IPv6 connection fails on Chrome, timeouts on Firefox

by That Brazilian Guy   Last Updated December 01, 2015 05:00 AM

I noticed there's a certain page taking a long time (5 to 10s) to load on Firefox. I traced the delay and it happens when trying to connect to a certain host, bn.uol.com.br.

Strangely, this delay only happens on Firefox, but not on Chrome / Chromium. It happens on Firefox 31.0 on Ubuntu 14.04, happens on Firefox 42.0 on Windows 10, and happens on Firefox 42.0.1 on Android 4.4.4; but it doesn't happen on Chromium 45.0.2454.101 for Ubuntu 14.04, or Chrome 46.0.2490.86m for Windows 10 or Chrome 34.0.1847.114 for Android 4.4.4.

I want to end this delay on all OS'es and all devices, either by properly enabling IPv6, or by entirely disabling it.

I had previously noticed intermittent apt-get stalling on random IPv6 addresses. AFAIK, my ISP doesn't enable IPv6, and IPv6 is disabled on my wireless AP/router. I got suspicious and performed the http://test-ipv6.com/ test on both browsers on all OS's (same wireless network, same router / AP).

Here's the results:

Firefox on Ubuntu

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Chromium on Ubuntu

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Firefox on Android

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Chrome on Android

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Firefox on Win10

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Chrome on Win10

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Additional tests

wget (Ubuntu)

[email protected]:~$ wget bn.uol.com.br
--2015-11-30 22:11:29--  http://bn.uol.com.br/
Resolving bn.uol.com.br (bn.uol.com.br)..., 2804:49c:319:430::126
Connecting to bn.uol.com.br (bn.uol.com.br)||:80... failed: Connection refused.
Connecting to bn.uol.com.br (bn.uol.com.br)|2804:49c:319:430::126|:80... [5s PAUSE HERE] failed: No route to host.

wget (Win 10)

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ping6 (Ubuntu)

$ ping6 bn.uol.com.br
PING bn.uol.com.br(2804:49c:319:430::126) 56 data bytes
From fe80::3e77:e6ff:feb4:41a1 icmp_seq=1 Destination unreachable: Address unreachable
From fe80::3e77:e6ff:feb4:41a1 icmp_seq=2 Destination unreachable: Address unreachable
From fe80::3e77:e6ff:feb4:41a1 icmp_seq=3 Destination unreachable: Address unreachable
--- bn.uol.com.br ping statistics ---
6 packets transmitted, 0 received, +3 errors, 100% packet loss, time 5009ms

Answers 1

You do not have an IPv6 address, most likely because your ISP did not make the transition to IPv6 yet, like most ISPs in the world.

Your address fe80::3e77:e6ff:feb4:41a1 is a link-local address,see here for intance:

A link-local address is an IPv6 unicast address that can be automatically configured on any interface using the link-local prefix FE80::/10 (1111 1110 10)

Besides, the reply from http://test-ipv6.com/ is identical to mine from home, where I surely do not have an IPv6 connection.


In reply to grawity's comment, I tried ping6-ing from one of my vps'es:

[email protected]:~# ping6 -c3 bn.uol.com.br
PING bn.uol.com.br(2804:49c:319:FEED::FEEB) 56 data bytes

--- bn.uol.com.br ping statistics ---
3 packets transmitted, 0 received, 100% packet loss, time 2001ms

It tries to connect, it has an IPv6-capable DNS, no reply, because I do not have an IPv6 connection on this vps. Ubuntu, which is used in the OP, like surely all Debian's but at this point I suspect all Linuxes, is perfectly capable of self-configuring IPv6, if a non-link-local-address is found.

December 01, 2015 08:47 AM

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