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        Operational Considerations for use of DNS in IoT devices


   This document details concerns about how Internet of Things devices
   use IP addresses and DNS names.  The issue becomes acute as network
   operators begin deploying RFC8520 Manufacturer Usage Description
   (MUD) definitions to control device access.

   This document makes recommendations on when and how to use DNS names
   in MUD files.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   2.  Terminology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
   3.  Strategies to map names . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
     3.1.  Failing strategy  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
       3.1.1.  Too slow  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
       3.1.2.  Reveals patterns of usage . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
       3.1.3.  Mappings are often incomplete . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
       3.1.4.  Forward names can have wildcards  . . . . . . . . . .   6
     3.2.  A successful strategy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
   4.  DNS and IP Anti-Patterns for IoT device Manufacturers . . . .   8
     4.1.  Use of IP address literals inprotocol . . . . . . . . . .   8
     4.2.  Use of non-deterministic DNS names in-protocol  . . . . .  10
     4.3.  Use of a too generic DNS name . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  11
   5.  DNS privacy and outsourcing versus MUD controllers  . . . . .  11
   6.  Recommendations to IoT device manufacturer on MUD and DNS
           usage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  12
     6.1.  Consistently use DNS  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  12
     6.2.  Use primary DNS names controlled by the manufacturer  . .  12
     6.3.  Use Content-Distribution Network with stable names  . . .  12
     6.4.  Do not use geofenced names  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  13
     6.5.  Prefer DNS servers learnt from DHCP/Route
           Advertisements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  13
   7.  Privacy Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  13
   8.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  15
   9.  References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  15

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     9.1.  Normative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  15
     9.2.  Informative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  16
   Appendix A.  Appendices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  17
   Contributors  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  17
   Authors' Addresses  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  17

1.  Introduction

   [RFC8520] provides a standardized way to describe how a specific
   purpose device makes use of Internet resources.  Access Control Lists
   (ACLs) can be defined in an RFC8520 Manufacturer Usage Description
   (MUD) file that permit a device to access Internet resources by DNS
   name or IP address.

   Use of a DNS name rather than IP address in the ACL has many
   advantages: not only does the layer of indirection permit the mapping
   of name to IP address to be changed over time, it also generalizes
   automatically to IPv4 and IPv6 addresses, as well as permitting a
   variety of load balancing strategies, including multi-CDN deployments
   wherein load balancing can account for geography and load.

   At the MUD policy enforcement point -- the firewall -- there is a
   problem.  The firewall has access only to the layer-3 headers of the
   packet.  This includes the source and destination IP address, and if
   not encrypted by IPsec, the destination UDP or TCP port number
   present in the transport header.  The DNS name is not present!

   It has been suggested that one answer to this problem is to provide a
   forced intermediate for the TLS connections.  In theory, this could
   be done for TLS 1.2 connections.  The MUD policy enforcement point
   could observe the Server Name Identifier (SNI) [RFC6066].  Some
   Enterprises do this already.  But, as this involves active
   termination of the TCP connection (a forced circuit proxy) in order
   to see enough of the traffic, it requires significant effort.

   In TLS 1.3, with or without the use of ECH, middleboxes cannot rely
   on SNI inspection because malware could lie about the SNI.  In
   addition, middleboxes do not have visibility into the server
   certificate unless they are acting as TLS proxies.

   So in order to implement these name based ACLs, there must be a
   mapping between the names in the ACLs and layer-3 IP addresses.  The
   first section of this document details a few strategies that are

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   The second section of this document details how common manufacturer
   anti-patterns get in the way of this mapping.  The term "anti-
   pattern" comes from agile software design literature, as per

   The third section of this document details how current trends in DNS
   resolution such as public DNS servers, DNS over TLS (DoT), DNS over
   QUIC (DoQ), and DNS over HTTPS (DoH) cause problems for the
   strategies employed.

