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Transmission of IPv6 Packets over IEEE 802.11 Networks in mode Outside the Context of a Basic Service Set (IPv6-over-80211ocb)

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Authors Alexandre Petrescu , Nabil Benamar , Jerome Haerri , Christian Huitema , Jong-Hyouk Lee , Thierry Ernst , Tony Li
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Network Working Group                                        A. Petrescu
Internet-Draft                                                 CEA, LIST
Intended status: Standards Track                              N. Benamar
Expires: September 13, 2017                     Moulay Ismail University
                                                               J. Haerri
                                                              C. Huitema

                                                                  J. Lee
                                                    Sangmyung University
                                                                T. Ernst
                                                                   T. Li
                                                      Peloton Technology
                                                          March 12, 2017

 Transmission of IPv6 Packets over IEEE 802.11 Networks in mode Outside
        the Context of a Basic Service Set (IPv6-over-80211ocb)


   In order to transmit IPv6 packets on IEEE 802.11 networks run outside
   the context of a basic service set (OCB, earlier "802.11p") there is
   a need to define a few parameters such as the recommended Maximum
   Transmission Unit size, the header format preceding the IPv6 header,
   the Type value within it, and others.  This document describes these
   parameters for IPv6 and IEEE 802.11 OCB networks; it portrays the
   layering of IPv6 on 802.11 OCB similarly to other known 802.11 and
   Ethernet layers - by using an Ethernet Adaptation Layer.

   In addition, the document attempts to list what is different in
   802.11 OCB (802.11p) compared to more 'traditional' 802.11a/b/g/n
   layers, layers over which IPv6 protocols operates without issues.
   Most notably, the operation outside the context of a BSS (OCB) has
   impact on IPv6 handover behaviour and on IPv6 security.

   An example of an IPv6 packet captured while transmitted over an IEEE
   802.11 OCB link (802.11p) is given.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   2.  Terminology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
   3.  Communication Scenarios where IEEE 802.11 OCB Links are Used    6
   4.  Aspects introduced by the OCB mode to 802.11  . . . . . . . .   6
   5.  Layering of IPv6 over 802.11-OCB as over Ethernet . . . . . .  10
     5.1.  Maximum Transmission Unit (MTU) . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
     5.2.  Frame Format  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
       5.2.1.  Ethernet Adaptation Layer . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  11
     5.3.  Link-Local Addresses  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  13
     5.4.  Address Mapping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  13
       5.4.1.  Address Mapping -- Unicast  . . . . . . . . . . . . .  13
       5.4.2.  Address Mapping -- Multicast  . . . . . . . . . . . .  13
     5.5.  Stateless Autoconfiguration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  14
     5.6.  Subnet Structure  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  15
   6.  Example IPv6 Packet captured over a IEEE 802.11-OCB link  . .  15
     6.1.  Capture in Monitor Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  16
     6.2.  Capture in Normal Mode  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  18
   7.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  20
   8.  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  21
   9.  Contributors  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  21
   10. Acknowledgements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  21

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   11. References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  22
     11.1.  Normative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  22
     11.2.  Informative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  23
   Appendix A.  ChangeLog  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  26
   Appendix B.  Changes Needed on a software driver 802.11a to
                become a                     802.11-OCB driver . . .  27
   Appendix C.  Design Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  29
     C.1.  Vehicle ID  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  29
     C.2.  Reliability Requirements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  29
     C.3.  Multiple interfaces . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  30
     C.4.  MAC Address Generation  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  31
   Appendix D.  IEEE 802.11 Messages Transmitted in OCB mode . . . .  31
   Authors' Addresses  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  31

1.  Introduction

   This document describes the transmission of IPv6 packets on IEEE Std
   802.11 OCB networks (earlier known as 802.11p).  This involves the
   layering of IPv6 networking on top of the IEEE 802.11 MAC layer (with
   an LLC layer).  Compared to running IPv6 over the Ethernet MAC layer,
   there is no modification required to the standards: IPv6 works fine
   directly over 802.11 OCB too (with an LLC layer).

   The term "802.11p" is an earlier definition.  As of year 2012, the
   behaviour of "802.11p" networks has been rolled in the document IEEE
   Std 802.11-2012.  In this document the term 802.11p disappears.
   Instead, each 802.11p feature is conditioned by a flag in the
   Management Information Base.  That flag is named "OCBActivated".
   Whenever OCBActivated is set to true the feature it relates to
   represents an earlier 802.11p feature.  For example, an 802.11
   STAtion operating outside the context of a basic service set has the
   OCBActivated flag set.  Such a station, when it has the flag set, it
   uses a BSS identifier equal to ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff.

   In the following text we use the term "802.11p" to mean 802.11-2012

   The IPv6 network layer operates on 802.11 OCB in the same manner as
   it operates on 802.11 WiFi.  The IPv6 network layer operates on WiFi
   by involving an Ethernet Adaptation Layer; this Ethernet Adaptation
   Layer converts between 802.11 Headers and Ethernet II headers.  The
   operation of IP on Ethernet is described in [RFC1042] and [RFC2464].
   The situation of IPv6 networking layer on Ethernet Adaptation Layer
   is illustrated below:

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                     |                 IPv6                  |
                     |       Ethernet Adaptation Layer       |
                     |             802.11 WiFi MAC           |
                     |             802.11 WiFi PHY           |

   A more theoretical and detailed view of layer stacking, and
   interfaces between the IP layer and 802.11 OCB layers, is illustrated
   below.  The IP layer operates on top of the EtherType Protocol
   Discrimination (EPD); this Discrimination layer is described in IEEE
   Std 802.3-2012; the interface between IPv6 and EPD is the LLC_SAP
   (Link Layer Control Service Accesss Point).

               |                 IPv6                  |
               +-+-+-+-+-+-{            }+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
                           {   LLC_SAP  }                 802.11 OCB
               +-+-+-+-+-+-{            }+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+  Boundary
               |            EPD          |       |     |
               |                         | MLME  |     |
               +-+-+-{  MAC_SAP   }+-+-+-|  MLME_SAP   |
               |      MAC Sublayer       |       |     |  802.11 OCB
               |     and ch. coord.      |       | SME |  Services
               +-+-+-{   PHY_SAP  }+-+-+-+-+-+-+-|     |
               |                         | PLME  |     |
               |            PHY Layer    |   PLME_SAP  |

   However, there may be some deployment considerations helping optimize
   the performances of running IPv6 over 802.11-OCB (e.g. in the case of
   handovers between 802.11 OCB-enabled access routers, or the
   consideration of using the IP security layer).

   There are currently no specifications for handover between OCB links
   since these are currently specified as LLC-1 links (i.e.
   connectionless).  Any handovers must be performed above the Data Link
   Layer.  Also, while there is no encryption applied below the network
   layer using 802.11p, 1609.2 does provide security services for
   applications to use so that there can easily be data security over
   the air without invoking IPsec.

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   We briefly introduce the vehicular communication scenarios where IEEE
   802.11-OCB links are used.  This is followed by a description of
   differences in specification terms, between 802.11 OCB and
   802.11a/b/g/n (and the same differences expressed in terms of
   requirements to software implementation are listed in Appendix B.)

