[rfc-dist] RFC 4890 on Recommendations for Filtering ICMPv6 Messages in Firewalls

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        RFC 4890

        Title:      Recommendations for Filtering ICMPv6 Messages 
                    in Firewalls 
        Author:     E. Davies, J. Mohacsi
        Status:     Informational
        Date:       May 2007
        Mailbox:    elwynd at dial.pipex.com, 
                    mohacsi at niif.hu
        Pages:      38
        Characters: 83479
        Updates/Obsoletes/SeeAlso:   None

        I-D Tag:    draft-ietf-v6ops-icmpv6-filtering-recs-03.txt

        URL:        http://www.rfc-editor.org/rfc/rfc4890.txt

In networks supporting IPv6, the Internet Control Message Protocol
version 6 (ICMPv6) plays a fundamental role with a large number of
functions, and a correspondingly large number of message types and
options.  ICMPv6 is essential to the functioning of IPv6, but there
are a number of security risks associated with uncontrolled
forwarding of ICMPv6 messages.  Filtering strategies designed for the
corresponding protocol, ICMP, in IPv4 networks are not directly
applicable, because these strategies are intended to accommodate a
useful auxiliary protocol that may not be required for correct
functioning.

This document provides some recommendations for ICMPv6 firewall
filter configuration that will allow propagation of ICMPv6 messages
that are needed to maintain the functioning of the network but drop
messages that are potential security risks.  This memo provides 
information for the Internet community.

This document is a product of the IPv6 Operations
Working Group of the IETF.


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