IPv6 Security (Networking Technology: Security) and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more

Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

To view this video download Flash Player


Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering
Sell Us Your Item
For a $12.17 Gift Card
Trade in
More Buying Choices
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Start reading IPv6 Security (Networking Technology: Security) on your Kindle in under a minute.

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

IPv6 Security [Paperback]

by Scott Hogg, Eric Vyncke
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

List Price: $64.00
Price: $50.06 & FREE Shipping. Details
You Save: $13.94 (22%)
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
Only 5 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
Want it Monday, April 28? Choose One-Day Shipping at checkout. Details
Free Two-Day Shipping for College Students with Amazon Student


Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition $29.79  
Paperback $50.06  
Shop the New Digital Design Bookstore
Check out the Digital Design Bookstore, a new hub for photographers, art directors, illustrators, web developers, and other creative individuals to find highly rated and highly relevant career resources. Shop books on web development and graphic design, or check out blog posts by authors and thought-leaders in the design industry. Shop now

Book Description

December 21, 2008 1587055945 978-1587055942 1

IPv6 Security


Protection measures for the next Internet Protocol


As the world’s networks migrate to the IPv6 protocol, networking professionals need a clearer understanding of the security risks, threats, and challenges this transition presents. In IPv6 Security, two of the world’s leading Internet security practitioners review each potential security issue introduced by IPv6 networking and present today’s best solutions.


IPv6 Security offers guidance for avoiding security problems prior to widespread IPv6 deployment. The book covers every component of today’s networks, identifying specific security deficiencies that occur within IPv6 environments and demonstrating how to combat them.


The authors describe best practices for identifying and resolving weaknesses as you maintain a dual stack network. Then they describe the security mechanisms you need to implement as you migrate to an IPv6-only network. The authors survey the techniques hackers might use to try to breach your network, such as IPv6 network reconnaissance, address spoofing, traffic interception, denial of service, and tunnel injection.


The authors also turn to Cisco® products and protection mechanisms. You learn how to use Cisco IOS® and ASA firewalls and ACLs to selectively filter IPv6 traffic. You also learn about securing hosts with Cisco Security Agent 6.0 and about securing a network with IOS routers and switches. Multiple examples are explained for Windows, Linux, FreeBSD, and Solaris hosts. The authors offer detailed examples that are consistent with today’s best practices and easy to adapt to virtually any IPv6 environment.


Scott Hogg, CCIE® No. 5133, is Director of Advanced Technology Services at Global Technology Resources, Inc. (GTRI). He is responsible for setting the company’s technical direction and helping it create service offerings for emerging technologies such as IPv6. He is the Chair of the Rocky Mountain IPv6 Task Force.


Eric Vyncke, Cisco Distinguished System Engineer, consults on security issues throughout Europe. He has 20 years’ experience in security and teaches security seminars as a guest professor at universities throughout Belgium. He also participates in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and has helped several organizations deploy IPv6 securely.


  • Understand why IPv6 is already a latent threat in your IPv4-only network
  • Plan ahead to avoid IPv6 security problems before widespread deployment
  • Identify known areas of weakness in IPv6 security and the current state of attack tools and hacker skills
  • Understand each high-level approach to securing IPv6 and learn when to use each
  • Protect service provider networks, perimeters, LANs, and host/server connections
  • Harden IPv6 network devices against attack
  • Utilize IPsec in IPv6 environments
  • Secure mobile IPv6 networks
  • Secure transition mechanisms in use during the migration from IPv4 to IPv6
  • Monitor IPv6 security
  • Understand the security implications of the IPv6 protocol, including issues related to ICMPv6 and the IPv6 header structure
  • Protect your network against large-scale threats by using perimeter filtering techniques and service provider–focused security practices
  • Understand the vulnerabilities that exist on IPv6 access networks and learn solutions for mitigating each



This security book is part of the Cisco Press® Networking Technology Series. Security titles from Cisco Press help networking professionals secure critical data and resources, prevent and mitigate network attacks, and build end-to-end self-defending networks.


