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.


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


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


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


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


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


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...]

BGPSEC: Basic Operation


I'm going to take a little break from my other two series to inject a short series on BGPSEC. I'll return to HTIRW and RFCs … [Read more...]

The Routing Resilience Manifesto

If you run BGP in your network, you need to think about BGP security. It might not seem like it's important if you're not a … [Read more...]