About Russ White

Russ White has scribbled a basket of books, penned a plethora of patents, written a raft of RFCs, taught a trencher of classes, nibbled and noodled at a lot of networks, and done a lot of other stuff you either already know about — or don't really care about. You can find Russ at 'net Work, the Internet Protocol Journal, LinkedIn, and his author page on Amazon.

HTIRW: That Big Number Database in the Sky

As we come close to ending this rather long running series on how the Internet really works (because I'm certain you're about … [Read more...]

HTIRW: Internet Exchange Points

Most providers — transit, edge, and content — are pretty obvious to the various users of the Internet. Users interact with … [Read more...]

Geneve

One of the various problems we face in the data networking world is the absolute plethora of tunneling technologies we have … [Read more...]

HTIRW: Reality at the Mic (3)

Let's take one look back over the IETF before we move on to the next piece of the infrastructure of the 'net. Why does it … [Read more...]

RFCs You Should Know: 5218

rfc5218-fig

Quite often RFCs in the "earlier days" discussed not only process but also design. Looking back now, considering the … [Read more...]

HTIRW: Reality at the Mic (2)

Last time we talked about a few things that go wrong in the IETF — this time we'll talk about a few more things that can go … [Read more...]

HTIRW: Reality at the Mic (1)

We've talked a little about the structure of the IETF, and the process a draft follows when moving from submission to draft … [Read more...]

NAT, Security, and Repeating Myself

In a former post I pointed out that we need to think of obscurity as a tool in network security — that we shouldn't try to … [Read more...]

HTIRW: The IETF Draft Process

In our deeper investigations of the IETF as a "sample standards body" in this (apparently forever running) series on how the … [Read more...]

BGPSEC: Leaks and Leaks

bgpsec-certs

This is the final post in my series on BGPSEC — I will probably follow this up, at some point, with a couple of posts on some … [Read more...]

HTIRW: IETF Organizational Structure

ietf-org

So far, we've looked at the naming system, routing, and policy in our travel through "internet land." Last time, we took a … [Read more...]

BGPSEC: Signatures and Performance

BGPSEC is a set of BGP extensions being developed by the SIDR working group of the IETF to improve the security of the … [Read more...]

BGPSEC: Replays, Timers, and Performance

bgpsec-mitm

Let's return to our simple four AS network to look at a number of issues with BGPSEC — the bits you won't often hear … [Read more...]

HTIRW: Standards Bodies

(yes, I know, it's been a while... But it's time to get back to this series) Up to this point in this series, we've been … [Read more...]

BGPSEC: Protections Offered

bgpsec-mitm

In my last post on the subject of BGPSEC, I explained the basic operation of the modifications to BGP itself. In this post, … [Read more...]