   The fourth section of this document makes a series of recommendations
   ("best current practices") for manufacturers on how to use DNS and IP
   addresses with MUD supporting IoT devices.

   The Privacy Considerations section concerns itself with issues that
   DNS-over-TLS and DNS-over-HTTPS are frequently used to deal with.
   How these concerns apply to IoT devices located within a residence or
   enterprise is a key concern.

   The Security Considerations section covers some of the negative
   outcomes should MUD/firewall managers and IoT manufacturers choose
   not to cooperate.

2.  Terminology

   Although this document is not an IETF Standards Track publication, it
   adopts the conventions for normative language to provide clarity of
   instructions to the implementer.  The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT",
   document are to be interpreted as described in BCP 14 [RFC2119]
   [RFC8174] when, and only when, they appear in all capitals, as shown

3.  Strategies to map names

   The most naive method is to try to map IP addresses to names using
   the (IPv4), and (IPv6) mappings at the time
   the packet is seen.

3.1.  Failing strategy

   Attempts to map IP address to names in real time fails for a number
   of reasons:

   1.  it can not be done fast enough,

   2.  it reveals usage patterns of the devices,

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   3.  the mapping are often incomplete,

   4.  Even if the mapping is present, due to virtual hosting, it may
       not map back to the name used in the ACL.

   This is not a successful strategy, its use is NOT RECOMMENDED for the
   reasons explained below.

3.1.1.  Too slow

   Mapping of IP addresses to names requires a DNS lookup in the in- or space.  For a cold DNS cache, this will
   typically require 2 to 3 NS record lookups to locate the DNS server
   that holds the information required.  At 20 to 100 ms per round trip,
   this easily adds up to significant time before the packet that caused
   the lookup can be released.

   While subsequent connections to the same site (and subsequent packets
   in the same flow) will not be affected if the results are cached, the
   effects will be felt.  The ACL results can be cached for a period of
   time given by the TTL of the DNS results, but the DNS lookup must be
   repeated, e.g, in a few hours or days,when the cached IP address to
   name binding expires.

3.1.2.  Reveals patterns of usage

   By doing the DNS lookups when the traffic occurs, then a passive
   attacker can see when the device is active, and may be able to derive
   usage patterns.  They could determine when a home was occupied or
   not.  This does not require access to all on-path data, just to the
   DNS requests to the bottom level of the DNS tree.

3.1.3.  Mappings are often incomplete

   A service provider that fails to include an A or AAAA record as part
   of their forward name publication will find that the new server is
   simply not used.  The operational feedback for that mistake is
   immediate.  The same is not true for reverse names: they can often be
   incomplete or incorrect for months or even years without visible
   effect on operations.

   Service providers often find it difficult to update reverse maps in a
   timely fashion, assuming that they can do it at all.  Many cloud
   based solutions dynamically assign IP addresses to services, often as
   the service grows and shrinks, reassigning those IP addresses to
   other services quickly.  The use of HTTP 1.1 Virtual Hosting may
   allow addresses and entire front-end systems to be re-used
   dynamically without even reassigning the IP addresses.

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   In some cases there are multiple layers of CNAME between the original
   name and the target service name.  This is often due to a load
   balancing layer in the DNS, followed by a load balancing layer at the
   HTTP level.

   The reverse name for the IP address of the load balancer usually does
   not change.  If hundreds of web services are funneled through the
   load balancer, it would require hundreds of PTR records to be
   deployed.  This would easily exceed the UDP/DNS and EDNS0 limits, and
   require all queries to use TCP, which would further slow down loading
   of the records.

   The enumeration of all services/sites that have been at that load
   balancer might also constitute a security concern.  To limit churn of
   DNS PTR records, and reduce failures of the MUD ACLs, operators would
   want to add all possible names for each reverse name, whether or not
   the DNS load balancing in the forward DNS space lists that end-point
   at that moment.

