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Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) T. Chown Request for Comments: 6104 University of Southampton Category: Informational S. Venaas ISSN: 2070-1721 Cisco Systems

                                                         February 2011
         Rogue IPv6 Router Advertisement Problem Statement


 When deploying IPv6, whether IPv6-only or dual-stack, routers are
 configured to send IPv6 Router Advertisements (RAs) to convey
 information to nodes that enable them to autoconfigure on the
 network.  This information includes the implied default router
 address taken from the observed source address of the RA message, as
 well as on-link prefix information.  However, unintended
 misconfigurations by users or administrators, or possibly malicious
 attacks on the network, may lead to bogus RAs being present, which in
 turn can cause operational problems for hosts on the network.  In
 this document, we summarise the scenarios in which rogue RAs may be
 observed and present a list of possible solutions to the problem.  We
 focus on the unintended causes of rogue RAs in the text.  The goal of
 this text is to be Informational, and as such to present a framework
 around which solutions can be proposed and discussed.

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 published for informational purposes.
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 approved by the IESG are a candidate for any level of Internet
 Standard; see Section 2 of RFC 5741.
 Information about the current status of this document, any errata,
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Table of Contents

 1. Introduction ....................................................4
 2. Bogus RA Scenarios ..............................................4
    2.1. Administrator Misconfiguration .............................5
    2.2. User Misconfiguration ......................................5
    2.3. Malicious Misconfiguration .................................5
 3. Methods to Mitigate against Rogue RAs ...........................6
    3.1. Manual Configuration .......................................6
    3.2. Introducing RA Snooping ....................................6
    3.3. Using ACLs on Managed Switches .............................7
    3.4. SEcure Neighbor Discovery (SEND) ...........................7
    3.5. Router Preference Option ...................................8
    3.6. Relying on Layer 2 Admission Control .......................8
    3.7. Using Host-Based Packet Filters ............................8
    3.8. Using an "Intelligent" Deprecation Tool ....................8
    3.9. Using Layer 2 Partitioning .................................9
    3.10. Adding Default Gateway/Prefix Options to DHCPv6 ...........9
 4. Scenarios and Mitigations ......................................10
 5. Other Related Considerations ...................................11
    5.1. Unicast RAs ...............................................11
    5.2. The DHCP versus RA Threat Model ...........................11
    5.3. IPv4-Only Networks ........................................12
    5.4. Network Monitoring Tools ..................................12
    5.5. Recovering from Bad Configuration State ...................12
    5.6. Isolating the Offending Rogue RA Source ...................13
 6. Conclusions ....................................................13
 7. Security Considerations ........................................14
 8. Acknowledgments ................................................14
 9. Informative References .........................................15

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1. Introduction

 The Neighbor Discovery protocol [RFC4861] describes the operation of
 IPv6 Router Advertisements (RAs) that are used to determine node
 configuration information during the IPv6 autoconfiguration process,
 whether that node's configuration is stateful, via the Dynamic Host
 Configuration Protocol for IPv6 (DHCPv6) [RFC3315] or stateless, as
 per [RFC4862], possibly in combination with DHCPv6 Light [RFC3736].
 In observing the operation of deployed IPv6 networks, it is apparent
 that there is a problem with undesired or "bogus" IPv6 RAs appearing
 on network links or subnets.  By "bogus" we mean RAs that were not
 the intended configured RAs, but rather RAs that have appeared for
 some other reason.  While the problem appears more common in shared
 wireless environments, it is also seen on wired enterprise networks.
 The problem with rogue RAs is that they can cause partial or complete
 failure of operation of hosts on an IPv6 link.  For example, the
 default router address is drawn directly from the source address of
 the RA message.  In addition, rogue RAs can cause hosts to assume
 wrong prefixes to be used for stateless address autoconfiguration.
 In a case where there may be mixing of "good" and "bad" RAs, a host
 might keep on using the "good" default gateway, but pick a wrong
 source address, leading to egress filtering problems.  As such, rogue
 RAs are an operational issue for which solution(s) are required, and
 for which best practice needs to be conveyed.  This not only includes
 preventing or detecting rogue RAs, but also where necessary ensuring
 the network (and hosts on the network) have the ability to quickly
 recover from a state where host configuration is incorrect as a
 result of processing such an RA.
 In the next section, we discuss the scenarios that may give rise to
 rogue RAs being present.  In the following section, we present some
 candidate solutions for the problem, some of which may be more
 practical to deploy than others.  This document focuses on
 "accidental" rogue RAs; while malicious RAs are of course also
 possible, the common problem today lies with unintended RAs.  In
 addition, a network experiencing malicious attack of this kind is
 likely to also experience malicious Neighbor Advertisement (NA) and
 related messages.

