A Problem with Internet Security

    Date12 Jul 2002
    CategoryHacks/Cracks
    2687
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    A problem with Internet network security and integrity, especially in the European (RIPE) and Asia-Pacific (APNIC) regions, lies with the authentication methods that are used by these registries. Currently, when ISPs and other maintenance users wish to make changes to . . . A problem with Internet network security and integrity, especially in the European (RIPE) and Asia-Pacific (APNIC) regions, lies with the authentication methods that are used by these registries. Currently, when ISPs and other maintenance users wish to make changes to routing and IP allocation information within the relevant NIC (network information centre) database, they provide authentication. This paper discusses weaknesses in the authentication types that RIPE uses, highlighting the real threats to total network integrity across Europe and Asia. ARIN (The American Registry for Internet Numbers), uses a different NIC database format, and is not vulnerable in such a direct fashion.
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