3.1.4.  Forward names can have wildcards

   In some large hosting providers content is hosted through a domain
   name that is published as a DNS wildcard (and uses a wildcard
   certificate).  For instance,, which is used for hosted
   content, including the Editors' copy of internet drafts stored on
   github, does not actually publish any names.  Instead, a wildcard
   exists to answer all potential names: requests are routed appropriate
   once they are received.

   This kind of system works well for self-managed hosted content.
   However, while it is possible to insert up to a few dozen PTR
   records, many thousand entries are not possible, nor is it possible
   to deal with the unlimited (infinite) number of possibilities that a
   wildcard supports.

   It would be therefore impossible for the PTR reverse lookup to ever
   work with these wildcard names.

3.2.  A successful strategy

   The simplest successful strategy for translating names for a MUD
   controller to take is to do a DNS lookup on the name (a forward
   lookup), and then use the resulting IP addresses to populate the
   physical ACLs.

   There are still a number of failures possible.

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   The most important one is that the mapping of the names to IP
   addresses may be non-deterministic.  [RFC1794] describes the very
   common mechanism that returns DNS A (or reasonably AAAA) records in a
   permuted order.  This is known as Round Robin DNS, and it has been
   used for many decades.  The device is intended to use the first IP
   address that is returned, and each query returns addresses in a
   different ordering, splitting the load among many servers.

   This situation does not result in failures as long as all possible A/
   AAAA records are returned.  The MUD controller and the device get a
   matching set, and the ACLs that are set up cover all possibilities.

   There are a number of circumstances in which the list is not
   exhaustive.  The simplest is when the round-robin does not return all
   addresses.  This is routinely done by geographical DNS load balancing
   systems.  It can also happen if there are more addresses than will
   conveniently fit into a DNS reply.  The reply will be marked as
   truncated.  (If DNSSEC resolution will be done, then the entire RR
   must be retrieved over TCP (or using a larger EDNS(0) size) before
   being validated)

   However, in a geographical DNS load balancing system, different
   answers are given based upon the locality of the system asking.
   There may also be further layers of round-robin indirection.

   Aside from the list of records being incomplete, the list may have
   changed between the time that the MUD controller did the lookup and
   the time that the IoT device did the lookup, and this change can
   result in a failure for the ACL to match.

   In order to compensate for this, the MUD controller SHOULD regularly
   perform DNS lookups in order to never have stale data.  These lookups
   must be rate limited to avoid excessive load on the DNS servers, and
   it may be necessary to avoid local recursive resolvers.  The MUD
   controller SHOULD incorporate its own recursive caching DNS server.
   Properly designed recursive servers should cache data for at least
   some number of minutes, up to some number of days, while the
   underlying DNS data can change at a higher frequency, providing
   different answers to different queries!

   A MUD controller that is aware of which recursive DNS server the IoT
   device will use can instead query that server on a periodic basis.
   Doing so provides three advantages:

   1.  Any geographic load balancing will base the decision on the
       geolocation of the recursive DNS server, and the recursive name
       server will provide the same answer to the MUD controller as to
       the IoT device.

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   2.  The resulting name to IP address mapping in the recursive name
       server will be cached, and will remain the same for the entire
       advertised Time-To-Live reported in the DNS query return.  This
       also allows the MUD controller to avoid doing unnecessary

   3.  if any addresses have been omitted in a round-robin DNS process,
       the cache will have the same set of addresses that were returned.

   The solution of using the same caching recursive resolver as the
   target device is very simple when the MUD controller is located in a
   residential CPE device.  The device is usually also the policy
   enforcement point for the ACLs, and a caching resolver is typically
   located on the same device.  In addition to convenience, there is a
   shared fate advantage: as all three components are running on the
   same device, if the device is rebooted, clearing the cache, then all
   three components will get restarted when the device is restarted.

   Where the solution is more complex is when the MUD controller is
   located elsewhere in an Enterprise, or remotely in a cloud such as
   when a Software Defined Network (SDN) is used to manage the ACLs.
   The DNS servers for a particular device may not be known to the MUD
   controller, nor the MUD controller be even permitted to make
   recursive queries to that server if it is known.  In this case,
   additional installation specific mechanisms are probably needed to
   get the right view of the DNS.

