Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Internet Protocol version Six (IPv6) at UC Davis: Traffic Analysis with a Security Perspective
by Ard, Julia Boxwell, M.S., University of California, Davis, 2012, 115; 1519649
Abstract (Summary)

This study demonstrates the challenges of monitoring Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) traffic and its vulnerabilities, and the failings of existing security tools in mitigating those threats. IPv6 traffic exists on virtually every network, with or without the knowledge of the network owner. The new protocol and its transition mechanisms introduce new vulnerabilities as well as the risk of covert channels. Effective monitoring of this traffic requires approaches different from those for IPv4 traffic, but incomplete tool support and immature monitoring methods present new challenges. We characterize nine months of IPv6 traffic collected at the University of California, Davis and compare usage to the baseline established during this period. Our characterization is limited by our monitoring tool's IPv6 compatibility issue. This prevents us from detecting certain types of threats. Further, nearly all user-driven traffic occurs within tunnels, underscoring their importance in IPv6 monitoring.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Bishop, Matt
Commitee: Peisert, Sean, Wu, Felix
School: University of California, Davis
Department: Computer Science
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 51/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Information Technology, Computer science
Keywords: California, Computer security, IPv6, Internet security, Internet traffic analysis
Publication Number: 1519649
ISBN: 9781267656353
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