SOURCE: Fluke Networks

October 13, 2008 13:22 ET

New IPv6 Capabilities Make OptiView® Integrated Network Analyzer First Portable Analyzer to Identify IPv6 Security Risks

Growing Threat From Unknown IPv6 Network Devices Solved by OptiView Analyzer's New Address Detection and Management Capabilities

EVERETT, WA--(Marketwire - October 13, 2008) - Fluke Networks, provider of innovative Network SuperVision Solutions™ for the testing, monitoring and analysis of enterprise and telecommunications networks, today announced a new version of its award-winning OptiView Series III Integrated Network Analyzer. The OptiView analyzer's new IPv6 discovery and management capabilities make it the first portable network analyzer to identify and analyze IPv6 enabled devices and networks, including IPv6-IPv4 tunneling that could represent a security risk.

Many networking professionals are unaware of the risks associated with IPv6 and the default settings in many operating systems today, with dual stacks and tunneling protocols automatically enabled. Joe Klein, a security researcher with Command Information, a provider of next generation networking services to Fortune 1000 and government entities, says, "Many organizations have IPv6 enabled on their systems by default but don't know it. They also don't have protection in place to block malicious traffic, since some intrusion detection systems and firewalls aren't set up to monitor IPv6 traffic, presenting an avenue through which outsiders can attack their networks undetected. It's like having wireless on your network without knowing it."

Command Information tested the OptiView analyzer's ability to identify and manage IPv6 addressing. "Command Information is pleased to report that the OptiView Series III Integrated Network Analyzer is in full compliance with all IPv6 addressing requirements," said Jerry Edgerton, CEO, Command Information.

The new OptiView analyzer uses advanced active discovery techniques and active testing to identify and document devices using IPv6. This allows users to quickly recognize devices that are using IPv6, identify open IPv6 ports, expose IPv6 through IPv4 tunneling and differentiate legitimate tunneling from a security breach.

The new capabilities of the OptiView analyzer are also useful for organizations deliberately deploying IPv6. OptiView permits analysis of IPv6 router advertisements, spotting global and self-assigned link local addresses that cause configuration issues between network devices. The new capabilities of the OptiView analyzer also quickly discover devices and applications that are incompatible in a dual-stack environment, essential knowledge for those organizations beginning the transition to IPv6.

Full support for 802.11n wireless LANs

The new version of the OptiView Series III Integrated Network Analyzer also offers an option for full analysis of 802.11n WLANs. The OptiView analyzer now includes coverage of all wireless network technologies (802.11 a/b/g/n), making it the only tool needed for both wired and wireless troubleshooting and analysis.

Enhanced device discovery

Also new to this version of the OptiView analyzer is enhanced VoIP and wireless device discovery. The OptiView analyzer now discovers IP phones and IP PBXs from all leading VoIP manufacturers, including Cisco, Nortel, Avaya and Mitel. The device discovers call servers behind the VoIP phone and shows where they are connected on the network. This provides users with a much more informed starting point when solving connectivity or call quality issues.

Also, detailed wireless LAN analysis is now available from the wired side of the network, identifying WLAN controllers, lightweight access points, intelligent access points and wireless clients. This speeds identification of both wireless devices and wireless performance parameters (SNR, SSID, RSSI) when analyzing the wired side of the network, a task which formerly required a separate wireless analysis tool.

Product availability

The new version of the OptiView Series III Integrated Network Analyzer is available for immediate delivery from Fluke Networks sales partners worldwide. Also available is the OptiView Wireless Suite that includes the OptiView Wireless Option 802.11 a/b/g/n, InterpretAir™ WLAN Site Survey Software and AnalyzeAir™ Wi-Fi Spectrum Analyzer.

About Fluke Networks

Fluke Networks provides innovative solutions for the installation and certification, testing, monitoring and analysis of copper, fiber and wireless networks used by enterprises and telecommunications carriers. The company's comprehensive line of Network SuperVision™ Solutions provide network installers, owners, and maintainers with superior vision, combining speed, accuracy and ease of use to optimize network performance. Headquartered in Everett, Washington, the company distributes its products in more than 50 countries. More information can be found by visiting Fluke Networks' Web site at or by calling (800) 283-5853.

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    Fluke Networks
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