2. Bogus RA Scenarios

 There are three broad classes of scenario in which bogus RAs may be
 introduced to an IPv6 network.

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2.1. Administrator Misconfiguration

 Here an administrator incorrectly configures RAs on a router
 interface, causing incorrect RAs to appear on links and causing hosts
 to generate incorrect or unintended IPv6 address, gateway, or other
 information.  In such a case, the default gateway may be correct, but
 a host might for example become multiaddressed, possibly with a
 correct and incorrect address based on a correct and incorrect
 prefix.  There is also the possibility of other configuration
 information being misconfigured, such as the lifetime option.
 In the case of a Layer 2 IEEE 802.1Q Virtual LAN (VLAN)
 misconfiguration, RAs may "flood" to unintended links, causing hosts
 or more than one link to potentially become incorrectly
 multiaddressed, with possibly two different default routers

2.2. User Misconfiguration

 In this case, a user's device "accidentally" transmits RAs onto the
 local link, potentially adding an additional default gateway and
 associated prefix information.
 This seems to typically be seen on wireless (though sometimes wired)
 networks where a laptop has enabled the Windows Internet Connection
 Sharing (ICS) service, which can turn a host into a 6to4 [RFC3056]
 gateway; this can be a useful feature, unless of course it is run
 when not intended.  This service can also cause IPv4 problems, as it
 will typically start a "rogue" DHCPv4 server on the host.
 We have also had reports that hosts may not see genuine IPv6 RAs on a
 link due to host firewalls, causing them to turn on a connection-
 sharing service and 6to4 as a result.  In some cases, more technical
 users may also use a laptop as a home gateway (e.g., again a 6to4
 gateway) and then connect to another network, forgetting their
 previous gateway configuration is still active.
 There are also reported incidents in enterprise networks of users
 physically plugging Ethernet cables into the wrong sockets and
 bridging two subnets together, causing a problem similar to VLAN

2.3. Malicious Misconfiguration

 Here an attacker is deliberately generating RAs on the local network
 in an attempt to perform some form of denial-of-service or man-in-
 the-middle attack.

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 As stated above, while this is a genuine concern for network
 administrators, there have been few if any reports of such activity,
 while in contrast reports of accidental rogue RAs are very
 commonplace.  In writing this text, and with the feedback of the
 v6ops working group, we came to the conclusion that the issue of
 malicious attack, due to the other complementary attacks that are
 likely to be launched using rogue NA and similar messages, are best
 considered by further work and document(s).  As a result, this text
 intends to provide informational guidance for operators looking for
 practical measures to take to avoid "accidental" rogue RAs on their
 own networks.

3. Methods to Mitigate against Rogue RAs

 In this section, we present a summary of methods suggested to date
 for reducing or removing the possibility of rogue RAs being seen on a

3.1. Manual Configuration

 The default gateway and host address can usually be manually
 configured on a node.  This of course can be a resource intensive
 solution, and also prone to administrative mistakes in itself.
 Manual configuration implies that RA processing is disabled.  Most
 operating systems allow RA messages to be ignored, such that if an
 IPv6 address is manually configured on a system, an additional global
 autoconfigured address will not be added should an unexpected RA
 appear on the link.

3.2. Introducing RA Snooping

 It should be possible to implement "RA snooping" in Layer 2 switches
 in a similar way to DHCP snooping, such that RAs observed from
 incorrect sources are blocked or dropped, and not propagated through
 a subnet.  One candidate solution in this space, called "RA-Guard"
 [RFC6105], has been proposed.  This type of solution has appeal
 because it is a familiar model for enterprise network managers, but
 it can also be used to complement SEcure Neighbor Discovery (SEND)
 [RFC3971], by a switch acting as a SEND proxy for hosts.
 This type of solution may not be applicable everywhere, e.g., in
 environments where there are not centrally controlled or manageable

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3.3. Using ACLs on Managed Switches

 Certain switch platforms can already implement some level of rogue RA
 filtering by the administrator configuring Access Control Lists
 (ACLs) that block RA ICMP messages that might be inbound on "user"
 ports.  Again this type of "solution" depends on the presence of such
 configurable switches.
 A recent document describes the RA message format(s) for filtering
 [IPv6-AUTOCFG-FILTER].  The document also notes requirements for
 DHCPv6 snooping, which can then be implemented similarly to DHCPv4