Category: Networking: Security

Covers: IPv6 Security



Frequently Bought Together

IPv6 Security + IPv6 Fundamentals: A Straightforward Approach to Understanding IPv6 + IPv6 for Enterprise Networks (Networking Technology)
Price for all three: $135.38

Buy the selected items together

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Scott Hogg, CCIE No. 5133, has been a network computing consultant for more than 17 years. Scott provides network engineering, security consulting, and training services, focusing on creating reliable, high-performance, secure, manageable, and cost-effective network solutions. He has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Colorado State University and a master’s degree in telecommunications from the University of Colorado. In addition to his CCIE he has his CISSP (No. 4610) and many other vendor and industry certifications. Scott has designed, implemented, and troubleshot networks for many large enterprises, service providers, and government organizations. For the past eight years, Scott has been researching IPv6 technologies. Scott has written several white papers on IPv6 and has given numerous presentations and demonstrations of IPv6 technologies. He is also currently the chair of the Rocky Mountain IPv6 Task Force and the Director of Advanced Technology Services at Global Technology Resources, Inc. (GTRI), a Cisco Gold partner headquartered in Denver, Colorado.


Eric Vynckeis a Distinguished System Engineer for Cisco working as a technical consultant for security covering Europe. His main area of expertise for 20 years has been security from Layer 2 to applications. He has helped several organizations deploy IPv6 securely. For the past eight years, Eric has participated in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) (he is the author of RFC 3585). Eric is a frequent speaker at security events (notably Cisco Live [formerly Networkers]) and is also a guest professor at Belgian Universities for security seminars. He has a master’s degree in computer science engineering from the University of Liège in Belgium. He worked as a research assistant in the same university before joining Network Research Belgium, where he was the head of R&D; he then joined Siemens as a project manager for security projects including a proxy firewall. He coauthored the Cisco Press book LAN Switch Security: What Hackers Know About Your Switches. He is CISSP No. 75165.


Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.



Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) is the next version of the protocol that is used for communications on the Internet. IPv6 is a protocol that has been in existence for many years, but it has not yet replaced IPv4. IPv4 has some limitations that were not anticipated when it was first created. Because IPv6 overcomes many of these limitations, it is the only viable long-term replacement for IPv4.

While the migration to IPv6 has started, it is still in its early stages. Many international organizations already have IPv6 networks, the U.S. federal organizations are working on their transitions to IPv6, and others are contemplating what IPv6 means to them. However, many organizations already have IPv6 running on their networks and they do not even realize it. Many computer operating systems now default to running both IPv4 and IPv6, which could cause security vulnerabilities if one is less secure than the other. IPv6 security vulnerabilities currently exist, and as the popularity of the IPv6 protocol increases, so do the number of threats.

When a security officer wants to secure an organization, he must be aware of all potential threats, even if this threat is a ten-year-old protocol that represents less than 1 percent of the overall Internet traffic in 2008. Don’t be blinded by this 1 percent: This figure is doomed to increase in the coming years, and chances are good that your network is already exposed to some IPv6 threats. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Just like the early deployment of many technologies, security is often left to the final stages of implementation. Our intent in writing this book is to improve the security of early IPv6 deployments from day one. Any organization considering or already in the midst of transitioning to IPv6 does not want to deploy a new technology that cannot be secured right from the outset. The transition to IPv6 is inevitable, and therefore this book can help you understand the threats that exist in IPv6 networks and give you ways to protect against them. Therefore, this book gives guidance on how to improve the security of IPv6 networks.

Goals and Methods

Currently, many organizations have slowed their migration to IPv6 because they realize that the security products for IPv6 might be insufficient, despite the fact that the network infrastructure is ready to support IPv6 transport. They realize that they cannot deploy IPv6 without first considering the security of this new protocol. This book intends to survey the threats against IPv6 networks and provide solutions to mitigate those threats. It covers the issues and the best current practices.

This book is arranged so that it covers the threats first and then describes ways to combat these threats. By outlining all the risks and showing that a solution exists for each threat, you can feel more comfortable with continuing the transition to IPv6. You learn about techniques attackers might use to breach your networks and what Cisco products to use to protect the networks.

However, showing attacks without solutions is socially irresponsible, so the focus is on the current techniques that are available to make the IPv6 network more secure and on the best current practices.

By reading this book, you can gain an understanding of the full range of IPv6 security topics.

Who Should Read This Book

This book is intended to be read by people in the IT industry who are responsible for securing computer networks. You should already know the basics of the IPv6 protocol and networking technology. This book is not an introduction to IPv6. There are many good books and online resources that can teach you about IPv6, and there are many great books on computer network security.

The intent of this book is to dive deeper into the protocol and discuss the protocol details from a security practitioner’s perspective. It is a book for experts by experts. It covers the theory but at the same time gives practical examples that can be implemented.

