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Basic Socket Interface Extensions for IPv6 (RFC3493)

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Original Publication Date: 2003-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Mar-18
Document File: 40 page(s) / 83K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

R. Gilligan: AUTHOR [+5]

Abstract

The de facto standard Application Program Interface (API) for TCP/IP applications is the "sockets" interface. Although this API was developed for Unix in the early 1980s it has also been implemented on a wide variety of non-Unix systems. TCP/IP applications written using the sockets API have in the past enjoyed a high degree of portability and we would like the same portability with IPv6 applications. But changes are required to the sockets API to support IPv6 and this memo describes these changes. These include a new socket address structure to carry IPv6 addresses, new address conversion functions, and some new socket options. These extensions are designed to provide access to the basic IPv6 features required by TCP and UDP applications, including multicasting, while introducing a minimum of change into the system and providing complete compatibility for existing IPv4 applications. Additional extensions for advanced IPv6 features (raw sockets and access to the IPv6 extension headers) are defined in another document.

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Network Working Group                                        R. Gilligan

Request for Comments: 3493                                Intransa, Inc.

Obsoletes: 2553                                               S. Thomson

Category: Informational                                            Cisco

                                                                J. Bound

                                                               J. McCann

                                                         Hewlett-Packard

                                                              W. Stevens

                                                           February 2003

               Basic Socket Interface Extensions for IPv6

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 (2003).  All Rights Reserved.

Abstract

   The de facto standard Application Program Interface (API) for TCP/IP

   applications is the "sockets" interface.  Although this API was

   developed for Unix in the early 1980s it has also been implemented on

   a wide variety of non-Unix systems.  TCP/IP applications written

   using the sockets API have in the past enjoyed a high degree of

   portability and we would like the same portability with IPv6

   applications.  But changes are required to the sockets API to support

   IPv6 and this memo describes these changes.  These include a new

   socket address structure to carry IPv6 addresses, new address

   conversion functions, and some new socket options.  These extensions

   are designed to provide access to the basic IPv6 features required by

   TCP and UDP applications, including multicasting, while introducing a

   minimum of change into the system and providing complete

   compatibility for existing IPv4 applications.  Additional extensions

   for advanced IPv6 features (raw sockets and access to the IPv6

   extension headers) are defined in another document.

Gilligan, et al.             Informational                      [Page 1]

RFC 3493       Basic Socket Interface Extensions for IPv6  February 2003

Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction................................................3

   2.  Design Considerations.......................................4

       2.1  What Needs to be Changed...............................4

       2.2  D...