Target Acquired? Evaluating Target Generation Algorithms for IPv6

Lion Steger, Liming Kuang, Johannes Zirngibl, Georg Carle, Oliver Gasser

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Abstract

Internet measurements are a crucial foundation of IPv6-related research. Due to the infeasibility of full address space scans for IPv6 however, those measurements rely on collections of reliably responsive, unbiased addresses, as provided e.g., by the IPv6 Hitlist service. Although used for various use cases, the hitlist provides an unfiltered list of responsive addresses, the hosts behind which can come from a range of different networks and devices, such as web servers, customer-premises equipment (CPE) devices, and Internet infrastructure. In this paper, we demonstrate the importance of tailoring hitlists in accordance with the research goal in question. By using PeeringDB we classify hitlist addresses into six different network categories, uncovering that 42% of hitlist addresses are in ISP networks. Moreover, we show the different behavior of those addresses depending on their respective category, e.g., ISP addresses exhibiting a relatively low lifetime. Furthermore, we analyze different Target Generation Algorithms (TGAs), which are used to increase the coverage of IPv6 measurements by generating new responsive targets for scans. We evaluate their performance under various conditions and find generated addresses to show vastly differing responsiveness levels for different TGAs.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTMA 2023 - Proceedings of the 7th Network Traffic Measurement and Analysis Conference
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9783903176584
DOIs
StatePublished - 2023
Event7th Network Traffic Measurement and Analysis Conference, TMA 2023 - Naples, Italy
Duration: 26 Jun 202329 Jun 2023

Publication series

NameTMA 2023 - Proceedings of the 7th Network Traffic Measurement and Analysis Conference

Conference

Conference7th Network Traffic Measurement and Analysis Conference, TMA 2023
Country/TerritoryItaly
CityNaples
Period26/06/2329/06/23

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