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A Security Threat Analysis for the Routing Protocol for Low-Power and Lossy Networks (RPLs) (RFC7416) Disclosure Number: IPCOM000240138D
Original Publication Date: 2015-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2015-Jan-06
Document File: 80 page(s) / 94K

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T. Tsao: AUTHOR [+6]


In recent times, networked electronic devices have found an increasing number of applications in various fields. Yet, for reasons ranging from operational application to economics, these wired and wireless devices are often supplied with minimum physical resources; the constraints include those on computational resources (RAM, clock speed, and storage) and communication resources (duty cycle, packet size, etc.) but also form factors that may rule out user-access interfaces (e.g., the housing of a small stick-on switch) or simply safety considerations (e.g., with gas meters). As a consequence, the resulting networks are more prone to loss of traffic and other vulnerabilities. The proliferation of these Low-Power and Lossy Networks (LLNs), however, are drawing efforts to examine and address their potential networking challenges. Securing the establishment and maintenance of network connectivity among these deployed devices becomes one of these key challenges.

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Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                           T. Tsao Request for Comments: 7416                                  R. Alexander Category: Informational            Eaton's Cooper Power Systems Business ISSN: 2070-1721                                                M. Dohler                                                                     CTTC                                                                  V. Daza                                                                A. Lozano                                                 Universitat Pompeu Fabra                                                       M. Richardson, Ed.                                                 Sandelman Software Works                                                             January 2015

                      A Security Threat Analysis for       the Routing Protocol for Low-Power and Lossy Networks (RPLs)


   This document presents a security threat analysis for the Routing    Protocol for Low-Power and Lossy Networks (RPLs).  The development    builds upon previous work on routing security and adapts the    assessments to the issues and constraints specific to low-power and    lossy networks.  A systematic approach is used in defining and    evaluating the security threats.  Applicable countermeasures are    application specific and are addressed in relevant applicability    statements.

Status of This Memo

   This document is not an Internet Standards Track specification; it is    published for informational purposes.

   This document is a product of the Internet Engineering Task Force    (IETF).  It represents the consensus of the IETF community.  It has    received public review and has been approved for publication by the    Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG).  Not all documents    approved by the IESG are a candidate for any level of Internet    Standard; see Section 2 of RFC 5741.

   Information about the current status of this document, any errata,    and how to provide feedback on it may be obtained at

Tsao, et al.                  Informational                     [Page 1]
 RFC 7416          Security Threat Analysis for ROLL RPL     January 2015

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