How This Book Is Organized

This book starts with a foundation of the security aspects of the IPv6 protocol. The early topics of this book are arranged from the outward perimeter of an organization’s network inward to the LAN and server farms. The later chapters of the book cover advanced topics. This book can be read completely from start to finish; however, if you want to “skip around,” that is fine. You should eventually read every chapter to gain a comprehensive knowledge of the subject matter.

Some of the information (such as tables and commands) in this book is for reference. You should refer back to this book when it comes time to implement. This gives you cookie-cutter examples to follow that should be in line with the best current practices for securing IPv6. However, do not just go through this book and implement every command listed. Perform some of your own basic research on these commands to make sure that they perform exactly what you intend your network to do.

IPv6 security is an incredibly active research area, and new protocols and new products will continually be developed after this book is written. It is our goal that the “shelf life” of this book is many years because the concepts will still be valid even as Cisco security products continue to evolve with the threat landscape. Every effort was made to make this book as current as possible at the time it was published, but you are advised to check whether new methods are available at the time of reading. The IPv6 security field is quickly evolving as IPv6 gets more widely deployed.

Chapters 1 through 12 cover the following topics:

  • Chapter 1, “Introduction to IPv6 Security”: This short chapter reintroduces IPv6, describes how widely it is deployed, discusses its vulnerabilities, and identifies what hackers already know about IPv6. Some initial mitigation techniques are presented.
  • Chapter 2, “IPv6 Protocol Security Vulnerabilities”: This chapter discusses the aspects of the IPv6 protocol itself that have security implications. Security issues related to ICMPv6 and the IPv6 header structure are covered. Demonstrations are conducted that show the protocol vulnerabilities, and solutions are given to mitigate those risks. This chapter also covers security issues of IPv6 network reconnaissance and address spoofing.
  • Chapter 3, “IPv6 Internet Security”: This chapter covers the large-scale threats against the IPv6 Internet and describes perimeter-filtering techniques that can help protect against those threats. Security for BGP peering is detailed in addition to other service provider–focused security practices. IPv6 MPLS security, security of customer equipment, IPv6 prefix delegation, and multihoming are reviewed.
  • Chapter 4, “IPv6 Perimeter Security”: This chapter covers the security threats that exist for perimeter networks that utilize IPv6. The chapter covers common filtering techniques that are deployed at the perimeter of the network. This chapter also covers IPv6 access lists, the IOS Firewall feature set, and the PIX/ASA/FWSM firewalls.
  • Chapter 5, “Local Network Security”: This chapter examines the threats against LANs. Many vulnerabilities exist on IPv6 access networks, and these vulnerabilities are covered along with many solutions for mitigating them. The chapter covers issues related to Neighbor Discovery Protocol, autoconfiguration addressing, and DHCPv6 communications on a LAN. This chapter also reviews SEND and describes how it can be implemented.
  • Chapter 6, “Hardening IPv6 Network Devices”: This chapter covers the security improvements that can be made to a network device running IPv6. Techniques for securing the management of network devices are reviewed. This chapter reviews ways to secure routing protocols and covers first-hop router redundancy protocols. Techniques for controlling the device’s resources are detailed in addition to ways to control network traffic.
  • Chapter 7, “Server and Host Security”: This chapter covers the ways to secure a computer running IPv6. It is important to harden IPv6 nodes from the threats that exist. Microsoft, Linux, BSD, and Solaris operating system IPv6 security techniques are detailed. This chapter covers how host-based firewalls and Cisco Security Agent (CSA) can be used to protect IPv6 hosts.
  • Chapter 8, “IPsec and SSL Virtual Private Networks”: This chapter covers the basics of IPsec. The chapter reviews techniques for setting up site-to-site VPN links using IPv6, dynamic multipoint VPNs, as well as remote-access VPNs. The use of ISATAP over an IPsec client connection and the use of SSL VPNs with AnyConnect client are covered.
  • Chapter 9, “Security for IPv6 Mobility”: This chapter covers Mobile IPv6 and describes how securing this protocol can be challenging. Mobile IPv6 is reviewed, and the security implications are discussed. This chapter gives recommendations on how Mobile IPv6 can be used responsibly and safely. Additional IPv6-capable mobility solutions are covered along with their security implications.
  • Chapter 10, “Securing the Transition Mechanisms”: This chapter discusses the various techniques that are used to help organi...

