Using IPv6 with prefixes shorter than a /64 on a LAN

Fernando Gont fernando at
Wed Jan 26 00:26:43 CST 2011

On 24/01/2011 07:41 p.m., Michael Loftis wrote:

>> Many cite concerns of potential DoS attacks by doing sweeps of IPv6
>> networks.  I don't think this will be a common or wide-spread problem.
>>  The general feeling is that there is simply too much address space
>> for it to be done in any reasonable amount of time, and there is
>> almost nothing to be gained from it.
> The problem I see is the opening of a new, simple, DoS/DDoS scenario.
> By repetitively sweeping a targets /64 you can cause EVERYTHING in
> that /64 to stop working by overflowing the ND/ND cache, depending on
> the specific ND cache implementation and how big it is/etc.  

That depends on the ND implementation being broken enough by not
limiting the number of neighbor cache entries that are in the INCOMPLETE
state. (I'm not saying those broken implementations don't exist, though).

Fernando Gont
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