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Unique Local IPv6 Unicast Addresses

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INTERNET-DRAFT                                          R. Hinden, Nokia
January 21, 2005                                    B. Haberman, JHU-APL

                  Unique Local IPv6 Unicast Addresses


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   This document defines an IPv6 unicast address format that is globally
   unique and is intended for local communications, usually inside of a
   site.  They are not expected to be routable on the global Internet.

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Table of Contents

   1.0 Introduction....................................................2
   2.0 Acknowledgments.................................................3
   3.0 Local IPv6 Unicast Addresses....................................3
   3.1 Format..........................................................3
   3.1.1 Background....................................................4
   3.2 Global ID.......................................................5
   3.2.1 Locally Assigned Global IDs...................................5
   3.2.2 Sample Code for Pseudo-Random Global ID Algorithm.............5
   3.2.3 Analysis of the Uniqueness of Global IDs......................6
   3.3 Scope Definition................................................7
   4.0 Operational Guidelines..........................................7
   4.1 Routing.........................................................7
   4.2 Renumbering and Site Merging....................................8
   4.3 Site Border Router and Firewall Packet Filtering................8
   4.4 DNS Issues......................................................9
   4.5 Application and Higher Level Protocol Issues....................9
   4.6 Use of Local IPv6 Addresses for Local Communications...........10
   4.7 Use of Local IPv6 Addresses with VPNs..........................11
   5.0 Global Routing Considerations..................................11
   5.1 From the Standpoint of the Internet............................11
   5.2 From the Standpoint of a Site..................................12
   6.0 Advantages and Disadvantages...................................12
   7.0 Security Considerations........................................13
   8.0 IANA Considerations............................................13
   9.0 References.....................................................13
   9.1 Normative References...........................................13
   9.2 Informative References.........................................14
   10.0 Authors' Addresses............................................15
   11.0 Change Log....................................................16
   12.0 Intellectual Property.........................................18
   13.0 Disclaimer of Validity........................................19
   14.0 Copyright Statement...........................................19

1.0 Introduction

   This document defines an IPv6 unicast address format that is globally
   unique and is intended for local communications [IPV6].  These
   addresses are called Unique Local IPv6 Unicast Addresses and are
   abbreviated in this document as Local IPv6 addresses.  They are not
   expected to be routable on the global Internet.  They are routable
   inside of a more limited area such as a site.  They may also be
   routed between a limited set of sites.

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   Local IPv6 unicast addresses have the following characteristics:

      - Globally unique prefix (with high probability of uniqueness).
      - Well known prefix to allow for easy filtering at site
      - Allows sites to be combined or privately interconnected without
        creating any address conflicts or requiring renumbering of
        interfaces using these prefixes.
      - Internet Service Provider independent and can be used for
        communications inside of a site without having any permanent or
        intermittent Internet connectivity.
      - If accidentally leaked outside of a site via routing or DNS,
        there is no conflict with any other addresses.
      - In practice, applications may treat these addresses like global
        scoped addresses.

   This document defines the format of Local IPv6 addresses, how to
   allocate them, and usage considerations including routing, site
   border routers, DNS, application support, VPN usage, and guidelines
   for how to use for local communication inside a site.

   The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT",
   document are to be interpreted as described in [RFC 2119].

2.0 Acknowledgments

   The underlying idea of creating Local IPv6 addresses described in
   this document has been proposed a number of times by a variety of
   people.  The authors of this draft do not claim exclusive credit.
   Credit goes to Brian Carpenter, Christian Huitema, Aidan Williams,
   Andrew White, Charlie Perkins, and many others.  The authors would
   also like to thank Brian Carpenter, Charlie Perkins, Harald
   Alvestrand, Keith Moore, Margaret Wasserman, Shannon Behrens, Alan
   Beard, Hans Kruse, Geoff Huston, Pekka Savola, Christian Huitema, Tim
   Chown, Steve Bellovin, Alex Zinin, Tony Hain, Bill Fenner, Sam
   Hartman, and Elwyn Davies for their comments and suggestions on this

3.0 Local IPv6 Unicast Addresses

3.1 Format

   The Local IPv6 addresses are created using a pseudo-randomly
   allocated global ID.  They have the following format:

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      | 7 bits |1|  40 bits   |  16 bits  |          64 bits            |
      | Prefix |L| Global ID  | Subnet ID |        Interface ID         |


      Prefix            FC00::/7 prefix to identify Local IPv6 unicast

      L                 Set to 1 if the prefix is locally assigned.
                        Set to 0 may be defined in the future.  See
                        section 3.2 for additional information.

