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Challenges of IPv6 Security and Applications (Wintersemester 2010/2011)

Dozent: Prof. Dr. Christoph Meinel (Internet-Technologien und -Systeme) , Dr. Feng Cheng (Internet-Technologien und -Systeme)


IPv6 is widely available and is expected increasingly deployed in the coming few years. This seminar will discuss two aspects: new application for IPv6 and security issues related to IPv6, such as, IPv6 security features, IPv6 security threats, the risks associated with IPv6 transition mechanisms, IPv6 Firewalls, etc. These security issues will be investigated and expected to be practically tested in certain deployment scenarios.


  • 09.03.2011: The final presentation and  the practical testing and implementation demonstration
  • 08.12.2010: The first presentation of the assigned topic
  • 24.11.2011: Short progress report (1 to 2 pages)
  • 03.11.2010: Next meeting: Assign the topics
  • 20.10.2010: The first meeting: Introductory session [slides]

Possible topics could be:

  • IPsec with IPv6, AH and ESP headers, IKE 
  • Neighbor Discovery threats
  • Secure Neighbor Discovery (SEND)
  • Cryptographically Generated Addresses (CGA)
  • IPv6 Firewalls
  • IPv6 transition mechanisms threats. Dual Stack threats, Tunneling threats
  • IPv6 extension header threats, IPv6 routing header abuse
  • Privacy addresses and temporary addresses
  • New IPv6 applications


  • A good knowledge of networking concepts is assumed

  • Experience with IPv4 Network administration is expected


  • S. Hogg, E. Vyncke, IPv6 Security, Cisco Press, 2009
  • D. Minoli, J. Kouns, Security in an IPv6 Environment, 2009
  • J. Davies, Understanding IPv6, Second Edition, 2008
  • L. E. Hughes,  The Second Internet, Reinventing Computer Networking with IPv6, 2010, Open source book

To have a quick overview about IPv6 security, you can look at this paper

  • Carlos E.Caicedo and James B.D.Joshi:“ IPv6 Security Challenges ”,Computer Magazine,IEEE Computer Society,pp.37-42,Feb. 2009

Lern- und Lehrformen

You are expected to show up in all sessions

  • Given an English talk about your topic.  You have 25 minutes to present your topic to other students, next 10 minutes will be invested for discussion. You are expected to participate actively in all talks, discussion and challenging questions are highly encouraged.
  • Expect to design, implement and test the selected topic in certain practical deployment scenario.
  • Submit a report of 10-12 Springer LNCS pages on your assigned topic. The report should discuss the topic, showing the strengths and the weaknesses, your suggestions and comment.


  • This seminar is organized by: Ahmad AlSadeh, Feng Cheng, Sebastian Roschke, and Prof. Dr. Christoph Meinel.
  • Meeting

    • Time: 09:15 - 10:45, Wednesday
    • Location: HPI, Room A-2.2

  • The first organizational meeting will be held on : 20.10.2010
  • To register in this seminar, please, send a brief email to Ahmad.AlSadeh(at)hpi.uni-potsdam.de before 28.10.2010 
  • Your final grade will be based on:

    • Talk                                      20%
    • Participation in the seminar     10%
    • Implementation and testing     30%
    • Report                                   40%        


The meeting will be held every week or upon request.

  • 20.10.2010: Introduction
  • 27.10.2010: ...
  • 03.11.2010: Assign the topics and making the groups 
  • ....
  • 08.12.2010: Presentation of the assigned topic
  • ...
  • 09.03.2011: Showing the practical testing and implementation 
  • ...
  • 16.03.2011: The deadline for submission the final report

Allgemeine Information

  • Semesterwochenstunden : 2
  • ECTS : 3
  • Benotet : Ja
  • Einschreibefrist : 29.10.2010
  • Programm : IT-Systems Engineering MA
  • Lehrform :
  • Belegungsart : Wahl