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Middleboxes: Taxonomy and Issues

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This is an older version of an Internet-Draft that was ultimately published as RFC 3234.
Authors Scott W. Brim , Brian E. Carpenter
Last updated 2013-03-02 (Latest revision 2001-11-02)
RFC stream Legacy stream
Intended RFC status Informational
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        RFC 3234

        Title:      Middleboxes: Taxonomy and Issues
        Author(s):  B. Carpenter, S. Brim
        Status:     Informational
        Date:       February 2002
        Pages:      27
        Characters: 62329
        Updates/Obsoletes/SeeAlso:  None

        I-D Tag:    draft-carpenter-midtax-03.txt


This document is intended as part of an IETF discussion about
"middleboxes" - defined as any intermediary box performing functions
apart from normal, standard functions of an IP router on the data
path between a source host and destination host.  This document
establishes a catalogue or taxonomy of middleboxes, cites previous
and current IETF work concerning middleboxes, and attempts to
identify some preliminary conclusions.  It does not, however, claim to
be definitive.

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