   The document then concentrates on the parameters of layering IP over
   802.11 OCB as over Ethernet: value of MTU, the contents of Frame
   Format, the rules for forming Interface Identifiers, the mechanism
   for Address Mapping and for State-less Address Auto-configuration.
   These are precisely the same as IPv6 over Ethernet [RFC2464].

   As an example, these characteristics of layering IPv6 straight over
   LLC over 802.11 OCB MAC are illustrated by dissecting an IPv6 packet
   captured over a 802.11 OCB link; this is described in the section
   Section 6.

   A couple of points can be considered as different, although they are
   not required in order to have a working implementation of IPv6-over-
   802.11-OCB.  These points are consequences of the OCB operation which
   is particular to 802.11 OCB (Outside the Context of a BSS).  First,
   the handovers between OCB links need specific behaviour for IP Router
   Advertisements, or otherwise 802.11 OCB's Time Advertisement, or of
   higher layer messages such as the 'Basic Safety Message' (in the US)
   or the 'Cooperative Awareness Message' (in the EU) or the 'WAVE
   Routing Advertisement'; second, the IP security mechanisms are
   necessary, since OCB means that 802.11 is stripped of all 802.11
   link-layer security; a small additional security aspect which is
   shared between 802.11 OCB and other 802.11 links is the privacy
   concerns related to the address formation mechanisms.

   In the published literature, many documents describe aspects related
   to running IPv6 over 802.11 OCB:

2.  Terminology

   The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT",
   document are to be interpreted as described in RFC 2119 [RFC2119].

   RSU: Road Side Unit.  An IP router equipped with, or connected to, at
   least one interface that is 802.11 and that is an interface that
   operates in OCB mode.

   OCB: outside the context of a basic service set (BSS): A mode of
   operation in which a STA is not a member of a BSS and does not

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   utilize IEEE Std 802.11 authentication, association, or data

   802.11-OCB, or 802.11 OCB: text in document IEEE 802.11-2012 that is
   flagged by "dot11OCBActivated".  This means: IEEE 802.11e for quality
   of service; 802.11j-2004 for half-clocked operations; and (what was
   known earlier as) 802.11p for operation in the 5.9 GHz band and in
   mode OCB.

3.  Communication Scenarios where IEEE 802.11 OCB Links are Used

   The IEEE 802.11 OCB Networks are used for vehicular communications,
   as 'Wireless Access in Vehicular Environments'.  The IP communication
   scenarios for these environments have been described in several
   documents, among which we refer the reader to one recently updated
   [I-D.petrescu-its-scenarios-reqs], about scenarios and requirements
   for IP in Intelligent Transportation Systems.

4.  Aspects introduced by the OCB mode to 802.11

   In the IEEE 802.11 OCB mode, all nodes in the wireless range can
   directly communicate with each other without authentication/
   association procedures.  Briefly, the IEEE 802.11 OCB mode has the
   following properties:

   o  The use by each node of a 'wildcard' BSSID (i.e., each bit of the
      BSSID is set to 1)

   o  No Beacons transmitted

   o  No authentication required

   o  No association needed

   o  No encryption provided

   o  Flag dot11OCBActivated set to true

   The following message exchange diagram illustrates a comparison
   between traditional 802.11 and 802.11 in OCB mode.  The 'Data'
   messages can be IP messages such as the messages used in Stateless or
   Stateful Address Auto-Configuration, or other IP messages.  Other
   802.11 management and control frames (non IP) may be transmitted, as
   specified in the 802.11 standard.  For information, the names of
   these messages as currently specified by the 802.11 standard are
   listed in Appendix D.

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       STA                    AP              STA1                  STA2
       |                      |               |                      |
       |<------ Beacon -------|               |<------ Data -------->|
       |                      |               |<------ Data -------->|
       |---- Probe Req. ----->|               |<------ Data -------->|
       |<--- Probe Res. ------|               |<------ Data -------->|
       |                      |               |<------ Data -------->|
       |---- Auth Req. ------>|               |<------ Data -------->|
       |<--- Auth Res. -------|               |<------ Data -------->|
       |                      |               |<------ Data -------->|
       |---- Asso Req. ------>|               |<------ Data -------->|
       |<--- Asso Res. -------|               |<------ Data -------->|
       |                      |               |<------ Data -------->|
       |------- Data -------->|               |<------ Data -------->|
       |------- Data -------->|               |<------ Data -------->|

   (a) Traditional IEEE 802.11               (b) IEEE 802.11 OCB mode

   The link 802.11 OCB was specified in IEEE Std 802.11p(TM)-2010
   [ieee802.11p-2010] as an amendment to the 802.11 specifications,
   titled "Amendment 6: Wireless Access in Vehicular Environments".
   Since then, this amendment has been included in IEEE 802.11(TM)-2012
   [ieee802.11-2012], titled "IEEE Standard for Information technology--
   Telecommunications and information exchange between systems Local and
   metropolitan area networks--Specific requirements Part 11: Wireless
   LAN Medium Access Control (MAC) and Physical Layer (PHY)
   Specifications"; the modifications are diffused throughout various
   sections (e.g. the Time Advertisement message described in the
   earlier 802.11p ammendment is now described in section 'Frame
   formats', and the operation outside the context of a BSS described in
   section 'MLME').

   In document 802.11-2012, specifically anything referring
   "OCBActivated", or "outside the context of a basic service set" is
   actually referring to the 802.11p aspects introduced to 802.11.  Note
   that in earlier 802.11p documents the term "OCBEnabled" was used
   instead of te current "OCBActivated".

   In order to delineate the aspects introduced by 802.11 OCB to 802.11,
   we refer to the earlier [ieee802.11p-2010].  The amendment is
   concerned with vehicular communications, where the wireless link is
   similar to that of Wireless LAN (using a PHY layer specified by
   802.11a/b/g/n), but which needs to cope with the high mobility factor
   inherent in scenarios of communications between moving vehicles, and
   between vehicles and fixed infrastructure deployed along roads.
   While 'p' is a letter just like 'a, b, g' and 'n' are, 'p' is
   concerned more with MAC modifications, and a little with PHY

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   modifications; the others are mainly about PHY modifications.  It is
   possible in practice to combine a 'p' MAC with an 'a' PHY by
   operating outside the context of a BSS with OFDM at 5.4GHz.

   The 802.11 OCB links are specified to be compatible as much as
   possible with the behaviour of 802.11a/b/g/n and future generation
   IEEE WLAN links.  From the IP perspective, an 802.11 OCB MAC layer
   offers practically the same interface to IP as the WiFi and Ethernet
   layers do (802.11a/b/g/n and 802.3).

   To support this similarity statement (IPv6 is layered on top of LLC
   on top of 802.11 OCB similarly as on top of LLC on top of
   802.11a/b/g/n, and as on top of LLC on top of 802.3) it is useful to
   analyze the differences between 802.11 OCB and 802.11 specifications.
   Whereas the 802.11p amendment specifies relatively complex and
   numerous changes to the MAC layer (and very little to the PHY layer),
   we note there are only a few characteristics which may be important
   for an implementation transmitting IPv6 packets on 802.11 OCB links.

