linux 2.4 Kernel
•    AIX 6
•    IBM AS/400

2006
•    Linksys Routers (WRT54G – Mindspring)
•    Cell Phone – Microsoft CE 5.0 or greater
•    Solaris 2.10
•    Linux 2.6 Kernel

2007
•    Apple Airport Extreme
•    Cell Phone – BlackBerry
•    Microsoft Vista
•    HP-UX 11iv2
•    Open VMS
•    Macintosh OS/X Leopard

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