      Global ID         40-bit global identifier used to create a
                        globally unique prefix.  See section 3.2 for
                        additional information.

      Subnet ID         16-bit Subnet ID is an identifier of a subnet
                        within the site.

      Interface ID      64-bit Interface ID as defined in [ADDARCH].

3.1.1 Background

   There were a range of choices available when choosing the size of the
   prefix and Global ID field length.  There is a direct tradeoff
   between having a Global ID field large enough to support foreseeable
   future growth and not using too much of the IPv6 address space
   needlessly.  A reasonable way of evaluating a specific field length
   is to compare it to a projected 2050 world population of 9.3 billion
   [POPUL] and the number of resulting /48 prefixes per person.  A range
   of prefix choices is shown in the following table:

    Prefix  Global ID     Number of          Prefixes    % of IPv6
            Length        /48 Prefixes       per Person  Address Space

    /11       37           137,438,953,472     15         0.049%
    /10       38           274,877,906,944     30         0.098%
    /9        39           549,755,813,888     59         0.195%
    /8        40         1,099,511,627,776    118         0.391%
    /7        41         2,199,023,255,552    236         0.781%
    /6        42         4,398,046,511,104    473         1.563%

   A very high utilization ratio of these allocations can be assumed
   because the Global ID field does not require internal structure, and
   there is no reason to be able to aggregate the prefixes.

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   The authors believe that a /7 prefix resulting in a 41 bit Global ID
   space (including the L bit) is a good choice.  It provides for a
   large number of assignments (i.e., 2.2 trillion) and at the same time
   uses less than .8% of the total IPv6 address space.  It is unlikely
   that this space will be exhausted.  If more than this were to be
   needed, then additional IPv6 address space could be allocated for
   this purpose.

3.2 Global ID

   The allocation of Global IDs is pseudo-random [RANDOM].  They MUST
   NOT be assigned sequentially or with well known numbers.  This is to
   ensure that there is not any relationship between allocations and to
   help clarify that these prefixes are not intended to be routed
   globally.  Specifically, these prefixes are not designed to

   This document defines a specific local method to allocate Global IDs,
   indicated by setting the L bit to 1.  Another method, indicated by
   clearing the L bit, may be defined later.  Apart from the allocation
   method, all Local IPv6 addresses behave and are treated identically.

   The local assignments are self generated and do not need any central
   coordination or assignment, but have an extremely high probability of
   being unique.

3.2.1 Locally Assigned Global IDs

   Locally assigned Global IDs MUST be generated with a pseudo-random
   algorithm consistent with [RANDOM].  Section 3.2.2 describes a
   suggested algorithm.  It is important that all sites generating
   Global IDs use a functionally similar algorithm to ensure there is a
   high probability of uniqueness.

   The use of a pseudo-random algorithm to generate Global IDs in the
   locally assigned prefix gives an assurance that any network numbered
   using such a prefix is highly unlikely to have that address space
   clash with any other network that has another locally assigned prefix
   allocated to it.   This is a particularly useful property when
   considering a number of scenarios including networks that merge,
   overlapping VPN address space, or hosts mobile between such networks.

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3.2.2  Sample Code for Pseudo-Random Global ID Algorithm

   The algorithm described below is intended to be used for locally
   assigned Global IDs.  In each case the resulting global ID will be
   used in the appropriate prefix as defined in section 3.2.

     1) Obtain the current time of day in 64-bit NTP format [NTP].
     2) Obtain an EUI-64 identifier from the system running this
        algorithm.  If an EUI-64 does not exist, one can be created from
        a 48-bit MAC address as specified in [ADDARCH].  If an EUI-64
        cannot be obtained or created, a suitably unique identifier,
        local to the node, should be used (e.g. system serial number).
     3) Concatenate the time of day with the system-specific identifier
        creating a key.
     4) Compute an SHA-1 digest on the key as specified in [FIPS, SHA1];
        the resulting value is 160 bits.
     5) Use the least significant 40 bits as the Global ID.
     6) Concatenate FC00::/7, the L bit set to 1, and the 40 bit Global
        ID to create a Local IPv6 address prefix.

