IPv6 Malware Examples and Other Web Attacks

Malware authors are quickly exploiting the vulnerabilities of IPv6 as more and more websites support the new communications protocol. Nefarious IPv6 tools exist that can be used for malicious online activity, even if the tools are intended to facilitate communication between the IPv6 and IPv4 protocols. There is a common misconception that IPv6 is more secure than IPv4, which is not necessarily true. The threat of malware in IPv6 is real, regardless of native or tunneled implementations. zvelo pointed out some challenges in supporting IPv6 while upgrading its own infrastructure. As a follow up, here are some notable IPv6 malware examples that vendors should consider for their own web filtering, parental controls, anti-virus, network and other security software solutions.

Challenges in Supporting IPv6

IPv6 enabled websites are steadily increasing as the availability of IPv4 addresses continue to diminish. While most current company network architectures already support IPv4, it is crucial that applications be ready to support the new IPv6. Migrating to IPv6 is not easy and challenges may arise involving both the network and application layers, as zveloLABS