The RIPE NCC's Chief Information Officer, Kaveh Ranjbar, gives an update on the state of our technical services and tools, and gives readers a heads up about what they can expect in 2015.
While the cyclone Pam is battering the South Pacific, we're monitoring how this affects Vanuatu.
We have redesigned the K-root architecture for our hosted nodes, formerly known as K-root local instances. System architecture and network setup have been simplified a lot. This will reduce our management effort for K-root and reduce costs for K-root hosts.
RPKI.me is a website collecting statistics and information about objects in the RPKI repositories. The web page shows some of the most problematic ROAs present and suggests possible fixes.
ENISA, the European Union Agency for Network & Information Security, is an independent body of expertise, set up by the European Union, to secure Europe’s information society. It was founded in 2004 to facilitate the exchange of information between EU institutions, the public and the private sector. The goal is to work together with operational communities to identify pragmatic solutions to current security issues. In this first article, we have asked ENISA to introduce themselves and highlight some of their activities that could be of interest to the RIPE community.
It has been observed that the most profound technologies are those that disappear. They weave themselves into the fabric of everyday life until they are indistinguishable from it, and are notable only by their absence.
The increasing number of middleboxes (such as firewalls, NATs, proxies, or Deep Packet Inspection) has raised concerns over the impact of such middleboxes on the network and the possibility to innovate. As a result, operators and researchers are studying the distribution and behaviour of middleboxes in large networks. In this article, we will describe a tool called Tracebox that helps in detecting middleboxes. Tracebox was developed at the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL) and at university of Liège (ULg) in 2013 and funded by Change (INFSO-ICT-257422), mPlane (ICT-318627), and Bestcom IAP. We believe that adding tracebox-like capabilities to RIPE Atlas could give network operators a deeper insight into their systems and help debugging network problems.
Microsoft ended support for Windows XP as of April 2014. We're about to change RIPE Atlas and RIPEstat to stop support for Internet Explorer 8 running on these systems.
On 14 September 2012, the RIPE NCC started allocating IPv4 addresses based on the last /8 policy. With more than two years passed, we look at the effects this had on membership numbers and demographics. We also look at what the last /8 policy meant for IPv6 uptake.
This article describes how RIPE Atlas probes and anchors maintain their clocks, and how accurate these clocks are. We also plan to make the NTP measurements we describe here available as an additional measurement type for RIPE Atlas users.