IPProtectionLevel Enumeration

A value that enables restriction of an IPv6 socket to a specified scope, such as addresses with the same link local or site local prefix.

Namespace:  System.Net.Sockets
Assembly:  System (in System.dll)

public enum IPProtectionLevel

Member nameDescription
EdgeRestrictedThe IP protection level is edge restricted. This value would be used by applications designed to operate across the Internet. This setting does not allow Network Address Translation (NAT) traversal using the Windows Teredo implementation. These applications may bypass IPv4 firewalls, so applications must be hardened against Internet attacks directed at the opened port. On Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP, the default value for the IP Protection level on a socket is edge restricted.
RestrictedThe IP protection level is restricted. This value would be used by intranet applications that do not implement Internet scenarios. These applications are generally not tested or hardened against Internet-style attacks. This setting will limit the received traffic to link-local only.
UnrestrictedThe IP protection level is unrestricted. This value would be used by applications designed to operate across the Internet, including applications taking advantage of IPv6 NAT traversal capabilities built into Windows (Teredo, for example). These applications may bypass IPv4 firewalls, so applications must be hardened against Internet attacks directed at the opened port. On Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Vista, the default value for the IP Protection level on a socket is unrestricted.
UnspecifiedThe IP protection level is unspecified. On Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, the default value for the IP Protection level on a socket is unspecified.

This option enables applications to place access restrictions on IPv6 sockets. Such restrictions enable an application running on a private LAN to simply and robustly harden itself against external attacks. This socket option widens or narrows the scope of a listening socket, enabling unrestricted access from public and private users when appropriate, or restricting access only to the same site, as required.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5.2, 4.5.1, 4.5, 4

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4

Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

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