Unfortunate History of Transient Numeric Identifiers

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Authors Fernando Gont  , Ivan Arce 
Last updated 2019-08-23 (latest revision 2019-07-08)
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This document analyzes the timeline of the specification of different types of "numeric identifiers" used in IETF protocols, and how the security and privacy implications of such protocols has been affected as a result of it. It provides concrete evidence that advice in this area is warranted.


Fernando Gont (fgont@si6networks.com)
Ivan Arce (iarce@quarkslab.com)

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