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Re: [opensuse] IPv6 firewall
  • From: Hans Witvliet <hwit@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 06 Jun 2010 16:07:58 +0200
  • Message-id: <1275833278.12374.7.camel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On Sun, 2010-06-06 at 12:13 +0100, G T Smith wrote:

For legacy hardware there is third party firmware that provides IPv6
support. BTW The kit is produced by a few manufactures (and possibly
re-badged) to a cheap and cheerful spec, and not normally by the ISP

Can't imagine hardware that's too old be able to run V6...

I think the major issues with IPv4 based ISPs will be be the cost of any
changes made, persuading their consumer base to migrate and explaining
the reasons for the change. In a places with a very competitive industry
no-one is going to be willing to put themselves at a potential
competitive disadvantage (waiting for the first to make the change so
that they can capitalise on any mistakes made will be order of the day).

Try and explain how to perform the above to the average home user :-)

Well, some ISP's teach their customers the hardway:

I heard from someone using vista, who had a malfunctioning cable modem.
After complaining about it, he got a new one (doing DOCSIS-3)

He noticed that he got from his ISP directly, both a V4 AND a V6
address, without even being told about the possibility!
Great fun for those having their firewall neatly configured for IPv4,
and finding out that IPv6 is wide open -;))

So the lesson for lot's of people: even if you're not using (knowingly)
IPv6, configure your firewall for it.

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