4.  DNS and IP Anti-Patterns for IoT device Manufacturers

   In many design fields, there are good patterns that should be
   emulated, and often there are patterns that should not be emulated.
   The latter are called anti-patterns, as per [antipatterns].

   This section describes a number of things which IoT manufacturers
   have been observed to do in the field, each of which presents
   difficulties for MUD enforcement points.

4.1.  Use of IP address literals inprotocol

   A common pattern for a number of devices is to look for firmware
   updates in a two-step process.  An initial query is made (often over
   HTTPS, sometimes with a POST, but the method is immaterial) to a
   vendor system that knows whether an update is required.

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   The current firmware model of the device is sometimes provided and
   then the authoritative server provides a determination if a new
   version is required and, if so, what version.  In simpler cases, an
   HTTPS endpoint is queried which provides the name and URL of the most
   recent firmware.

   The authoritative upgrade server then responds with a URL of a
   firmware blob that the device should download and install.  Best
   practice is that firmware is either signed internally ([RFC9019]) so
   that it can be verified, or a hash of the blob is provided.

   An authoritative server might be tempted to provide an IP address
   literal inside the protocol: there are two arguments (anti-patterns)
   for doing this.

   The first is that it eliminates problems with firmware updates that
   might be caused by lack of DNS, or incompatibilities with DNS.  For
   instance a bug that causes interoperability issues with some
   recursive servers would become unpatchable for devices that were
   forced to use that recursive resolver type.

   The second reason to avoid a IP address literal in the URL is when an
   inhouse content-distribution system is involved that involves on-
   demand instances being added (or removed) from a cloud computing

   But, there are more problems with use of IP address literals for the
   location of the firmware.

   The first is that the update service server must decide whether to
   provide an IPv4 or an IPv6 literal.  A DNS name can contain both
   kinds of addresses, and can also contain many different IP addresses
   of each kind.

   The second problem is that it forces the MUD file definition to
   contain the exact same IP address literals.  It must also contain an
   ACL for each address literal.  DNS provides a useful indirection
   method that naturally aggregates the addresses.

   A third problem involves the use of HTTPS.  IP address literals do
   not provide enough context for TLS ServerNameIndicator to be useful
   [RFC6066].  This limits the firmware repository to be a single tenant
   on that IP address, and for IPv4 (at least), this is no longer a
   sustainable use of IP addresses.

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   Finally, it is common in some content-distribution networks (CDN) to
   use multiple layers of DNS CNAMEs in order to isolate the content-
   owner's naming system from changes in how the distribution network is

   A non-deterministic name or address that is returned within the
   update protocol, the MUD controller is unable to know what the name
   is.  It is therefore unable to make sure that the communication to
   retrieve the new firmware is permitted by the MUD enforcement point.

4.2.  Use of non-deterministic DNS names in-protocol

   A second pattern is for a control protocol to connect to a known HTTP
   endpoint.  This is easily described in MUD.  Within that control
   protocol references are made to additional content at other URLs.
   The values of those URLs do not fit any easily described pattern and
   may point at arbitrary names.

   Those names are often within some third-party Content-Distribution-
   Network (CDN) system, or may be arbitrary names in a cloud-provider
   storage system (i.e., [AmazonS3], or [Akamai]).  Some of the name
   components may be specified by the provider.

   Such names may be unpredictably chosen by the content provider, and
   not the content owner, and so impossible to insert into a MUD file.

   Even if the content provider chosen names are deterministic they may
   change at a rate much faster than MUD files can be updated.

   This in particular may apply to the location where firmware updates
   may be retrieved.

   A solution is to use a deterministic DNS name, within the control of
   the firmware vendor.  This may be a problem if the content
   distribution network needs to reorganize which IP address is
   responsible for which content, or if there is a desire to provide
   content in geographically relevant ways.

