Internet Protocol Version 6

Discussion in 'other firewalls' started by AplusWebMaster, Oct 20, 2003.

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  1. AplusWebMaster

    AplusWebMaster Registered Member

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    o_O Since MS has made an IPv6 ICF available for XP (see: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&familyid=e88cc382-8ce6-4739-97c0-1a52a6f005e4), I wonder about the IPv6 capability of other firewalls...

    - MS describes the WXP ICF as "...An IPv6 firewall...to protect the end-user's machine from unsolicited IPv6 traffic..." (what a revelation - at least, they have defined the purpose of a firewall correctly).
    - Although the need for this is not immediately evident, there -are- capabilities for IPv6 inherent in the Windows Server 2003, it -is- coming. "...IPv6 is designed to solve many of the problems of the current version of IP (known as IPv4) with regard to address depletion, security, autoconfiguration, extensibility, and more..." (see: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/technologies/ipv6/default.mspx).

    - So, I have a few unanswered questions:
    1. Besides the WXP firewall mentioned above, are there any personal firewalls available that support IPv6 that I can get installed now, so I won't be in "panic/scramble" mode once this becomes a necessity?
    2. Is there a "drop-dead" date for the current IP in use around the Web (IPv4) or will both be in use for quite sometime?

    Any answers? Fire away...and Best regards,
     
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  3. kdcdq

    kdcdq Registered Member

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    Hello all,

    One thing to keep in mind when looing at and/or working with IP V6:
    not all broadband routers will work what the new IP V6 release.

    If you are using a broadband router for Internet access, you would be wise to contact your router vendor to be sure you are running the latest firmware for your router & to verify that your router has been tested by someone other that you before you take the plunge....

    KDCDQ, Security Freak
     
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