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The New Way of Generating IPv6 – SLAAC EUI-64 Address Format

There was an old way of generating Interface IPv6 address using SLAAC process (Stateless autoconfiguration). You simply configured that you want SLAAC autoconfiguration and the interface IPv6 was generated by squeezing “FFFE” in hex (11111111 11111110 bits) between two parts of physical MAC address of that interface.

Then, after a while, several comments came to IETF about the use of predictable Interface Identifiers in IPv6 addresses. They were pointing to the ease of correlation of host activities within the same network and across multiple networks. If Interface Identifiers are constant across networks this is negatively affecting the privacy and security of users on that network.

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IPv6 – SLAAC EUI-64 Address Format

UPDATE on 22 Mar 2018:
Article is correctly describing what is SLAAC and why is needed and describes how SLAAC uses RFC 2373 to generate interface IPv6 address. The thing is that today RFC 7217 describes an enhanced new way of SLAAC algorithm to improve user security and protect hosts from attacks. Details are available here in my new article about SLAAC.

Stateless autoconfiguration or SLAAC

SLAAC is a method in which the host or router interface is assigned a 64-bit prefix, and then the last 64 bits of its address are derived by the host or router with help of EUI-64 process which is described in next few lines. SLAAC uses NDP protocol to work.ipv6

As the format of the EUI-64 format is seen quite frequently, covering its details seems important too.

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