   This algorithm will result in a Global ID that is reasonably unique
   and can be used to create a locally assigned Local IPv6 address

3.2.3  Analysis of the Uniqueness of Global IDs

   The selection of a pseudo random Global ID is similar to the
   selection of an SSRC identifier in RTP/RTCP defined in section 8.1 of
   [RTP].  This analysis is adapted from that document.

   Since Global IDs are chosen randomly (and independently), it is
   possible that separate networks have chosen the same Global ID.  For
   any given network with one or more random Global IDs that has inter-
   connections to other such networks, having a total of N such IDs, the
   probability that two or more of these IDs will collide can be
   approximated using the formula:

      P = 1 - exp(-N**2 / 2**(L+1))

   where P is the probability of collision, N is the number of
   interconnected Global IDs, and L is the length of the Global ID.

   The following table shows the probability of a collision for a range
   of connections using a 40 bit Global ID field.

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      Connections      Probability of Collision

          2                1.81*10^-12
         10                4.54*10^-11
        100                4.54*10^-09
       1000                4.54*10^-07
      10000                4.54*10^-05

   Based on this analysis the uniqueness of locally generated Global IDs
   is adequate for sites planning a small to moderate amount of inter-
   site communication using locally generated Global IDs.

3.3 Scope Definition

   By default, the scope of these addresses is global.  That is, they
   are not limited by ambiguity like the site-local addresses defined in
   [ADDARCH].  Rather, these prefixes are globally unique, and as such,
   their applicability is greater than site-local addresses.  Their
   limitation is in the routability of the prefixes, which is limited to
   a site and any explicit routing agreements with other sites to
   propagate them (also see section 4.1).  Also, unlike site-locals, a
   site may have more than one of these prefixes and use them at the
   same time.

4.0 Operational Guidelines

   The guidelines in this section do not require any change to the
   normal routing and forwarding functionality in an IPv6 host or
   router.  These are configuration and operational usage guidelines.

4.1 Routing

   Local IPv6 addresses are designed to be routed inside of a site in
   the same manner as other types of unicast addresses.  They can be
   carried in any IPv6 routing protocol without any change.

   It is expected that they would share the same Subnet IDs with
   provider based global unicast addresses if they were being used
   concurrently [GLOBAL].

   The default behavior of exterior routing protocol sessions between
   administrative routing regions must be to ignore receipt of and not
   advertise prefixes in the FC00::/7 block.  A network operator may
   specifically configure prefixes longer than FC00::/7 for inter-site

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   If BGP is being used at the site border with an ISP, the default BGP
   configuration must filter out any Local IPv6 address prefixes, both
   incoming and outgoing.  It must be set both to keep any Local IPv6
   address prefixes from being advertised outside of the site as well as
   to keep these prefixes from being learned from another site.  The
   exception to this is if there are specific /48 or longer routes
   created for one or more Local IPv6 prefixes.

   For link-state IGPs, it is suggested that a site utilizing IPv6 local
   addresses prefixes be contained either within one IGP domain or area.
   By containing an IPv6 local address prefix to a single link-state
   area or domain, the distribution of prefixes can be controlled.

4.2 Renumbering and Site Merging

   The use of Local IPv6 addresses in a site results in making
   communication using these addresses independent of renumbering a
   site's provider based global addresses.

   When merging multiple sites the addresses created with these prefixes
   are unlikely to need to be renumbered because all of the addresses
   have a high probability of being unique.  Routes for each specific
   prefix would have to be configured to allow routing to work correctly
   between the formerly separate sites.

4.3 Site Border Router and Firewall Packet Filtering

   While no serious harm will be done if packets with these addresses
   are sent outside of a site via a default route, it is recommended
   that routers be configured by default to keep any packets with Local
   IPv6 addresses from leaking outside of the site and to keep any site
   prefixes from being advertised outside of their site.

