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Middlebox Communications (midcom) Protocol Requirements (RFC3304)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000009354D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Aug-20
Document File: 10 page(s) / 16K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

R. P. Swale: AUTHOR [+5]

Abstract

This document specifies the requirements that the Middlebox Communication (midcom) protocol must satisfy in order to meet the needs of applications wishing to influence the middlebox function. These requirements were developed with a specific focus on network address translation and firewall middleboxes.

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Network Working Group                                        R. P. Swale

Request for Comments: 3304                          BTexact Technologies

Category: Informational                                       P. A. Mart

                                                  Marconi Communications

                                                               P. Sijben

                                                     Lucent Technologies

                                                                 S. Brim

                                                                M. Shore

                                                           Cisco Systems

                                                             August 2002

        Middlebox Communications (midcom) Protocol Requirements

Status of this Memo

   This memo provides information for the Internet community.  It does

   not specify an Internet standard of any kind.  Distribution of this

   memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

   Copyright (C) The Internet Society (2002).  All Rights Reserved.

Abstract

   This document specifies the requirements that the Middlebox

   Communication (midcom) protocol must satisfy in order to meet the

   needs of applications wishing to influence the middlebox function.

   These requirements were developed with a specific focus on network

   address translation and firewall middleboxes.

1.  Introduction

   This document is one of two developed by the Middlebox Communication

   (midcom) working group to address the requirements and framework for

   a protocol between middleboxes and "midcom agents."  This document

   presents midcom requirements; [MCFW] presents the context and

   framework.  [MCFW] also presents terminology and definitions and

   should be read in tandem with this one.

   These requirements were developed by examining the midcom framework

   and extracting requirements, both explicit and implicit, that

   appeared there.

Swale, et al.                Informational                      [Page 1]

RFC 3304                  Midcom Requirements                August 2002

2.  Requirements

   Each requirement is presented as a statement, followed by brief

   explanatory material as appropriate.  Terminology is defined in

   [MCFW].  There may be overlap between requirements.

2.1.  Protocol machinery

2.1.1.

   The Midcom protocol must enable a Midcom agent requiring the s...