3.4. SEcure Neighbor Discovery (SEND)

 The SEcure Neighbor Discovery (SEND) [RFC3971] protocol provides a
 method for hosts and routers to perform secure Neighbor Discovery.
 Thus, it can in principle protect a network against rogue RAs.
 SEND is not yet widely used at the time of writing, in part because
 there are very few implementations of the protocol.  Some other
 deployment issues have been raised, though these are likely to be
 resolved in due course.  For example, routers probably don't want to
 use autogenerated addresses (which might need to be protected by
 ACLs), so SEND needs to be shown to work with non-autogenerated
 addresses.  Also, it has been argued that there are "bootstrapping"
 issues, in that hosts wanting to validate router credentials (e.g.,
 to a certificate server or Network Time Protocol (NTP) server) are
 likely to need to communicate via the router for that information.
 Further, it's not wholly clear how widely adopted SEND could or would
 be in site networks with "lightweight" security (e.g., many campus
 networks), especially where hosts are managed by users and not
 administratively.  Public or conference wireless networks may face
 similar challenges.  There may also be networks, like perhaps sensor
 networks, where use of SEND is less practical.  These networks still
 require rogue RA protection.
 While SEND clearly can provide a good, longer-term solution,
 especially in networks where malicious activity is a significant
 concern, there is a requirement today for practical solutions, and/or
 solutions more readily applicable in more "relaxed" environments.  In
 the latter case, solutions like "RA snooping" or applied ACLs are
 more attractive now.

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3.5. Router Preference Option

 [RFC4191] introduced a Router Preference option, such that an RA
 could carry one of three Router Preference values: High, Medium
 (default), or Low.  Thus, an administrator could use "High" settings
 for managed RAs, and hope that "accidental" RAs would be medium
 priority.  This of course would only work in some scenarios -- if the
 user who accidentally sends out a rogue RA on the network has
 configured their device with "High" precedence for their own intended
 usage, the priorities would clash.  But for accidental rogue RAs
 caused by software like Windows ICS and 6to4, which would use the
 default precedence, it could be useful.  Obviously this solution
 would also rely on clients (and routers) having implementations of
 the Router Preference option.

3.6. Relying on Layer 2 Admission Control

 In principle, if a technology such as IEEE 802.1x is used, devices
 would first need to authenticate to the network before being able to
 send or receive IPv6 traffic.  Ideally, authentication would be
 mutual.  Deployment of 802.1x, with mutual authentication, may
 however be seen as somewhat "heavyweight", akin to SEND, for some
 Improving Layer 2 security may help to mitigate against an attacker's
 capability to join the network to send RAs, but it doesn't prevent
 misconfiguration issues.  A user can happily authenticate and still
 launch a Windows ICS service, for example.

3.7. Using Host-Based Packet Filters

 In a managed environment, hosts could be configured via their
 "personal firewall" to only accept RAs from trusted sources.  Hosts
 could also potentially be configured to discard 6to4-based RAs in a
 managed enterprise environment.
 However, the problem is then pushed to keeping this configuration
 maintained and correct.  If a router fails and is replaced, possibly
 with a new Layer 2 interface address, the link local source address
 in the filter may become incorrect, and thus no method would be
 available to push the new information to the host over the network.

3.8. Using an "Intelligent" Deprecation Tool

 It is possible to run a daemon on a link (perhaps on the router on
 the link) to watch for incorrect RAs and to send a deprecating RA
 with a router lifetime of zero when such an RA is observed.  The KAME
 rafixd is an example of such a tool, which has been used at IETF

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 meetings with some success.  A slightly enhanced tool called RAMOND
 has since been developed from this code, and is now available as a
 Sourceforge project.  As with host-based firewalling, the daemon
 would need to somehow know what "good" and "bad" RAs are, from some
 combination of known good sources and/or link prefixes.  In an
 environment with native IPv6, though, 6to4-based RAs would certainly
 be known to be rogue.
 Whether or not use of such a tool is the preferred method, monitoring
 a link for observed RAs seems prudent from a network management
 perspective.  Some such tools exist already, e.g., NDPMon, which can
 also detect other undesirable behaviour.