   In the list below, the only 802.11 OCB fundamental points which
   influence IPv6 are the OCB operation and the 12Mbit/s maximum which
   may be afforded by the IPv6 applications.

   o  Operation Outside the Context of a BSS (OCB): the (earlier
      802.11p) 802.11-OCB links are operated without a Basic Service Set
      (BSS).  This means that the messages Beacon, Association Request/
      Response, Authentication Request/Response, and similar, are not
      used.  The used identifier of BSS (BSSID) has a hexadecimal value
      always ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff (48 '1' bits, or the 'wildcard' BSSID),
      as opposed to an arbitrary BSSID value set by administrator (e.g.
      'My-Home-AccessPoint').  The OCB operation - namely the lack of
      beacon-based scanning and lack of authentication - has a
      potentially strong impact on the use of the Mobile IPv6 protocol
      and on the protocols for IP layer security.

   o  Timing Advertisement: is a new message defined in 802.11-OCB,
      which does not exist in 802.11a/b/g/n.  This message is used by
      stations to inform other stations about the value of time.  It is
      similar to the time as delivered by a GNSS system (Galileo, GPS,
      ...) or by a cellular system.  This message is optional for
      implementation.  At the date of writing, an experienced reviewer
      considers that currently no field testing has used this message.
      Another implementor considers this feature implemented in an
      initial manner.  In the future, it is speculated that this message
      may be useful for very simple devices which may not have their own
      hardware source of time (Galileo, GPS, cellular network), or by
      vehicular devices situated in areas not covered by such network

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      (in tunnels, underground, outdoors but shaded by foliage or
      buildings, in remote areas, etc.)

   o  Frequency range: this is a characteristic of the PHY layer, with
      almost no impact to the interface between MAC and IP.  However, it
      is worth considering that the frequency range is regulated by a
      regional authority (ARCEP, ETSI, FCC, etc.); as part of the
      regulation process, specific applications are associated with
      specific frequency ranges.  In the case of 802.11-OCB, the
      regulator associates a set of frequency ranges, or slots within a
      band, to the use of applications of vehicular communications, in a
      band known as "5.9GHz".  This band is "5.9GHz" which is different
      from the bands "2.4GHz" or "5GHz" used by Wireless LAN.  However,
      as with Wireless LAN, the operation of 802.11-OCB in "5.9GHz"
      bands is exempt from owning a license in EU (in US the 5.9GHz is a
      licensed band of spectrum; for the the fixed infrastructure an
      explicit FCC autorization is required; for an onboard device a
      'licensed-by-rule' concept applies: rule certification conformity
      is required); however technical conditions are different than
      those of the bands "2.4GHz" or "5GHz".  On one hand, the allowed
      power levels, and implicitly the maximum allowed distance between
      vehicles, is of 33dBm for 802.11-OCB (in Europe), compared to 20
      dBm for Wireless LAN 802.11a/b/g/n; this leads to a maximum
      distance of approximately 1km, compared to approximately 50m.  On
      the hand, specific conditions related to congestion avoidance,
      jamming avoidance, and radar detection are imposed on the use of
      DSRC (in US) and on the use of frequencies for Intelligent
      Transportation Systems (in EU), compared to Wireless LAN

   o  Prohibition of IPv6 on some channels relevant for the PHY of IEEE
      802.11-OCB, as opposed to IPv6 not being prohibited on any channel
      on which 802.11a/b/g/n runs; at the time of writing, this
      prohibition is explicit in IEEE 1609 documents.

   o  'Half-rate' encoding: as the frequency range, this parameter is
      related to PHY, and thus has not much impact on the interface
      between the IP layer and the MAC layer.

   o  In vehicular communications using 802.11-OCB links, there are
      strong privacy concerns with respect to addressing.  While the
      802.11-OCB standard does not specify anything in particular with
      respect to MAC addresses, in these settings there exists a strong
      need for dynamic change of these addresses (as opposed to the non-
      vehicular settings - real wall protection - where fixed MAC
      addresses do not currently pose some privacy risks).  This is
      further described in section Section 7.  A relevant function is

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      described in IEEE 1609.3, clause 5.5.1 and IEEE 1609.4, clause

   Other aspects particular to 802.11-OCB which are also particular to
   802.11 (e.g. the 'hidden node' operation) may have an influence on
   the use of transmission of IPv6 packets on 802.11-OCB networks.  The
   subnet structure which may be assumed in 802.11-OCB networks is
   strongly influenced by the mobility of vehicles.

5.  Layering of IPv6 over 802.11-OCB as over Ethernet

5.1.  Maximum Transmission Unit (MTU)

   The default MTU for IP packets on 802.11-OCB is 1500 octets.  It is
   the same value as IPv6 packets on Ethernet links, as specified in
   [RFC2464].  This value of the MTU respects the recommendation that
   every link in the Internet must have a minimum MTU of 1280 octets
   (stated in [RFC2460], and the recommendations therein, especially
   with respect to fragmentation).  If IPv6 packets of size larger than
   1500 bytes are sent on an 802.11-OCB interface then the IP stack will
   fragment.  In case there are IP fragments, the field "Sequence
   number" of the 802.11 Data header containing the IP fragment field is

   Non-IP packets such as WAVE Short Message Protocol (WSMP) can be
   delivered on 802.11-OCB links.  Specifications of these packets are
   out of scope of this document, and do not impose any limit on the MTU
   size, allowing an arbitrary number of 'containers'.  Non-IP packets
   such as ETSI 'geonet' packets have an MTU of 1492 bytes.

   The Equivalent Transmit Time on Channel is a concept that may be used
   as an alternative to the MTU concept.  A rate of transmission may be
   specified as well.  The ETTC, rate and MTU may be in direct

5.2.  Frame Format

   IP packets are transmitted over 802.11-OCB as standard Ethernet
   packets.  As with all 802.11 frames, an Ethernet adaptation layer is
   used with 802.11-OCB as well.  This Ethernet Adaptation Layer
   performing 802.11-to-Ethernet is described in Section 5.2.1.  The
   Ethernet Type code (EtherType) for IPv6 is 0x86DD (hexadecimal 86DD,
   or otherwise #86DD).

   The Frame format for transmitting IPv6 on 802.11-OCB networks is the
   same as transmitting IPv6 on Ethernet networks, and is described in
   section 3 of [RFC2464].  The frame format for transmitting IPv6
   packets over Ethernet is illustrated below:

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                               0                   1
                               0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5
                               |          Destination          |
                               +-                             -+
                               |            Ethernet           |
                               +-                             -+
                               |            Address            |
                               |             Source            |
                               +-                             -+
                               |            Ethernet           |
                               +-                             -+
                               |            Address            |
                               |1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 1|
                               |             IPv6              |
                               +-                             -+
                               |            header             |
                               +-                             -+
                               |             and               |
                               +-                             -+
                               /            payload ...        /
                               (Each tic mark represents one bit.)

