Worth Reading: Data center networking trends to watch for 2023

22 December 2022


Hybrid and multicloud initiatives will continue to shape enterprise IT in 2023, and the impact on data-center networking will be felt across key areas including security, management, and operations.

Worth Reading: Be careful with that ping, FreeBSD

22 December 2022


Out of the blue, an interesting Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE), formally called CVE-2022-23093 has emerged, which exploits one of the fundamental tools of the Internet stack: Ping, the command that implements the Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP) as it’s universally known.

Worth Reading: Why did Microsoft just buy a fiber optic cable company?

21 December 2022


Major cloud providers and hyperscalers go to considerable lengths to secure technical advantages over their rivals, and Microsoft last week made just such a move by acquiring fiber optic cable maker Lumenisity.

Worth Reading: Pop goes the antitrust bubble

21 December 2022


It has now become conventional wisdom that digital markets are dominated by a handful of platform giants that wield largely unconstrained economic power. Given that assumption, it follows that antitrust intervention on a significant scale and accelerated pace is necessary.

Worth Reading: Enabling passive measurement of Zoom performance in production networks

20 December 2022


In our work on Zoom performance measurement published in ACM IMC 2022, we demystify Zoom and its packet format and show how operators can measure the performance of video-conferencing sessions from the network’s vantage point, that is, solely using passively collected packets, without requiring cooperation from end hosts, and at high traffic rates.

Worth Reading: Globalization ‘almost dead,’ TSMC founder says amid US moves

20 December 2022


Caught in the middle of an escalating trade war between the US and China, the founder of Taiwanese contract chip-making giant TSMC has stated that globalization and free trade are “almost dead” as his company expands in the US for the first time in over 20 years.

Worth Reading: Is Secured Routing Failed?

19 December 2022


Since the very first days of the Internet, we have worked on the principle that if you always send a packet to the “right” IP address you can always believe the response

Worth Reading: IPv6 extension headers in routing security

19 December 2022


Although an important part of IPv6’s planned flexibility, extension headers may hinder deployment for some. This article will analyse the reasons for this situation from several perspectives and make some suggestions that may help to improve the situation.

Worth Reading: [Podcast] The most important work in the Internet?

15 December 2022


As Geoff says in this podcast, DNS OARC is where the “DNS tragics” meet to discuss all things DNS, and it’s well worth the listen to capture a flavour of the meeting as Geoff saw it.

Worth Reading: Securing NTP against MITM attacks

15 December 2022


The Network Time Protocol (NTP) is one of the oldest Internet protocols that is still widely used. The protocol has no security mechanisms, communication is unencrypted, and there is no authentication between client and server or safeguards against manipulation of network packets.