Focus on IPv6 at IETF 72

From the Editor’s Desk

By: Mirjam Kühne

Date: October 7, 2008

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Set against the beautiful backdrop of a golf resort near Dublin, IETF 72 offered an opportunity to revisit many of the same themes discussed at prior meetings.

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Citywest Hotel Convention Center
Citywest Hotel Convention Center near Dublin, site of IETF 72

IPv6 was, once again, a hot topic, most notably during the Wednesday plenary, for which the Internet Architecture Board organized a panel to discuss IPv6. Panelists consisted of a number of IPv6 operators and experts, each of whom described their experiences deploying IPv6 within their networks and organizations. Read more about the panel discussion…

In this issue, Shane Kerr takes a look at the IETF response to the DNS vulnerability that was discovered by Dan Kaminsky and that is often referred to as the Kaminsky Attack – Read more…. While the discussions within the IETF took place primarily within working groups, Shane offers a good look at the history of DNS security and a brief review of recent DNS security work as well as a compilation of IETF responses.

Stepping outside the usual technical discussions, the IETF Journal sat down with IETF lawyer Jorge Contreras, who discussed his work with the IETF and, in particular, the latest developments in the field of intellectual property rights. Read the interview with Jorge.

Once again, the IETF meeting played host to a number of engineers from various parts of the developing world. Their participation at IETF 72 was made possible through generous support by the Internet Society as part of its Fellowship to the IETF programme. This was also the first time that some of the earlier fellows returned to attend their second IETF meeting. See more about the fellows and their experiences.

Thank you to the contributors to this issue. We wish everyone fun reading. And as always, we welcome both your comments and your contributions for future issues.

This article was posted on 7 November 2008 .