Observations on the Dropping of Packets with IPv6 Extension Headers in the Real World (RFC7872)
Original Publication Date: 2016-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2016-Jun-29
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F. Gont: AUTHOR [+3]
IPv6 Extension Headers (EHs) allow for the extension of the IPv6 protocol and provide support for core functionality such as IPv6 fragmentation. While packets employing IPv6 EHs have been suspected to be dropped in some IPv6 deployments, there was not much concrete data on the topic. Some preliminary measurements have been presented in [PMTUD-Blackholes], [Gont-IEPG88], and [Gont-Chown-IEPG89], whereas [Linkova-Gont-IEPG90] presents more comprehensive results on which this document is based.
Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) F. Gont Request for Comments: 7872 SI6 Networks / UTN-FRH Category: Informational J. Linkova ISSN: 2070-1721 Google T. Chown Jisc W. Liu Huawei Technologies June 2016
Observations on the Dropping of Packets with IPv6 Extension Headers in the Real World
This document presents real-world data regarding the extent to which packets with IPv6 Extension Headers (EHs) are dropped in the Internet (as originally measured in August 2014 and later in June 2015, with similar results) and where in the network such dropping occurs. The aforementioned results serve as a problem statement that is expected to trigger operational advice on the filtering of IPv6 packets carrying IPv6 EHs so that the situation improves over time. This document also explains how the results were obtained, such that the corresponding measurements can be reproduced by other members of the community and repeated over time to observe changes in the handling of packets with IPv6 EHs.
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 7841.
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RFC 7872 IPv6 Extension Headers June 2016