3.9. Using Layer 2 Partitioning

 If each system or user on a network is partitioned into a different
 Layer 2 medium, then the impact of rogue RAs can be limited.  In
 broadband networks, bridging [RFC2684] may be available, for example.
 The benefit may be scenario-specific, e.g., whether a given user or
 customer has their own network prefix or whether the provisioning is
 in a shared subnet or link.  It is certainly desirable that any given
 user or customer's system(s) are unable to see RAs that may be
 generated by other users or customers.
 However, such partitioning would probably increase address space
 consumption significantly if applied in enterprise networks, and in
 many cases, hardware costs and software licensing costs to enable
 routing to the edge can be quite significant.

3.10. Adding Default Gateway/Prefix Options to DHCPv6

 Adding Default Gateway and Prefix options for DHCPv6 would allow
 network administrators to configure hosts to only use DHCPv6 for
 default gateway and prefix configuration in managed networks, where
 RAs would be required today.  A new document has proposed such a
 default router option, along with prefix advertisement options for
 DHCPv6 [DHCPv6-DEFAULT-RTR].  Even with such options added to DHCPv6,
 an RA is in principle still required to inform hosts to use DHCPv6.
 An advantage of DHCPv6 is that should an error be introduced, only
 hosts that have refreshed their DHCP information since that time are
 affected, while a multicast rogue RA will most likely affect all
 hosts immediately.  DHCPv6 also allows different answers to be given
 to different hosts.
 While making host configuration possible via DHCPv6 alone is a viable
 option that would allow IPv6 configuration to be done in a way
 similar to IPv4 today, the problem has only been shifted: rather than

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 rogue RAs being the problem, rogue DHCPv6 servers would be an
 equivalent issue.  As with IPv4, a network would then still require
 use of Authenticated DHCP, or DHCP(v6) snooping, as suggested in
 There is certainly some demand in the community for DHCPv6-only host
 configuration.  While this may mitigate the rogue RA issue, it simply
 moves the trust problem elsewhere, albeit to a place administrators
 are familiar with today.

4. Scenarios and Mitigations

 In this section, we summarise the error/misconfiguration scenarios
 and practical mitigation methods described above in a matrix format.
 We consider, for the case of a rogue multicast RA, which of the
 mitigation methods helps protect against administrator and user
 errors.  For the administrator error, we discount an error in
 configuring the countermeasure itself; rather, we consider an
 administrator error to be an error in configuration elsewhere in the
      |                        |         Scenario          |
      |       Mitigation       |---------------------------|
      |         Method         | Admin Error | User Error  |
      | Manual configuration   |     Y       |      Y      |
      | SEND                   |     Y       |      Y      |
      | RA snooping            |     Y       |      Y      |
      | Use switch ACLs        |     Y       |      Y      |
      | Router preference      |     N       |      Y      |
      | Layer 2 admission      |     N       |      N      |
      | Host firewall          |     Y       |      Y      |
      | Deprecation daemon     |     Y       |      Y      |
      | Layer 2 partition      |     N       |      Y      |
      | DHCPv6 gateway option  |   Partly    |  If Auth    |

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 What the above summary does not consider is the practicality of
 deploying the measure.  An easy-to-deploy method that buys improved
 resilience to rogue RAs without significant administrative overhead
 is attractive.  On that basis, the RA snooping proposal, e.g.,
 RA-Guard, has merit, while approaches like manual configuration are
 less appealing.  However, RA-Guard is not yet fully defined or
 available, while only certain managed switch equipment may support
 the required ACLs.

5. Other Related Considerations

 There are a number of related issues that have come out of
 discussions on the rogue RA topic, which the authors believe are
 worth capturing in this document.

5.1. Unicast RAs

 The above discussion was initially held on the assumption that rogue
 multicast RAs were the cause of problems on a shared network subnet.
 However, the specifications for Router Advertisements allow them to
 be sent unicast to a host, as per Section 6.2.6 of RFC 4861.  If a
 host sending rogue RAs sends them unicast to the soliciting host,
 that RA may not be seen by other hosts on the shared medium, e.g., by
 a monitoring daemon.  In most cases, though, an accidental rogue RA
 is likely to be multicast.

