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: 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...]

HTIRW: Provider Peering and Revenue Streams (Part 2)

This is a continuation from last week's post on provider peering streams. Second Example: Customer to Noncustomer Assume … [Read more...]