   Ethernet II Fields:

   o  Destination Ethernet Address: the MAC destination address.

   o  Source Ethernet Address: the MAC source address.

   o  "1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 1": binary representation of the
      EtherType value 0x86DD.

   o  IPv6 header and payload: the IPv6 packet containing IPv6 header
      and payload.

5.2.1.  Ethernet Adaptation Layer

   In general, an 'adaptation' layer is inserted between a MAC layer and
   the Networking layer.  This is used to transform some parameters
   between their form expected by the IP stack and the form provided by
   the MAC layer.  For example, an 802.15.4 adaptation layer may perform
   fragmentation and reassembly operations on a MAC whose maximum Packet
   Data Unit size is smaller than the minimum MTU recognized by the IPv6

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   Networking layer.  Other examples involve link-layer address
   transformation, packet header insertion/removal, and so on.

   An Ethernet Adaptation Layer makes an 802.11 MAC look to IP
   Networking layer as a more traditional Ethernet layer.  At reception,
   this layer takes as input the IEEE 802.11 Data Header and the
   Logical-Link Layer Control Header and produces an Ethernet II Header.
   At sending, the reverse operation is performed.

        | 802.11 Data Header | LLC Header  | IPv6 Header | Payload |
        802.11-to-Ethernet Adaptation Layer

        | Ethernet II Header  | IPv6 Header | Payload |

   The Receiver and Transmitter Address fields in the 802.11 Data Header
   contain the same values as the Destination and the Source Address
   fields in the Ethernet II Header, respectively.  The value of the
   Type field in the LLC Header is the same as the value of the Type
   field in the Ethernet II Header.

   The Ethernet Adaptation Layer performs operations in relation to IP
   fragmentation and MTU.  One of these operations is briefly described
   in section Section 5.1.

   In OCB mode, IPv6 packets can be transmitted either as "IEEE 802.11
   Data" or alternatively as "IEEE 802.11 QoS Data", as illustrated in
   the following figure:

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       | 802.11 Data Header | LLC Header  | IPv6 Header | Payload |


       | 802.11 QoS Data Hdr| LLC Header  | IPv6 Header | Payload |

   The distinction between the two formats is given by the value of the
   field "Type/Subtype".  The value of the field "Type/Subtype" in the
   802.11 Data header is 0x0020.  The value of the field "Type/Subtype"
   in the 802.11 QoS header is 0x0028.

   The mapping between qos-related fields in the IPv6 header (e.g.
   "Traffic Class", "Flow label") and fields in the "802.11 QoS Data
   Header" (e.g.  "QoS Control") are not specified in this document.
   Guidance for a potential mapping is provided in
   [I-D.ietf-tsvwg-ieee-802-11], although it is not specific to OCB

5.3.  Link-Local Addresses

   The link-local address of an 802.11-OCB interface is formed in the
   same manner as on an Ethernet interface.  This manner is described in
   section 5 of [RFC2464].

5.4.  Address Mapping

   For unicast as for multicast, there is no change from the unicast and
   multicast address mapping format of Ethernet interfaces, as defined
   by sections 6 and 7 of [RFC2464].

5.4.1.  Address Mapping -- Unicast

   The procedure for mapping IPv6 unicast addresses into Ethernet link-
   layer addresses is described in

5.4.2.  Address Mapping -- Multicast

   IPv6 protocols often make use of IPv6 multicast addresses in the
   destination field of IPv6 headers.  For example, an ICMPv6 link-
   scoped Neighbor Advertisement is sent to the IPv6 address ff02::1
   denoted "all-nodes" address.  When transmitting these packets on
   802.11-OCB links it is necessary to map the IPv6 address to a MAC

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   The same mapping requirement applies to the link-scoped multicast
   addresses of other IPv6 protocols as well.  In DHCPv6, the
   "All_DHCP_Servers" IPv6 multicast address ff02::1:2, and in OSPF the
   "All_SPF_Routers" IPv6 multicast address ff02::5, need to be mapped
   on a multicast MAC address.

   An IPv6 packet with a multicast destination address DST, consisting
   of the sixteen octets DST[1] through DST[16], is transmitted to the
   IEEE 802.11-OCB MAC multicast address whose first two octets are the
   value 0x3333 and whose last four octets are the last four octets of

                     |0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1|0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1|
                     |   DST[13]     |   DST[14]     |
                     |   DST[15]     |   DST[16]     |

   A Group ID TBD of length 112bits may be requested from IANA; this
   Group ID signifies "All 80211OCB Interfaces Address".  Only the least
   32 significant bits of this "All 80211OCB Interfaces Address" will be
   mapped to and from a MAC multicast address.

   Transmitting IPv6 packets to multicast destinations over 802.11 links
   proved to have some performance issues
   [I-D.perkins-intarea-multicast-ieee802].  These issues may be
   exacerbated in OCB mode.  Solutions for these problems should
   consider the OCB mode of operation.

5.5.  Stateless Autoconfiguration

   The Interface Identifier for an 802.11-OCB interface is formed using
   the same rules as the Interface Identifier for an Ethernet interface;
   this is described in section 4 of [RFC2464].  No changes are needed,
   but some care must be taken when considering the use of the SLAAC

   The bits in the the interface identifier have no generic meaning and
   the identifier should be treated as an opaque value.  The bits
   'Universal' and 'Group' in the identifier of an 802.11-OCB interface
   are significant, as this is an IEEE link-layer address.  The details
   of this significance are described in [I-D.ietf-6man-ug].

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   As with all Ethernet and 802.11 interface identifiers ([RFC7721]),
   the identifier of an 802.11-OCB interface may involve privacy risks.
   A vehicle embarking an On-Board Unit whose egress interface is
   802.11-OCB may expose itself to eavesdropping and subsequent
   correlation of data; this may reveal data considered private by the
   vehicle owner; there is a risk fo being tracked; see the privacy
   considerations described in Appendix C.

   If stable Interface Identifiers are needed in order to form IPv6
   addresses on 802.11-OCB links, it is recommended to follow the
   recommendation in [I-D.ietf-6man-default-iids].

5.6.  Subnet Structure

   The 802.11 networks in OCB mode may be considered as 'ad-hoc'
   networks.  The addressing model for such networks is described in

6.  Example IPv6 Packet captured over a IEEE 802.11-OCB link

   We remind that a main goal of this document is to make the case that
   IPv6 works fine over 802.11-OCB networks.  Consequently, this section
   is an illustration of this concept and thus can help the implementer
   when it comes to running IPv6 over IEEE 802.11-OCB.  By way of
   example we show that there is no modification in the headers when
   transmitted over 802.11-OCB networks - they are transmitted like any
   other 802.11 and Ethernet packets.

   We describe an experiment of capturing an IPv6 packet on an
   802.11-OCB link.  In this experiment, the packet is an IPv6 Router
   Advertisement.  This packet is emitted by a Router on its 802.11-OCB
   interface.  The packet is captured on the Host, using a network
   protocol analyzer (e.g.  Wireshark); the capture is performed in two
   different modes: direct mode and 'monitor' mode.  The topology used
   during the capture is depicted below.

