Version-Independent Properties of QUIC
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QUIC                                                          M. Thomson
Internet-Draft                                                   Mozilla
Intended status: Standards Track                          March 20, 2018
Expires: September 21, 2018

                 Version-Independent Properties of QUIC
                     draft-ietf-quic-invariants-01

Abstract

   This document defines the properties of the QUIC transport protocol
   that are expected to remain unchanged over time as new versions of
   the protocol are developed.

Note to Readers

   Discussion of this draft takes place on the QUIC working group
   mailing list (quic@ietf.org), which is archived at
   https://mailarchive.ietf.org/arch/search/?email_list=quic [1].

   Working Group information can be found at https://github.com/quicwg
   [2]; source code and issues list for this draft can be found at
   https://github.com/quicwg/base-drafts/labels/-invariants [3].

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
   2.  Conventions and Definitions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   3.  An Extremely Abstract Description of QUIC . . . . . . . . . .   3
   4.  QUIC Packet Headers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
     4.1.  Long Header . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
     4.2.  Short Header  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
     4.3.  Connection ID . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
     4.4.  Version . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
   5.  Version Negotiation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
   6.  Security and Privacy Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
   7.  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
   8.  References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
     8.1.  Normative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
     8.2.  Informative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
     8.3.  URIs  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
   Appendix A.  Incorrect Assumptions  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
   Author's Address  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9

1.  Introduction

   In addition to providing secure, multiplexed transport, QUIC
   [QUIC-TRANSPORT] includes the ability to negotiate a version.  This
   allows the protocol to change over time in response to new
   requirements.  Many characteristics of the protocol will change
   between versions.

   This document describes the subset of QUIC that is intended to remain
   stable as new versions are developed and deployed.  All of these
   invariants are IP-version-independent.

   The primary goal of this document is to ensure that it is possible
   deploy new versions of QUIC.  By documenting the things that can't
   change, this document aims to preserve the ability to change any
   other aspect of the protocol.  Thus, unless specifically described in
   this document, any aspect of the protocol can change between
   different versions.

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   Appendix A is a non-exhaustive list of some incorrect assumptions
   that might be made based on knowledge of QUIC version 1; these do not
   apply to every version of QUIC.

2.  Conventions and Definitions
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