   Site border routers and firewalls should be configured to not forward
   any packets with Local IPv6 source or destination addresses outside
   of the site unless they have been explicitly configured with routing
   information about specific /48 or longer Local IPv6 prefixes.  This
   will ensure that packets with Local IPv6 destination addresses will
   not be forwarded outside of the site via a default route.  The
   default behavior of these devices should be to install a "reject"
   route for these prefixes.  Site border routers should respond with
   the appropriate ICMPv6 Destination Unreachable message to inform the
   source that the packet was not forwarded. [ICMPV6].  This feedback is
   important to avoid transport protocol timeouts.

   Routers that maintain peering arrangements between Autonomous Systems

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   throughout the Internet should obey the recommendations for site
   border routers unless configured otherwise.

4.4 DNS Issues

   At the present time AAAA and PTR records for locally assigned local
   IPv6 addresses are not recommended to be installed in the global DNS.
   The operational issues relating to this are beyond the scope of this

   For background on this recommendation, the concern about adding AAAA
   and PTR records to the global DNS for locally assigned Local IPv6
   addresses stems from the lack of complete assurance that the prefixes
   are unique.  There is a small possibility that the same PTR record
   might be registered by two different organizations.  Due to this
   concern, adding AAAA records is thought to be unwise because matching
   PTR records can not be registered

4.5 Application and Higher Level Protocol Issues

   Application and other higher level protocols can treat Local IPv6
   addresses in the same manner as other types of global unicast
   addresses.  No special handling is required.  This type of address
   may not be reachable, but that is no different from other types of
   IPv6 global unicast address.  Applications need to be able to handle
   multiple addresses that may or may not be reachable at any point in
   time.  In most cases this complexity should be hidden in APIs.

   From a host's perspective this difference shows up as different
   reachability than global unicast and could be handled by default that
   way.  In some cases it is better for nodes and applications to treat
   them differently from global unicast addresses.  A starting point
   might be to give them preference over global unicast, but fall back
   to global unicast if a particular destination is found to be
   unreachable.  Much of this behavior can be controlled by how they are
   allocated to nodes and put into the DNS.  However it is useful if a
   host can have both types of addresses and use them appropriately.

   Note that the address selection mechanisms of [ADDSEL], and in
   particular the policy override mechanism replacing default address
   selection, are expected to be used on a site where Local IPv6
   addresses are configured.

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4.6 Use of Local IPv6 Addresses for Local Communication

   Local IPv6 addresses, like global scope unicast addresses, are only
   assigned to nodes if their use has been enabled (via IPv6 address
   autoconfiguration [ADDAUTO], DHCPv6 [DHCP6], or manually).  They are
   not created automatically in the way that IPv6 link-local addresses
   are and will not appear or be used unless they are purposely

   In order for hosts to autoconfigure Local IPv6 addresses, routers
   have to be configured to advertise Local IPv6 /64 prefixes in router
   advertisements, or a DHCPv6 server must have been configured to
   assign them.  In order for a node to learn the Local IPv6 address of
   another node, the Local IPv6 address must have been installed in a
   naming system (e.g., DNS, proprietary naming system, etc.)  For these
   reasons, it is straight forward to control their usage in a site.

   To limit the use of Local IPv6 addresses the following guidelines

      - Nodes that are to only be reachable inside of a site:  The local
        DNS should be configured to only include the Local IPv6
        addresses of these nodes.  Nodes with only Local IPv6 addresses
        must not be installed in the global DNS.

      - Nodes that are to be limited to only communicate with other
        nodes in the site:  These nodes should be set to only
        autoconfigure Local IPv6 addresses via [ADDAUTO] or to only
        receive Local IPv6 addresses via [DHCP6].  Note: For the case
        where both global and Local IPv6 prefixes are being advertised
        on a subnet, this will require a switch in the devices to only
        autoconfigure Local IPv6 addresses.