   The firmware vendor is therefore likely to be asked to point a CNAME
   to the CDN network, to a name that might look like "g7.a.example",
   with the expectation that the CDN vendors DNS will do all the
   appropriate work to geolocate the transfer.  This can be fine for a
   MUD file, as the MUD controller, if located in the same geography as
   the IoT device, can follow the CNAME, and can collect the set of
   resulting IP addresses, along with the TTL for each.  The MUD
   controller can then take charge of refreshing that mapping at
   intervals driven by the TTL.

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   In some cases, a complete set of geographically distributed servers
   is known ahead of time, and the firmware vendor can list all those
   addresses DNS for the the name that it lists in the MUD file.  As
   long as the active set of addresses used by the CDN is a strict
   subset of that list, then the geolocated name can be used for the
   firmware download itself.  This use of two addresses is ripe for
   confusion, however.

4.3.  Use of a too generic DNS name

   Some CDNs make all customer content available at a single URL (such
   as  This seems to be ideal from a MUD point of
   view: a completely predictable URL.

   The problem is that a compromised device could then connect to the
   contents of any bucket, potentially attacking the data from other

   Exactly what the risk is depends upon what the other customers are
   doing: it could be limited to simply causing a distributed denial-of-
   service attack resulting in high costs to those customers, or such an
   attack could potentially include writing content.

   Amazon has recognized the problems associated with this practice, and
   aims to change it to a virtual hosting model, as per

   The MUD ACLs provide only for permitting end points (hostnames and
   ports), but do not filter URLs (nor could filtering be enforced
   within HTTPS).

5.  DNS privacy and outsourcing versus MUD controllers

   [RFC7858] and [RFC8094] provide for DNS over TLS (DoT) and DNS over
   HTTPS (DoH).  [I-D.ietf-dnsop-rfc8499bis] details the terms.  But,
   even with traditional DNS over Port-53 (Do53), it is possible to
   outsource DNS queries to other public services, such as those
   operated by Google, CloudFlare, Verisign, etc.

   For some users and classes of device, revealing the DNS queries to
   those outside entities may constitute a privacy concern.  For other
   users the use of an insecure local resolver may constitute a privacy

   As described above in Section 3 the MUD controller needs to have
   access to the same resolver(s) as the IoT device.

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6.  Recommendations to IoT device manufacturer on MUD and DNS usage

   Inclusion of a MUD file with IoT devices is operationally quite
   simple.  It requires only a few small changes to the DHCP client code
   to express the MUD URL.  It can even be done without code changes via
   the use of a QR code affixed to the packaging (see [RFC9238])

   The difficult part is determining what to put into the MUD file
   itself.  There are currently tools that help with the definition and
   analysis of MUD files, see [mudmaker].  The remaining difficulty is
   now the actual list of expected connections to put in the MUD file.
   An IoT manufacturer must now spend some time reviewing the network
   communications by their device.

   This document discusses a number of challenges that occur relating to
   how DNS requests are made and resolved, and the goal of this section
   is to make recommendations on how to modify IoT systems to work well
   with MUD.

6.1.  Consistently use DNS

   For the reasons explained in Section 4.1, the most important
   recommendation is to avoid using IP address literals in any protocol.
   Names should always be used.

6.2.  Use primary DNS names controlled by the manufacturer

   The second recommendation is to allocate and use names within zones
   controlled by the manufacturer.  These names can be populated with an
   alias (see [I-D.ietf-dnsop-rfc8499bis] section 2) that points to the
   production system.  Ideally, a different name is used for each
   logical function, allowing for different rules in the MUD file to be
   enabled and disabled.

   While it used to be costly to have a large number of aliases in a web
   server certificate, this is no longer the case.  Wildcard
   certificates are also commonly available which allow for an infinite
   number of possible names.