               +--------+                                +-------+
               |        |        802.11-OCB Link         |       |
            ---| Router |--------------------------------| Host  |
               |        |                                |       |
               +--------+                                +-------+

   During several capture operations running from a few moments to
   several hours, no message relevant to the BSSID contexts were
   captured (no Association Request/Response, Authentication Req/Resp,

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   Beacon).  This shows that the operation of 802.11-OCB is outside the
   context of a BSSID.

   Overall, the captured message is identical with a capture of an IPv6
   packet emitted on a 802.11b interface.  The contents are precisely

6.1.  Capture in Monitor Mode

   The IPv6 RA packet captured in monitor mode is illustrated below.
   The radio tap header provides more flexibility for reporting the
   characteristics of frames.  The Radiotap Header is prepended by this
   particular stack and operating system on the Host machine to the RA
   packet received from the network (the Radiotap Header is not present
   on the air).  The implementation-dependent Radiotap Header is useful
   for piggybacking PHY information from the chip's registers as data in
   a packet understandable by userland applications using Socket
   interfaces (the PHY interface can be, for example: power levels, data
   rate, ratio of signal to noise).

   The packet present on the air is formed by IEEE 802.11 Data Header,
   Logical Link Control Header, IPv6 Base Header and ICMPv6 Header.

     Radiotap Header v0
     |Header Revision|  Header Pad   |    Header length              |
     |                         Present flags                         |
     | Data Rate     |             Pad                               |

     IEEE 802.11 Data Header
     |  Type/Subtype and Frame Ctrl  |          Duration             |
     |                      Receiver Address...
     ... Receiver Address           |      Transmitter Address...
     ... Transmitter Address                                        |
     |                            BSS Id...
     ... BSS Id                     |  Frag Number and Seq Number   |

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     Logical-Link Control Header
     |      DSAP   |I|     SSAP    |C| Control field | Org. code...
     ... Organizational Code        |             Type              |

     IPv6 Base Header
     |Version| Traffic Class |           Flow Label                  |
     |         Payload Length        |  Next Header  |   Hop Limit   |
     |                                                               |
     +                                                               +
     |                                                               |
     +                         Source Address                        +
     |                                                               |
     +                                                               +
     |                                                               |
     |                                                               |
     +                                                               +
     |                                                               |
     +                      Destination Address                      +
     |                                                               |
     +                                                               +
     |                                                               |

     Router Advertisement
     |     Type      |     Code      |          Checksum             |
     | Cur Hop Limit |M|O|  Reserved |       Router Lifetime         |
     |                         Reachable Time                        |
     |                          Retrans Timer                        |
     |   Options ...

   The value of the Data Rate field in the Radiotap header is set to 6
   Mb/s.  This indicates the rate at which this RA was received.

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   The value of the Transmitter address in the IEEE 802.11 Data Header
   is set to a 48bit value.  The value of the destination address is
   33:33:00:00:00:1 (all-nodes multicast address).  The value of the BSS
   Id field is ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff, which is recognized by the network
   protocol analyzer as being "broadcast".  The Fragment number and
   sequence number fields are together set to 0x90C6.

   The value of the Organization Code field in the Logical-Link Control
   Header is set to 0x0, recognized as "Encapsulated Ethernet".  The
   value of the Type field is 0x86DD (hexadecimal 86DD, or otherwise
   #86DD), recognized as "IPv6".

   A Router Advertisement is periodically sent by the router to
   multicast group address ff02::1.  It is an icmp packet type 134.  The
   IPv6 Neighbor Discovery's Router Advertisement message contains an
   8-bit field reserved for single-bit flags, as described in [RFC4861].

   The IPv6 header contains the link local address of the router
   (source) configured via EUI-64 algorithm, and destination address set
   to ff02::1.  Recent versions of network protocol analyzers (e.g.
   Wireshark) provide additional informations for an IP address, if a
   geolocalization database is present.  In this example, the
   geolocalization database is absent, and the "GeoIP" information is
   set to unknown for both source and destination addresses (although
   the IPv6 source and destination addresses are set to useful values).
   This "GeoIP" can be a useful information to look up the city,
   country, AS number, and other information for an IP address.

   The Ethernet Type field in the logical-link control header is set to
   0x86dd which indicates that the frame transports an IPv6 packet.  In
   the IEEE 802.11 data, the destination address is 33:33:00:00:00:01
   which is he corresponding multicast MAC address.  The BSS id is a
   broadcast address of ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff.  Due to the short link
   duration between vehicles and the roadside infrastructure, there is
   no need in IEEE 802.11-OCB to wait for the completion of association
   and authentication procedures before exchanging data.  IEEE
   802.11-OCB enabled nodes use the wildcard BSSID (a value of all 1s)
   and may start communicating as soon as they arrive on the
   communication channel.

6.2.  Capture in Normal Mode

   The same IPv6 Router Advertisement packet described above (monitor
   mode) is captured on the Host, in the Normal mode, and depicted

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     Ethernet II Header
     |                       Destination...
     ...Destination                 |           Source...
     ...Source                                                      |
     |          Type                 |

     IPv6 Base Header
     |Version| Traffic Class |           Flow Label                  |
     |         Payload Length        |  Next Header  |   Hop Limit   |
     |                                                               |
     +                                                               +
     |                                                               |
     +                         Source Address                        +
     |                                                               |
     +                                                               +
     |                                                               |
     |                                                               |
     +                                                               +
     |                                                               |
     +                      Destination Address                      +
     |                                                               |
     +                                                               +
     |                                                               |

     Router Advertisement
     |     Type      |     Code      |          Checksum             |
     | Cur Hop Limit |M|O|  Reserved |       Router Lifetime         |
     |                         Reachable Time                        |
     |                          Retrans Timer                        |
     |   Options ...

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   One notices that the Radiotap Header is not prepended, and that the
   IEEE 802.11 Data Header and the Logical-Link Control Headers are not
   present.  On another hand, a new header named Ethernet II Header is

   The Destination and Source addresses in the Ethernet II header
   contain the same values as the fields Receiver Address and
   Transmitter Address present in the IEEE 802.11 Data Header in the
   "monitor" mode capture.

   The value of the Type field in the Ethernet II header is 0x86DD
   (recognized as "IPv6"); this value is the same value as the value of
   the field Type in the Logical-Link Control Header in the "monitor"
   mode capture.

   The knowledgeable experimenter will no doubt notice the similarity of
   this Ethernet II Header with a capture in normal mode on a pure
   Ethernet cable interface.

   It may be interpreted that an Adaptation layer is inserted in a pure
   IEEE 802.11 MAC packets in the air, before delivering to the
   applications.  In detail, this adaptation layer may consist in
   elimination of the Radiotap, 802.11 and LLC headers and insertion of
   the Ethernet II header.  In this way, it can be stated that IPv6 runs
   naturally straight over LLC over the 802.11-OCB MAC layer, as shown
   by the use of the Type 0x86DD, and assuming an adaptation layer
   (adapting 802.11 LLC/MAC to Ethernet II header).

