On Jul 18, 2011, at 3:36 AM, Roger Jørgensen wrote:
My wild guess is that the ISP will sooner or later stop routing the entire
2002::/16 block... and _yes_ that will hurt bad but it will force a hard
on the whole 6to4 issue. It's so much better with one hard error than lots
of possible errors.
Actually, no. It will cause a significant increase in the number of service
calls that will last for years. And those will be the fault of the ISPs
blocking the traffic.
It must be re-iterated that the vast majority of problems associated with 6to4
appear to be caused by operators, not by 6to4 itself. 6to4 does have some real
problems, and some of us are looking for ways to fix them. But that's no
excuse for operators to deliberately make things worse.
I dare to say the content providers want 6to4 gone because it _can_ be
pointed at as a risk when enabling IPv6.
And I do think the ISP see this as a quite black/white problem _if_ they
have to deal with it. Either 6to4 are on and working all the time without
them doing much, or it's gone.
Part of the problem seems to be that operators want a quick solution that is
under their control, when it appears that no such solution can exist.
- Changes to the default address selection rules, already implemented or being
implemented, should help significantly, but it will take some time for hosts to
get updated to reflect those changes. (Asking Microsoft, Apple, and Linux
vendors to include those changes in incremental updates - if they haven't
already done so - might help speed that process along.)
- The changes in -advisory will help somewhat, but it will take time for
operators and vendors to learn about them and implement them, and the effect
will be gradual.
- The changes in -experimental will also help somewhat, if those changes are
published in some form, but the effect will also be gradual.
- Improvements to the 6to4 protocol (especially where relay routers are
concerned) might help, but again will require updates to hosts and/or routers.
(it's conceivable that fixes could be implemented in hosts that don't require
the routers to be upgrade in order for those changes to be helpful)
- As I said yesterday, there are ways that content providers can use IPv6 to
distribute content to their customers over HTTP, as well as monitor the
percentage of their users that are IPv6 capable, though they're a tad trickier
than simply adding AAAA records to the DNS and turning on v6 in their servers.
All of the above can help. However,
- Yelling "6to4 is Evil" as loudly as possible, e.g. declaring it Historic and
- Filtering protocol 41 packets,
- Blocking 2002::/16 traffic or routing advertisements, or
- Blocking 22.214.171.124/24 traffic or routing advertisements,
will all make the situation worse for users, operators, and content providers.
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