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Dependence on Internet Protocol Version 4 in application software source code

September 2010
We have performed a light-weight source code scan on 132 recently developed software systems to determine whether they contain hard-coded dependencies on version 4 of the Internet Protocol (IPv4).

 
The IPv4 Internet addresses that are currently being assigned to computers on the Internet are bound to run out in a couple of years. When switching to the next version (IPv6), more addresses will become available, but systems with hard-coded dependencies are then at risk of malfunctioning.
 
We found that IPv4 dependencies are present in the source code of one in every 12 applications.
 
The report can be downloaded here:
Dependence on Internet Protocol Version 4 in application software source code (580 Kb)

Read the press release:
1 in 12 information systems will fail with migration to new Internet Protocol


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