      - Nodes that are to be reachable from inside of the site and from
        outside of the site:  The DNS should be configured to include
        the global addresses of these nodes.  The local DNS may be
        configured to also include the Local IPv6 addresses of these

      - Nodes that can communicate with other nodes inside of the site
        and outside of the site: These nodes should autoconfigure global
        addresses via [ADDAUTO] or receive global address via [DHCP6].
        They may also obtain Local IPv6 addresses via the same

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4.7 Use of Local IPv6 Addresses with VPNs

   Local IPv6 addresses can be used for inter-site Virtual Private
   Networks (VPN) if appropriate routes are set up.  Because the
   addresses are unique these VPNs will work reliably and without the
   need for translation.  They have the additional property that they
   will continue to work if the individual sites are renumbered or

5.0 Global Routing Considerations

   Section 4.1 provides operational guidelines that forbid default
   routing of local addresses between sites.  Concerns were raised to
   the IPv6 working group and to the IETF as a whole that sites may
   attempt to use local addresses as globally routed provider-
   independent addresses.  This section describes why using local
   addresses as globally-routed provider-independent addresses is

5.1 From the Standpoint of the Internet

   There is a mismatch between the structure of IPv6 local addresses and
   the normal IPv6 wide area routing model.  The /48 prefix of an IPv6
   local addresses fits nowhere in the normal hierarchy of IPv6 unicast
   addresses.  Normal IPv6 unicast addresses can be routed
   hierarchically down to physical subnet (link) level and only have to
   be flat-routed on the physical subnet.  IPv6 local addresses would
   have to be flat-routed even over the wide area Internet.

   Thus, packets whose destination address is an IPv6 local address
   could be routed over the wide area only if the corresponding /48
   prefix were carried by the wide area routing protocol in use, such as
   BGP.  This contravenes the operational assumption that long prefixes
   will be aggregated into many fewer short prefixes, to limit the table
   size and convergence time of the routing protocol.  If a network uses
   both normal IPv6 addresses [ADDARCH] and IPv6 local addresses, these
   types of address will certainly not aggregate with each other, since
   they differ from the most significant bit onwards.  Neither will IPv6
   local addresses aggregate with each other, due to their random bit
   patterns.  This means that there would be a very significant
   operational penalty for attempting to use IPv6 local address prefixes
   generically with currently known wide area routing technology.

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5.2  From the Standpoint of a Site

   There are a number of design factors in IPv6 local addresses that
   reduce the likelihood that IPv6 local addresses will be used as
   arbitrary global unicast addresses.  These include:

      - The default rules to filter packets and routes make it very
        difficult to use IPv6 local addresses for arbitrary use across
        the Internet.  For a site to use them as general purpose unicast
        addresses, they would have to make sure that the default rules
        were not being used by all other sites and intermediate ISPs
        used for their current and future communication.

      - They are not mathematically guaranteed to be unique and are not
        registered in public databases.  Collisions, while highly
        unlikely, are possible and a collision can compromise the
        integrity of the communications.  The lack of public
        registration creates operational problems.

      - The addresses are allocated randomly.  If a site had multiple
        prefixes that they wanted to be used globally the cost of
        advertising them would be very high as they could not be

      - They have a long prefix (i.e, /48) so a single local address
        prefix doesn't provide enough address space to be used
        exclusively by the largest organizations.

6.0 Advantages and Disadvantages

6.1 Advantages

   This approach has the following advantages:

      - Provides Local IPv6 prefixes that can be used independently of
        any provider based IPv6 unicast address allocations.  This is
        useful for sites not always connected to the Internet or sites
        that wish to have a distinct prefix that can be used to localize
        traffic inside of the site.
      - Applications can treat these addresses in an identical manner as
        any other type of global IPv6 unicast addresses.
      - Sites can be merged without any renumbering of the Local IPv6
      - Sites can change their provider based IPv6 unicast address
        without disrupting any communication using Local IPv6 addresses.
      - Well known prefix that allows for easy filtering at site

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      - Can be used for inter-site VPNs.
      - If accidently leaked outside of a site via routing or DNS, there
        is no conflict with any other addresses.

6.2 Disadvantages

   This approach has the following disadvantages:

      - Not possible to route Local IPv6 prefixes on the global Internet
        with current routing technology.  Consequentially, it is
        necessary to have the default behavior of site border routers to
        filter these addresses.
      - There is a very low probability of non-unique locally assigned
        Global IDs being generated by the algorithm in section 3.2.3.
        This risk can be ignored for all practical purposes, but it
        leads to a theoretical risk of clashing address prefixes.