7.  Security Considerations

   Any security mechanism at the IP layer or above that may be carried
   out for the general case of IPv6 may also be carried out for IPv6
   operating over 802.11-OCB.

   802.11-OCB does not provide any cryptographic protection, because it
   operates outside the context of a BSS (no Association Request/
   Response, no Challenge messages).  Any attacker can therefore just
   sit in the near range of vehicles, sniff the network (just set the
   interface card's frequency to the proper range) and perform attacks
   without needing to physically break any wall.  Such a link is way
   less protected than commonly used links (wired link or protected

   At the IP layer, IPsec can be used to protect unicast communications,
   and SeND can be used for multicast communications.  If no protection
   is used by the IP layer, upper layers should be protected.
   Otherwise, the end-user or system should be warned about the risks
   they run.

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   As with all Ethernet and 802.11 interface identifiers, there may
   exist privacy risks in the use of 802.11-OCB interface identifiers.
   Moreover, in outdoors vehicular settings, the privacy risks are more
   important than in indoors settings.  New risks are induced by the
   possibility of attacker sniffers deployed along routes which listen
   for IP packets of vehicles passing by.  For this reason, in the
   802.11-OCB deployments, there is a strong necessity to use protection
   tools such as dynamically changing MAC addresses.  This may help
   mitigate privacy risks to a certain level.  On another hand, it may
   have an impact in the way typical IPv6 address auto-configuration is
   performed for vehicles (SLAAC would rely on MAC addresses amd would
   hence dynamically change the affected IP address), in the way the
   IPv6 Privacy addresses were used, and other effects.

8.  IANA Considerations

9.  Contributors

   Romain Kuntz contributed extensively about IPv6 handovers between
   links running outside the context of a BSS (802.11-OCB links).

   Tim Leinmueller contributed the idea of the use of IPv6 over
   802.11-OCB for distribution of certificates.

   Marios Makassikis, Jose Santa Lozano, Albin Severinson and Alexey
   Voronov provided significant feedback on the experience of using IP
   messages over 802.11-OCB in initial trials.

   Michelle Wetterwald contributed extensively the MTU discussion,
   offeried the ETSI ITS perspective, and reviewed other parts of the

10.  Acknowledgements

   The authors would like to thank Witold Klaudel, Ryuji Wakikawa,
   Emmanuel Baccelli, John Kenney, John Moring, Francois Simon, Dan
   Romascanu, Konstantin Khait, Ralph Droms, Richard 'Dick' Roy, Ray
   Hunter, Tom Kurihara, Michal Sojka, Jan de Jongh, Suresh Krishnan,
   Dino Farinacci, Vincent Park, Jaehoon Paul Jeong, Gloria Gwynne,
   Hans-Joachim Fischer, Russ Housley, Rex Buddenberg, and William
   Whyte.  Their valuable comments clarified certain issues and
   generally helped to improve the document.

   Pierre Pfister, Rostislav Lisovy, and others, wrote 802.11-OCB
   drivers for linux and described how.

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   For the multicast discussion, the authors would like to thank Owen
   DeLong, Joe Touch, Jen Linkova, Erik Kline, Brian Haberman and
   participants to discussions in network working groups.

   The authours would like to thank participants to the Birds-of-
   a-Feather "Intelligent Transportation Systems" meetings held at IETF
   in 2016.

11.  References

11.1.  Normative References

              Gont, F., Cooper, A., Thaler, D., and S. LIU,
              "Recommendation on Stable IPv6 Interface Identifiers",
              draft-ietf-6man-default-iids-16 (work in progress),
              September 2016.

              Carpenter, B. and S. Jiang, "Significance of IPv6
              Interface Identifiers", draft-ietf-6man-ug-06 (work in
              progress), December 2013.

              Szigeti, T. and F. Baker, "DiffServ to IEEE 802.11
              Mapping", draft-ietf-tsvwg-ieee-802-11-01 (work in
              progress), November 2016.

   [RFC1042]  Postel, J. and J. Reynolds, "Standard for the transmission
              of IP datagrams over IEEE 802 networks", STD 43, RFC 1042,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC1042, February 1988,

   [RFC2119]  Bradner, S., "Key words for use in RFCs to Indicate
              Requirement Levels", BCP 14, RFC 2119,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC2119, March 1997,

   [RFC2460]  Deering, S. and R. Hinden, "Internet Protocol, Version 6
              (IPv6) Specification", RFC 2460, DOI 10.17487/RFC2460,
              December 1998, <>.

   [RFC2464]  Crawford, M., "Transmission of IPv6 Packets over Ethernet
              Networks", RFC 2464, DOI 10.17487/RFC2464, December 1998,

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   [RFC4086]  Eastlake 3rd, D., Schiller, J., and S. Crocker,
              "Randomness Requirements for Security", BCP 106, RFC 4086,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC4086, June 2005,

   [RFC4429]  Moore, N., "Optimistic Duplicate Address Detection (DAD)
              for IPv6", RFC 4429, DOI 10.17487/RFC4429, April 2006,

   [RFC4861]  Narten, T., Nordmark, E., Simpson, W., and H. Soliman,
              "Neighbor Discovery for IP version 6 (IPv6)", RFC 4861,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC4861, September 2007,

   [RFC5889]  Baccelli, E., Ed. and M. Townsley, Ed., "IP Addressing
              Model in Ad Hoc Networks", RFC 5889, DOI 10.17487/RFC5889,
              September 2010, <>.

   [RFC6275]  Perkins, C., Ed., Johnson, D., and J. Arkko, "Mobility
              Support in IPv6", RFC 6275, DOI 10.17487/RFC6275, July
              2011, <>.

   [RFC6775]  Shelby, Z., Ed., Chakrabarti, S., Nordmark, E., and C.
              Bormann, "Neighbor Discovery Optimization for IPv6 over
              Low-Power Wireless Personal Area Networks (6LoWPANs)",
              RFC 6775, DOI 10.17487/RFC6775, November 2012,

   [RFC7721]  Cooper, A., Gont, F., and D. Thaler, "Security and Privacy
              Considerations for IPv6 Address Generation Mechanisms",
              RFC 7721, DOI 10.17487/RFC7721, March 2016,

11.2.  Informative References

              "Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS); Access layer
              specification for Intelligent Transport Systems operating
              in the 5 GHz frequency band, 2013-07, document
              en_302663v010201p.pdf, document freely available at URL
              01.02.01_60/en_302663v010201p.pdf downloaded on October
              17th, 2013.".

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              "Electromagnetic compatibility and Radio spectrum Matters
              (ERM); Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS); Part 2:
              Technical characteristics for pan European harmonized
              communications equipment operating in the 5 GHz frequency
              range intended for road safety and traffic management, and
              for non-safety related ITS applications; System Reference
              Document, Draft ETSI TR 102 492-2 V1.1.1, 2006-07,
              document tr_10249202v010101p.pdf freely available at URL
              10249202/01.01.01_60/tr_10249202v010101p.pdf downloaded on
              October 18th, 2013.".