5.2. The DHCP versus RA Threat Model

 Comparing the threat model for rogue RAs and rogue DHCPv6 servers is
 an interesting exercise.  In the case of Windows ICS causing rogue
 6to4-based RAs to appear on a network, it is very likely that the
 same host is also acting as a rogue IPv4 DHCP server.  The rogue
 DHCPv4 server can allocate a default gateway and an address to hosts,
 just as a rogue RA can lead hosts to learning of a new (additional)
 default gateway, prefix(es), and address.  In the case of multicast
 rogue RAs, however, the impact is potentially immediate to all hosts,
 while the rogue DHCP server's impact will depend on lease timers for
 In principle, Authenticated DHCP can be used to protect against rogue
 DHCPv4 (and DHCPv6) servers, just as SEND could be used to protect
 against rogue IPv6 RAs.  However, actual use of Authenticated DHCP in
 typical networks is currently minimal.  Were new DHCPv6 default
 gateway and prefix options to be standardised as described above,
 then without Authenticated DHCP the (lack of) security is just pushed
 to another place.

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 The RA-Guard approach is essentially using a similar model to DHCP
 message snooping to protect against rogue RAs in network (switch)
 equipment.  As noted above, DHCPv6 message snooping would also be
 very desirable in IPv6 networks.

5.3. IPv4-Only Networks

 The rogue RA problem should also be considered by administrators and
 operators of IPv4-only networks, where IPv6 monitoring, firewalling,
 and other related mechanisms may not be in place.
 For example, a comment has been made that in the case of 6to4 being
 run by a host on a subnet that is not administratively configured
 with IPv6, some OSes or applications may begin using IPv6 to the 6to4
 host (router) rather than IPv4 to the intended default IPv4 router,
 because they have IPv6 enabled by default and some applications
 prefer IPv6 by default.  Technically aware users may also
 deliberately choose to use IPv6, possibly for subversive reasons.
 Mitigating against this condition can also be seen to be important.

5.4. Network Monitoring Tools

 It would generally be prudent for network monitoring or management
 platforms to be able to observe and report on observed RAs, and
 whether unintended RAs (possibly from unintended sources) are present
 on a network.  Further, it may be useful for individual hosts to be
 able to report their address status (assuming their configuration
 status allowed it, of course), e.g., this could be useful during an
 IPv6 renumbering phased process as described in RFC 4192 [RFC4192].
 The above assumes, of course, that what defines a "good" (or "bad")
 RA can be configured in a trustworthy manner within the network's
 management framework.

5.5. Recovering from Bad Configuration State

 After a host receives and processes a rogue RA, it may have multiple
 default gateways, global addresses, and potentially clashing RA
 options (e.g., M/O bits [RFC4861]).  The host's behaviour may then be
 unpredictable, in terms of the default router that is used, and the
 (source) address(es) used in communications.  A host that is aware of
 protocols such as Shim6 [RFC5533] may believe it is genuinely

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 An important issue is how readily a host can recover from receiving
 and processing bad configuration information, e.g., considering the
 "2 hour rule" mentioned in Section 5.5.3 of RFC 4862 (though this
 applies to the valid address lifetime and not the router lifetime).
 We should ensure that methods exist for a network administrator to
 correct bad configuration information on a link or subnet, and that
 OS platforms support these methods.  At least if the problem can be
 detected, and corrected promptly, the impact is minimised.

5.6. Isolating the Offending Rogue RA Source

 In addition to issuing a deprecating RA, it would be desirable to
 isolate the offending source of the rogue RA from the network.  It
 may be possible to use Network Access Control methods to quarantine
 the offending host, or rather the network point of attachment or port
 that it is using.

6. Conclusions

 In this text we have described scenarios via which rogue Router
 Advertisements (RAs) may appear on a network, and some measures that
 could be used to mitigate against these.  We have also noted some
 related issues that have arisen in the rogue RA discussions.  Our
 discussion is generally focused on the assumption that rogue RAs are
 appearing as a result of accidental misconfiguration on the network,
 by a user or administrator.
 While SEND perhaps offers the most robust solution, implementations
 and deployment guidelines are not yet widely available.  SEND is very
 likely to be a good, longer-term solution, but many administrators
 are seeking solutions today.  Such administrators are also often in
 networks with security models for which SEND is a "heavyweight"
 solution, e.g., campus networks, or wireless conference or public
 networks.  For such scenarios, simpler measures are desirable.
 Adding new DHCPv6 Default Gateway and Prefix options would allow IPv6
 host configuration by DHCP only and would be a method that IPv4
 administrators are comfortable with (for better or worse), but this
 simply shifts the robustness issue elsewhere.
 While a number of the mitigations described above have their appeal,
 the simplest solutions probably lie in switch-based ACLs and
 RA-Guard-style approaches.  Where managed switches are not available,
 use of the Router Preference option and (more so in managed desktop
 environments) host firewalls may be appropriate.