7.0 Security Considerations

   Local IPv6 addresses do not provide any inherent security to the
   nodes that use them.  They may be used with filters at site
   boundaries to keep Local IPv6 traffic inside of the site, but this is
   no more or less secure than filtering any other type of global IPv6
   unicast addresses.

   Local IPv6 addresses do allow for address-based security mechanisms,
   including IPsec, across end to end VPN connections.

8.0 IANA Considerations

   The IANA is instructed to assign the FC00::/7 prefix for Unique Local
   IPv6 unicast addresses.

9.0 References

9.1 Normative References

   [ADDARCH] Hinden, R., S. Deering, S., "IP Version 6 Addressing
             Architecture", RFC 3513, April 2003.

   [FIPS]    "Federal Information Processing Standards Publication",
             (FIPS PUB) 180-1, Secure Hash Standard, 17 April 1995.

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   [GLOBAL]  Hinden, R., S. Deering, E. Nordmark, "IPv6 Global Unicast
             Address Format", RFC 3587, August 2003.

   [ICMPV6]  Conta, A., S. Deering, "Internet Control Message Protocol
             (ICMPv6) for the Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6)
             Specification", RFC2463, December 1998.

   [IPV6]    Deering, S., R. Hinden, "Internet Protocol, Version 6
             (IPv6) Specification", RFC 2460, December 1998.

   [NTP]     Mills, David L., "Network Time Protocol (Version 3)
             Specification, Implementation and Analysis", RFC 1305,
             March 1992.

   [RANDOM]  Eastlake, D. 3rd, S. Crocker, J. Schiller, "Randomness
             Recommendations for Security", RFC 1750, December 1994.

   [RFC2119] Bradner, S., "Key words for use in RFCs to Indicate
             Requirement Levels", RFC 2119, BCP14, March 1997.

   [SHA1]    D. Eastlake 3rd, P. Jones, "US Secure Hash Algorithm 1
             (SHA1)", RFC 3174, September 2001.

9.2 Informative References

   [ADDAUTO] Thomson, S., T. Narten, "IPv6 Stateless Address
             Autoconfiguration", RFC 2462, December 1998.

   [ADDSEL]  Draves, R., "Default Address Selection for Internet
             Protocol version 6 (IPv6)", RFC 3484, February 2003.

   [DHCP6]   Droms, R., et. al., "Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol
             for IPv6 (DHCPv6)", RFC3315, July 2003.

   [POPUL]   Population Reference Bureau, "World Population Data Sheet
             of the Population Reference Bureau 2002",  August 2002.

   [RTP]     Schulzrinne, H., S. Casner, R. Frederick, V. Jacobson,
             "RTP: A Transport Protocol for Real-Time Applications"
             RFC3550, July 2003.

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10.0 Authors' Addresses

   Robert M. Hinden
   313 Fairchild Drive
   Mountain View, CA 94043

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   Brian Haberman
   Johns Hopkins University
   Applied Physics Lab
   11100 Johns Hopkins Road
   Laurel, MD 20723

   phone: +1 443 778 1319

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11.0 Change Log

   Draft <draft-ietf-ipv6-unique-local-addr-09.txt>
      o Removed all mention of centrally assigned IPv6 local address
        addresses based on IESG comments.  L=0 is left to be defined in
        the future.
      o Added new section titled "Global Routing Considerations" that
        discusses the issues relating to why using these addresses for
        general purpose unicast address on the global internet is not a
        good idea.
      o Several editorial changes.

   Draft <draft-ietf-ipv6-unique-local-addr-08.txt>
      o Moved sections 4-10, into one new section 4.0 titled
        "operational guidelines" to clarify the their scope.
      o Clarified routing requirements to make it clearer that these
        prefixes should not be routed on the global Internet.
      o Various editorial changes.

   Draft <draft-ietf-ipv6-unique-local-addr-07.txt>
      o Changed the format in section 3.1 in add a "L" (local/central)
        bit and reduced the size of the global-ID to 40 bits.  This is
        equivalent to the previous separate prefixes and makes the
        document clearer.
      o Changed pseudo-random algorithm to use SHA-1 instead of MD5.
      o Moved [POPUL] to be an informative reference.
      o Added paragraph in Routing section to discuss the use of IGPs.
      o Various editorial changes.

