All SNMP versions and limitations of SNMP v1
All SNMP versions and limitations of SNMP v1

The collection and organization of data in a network are crucial to configure the device behavior. All the devices on the Ip network or different computer networks such as switches, printers, routers, and modems controlled by SNMP internet standard protocol. Network monitoring is the most critical component of network management. SNMP (Simple network management protocol) deploys the MIB (message information base) the computer networks to view the system configuration details and status. Even it also helps the network administrator to query the variable remotely for managing applications. If there is any protocol that maintained eternity in the past few decades in IT, then it is SNMP V1. It is best for data polling and also convenient to use. Here are the details of all SNMP versions and limitations of SNMP v1. 

SNMP versions

Till now, there are three useful SNMP versions deployed so far. The original version is SNMP v1, and currently, two more versions deployed for bringing improvements regarding security, performance, and scalability. SNMPv2c and SNMPv3 inherit all the features of SNMP v1 and also comprised of advanced features. The SNMP also consists of a set of standards to implement features in the computer networks. It is one of the essential components of computer systems by being an application layer protocol, a set of data objects, database schema, and standards for network management. Let’s explore what were the limitations of SNMP v1 and to cover those limitations other two versions deployed. 

Limitations of SNMP v1 

The primary limitation of the SNMP protocol is non-repudiation that the SNMP manager received the message. Well, in newer versions, this drawback covered. But still, there are some more limitations to SNMP v1 and needs to be covered to configure properly the important hardware components of a computer network.

Request handling

There are multiple vulnerabilities in the request handling of the SNMP message. Hurdles are there in the subsequent processing and decoding of SNMP request messages by SNMP message agents. The format string vulnerabilities, denial of service, and buffer overflows make the request handling difficult in SNMP v1. Handling trap SNMP messages by managers and agents are also severe. 

System Exploitation

SNMP v1 manages network devices by using the UDP port numbers 161 and 162. Different network devices and administrator with devices communicate by using this port number. Consider a scenario where the hackers utilize the SNMP protocol to configure the settings of network devices. If they become successful in just accessing the settings, then they can create havoc for the network. There is also a limited set of SNMP agents that can generate buffer underrun exploits and even the DOS (denial of service attack). 

Performance limitations of polling

The extensive network management is challenging to handle by using the SNMP v1 protocol because of the low performance of polling. The SNMP PDU size also has limitations affecting the performance of the network. NNM SNMP operations also get affected where there are extensive fragmentations, and large collections of data need to be configured. Data collections become difficult in SNMP, and hence the overall network performance affected. Routing tables also not maintained properly, and difficulties in the retrieval of large amounts of data are challenging in the SNMP v1 protocol. 

Less control and more monitoring 

Not delivered and unacknowledged traps raise the problem of less power and more oversight. It only provides trivial authentication, and hence the monitoring can quickly fulfil, but in controlling operations, it faces a lot of challenges. From control, we mean that it is not effective in explicit actions and operations. Before changing any operation, firstly, the network administrator has to change the attribute and parameter value. 

Ineffective manager-to-manager communications

The SNMP v1 protocol is inefficient in manager to manager communications. How a network administrator is going to manage if limited notifications and error codes. The managers face difficulties regarding security and heiracrhies. Because of transport dependency and limited performance due to polling and less maintained routing tables, the need for SNMP v2 and v3 evolved. 

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