   [fcc-cc]   "'Report and Order, Before the Federal Communications
              Commission Washington, D.C. 20554', FCC 03-324, Released
              on February 10, 2004, document FCC-03-324A1.pdf, document
              freely available at URL
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              October 17th, 2013.".

              "'Memorandum Opinion and Order, Before the Federal
              Communications Commission Washington, D.C. 20554', FCC
              06-10, Released on July 26, 2006, document FCC-
              06-110A1.pdf, document freely available at URL
              FCC-06-110A1.pdf downloaded on June 5th, 2014.".

              Jeong, J., Cespedes, S., Benamar, N., and J. Haerri,
              "Survey on IP-based Vehicular Networking for Intelligent
              Transportation Systems", draft-jeong-ipwave-vehicular-
              networking-survey-00 (work in progress), October 2016.

              Perkins, C., Stanley, D., Kumari, W., and J. Zuniga,
              "Multicast Considerations over IEEE 802 Wireless Media",
              draft-perkins-intarea-multicast-ieee802-01 (work in
              progress), September 2016.

              Petrescu, A., Janneteau, C., Boc, M., and W. Klaudel,
              "Scenarios and Requirements for IP in Intelligent
              Transportation Systems", draft-petrescu-its-scenarios-
              reqs-03 (work in progress), October 2013.

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              "1609.2-2016 - IEEE Standard for Wireless Access in
              Vehicular Environments--Security Services for Applications
              and Management Messages; document freely available at URL
              standard/1609.2-2016.html retrieved on July 08th, 2016.".

              "802.11-2012 - IEEE Standard for Information technology--
              Telecommunications and information exchange between
              systems Local and metropolitan area networks--Specific
              requirements Part 11: Wireless LAN Medium Access Control
              (MAC) and Physical Layer (PHY) Specifications.  Downloaded
              on October 17th, 2013, from IEEE Standards, document
              freely available at URL
              standard/802.11-2012.html retrieved on October 17th,

              "IEEE Std 802.11p(TM)-2010, IEEE Standard for Information
              Technology - Telecommunications and information exchange
              between systems - Local and metropolitan area networks -
              Specific requirements, Part 11: Wireless LAN Medium Access
              Control (MAC) and Physical Layer (PHY) Specifications,
              Amendment 6: Wireless Access in Vehicular Environments;
              document freely available at URL
              download/802.11p-2010.pdf retrieved on September 20th,

              "IEEE P1609.0/D2 Draft Guide for Wireless Access in
              Vehicular Environments (WAVE) Architecture.  pdf, length
              879 Kb.  Restrictions apply.".

              "IEEE P1609.2(tm)/D17 Draft Standard for Wireless Access
              in Vehicular Environments - Security Services for
              Applications and Management Messages.  pdf, length 2558
              Kb.  Restrictions apply.".

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              "IEEE P1609.3(tm)/D9, Draft Standard for Wireless Access
              in Vehicular Environments (WAVE) - Networking Services,
              August 2010.  Authorized licensed use limited to: CEA.
              Downloaded on June 19, 2013 at 07:32:34 UTC from IEEE
              Xplore. Restrictions apply, document at persistent link

              "IEEE P1609.4(tm)/D9 Draft Standard for Wireless Access in
              Vehicular Environments (WAVE) - Multi-channel Operation.
              Authorized licensed use limited to: CEA. Downloaded on
              June 19, 2013 at 07:34:48 UTC from IEEE Xplore.
              Restrictions apply.  Document at persistent link

              "Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS); Security; Security
              header and certificate formats; document freely available
              at URL
              ts_103097v010101p.pdf retrieved on July 08th, 2016.".

Appendix A.  ChangeLog

   The changes are listed in reverse chronological order, most recent
   changes appearing at the top of the list.

   From draft-ietf-ipwave-ipv6-over-80211ocb-01 to draft-ietf-ipwave-

   o  Replaced almost all occurences of 802.11p with 802.11-OCB, leaving
      only when explanation of evolution was necessary.

   o  Shortened by removing parameter details from a paragraph in the

   o  Moved a reference from Normative to Informative.

   o  Added text in intro clarifying there is no handover spec at IEEE,
      and that 1609.2 does provide security services.

   o  Named the contents the fields of the EthernetII header (including
      the Ethertype bitstring).

   o  Improved relationship between two paragraphs describing the
      increase of the Sequence Number in 802.11 header upon IP

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   o  Added brief clarification of "tracking".

   From draft-ietf-ipwave-ipv6-over-80211ocb-00 to draft-ietf-ipwave-

   o  Introduced message exchange diagram illustrating differences
      between 802.11 and 802.11 in OCB mode.

   o  Introduced an appendix listing for information the set of 802.11
      messages that may be transmitted in OCB mode.

   o  Removed appendix sections "Privacy Requirements", "Authentication
      Requirements" and "Security Certificate Generation".

   o  Removed appendix section "Non IP Communications".

   o  Introductory phrase in the Security Considerations section.

   o  Improved the definition of "OCB".

   o  Introduced theoretical stacked layers about IPv6 and IEEE layers
      including EPD.

   o  Removed the appendix describing the details of prohibiting IPv6 on
      certain channels relevant to 802.11-OCB.

   o  Added a brief reference in the privacy text about a precise clause
      in IEEE 1609.3 and .4.

   o  Clarified the definition of a Road Side Unit.

   o  Removed the discussion about security of WSA (because is non-IP).

   o  Removed mentioning of the GeoNetworking discussion.

   o  Moved references to scientific articles to a separate 'overview'
      draft, and referred to it.

Appendix B.  Changes Needed on a software driver 802.11a to become a
             802.11-OCB driver

   The 802.11p amendment modifies both the 802.11 stack's physical and
   MAC layers but all the induced modifications can be quite easily
   obtained by modifying an existing 802.11a ad-hoc stack.

   Conditions for a 802.11a hardware to be 802.11-OCB compliant:

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   o  The chip must support the frequency bands on which the regulator
      recommends the use of ITS communications, for example using IEEE
      802.11-OCB layer, in France: 5875MHz to 5925MHz.

   o  The chip must support the half-rate mode (the internal clock
      should be able to be divided by two).

   o  The chip transmit spectrum mask must be compliant to the "Transmit
      spectrum mask" from the IEEE 802.11p amendment (but experimental
      environments tolerate otherwise).

   o  The chip should be able to transmit up to 44.8 dBm when used by
      the US government in the United States, and up to 33 dBm in
      Europe; other regional conditions apply.

   Changes needed on the network stack in OCB mode:

   o  Physical layer:

      *  The chip must use the Orthogonal Frequency Multiple Access
         (OFDM) encoding mode.

      *  The chip must be set in half-mode rate mode (the internal clock
         frequency is divided by two).

      *  The chip must use dedicated channels and should allow the use
         of higher emission powers.  This may require modifications to
         the regulatory domains rules, if used by the kernel to enforce
         local specific restrictions.  Such modifications must respect
         the location-specific laws.

