The Longest Acceptable Prefix for IPv6 Links
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Network Working Group                                       B. Carpenter
Internet-Draft                                         Univ. of Auckland
Intended status: Informational                             June 13, 2018
Expires: December 15, 2018

              The Longest Acceptable Prefix for IPv6 Links
                      draft-carpenter-6man-lap-00

Abstract

   This document introduces the concept of a Longest Acceptable Prefix
   for an IPv6 link.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
   2.  Longest Acceptable Prefix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
   3.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   4.  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   5.  Acknowledgements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   6.  Informative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   Appendix A.  Change log [RFC Editor: Please remove] . . . . . . .   4
   Author's Address  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4

1.  Introduction

   The IPv6 addressing architecture [RFC4291] clearly separates an
   address into a routing prefix of length n bits and an interface
   identifier of length 128-n bits.  IPv6 routers are required by BCP
   198 [RFC7608] to support any length of routing prefix.  For
   operational reasons, routing prefixes up to 127 bits have been
   recommended [RFC6164].

   Stateless Address Autoconfiguration (SLAAC) [RFC4862] requires a
   fixed prefix length for each Layer 2 medium, and for largely
   historical reasons [RFC7136] this has been fixed for all media as 64
   bits by the addressing architecture.

   Efforts to update the addressing architecture
   [I-D.ietf-6man-rfc4291bis] have shown that there are contradictory
   opinions about retaining this fixed length for all purposes, not just
   for SLAAC.  See for example [I-D.bourbaki-6man-classless-ipv6].

   This document does not aim to rehash those opinions and the arguments
   behind them.  Its purpose is to propose simple terminology to make
   the discussion easier.

2.  Longest Acceptable Prefix

   As noted above, any prefix length up to /128 is treated identically
   by routing protocols.  However, for a given network, end site, or
   link, there always exists a Longest Acceptable Prefix (LAP), whose
   length is locally determined.  Currently, a site or link that uses
   SLAAC has a LAP of /64, and will not work with a longer one.  A
   point-to-point link may have a LAP of /127, according to [RFC6164].
   Situations in which other LAPs might be used should be defined in
   other documents.

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3.  Security Considerations

   As noted in the Security Considerations of
   [I-D.ietf-6man-rfc4291bis], the length of an interface identifier,
   and therefore the length of a LAP, have important implications for
   privacy.  Proposals for adopting LAPs longer than /64 must take
   this into account.

4.  IANA Considerations

   This document makes no request of the IANA.

5.  Acknowledgements

   Useful comments were received from ...

6.  Informative References

   [I-D.bourbaki-6man-classless-ipv6]
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