New from Verisign Labs: Measuring IPv6 Adoption

Blog Moderator | Oct 24, 2014

IPv4 is the common thread that has held the Internet together since its very early years, and, thus, it is both the most important and most widely deployed networking protocol in existence. As the world rapidly runs out of available IPv4 address space, there has been a major movement to transition the Internet to the IPv6 protocol with its vastly larger address space.

The global Internet community has shown a huge level of collaborative effort in driving this transition. Events like World IPv6 Day and World IPv6 Launch Day brought together organizations working across all levels of network connectivity to raise awareness of the ever-increasing need for this change. Held on Feb. 11, 2011, World IPv6 Day marked the beginning of the changeover process. Since then, IPv6 adoption has been a closely watched and increasingly important metric.

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Registration Operations Association Workshop Update

Scott Hollenbeck | Oct 13, 2014
In a series of recent blog posts I’ve described the technical challenges in registration operations, a proposal for an industry association, and announced an interactive workshop to explore association formation. This is an update on where things stand with the workshop. 

The first Registration Operations Association Workshop is scheduled for Thursday, 16 October 2014 in the Pacific Palisades room at the Los Angeles Hyatt Regency Century Plaza hotel, the same venue being used for ICANN 51. The event is not affiliated with ICANN, but with ICANN’s support we’ve been able to secure a room that’s large enough to seat more than 100 people. Still, space is limited and seats are going fast.  Please register quickly if you haven’t already done so. Registered attendees will receive updates via email as we get closer to the event date. 
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Key Considerations for Selecting a Managed DNS Provider

Rohit Kinra | Oct 03, 2014

Rohit KinraI spend a lot of time talking with customers about how they choose their managed DNS provider. In listening to their stories over the years, I have noticed that many of them use similar (if not identical) criteria to make this very important decision -- one that could ultimately mean success or failure for the lifeblood of their Web-based infrastructure and often their entire business. I’d like to take this opportunity to outline some of the more important criteria to consider when selecting a managed DNS provider.

  1. Provider Track Record and Experience: First and foremost, consider the provider’s track record when choosing them to handle any critical aspect of your business. Any provider you consider should be able to point to real-world implementations of the service globally. Only with such references in hand can you be confident you are getting a robust, scalable solution. 

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Exploring Future Internet Architectures

Burt Kaliski | Sep 24, 2014

UCLA and Washington University in St. Louis recently announced the launch of the Named Data Networking (NDN) Consortium, a new forum for collaboration among university and industry researchers, including Verisign, on one candidate next-generation information-centric architecture for the Internet.

Verisign Labs has been collaborating with UCLA Professor Lixia Zhang, one of the consortium’s co-leaders, on this future-directed design as part our university research program for some time.  The consortium launch is a natural next step in facilitating this research and its eventual application.

Van Jacobson, an Internet Hall of Fame member and the other co-leader of the NDN Consortium, surveyed developments in this area in his October 2012 talk in the Verisign Labs Distinguished Speaker Series titled “The Future of the Internet?  Content-Centric Networking.

As I stated in my summary of the talk, content-centric networking and related research areas under the heading of information-centric networking and NDN bring Internet protocols up to date to match the way many of us already are using the Internet.  As Van noted, when people want to access content over the Internet– for instance the recording of his talk – they typically reference a URL, for instance

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New from Verisign Labs - Measuring the Leakage of Onion at the Root

Blog Moderator | Sep 22, 2014

If you are trying to communicate anonymously on the Internet using Tor, this paper may be an important read for you.

Anonymity and privacy are at the core of what the Tor project promises its users. Short for The Onion Router, Tor provides individuals with a mechanism to communicate anonymously on the Internet. As part of its offerings, Tor provides hidden services, specifically anonymous networking between servers that are configured to receive inbound connections only through Tor. In order to route requests to these hidden services, a namespace is used to identify the resolution requests to such services. Tor uses the .onion namespace under a non-delegated (pseudo) top-level-domain. Although the Tor system was designed to prevent .onion requests from leaking into the global DNS resolution process, numerous requests are still observed in the global DNS, causing concern about the severity of the leakage and the exposure of sensitive private data.

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