      MAC layer:

      *  All management frames (beacons, join, leave, and others)
         emission and reception must be disabled except for frames of
         subtype Action and Timing Advertisement (defined below).

      *  No encryption key or method must be used.

      *  Packet emission and reception must be performed as in ad-hoc
         mode, using the wildcard BSSID (ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff).

      *  The functions related to joining a BSS (Association Request/
         Response) and for authentication (Authentication Request/Reply,
         Challenge) are not called.

      *  The beacon interval is always set to 0 (zero).

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      *  Timing Advertisement frames, defined in the amendment, should
         be supported.  The upper layer should be able to trigger such
         frames emission and to retrieve information contained in
         received Timing Advertisements.

Appendix C.  Design Considerations

   The networks defined by 802.11-OCB are in many ways similar to other
   networks of the 802.11 family.  In theory, the encapsulation of IPv6
   over 802.11-OCB could be very similar to the operation of IPv6 over
   other networks of the 802.11 family.  However, the high mobility,
   strong link asymetry and very short connection makes the 802.11-OCB
   link significantly different from other 802.11 networks.  Also, the
   automotive applications have specific requirements for reliability,
   security and privacy, which further add to the particularity of the
   802.11-OCB link.

C.1.  Vehicle ID

   Automotive networks require the unique representation of each of
   their node.  Accordingly, a vehicle must be identified by at least
   one unique ID.  The current specification at ETSI and at IEEE 1609
   identifies a vehicle by its MAC address uniquely obtained from the
   802.11-OCB NIC.

   A MAC address uniquely obtained from a IEEE 802.11-OCB NIC
   implicitely generates multiple vehicle IDs in case of multiple
   802.11-OCB NICs.  A mechanims to uniquely identify a vehicle
   irrespectively to the different NICs and/or technologies is required.

C.2.  Reliability Requirements

   The dynamically changing topology, short connectivity, mobile
   transmitter and receivers, different antenna heights, and many-to-
   many communication types, make IEEE 802.11-OCB links significantly
   different from other IEEE 802.11 links.  Any IPv6 mechanism operating
   on IEEE 802.11-OCB link MUST support strong link asymetry, spatio-
   temporal link quality, fast address resolution and transmission.

   IEEE 802.11-OCB strongly differs from other 802.11 systems to operate
   outside of the context of a Basic Service Set.  This means in
   practice that IEEE 802.11-OCB does not rely on a Base Station for all
   Basic Service Set management.  In particular, IEEE 802.11-OCB SHALL
   NOT use beacons.  Any IPv6 mechanism requiring L2 services from IEEE
   802.11 beacons MUST support an alternative service.

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   Channel scanning being disabled, IPv6 over IEEE 802.11-OCB MUST
   implement a mechanism for transmitter and receiver to converge to a
   common channel.

   Authentication not being possible, IPv6 over IEEE 802.11-OCB MUST
   implement an distributed mechanism to authenticate transmitters and
   receivers without the support of a DHCP server.

   Time synchronization not being available, IPv6 over IEEE 802.11-OCB
   MUST implement a higher layer mechanism for time synchronization
   between transmitters and receivers without the support of a NTP

   The IEEE 802.11-OCB link being asymetic, IPv6 over IEEE 802.11-OCB
   MUST disable management mechanisms requesting acknowledgements or

   The IEEE 802.11-OCB link having a short duration time, IPv6 over IEEE
   802.11-OCB MUST implement fast IPv6 mobility management mechanisms.

C.3.  Multiple interfaces

   There are considerations for 2 or more IEEE 802.11-OCB interface
   cards per vehicle.  For each vehicle taking part in road traffic, one
   IEEE 802.11-OCB interface card MUST be fully allocated for Non IP
   safety-critical communication.  Any other IEEE 802.11-OCB may be used
   for other type of traffic.

   The mode of operation of these other wireless interfaces is not
   clearly defined yet.  One possibility is to consider each card as an
   independent network interface, with a specific MAC Address and a set
   of IPv6 addresses.  Another possibility is to consider the set of
   these wireless interfaces as a single network interface (not
   including the IEEE 802.11-OCB interface used by Non IP safety
   critical communications).  This will require specific logic to
   ensure, for example, that packets meant for a vehicle in front are
   actually sent by the radio in the front, or that multiple copies of
   the same packet received by multiple interfaces are treated as a
   single packet.  Treating each wireless interface as a separate
   network interface pushes such issues to the application layer.

   If Mobile IPv6 with NEMO extensions is used, then the MCoA RFC5648
   technology is relevant for Mobile Routers with multiple interfaces,
   deployed in vehicles.

   The privacy requirements of [] imply that if these multiple
   interfaces are represented by many network interface, a single
   renumbering event SHALL cause renumbering of all these interfaces.

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   If one MAC changed and another stayed constant, external observers
   would be able to correlate old and new values, and the privacy
   benefits of randomization would be lost.

   The privacy requirements of Non IP safety-critical communications
   imply that if a change of pseudonyme occurs, renumbering of all other
   interfaces SHALL also occur.

C.4.  MAC Address Generation

   When designing the IPv6 over 802.11-OCB address mapping, we will
   assume that the MAC Addresses will change during well defined
   "renumbering events".  The 48 bits randomized MAC addresses will have
   the following characteristics:

   o  Bit "Local/Global" set to "locally admninistered".

   o  Bit "Unicast/Multicast" set to "Unicast".

   o  46 remaining bits set to a random value, using a random number
      generator that meets the requirements of [RFC4086].

   The way to meet the randomization requirements is to retain 46 bits
   from the output of a strong hash function, such as SHA256, taking as
   input a 256 bit local secret, the "nominal" MAC Address of the
   interface, and a representation of the date and time of the
   renumbering event.

Appendix D.  IEEE 802.11 Messages Transmitted in OCB mode

   For information, at the time of writing, this is the list of IEEE
   802.11 messages that may be transmitted in OCB mode, i.e. when
   dot11OCBActivated is true in a STA:

   o  The STA may send management frames of subtype Action and, if the
      STA maintains a TSF Timer, subtype Timing Advertisement;

   o  The STA may send control frames, except those of subtype PS-Poll,
      CF-End, and CF-End plus CFAck;

   o  The STA may send data frames of subtype Data, Null, QoS Data, and
      QoS Null.

Authors' Addresses

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   Alexandre Petrescu
   CEA Saclay
   Gif-sur-Yvette , Ile-de-France   91190

   Phone: +33169089223

   Nabil Benamar
   Moulay Ismail University

   Phone: +212670832236

   Jerome Haerri
   Sophia-Antipolis   06904

   Phone: +33493008134

   Christian Huitema
   Friday Harbor, WA  98250


   Jong-Hyouk Lee
   Sangmyung University
   31, Sangmyeongdae-gil, Dongnam-gu
   Cheonan   31066
   Republic of Korea


   Thierry Ernst


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   Tony Li
   Peloton Technology
   1060 La Avenida St.
   Mountain View, California   94043
   United States

   Phone: +16503957356

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