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ICMPv6 errors for discarding packets due to processing limits

Document Type Replaced Internet-Draft (candidate for 6man WG)
Expired & archived
Author Tom Herbert
Last updated 2018-07-19 (Latest revision 2018-01-15)
Replaced by RFC 8883
RFC stream Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)
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Additional resources Mailing list discussion
Stream WG state Call For Adoption By WG Issued
Document shepherd (None)
IESG IESG state Replaced by draft-ietf-6man-icmp-limits
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Network nodes may discard packets if they are unable to process protocol headers of packets due to processing constraints or limits. When such packets are dropped, the sender receives no indication so it cannot take action to address the cause of discarded packets. This document defines ICMPv6 errors that can be sent by a node that discards packets because it is unable to process the protocol headers. A node that receives such an ICMPv6 error may be able to modify what it sends in future packets to avoid subsequent packet discards.


Tom Herbert

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