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 In the longer term, wider experience of SEND will be beneficial,
 while the use of RA snooping will remain useful either to complement
 SEND (where a switch running RA-Guard can potentially be a SEND
 proxy) or to assist in scenarios for which SEND is not deployed.

7. Security Considerations

 This Informational document is focused on discussing solutions to
 operational problems caused by rogue RAs resulting from unintended
 misconfiguration by users or administrators.  Earlier versions of
 this text included some analysis of rogue RAs introduced maliciously;
 e.g., the text included an extra column in the matrix in Section 4.
 However, the consensus of the v6ops working group feedback was to
 instead focus on the common operational problem of "accidental" rogue
 RAs seen today.
 Thus, the final version of this text does not address attacks on a
 network where rogue RAs are intentionally introduced as part of a
 broader attack, e.g., including malicious NA messages.  On the wire,
 malicious rogue RAs will generally look the same as "accidental"
 ones, though they are more likely, for example, to spoof the Media
 Access Control (MAC) or IPv6 source address of the genuine router, or
 to use a "High" Router Preference option.  It is also likely that
 malicious rogue RAs will be accompanied by other attacks on the IPv6
 infrastructure, making discussion of mitigations more complex.
 Administrators may be able to detect such activity by the use of
 tools such as NDPMon.
 It is worth noting that the deprecation daemon could be used as part
 of a denial-of-service attack, should the tool be used to deprecate
 the genuine RA.

8. Acknowledgments

 Thanks are due to members of the IETF IPv6 Operations and DHCP
 working groups for their inputs on this topic, as well as some
 comments from various operational mailing lists, and private
 comments, including but not limited to: Iljitsch van Beijnum, Dale
 Carder, Remi Denis-Courmont, Tony Hain, Bob Hinden, Christian
 Huitema, Tatuya Jinmei, Eric Levy-Abegnoli, David Malone, Thomas
 Narten, Chip Popoviciu, Dave Thaler, Gunter Van de Velde, Goeran
 Weinholt, and Dan White.

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9. Informative References

 [RFC2684]  Grossman, D. and J. Heinanen, "Multiprotocol Encapsulation
            over ATM Adaptation Layer 5", RFC 2684, September 1999.
 [RFC3056]  Carpenter, B. and K. Moore, "Connection of IPv6 Domains
            via IPv4 Clouds", RFC 3056, February 2001.
 [RFC3315]  Droms, R., Bound, J., Volz, B., Lemon, T., Perkins, C.,
            and M. Carney, "Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol for
            IPv6 (DHCPv6)", RFC 3315, July 2003.
 [RFC3736]  Droms, R., "Stateless Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol
            (DHCP) Service for IPv6", RFC 3736, April 2004.
 [RFC3971]  Arkko, J., Kempf, J., Zill, B., and P. Nikander, "SEcure
            Neighbor Discovery (SEND)", RFC 3971, March 2005.
 [RFC4191]  Draves, R. and D. Thaler, "Default Router Preferences and
            More-Specific Routes", RFC 4191, November 2005.
 [RFC4192]  Baker, F., Lear, E., and R. Droms, "Procedures for
            Renumbering an IPv6 Network without a Flag Day", RFC 4192,
            September 2005.
 [RFC4861]  Narten, T., Nordmark, E., Simpson, W., and H. Soliman,
            "Neighbor Discovery for IP version 6 (IPv6)", RFC 4861,
            September 2007.
 [RFC4862]  Thomson, S., Narten, T., and T. Jinmei, "IPv6 Stateless
            Address Autoconfiguration", RFC 4862, September 2007.
 [RFC5533]  Nordmark, E. and M. Bagnulo, "Shim6: Level 3 Multihoming
            Shim Protocol for IPv6", RFC 5533, June 2009.
 [RFC6105]  Levy-Abegnoli, E., Van de Velde, G., Popoviciu, C., and J.
            Mohacsi, "IPv6 Router Advertisement Guard", RFC 6105,
            February 2011.
            Ward, N., "IPv6 Autoconfig Filtering on Ethernet
            Switches", Work in Progress, March 2009.
            Droms, R. and T. Narten, "Default Router and Prefix
            Advertisement Options for DHCPv6", Work in Progress,
            March 2009.

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Authors' Addresses

 Tim Chown
 University of Southampton
 Southampton, Hampshire  SO17 1BJ
 United Kingdom
 Stig Venaas
 Cisco Systems
 Tasman Drive
 San Jose, CA  95134

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