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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2013, Article ID 946768, 10 pages
Research Article

Vulnerability Assessment of IPv6 Websites to SQL Injection and Other Application Level Attacks

Department of Electrical Engineering, National Chung Cheng University, Chia-Yi 62102, Taiwan

Received 14 October 2013; Accepted 2 December 2013

Academic Editors: S. K. Bhatia and A. K. Misra

Copyright © 2013 Ying-Chiang Cho and Jen-Yi Pan. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Given the proliferation of internet connected devices, IPv6 has been proposed to replace IPv4. Aside from providing a larger address space which can be assigned to internet enabled devices, it has been suggested that the IPv6 protocol offers increased security due to the fact that with the large number of addresses available, standard IP scanning attacks will no longer become feasible. However, given the interest in attacking organizations rather than individual devices, most initial points of entry onto an organization's network and their attendant devices are visible and reachable through web crawling techniques, and, therefore, attacks on the visible application layer may offer ways to compromise the overall network. In this evaluation, we provide a straightforward implementation of a web crawler in conjunction with a benign black box penetration testing system and analyze the ease at which SQL injection attacks can be carried out.