   Draft <draft-ietf-ipv6-unique-local-addr-06.txt>
      o Clarify text to permit prefixes longer than /48 to be
      o Changed text in section 7.0 to recommend that locally assigned
        IPv6 local addresses are not installed in the global DNS and
        removed text about consequences of if they were installed in the
        global DNS.
      o Clarify the text in section 5.1 to state that there is a high
        probability that there will be no address conflict when
      o Several minor editorial changes.

   Draft <draft-ietf-ipv6-unique-local-addr-05.txt>
      o Removed the definition and technical requirements for centrally
        assigned local address.  The Centrally assigned local addresses
        will be defined in a separate document.  This document defines
        the specific prefixes to be used for centrally and locally
        assigned IPv6 local addresses, but only the locally assigned
        local addresses are defined here.

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   Draft <draft-ietf-ipv6-unique-local-addr-04.txt>

      o Clarified text in section 3.2.1 that central assigned prefixes
        should be assigned under the authority of a single allocation
      o Added step to suggested pseudo-random algorithm that in the case
        of centrally assigned prefixes the computed Global IDs should be
        verified against the escrow.
      o Added new text to section 3.2.2 that explains in more detail the
        need for pseudo-random Global IDs (i.e., avoid duplicate
      o Rewrote section 7.0 to describe DNS AAAA and PTR records, and
        clarify when they might be installed in the global DNS.
      o Various editorial changes.

   Draft <draft-ietf-ipv6-unique-local-addr-03.txt>

      o Removed requirement of a fee per central allocation and updated
        IANA considerations to reflect this.  Rewrote text to focus on
        the requirement to avoid hoarding of allocations.
      o Changed "filtering" and "black hole routes" to "reject" routes.
      o Changed uppers case requirements (i.e., MUST, SHOULD, etc.) to
        lower case in sections giving operational advice.
      o Removed paragraph mentioning "Multicast DNS".
      o Various editorial changes.

   Draft <draft-ietf-ipv6-unique-local-addr-02.txt>

      o Removed mention of 10 euro charge and changed text in section
        3.2.1 and IANA considerations to restate the requirement for low
        cost allocations and added specific requirement to prevent
      o Added need to send ICMPv6 destination unreachable messages if
        packets are filtered or dropped at site boundaries.
      o Changed format section to list prefix sizes and definition, and
        changed discussion of prefix sizes to new background section.
      o Various editorial changes.

   Draft <draft-ietf-ipv6-unique-local-addr-01.txt>

      o Removed example of PIR as an example of an allocation authority
        and clarified the text that the IANA should delegate the
        centrally assigned prefix to an allocation authority.
      o Changed sample code for generating pseudo random Global IDs to
        not require any human input.  Changes from using birthday to
        unique token (e.g., EUI-64, serial number, etc.)  available on
        machine running the algorithm.
      o Added a new section analyzing the uniqueness properties of the

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        pseudo random number algorithm.
      o Added text to recommend that centrally assigned local addresses
        be used for site planning extensive inter-site communication.
      o Clarified that domain border routers should follow site border
        router recommendations.
      o Clarified that AAAA DNS records should not be installed in the
        global DNS.
      o Several editorial changes.

   Draft <draft-ietf-ipv6-unique-local-addr-00.txt>

      o Changed file name to become an IPv6 w.g. group document.
      o Clarified language in Routing and Firewall sections.
      o Several editorial changes.

   Draft <draft-hinden-ipv6-global-local-addr-02.txt>

      o Changed title and name of addresses defined in this document to
        "Unique Local IPv6 Unicast Addresses" with abbreviation of
        "Local IPv6 addresses".
      o Several editorial changes.

   Draft <draft-hinden-ipv6-global-local-addr-01.txt>

      o Added section on scope definition and updated application
        requirement section.
      o Clarified that, by default, the scope of these addresses is
      o Renumbered sections and general text improvements
      o Removed reserved Global ID values
      o Added pseudo code for local allocation submitted by Brian
        Haberman and added him as an author.
      o Split Global ID values into centrally assigned and local
        assignments and added text to describe local assignments

   Draft <draft-hinden-ipv6-global-local-addr-00.txt>

      o Initial Draft

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