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Transient Hiding of Hop-by-Hop Options

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Author Donald E. Eastlake 3rd
Last updated 2023-07-01 (Latest revision 2022-12-28)
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There are an increasing number of IPv6 hop-by-hop options but such IPv6 options are poorly handled, particularly by high-speed routers in the core Internet where packets having options may be discarded. This document proposes a simple method of transiently hiding such options for part of a packet's path to protect the packet from discard or mishandling.


Donald E. Eastlake 3rd

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