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Reverse Tunneling for Mobile IP, revised (RFC3024)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000005216D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2001-Aug-17
Document File: 31 page(s) / 64K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

G. Montenegro: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Mobile Internet Protocol (IP) uses tunneling from the home agent to the mobile node's care-of address, but rarely in the reverse direction. Usually, a mobile node sends its packets through a router on the foreign network, and assumes that routing is independent of source address. When this assumption is not true, it is convenient to establish a topologically correct reverse tunnel from the care-of address to the home agent.

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Network Working Group G. Montenegro, Editor Request for Comments: 3024 Sun Microsystems, Inc. Obsoletes: 2344 January 2001 Category: Standards Track

Reverse Tunneling for Mobile IP, revised

Status of this Memo

This document specifies an Internet standards track protocol for the Internet community, and requests discussion and suggestions for improvements. Please refer to the current edition of the "Internet Official Protocol Standards" (STD 1) for the standardization state and status of this protocol. Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

Copyright (C) The Internet Society (2001). All Rights Reserved.

Abstract

Mobile Internet Protocol (IP) uses tunneling from the home agent to the mobile node's care-of address, but rarely in the reverse direction. Usually, a mobile node sends its packets through a router on the foreign network, and assumes that routing is independent of source address. When this assumption is not true, it is convenient to establish a topologically correct reverse tunnel from the care-of address to the home agent.

This document proposes backwards-compatible extensions to Mobile IP to support topologically correct reverse tunnels. This document does not attempt to solve the problems posed by firewalls located between the home agent and the mobile node's care-of address.

This document obsoletes RFC 2344.

Montenegro Standards Track [Page 1]

RFC 3024 Reverse Tunneling for Mobile IP, revised January 2001

Table of Contents

1. Introduction ................................................... 3 1.1. Terminology .................................................. 4 1.2. Assumptions .................................................. 4 1.3. Justification ................................................ 5 2. Overview ....................................................... 5 3. New Packet Formats ............................................. 6 3.1. Mobility Agent Advertisement Extension ....................... 6 3.2. Registration Request ......................................... 6 3.3. Encapsulating Delivery Style Extension ....................... 7 3.4. New Registration Reply Codes ................................. 8 4. Changes in Protocol Behavior ................................... 9 4.1. Mobile Node Considerations ................................... 9 4.1.1. Sending Registration Requests to the Foreign Agent ......... 9 4.1.2. Receiving Registration Replies from the Foreign Agent ...... 10 4.2. Foreign Agent Considerations ................................. 10 4.2.1. Receiving Registration Requests from the Mobile Node ....... 11 4.2.2. Relaying Registration Requests to the Home Agent ........... 11 4.3. Home Agent Considerations .................................... 11 4.3.1. Receiving Registration Requests from the Foreign Agent ..... 12 4.3.2. Sending Registration Replies to the Foreign Agent .......... 12 5. Mobile Node to Foreign Agent Delivery Styles ................... 13 5.1. Direct Delivery Style ....................................