6.3.  Use Content-Distribution Network with stable names

   When aliases point to a Content-Distribution Network (CDN), prefer
   stable names that point to appropriately load balanced targets.  CDNs
   that employ very low time-to-live (TTL) values for DNS make it harder
   for the MUD controller to get the same answer as the IoT Device.  A
   CDN that always returns the same set of A and AAAA records, but
   permutes them to provide the best one first provides a more reliable

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6.4.  Do not use geofenced names

   Due to the problems with different answers from different DNS
   servers, described above, a strong recommendation is to avoid using
   geofenced names.

6.5.  Prefer DNS servers learnt from DHCP/Route Advertisements

   IoT Devices SHOULD prefer doing DNS with the DHCP provided DNS

   The ADD WG has written [I-D.ietf-add-dnr] and [I-D.ietf-add-ddr] to
   provide information to end devices on how to find locally provisioned
   secure/private DNS servers.

   Use of public resolvers instead of the provided DNS resolver, whether
   Do53, DoQ, DoT or DoH is discouraged.  Should the network provide
   such a resolver for use, then there is no reason not to use it, as
   the network operator has clearly thought about this.

   Some manufacturers would like to have a fallback to using a public
   resolver to mitigate against local misconfiguration.  There are a
   number of reasons to avoid this, or at least do this very carefully.

   It is recommended that use of non-local resolvers is only done when
   the locally provided resolvers provide no answers to any queries at
   all, and do so repeatedly.  The use of the operator provided
   resolvers SHOULD be retried on a periodic basis, and once they
   answer, there SHOULD be no further attempts to contact public

   Finally, the list of public resolvers that might be contacted MUST be
   listed in the MUD file as destinations that are to be permitted!
   This should include the port numbers (i.e., 53, 853 for DoT, 443 for
   DoH) that will be used as well.

7.  Privacy Considerations

   The use of non-local DNS servers exposes the list of names resolved
   to a third party, including passive eavesdroppers.

   The use of DoT and DoH eliminates the threat from passive
   eavesdropping, but still exposes the list to the operator of the DoT
   or DoH server.  There are additional methods to help preserve
   privacy, such as described by [RFC9230].

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   The use of unencrypted (Do53) requests to a local DNS server exposes
   the list to any internal passive eavesdroppers, and for some
   situations that may be significant, particularly if unencrypted Wi-Fi
   is used.  Use of Encrypted DNS connection to a local DNS recursive
   resolver is the preferred choice.

   IoT devices that reach out to the manufacturer at regular intervals
   to check for firmware updates are informing passive eavesdroppers of
   the existence of a specific manufacturer's device being present at
   the origin location.

   Identifying the IoT device type empowers the attacker to launch
   targeted attacks to the IoT device (e.g., Attacker can take advantage
   of any known vulnerability on the device).

   While possession of a Large (Kitchen) Appliance at a residence may be
   uninteresting to most, possession of intimate personal devices (e.g.,
   "sex toys") may be a cause for embarrassment.

   IoT device manufacturers are encouraged to find ways to anonymize
   their update queries.  For instance, contracting out the update
   notification service to a third party that deals with a large variety
   of devices would provide a level of defense against passive
   eavesdropping.  Other update mechanisms should be investigated,
   including use of DNSSEC signed TXT records with current version
   information.  This would permit DoT or DoH to convey the update
   notification in a private fashion.  This is particularly powerful if
   a local recursive DoT server is used, which then communicates using
   DoT over the Internet.

   The more complex case of section Section 4.1 postulates that the
   version number needs to be provided to an intelligent agent that can
   decide the correct route to do upgrades.  [RFC9019] provides a wide
   variety of ways to accomplish the same thing without having to
   divulge the current version number.

