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Qasim Lone: Something's Wrong on the Internet

Qasim Lone: Something's Wrong on the Internet

Alun Davies

The Internet is hardly foolproof in its design, and whether by accident or on purpose, the people who use and operate it sometimes don't do things they should or do do things they shouldn't. Qasim Lone talks about strange goings on he's investigated and how RIPE Atlas can help researchers in the fi…

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Crashing the Party – Vulnerabilities in RPKI Relying Party Software

Crashing the Party – Vulnerabilities in RPKI Relying Party Software

Niklas Vogel

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RPKI adoption is on the rise. And that's a good thing. But as the number of networks deploying RPKI grows, so does the potential impact of vulnerabilities in its implementation. CURE is a novel fuzzing tool developed by ATHENE researchers to test vulnerabilities in RPKI Replying Party software.

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The State of Reverse DNS

The State of Reverse DNS

Arnold Dechamps

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Most people know DNS for the part that resolves a domain name to an IP address. Reverse DNS, as the name suggests, works the other way around, and is generally less talked about. The question is, when people do implement reverse DNS, are they taking steps to keep it secure?

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Sanremo and Internet Traffic in Italy

Sanremo and Internet Traffic in Italy

Flavio Luciani

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The Sanremo Festival is the most important and prestigious music event in Italy, organised and broadcast live across the country by RAI, Italy's main public broadcaster. Flavio Luciani from Namex examines the week of the event from the perspective of an Internet eXchange Point.

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A BGP Side Effect of RPKI

A BGP Side Effect of RPKI

Massimiliano Stucchi

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The BGP communities attribute, which usefully enables network operators to signal specific requests or information to nearby ASNs, also lets them signal RPKI status. But should they? Max Stucchi investigates the propagation of RPKI information in BGP communities.

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Unlocking Digital Growth: The Role of IXPs in the Middle East

Unlocking Digital Growth: The Role of IXPs in the Middle East

Jad El Cham

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What does it take for an IXP to be successful? What requirements are these crucial bits of Internet infrastructure meant to fulfil? Do any of these questions have one-size-fits-all answers? A new report from the RIPE NCC explores all of the above and more in the context of Middle East IXPs.

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Jim Cowie: The Historical Record of the Internet

Jim Cowie: The Historical Record of the Internet

Alun Davies

Understanding outages and shutdowns and how the Internet as a whole came to be vulnerable to - but also resilient against - these kinds of events requires more than a snapshot of things as they are today. In this episode, Jim Cowie talks about how historical measurement data can help us acquire a b…

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Using Timestamps Inside RPKI Objects to Optimise RRDP-RSYNC Transport Switchovers

Using Timestamps Inside RPKI Objects to Optimise RRDP-RSYNC Transport Switchovers

Job Snijders

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Tricks to help reduce bandwidth and CPU cycles for both RPKI Publication Point servers and RPKI validators when switching between RRDP and RSYNC transports, as implemented in rpki-client.

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Does the Internet Route Around Damage? - Edition 2023

Does the Internet Route Around Damage? - Edition 2023

Emile Aben

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On 22-23 November 2023, the Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX) had an outage on their Amsterdam peering platform. As this is generally considered one of the largest IXPs on the planet, we looked into this event from the perspective of RIPE Atlas to see what it had to tell us about the robustness …

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Two Years of Selective Peering with RIS

Two Years of Selective Peering with RIS

Emile Aben

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The peering strategy for RIS has traditionally been an open one, geared towards maximising the number of peers. But over the past couple of years we've been working with a more selective approach that reduces redundancy and cost, while also helping make sure RIS provides a diverse view of global ro…

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