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Middlebox Communications (MIDCOM) Protocol Evaluation (RFC4097)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000125706D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jun-14
Document File: 45 page(s) / 99K

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

M. Barnes: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This document provides an evaluation of the applicability of SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol), RSIP (Realm Specific Internet Protocol), Megaco, Diameter, and COPS (Common Open Policy Service) as the MIDCOM (Middlebox Communications) protocol. A summary of each of the proposed protocols against the MIDCOM requirements and the MIDCOM framework is provided. Compliancy of each of the protocols against each requirement is detailed. A conclusion summarizes how each of the protocols fares in the evaluation.

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Network Working Group                                     M. Barnes, Ed.
Request for Comments: 4097                               Nortel Networks
Category: Informational                                        June 2005


        Middlebox Communications (MIDCOM) Protocol Evaluation

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 (2005).

Abstract

   This document provides an evaluation of the applicability of SNMP
   (Simple Network Management Protocol), RSIP (Realm Specific Internet
   Protocol), Megaco, Diameter, and COPS (Common Open Policy Service) as
   the MIDCOM (Middlebox Communications) protocol.  A summary of each of
   the proposed protocols against the MIDCOM requirements and the MIDCOM
   framework is provided.  Compliancy of each of the protocols against
   each requirement is detailed.  A conclusion summarizes how each of
   the protocols fares in the evaluation.

Table of Contents

   Overview..........................................................  2
   Conventions Used in This Document.................................  3
   1.  Protocol Proposals............................................  3
       1.1.  SNMP....................................................  3
       1.2.  RSIP....................................................  5
       1.3.  Megaco..................................................  7
       1.4.  Diameter................................................  8
       1.5.  COPS.................................................... 10
   2.  Item Level Compliance Evaluation.............................. 11
       2.1.  Protocol Machinery...................................... 11
       2.2.  Protocol Semantics...................................... 20
       2.3.  General Security Requirements........................... 27
   3.  Conclusions................................................... 29
   4.  Security Considerations....................................... 30
   5.  References.................................................... 31
       5.1.  Normative References.................................... 31
       5.2.  Informative References.................................. 33
   6.  Acknowledgements.............................................. 33

Barnes                       Informational                      [Page 1]
RFC 4097               MIDCOM Protocol Evaluation              June 2005


   Appendix A - SNMP Overview........................................ 34
   Appendix B - RSIP with Tunneling....................