   The use of a publicly specified firmware update protocol would also
   enhance privacy of IoT devices.  In such a system, the IoT device
   would never contact the manufacturer for version information or for
   firmware itself.  Instead, details of how to query and where to get
   the firmware would be provided as a MUD extension, and an Enterprise-
   wide mechanism would retrieve firmware, and then distribute it
   internally.  Aside from the bandwidth savings of downloading the
   firmware only once, this also makes the number of devices active
   confidential, and provides some evidence about which devices have
   been upgraded and which ones might still be vulnerable.  (The
   unpatched devices might be lurking, powered off, lost in a closet)

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8.  Security Considerations

   This document deals with conflicting Security requirements:

   1.  devices which an operator wants to manage using [RFC8520]

   2.  requirements for the devices to get access to network resources
       that may be critical to their continued safe operation.

   This document takes the view that the two requirements do not need to
   be in conflict, but resolving the conflict requires careful planning
   on how the DNS can be safely and effectively used by MUD controllers
   and IoT devices.

9.  References

9.1.  Normative References

              Hoffman, P. E. and K. Fujiwara, "DNS Terminology", Work in
              Progress, Internet-Draft, draft-ietf-dnsop-rfc8499bis-10,
              25 September 2023, <

   [RFC1794]  Brisco, T., "DNS Support for Load Balancing", RFC 1794,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC1794, April 1995,

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

   [RFC7858]  Hu, Z., Zhu, L., Heidemann, J., Mankin, A., Wessels, D.,
              and P. Hoffman, "Specification for DNS over Transport
              Layer Security (TLS)", RFC 7858, DOI 10.17487/RFC7858, May
              2016, <>.

   [RFC8094]  Reddy, T., Wing, D., and P. Patil, "DNS over Datagram
              Transport Layer Security (DTLS)", RFC 8094,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC8094, February 2017,

   [RFC8174]  Leiba, B., "Ambiguity of Uppercase vs Lowercase in RFC
              2119 Key Words", BCP 14, RFC 8174, DOI 10.17487/RFC8174,
              May 2017, <>.

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   [RFC8520]  Lear, E., Droms, R., and D. Romascanu, "Manufacturer Usage
              Description Specification", RFC 8520,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC8520, March 2019,

   [RFC9019]  Moran, B., Tschofenig, H., Brown, D., and M. Meriac, "A
              Firmware Update Architecture for Internet of Things",
              RFC 9019, DOI 10.17487/RFC9019, April 2021,

9.2.  Informative References

   [Akamai]   "Akamai", 2019,

   [AmazonS3] "Amazon S3", 2019,

              "AntiPattern", 12 July 2021,

              "Down to the Wire: AWS Delays 'Path-Style' S3 Deprecation
              at Last Minute", 12 July 2021,

              Pauly, T., Kinnear, E., Wood, C. A., McManus, P., and T.
              Jensen, "Discovery of Designated Resolvers", Work in
              Progress, Internet-Draft, draft-ietf-add-ddr-10, 5 August
              2022, <

              Boucadair, M., Reddy.K, T., Wing, D., Cook, N., and T.
              Jensen, "DHCP and Router Advertisement Options for the
              Discovery of Network-designated Resolvers (DNR)", Work in
              Progress, Internet-Draft, draft-ietf-add-dnr-16, 27 April
              2023, <

   [mudmaker] "Mud Maker", 2019, <>.

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   [RFC6066]  Eastlake 3rd, D., "Transport Layer Security (TLS)
              Extensions: Extension Definitions", RFC 6066,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC6066, January 2011,

   [RFC9230]  Kinnear, E., McManus, P., Pauly, T., Verma, T., and C.A.
              Wood, "Oblivious DNS over HTTPS", RFC 9230,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC9230, June 2022,

   [RFC9238]  Richardson, M., Latour, J., and H. Habibi Gharakheili,
              "Loading Manufacturer Usage Description (MUD) URLs from QR
              Codes", RFC 9238, DOI 10.17487/RFC9238, May 2022,

Appendix A.  Appendices


   Tirumaleswar Reddy

Authors' Addresses

   Michael Richardson
   Sandelman Software Works

   Wei Pan
   Huawei Technologies

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