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IPv6 Leakage and DNS Hijacking in Commercial VPN clients study

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awakeiam

Has anyone read the article :

A Glance through the VPN Looking Glass: IPv6 Leakage and DNS Hijacking in Commercial VPN clients' by

Vasile C. Perta, Marco V. Barbera, Gareth Tyson, Hamed Haddadi

and Alessandro Mei?

http://www.eecs.qmul.ac.uk/~hamed/papers/PETS2015VPN.pdf

The article says Torguard didn't have a problem (like most vpn services) with IPv6 leakage, but like almost all the others it was susceptible to DNS hijacking. It also proposed that VPN services weren't nearly as anonymous as they claimed to be, and this doesn't mean the not keeping logs part (which is important, but a misleading claim it turns out).

I'm pretty concerned about all this. Any comments?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hi,

 

Please see our new IPv6 leak prevention feature here:

 

http://torguard.net/blog/ipv6-leak-protection-with-torguard-vpn/

 

Regarding the point on DNS: It is important to note that the potential for this exploit only exists (in theory) if you are connected to a compromised WiFi network in which the attacker has gained full control of the router. (If that is the case, DNS hijacking is only the beginning of one’s worries.) During our own testing of TorGuard’s OpenVPN app, we were unable to reproduce this when using private DNS servers because any DNS queries can only be accessed from within the tunnel itself. Regardless, we are researching this further and will release new features to patch this if necessary. 

 

Thanks!

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