Product Details

  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Cisco Press; 1 edition (December 21, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587055945
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587055942
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.2 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #816,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
4.6 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The IPv6 security book the world needs August 5, 2009
I've read and reviewed three other books on IPv6 in the last four years: "IPv6 Essentials, 2nd Ed" (IE2E) in September 2006, "Running IPv6" (RI) in January 2006, and "IPv6 Network Administration" (INA) in August 2005. All three were five-star books, but they lacked the sort of attention to security that I hoped would be covered one day. IPv6 Security by Scott Hogg and Eric Vyncke is the book for which we have been waiting. Although some of the early "philosophical" security discussions (what's a threat, where are they) are lacking, the overwhelming amount of thorough and actionable content makes this book a winner.

IPv6 Security reminded me of Cisco Router Firewall Security (CRFS) by Richard Deal, which I also liked a lot. CRFS was Cisco-specific and helped readers squeeze all the network-level security features they could from their routers. IPv6 Security is similar, but even better because readers receive guidance for Windows, FreeBSD, Fedora, and even Solaris, in addition to Cisco gear. One note on FreeBSD, however: p 42 says "FreeBSD systems are susceptible to RH0 attacks," although FreeBSD issued a fix in April 2007 with Security Advisory FreeBSD-SA-07:03.ipv6.

In addition to offering configuration guidance for a variety of products, IPv6 Security used Scapy6 to demonstrate various IPv6 traffic types. I liked this approach, although a brief appendix explaining Scapy usage would have been appreciated. The book also covered material I had not seen elsewhere, like shim6 for multihoming. I would have liked some examples of IPv6 NetFlow output, as hinted at in Ch 11. Using SCTP with IPv6, also mentioned in the book, would have been helpful and innovative too.
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars IPv6 Security April 15, 2009
This reference explains how to secure an IPv6 network across the major boundaries and potential targets for breaches: LAN, WAN, firewall-perimeter, VPN, and locking down the router. Many of these guidelines are also relevant to an IPv4 infrastructure and this book is a resource for both network and information security specialists who construct and maintain production environments. IPv6 Security encompasses two sets of concepts: the Self Defending Network's Collaboration, Integration, and Adaptability and InfoSec's Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability.

Some noteworthy citations for ensuring security include configuring a WAN BGP session with a Message Digest 5 (MD5) algorithm password and using Secure Neighbor Discovery (SEND) for safeguarding IPv6 layer two addresses. As IPv6 uses named access control lists instead of numbered ACLs, the book explores both access control entries (ACE) and the IPv6 IOS commands in detail. Security is also examined for the IPv6 routing protocols, which include EIGRPv6, RIPng, and OSPFv3. Endpoint and server safeguards are also discussed since BSD, Vista and Windows Server 2008 have IPv6 support incorporated in the operating systems. Since adopting a protection policy is one segment of a secure network, utilities such as Multi-Router Traffic Grapher (MRTG) and CiscoWorks LAN Management Solution are examined for capturing data traffic statistics. Setting a baseline and measuring performance are necessary steps for detecting when a security violation has occurred.

IPv6 Security is a must-read resource for those actively engaged in both IPv6 and security implementation. As IPv6 is in its beginning stages and is incorporated into dual-stack architectures with IPv4, there is much to learn.
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars IPv6 Security at its best explained January 1, 2009
In my quest to learn and transition to IPv6 from IPv4, I learned that you have to have a stable background in learning new materials. IPv6 has been around awhile but now just getting a little more used from many companies and myself. Along with the transition comes concerns with security as IPv4 didn't have much security. With this book [IPv6 Security] the authors took the technology and really explained some very detail and practical aspects of IPv6 with security enhancements. I realyy enjoyed reading this book. The authors did a good job in bringing the IPv6 protocol to the forefront by explaning different parts of the security features like mobile security, running dual stack protocols, IPv6 deployment solutions, address spoofing, and many other network problems. The authors used Cisco products to explain the security mechanisms. they also teach you how to use Cisco IOS® and ASA firewalls and ACLs to filter out IPv6 traffic. This book is one for the ages in describing, explaining, and implementing security in an IPv6 netowrk. Overall the book is great. I gave it a 5 start because of the deep explaining of the IPv6 protocol and security.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent, but... March 30, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
...overall it is more enterprise-centric than service-provider centric. The e-book is also fairly poorly formatted. I'd bump it to four if it were reformatted.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine guide advanced software engineers need February 13, 2009
College-level and advanced software developer's collections will find important IPv6 Security, a survey of security issues identifying all components of modern networks, identifying specific security deficiencies that occur within the IPv6 environment and showing how to correct them. From preventing network attack to monitoring security and understanding large-scale threats and filtering techniques, this is a fine guide advanced software engineers need.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Look for Similar Items by Category