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INTERNET DRAFT                                                  D. Mills
Network Working Group                             University of Delaware
Obsoletes: 2030, 1769                                          D. Plonka
Category: Informational                          University of Wisconsin
                                                           J. Montgomery
                                                          September 2003

             Simple Network Time Protocol (SNTP) Version 4
                         for IPv4, IPv6 and OSI

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   This document is an Internet-Draft and is in full conformance with
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   This memorandum describes the Simple Network Time Protocol (SNTP)
   Version 4, which is a subset of the Network Time Protocol (NTP) used
   to synchronize computer clocks in the Internet. SNTP can be used when
   the ultimate performance of the full NTP implementation described in
   RFC-1305 is not needed or justified.  SNTP Version 4 clarifies
   certain design features of NTP which allow operation in a simple,
   stateless remote-procedure call (RPC) mode with accuracy and
   reliability expectations similar to the UDP/TIME protocol described
   in RFC-868.

   The only significant protocol change in SNTP Version 4 is a modified
   header interpretation to accommodate Internet Protocol Version 6
   (IPv6) (RFC-1883) and OSI (RFC-1629) addressing.  However, SNTP
   Version 4 includes an anycast mode and a public-key based
   authentication scheme designed specifically for broadcast and anycast

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   applications. The authentication scheme extension is described in
   another RFC. Until a definitive specification is published, these
   extensions should be considered provisional. In addition, this memo
   introduces the kiss-o'-death message, which can be used by servers to
   suppress client requests as circumstances require.

   This memorandum obsoletes RFC-1769, which describes SNTP Version 3,
   and RFC-2030, which describes SNTP Version 4.

Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  2
   2.  Operating Modes and Addressing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  5
   3.  NTP Timestamp Format . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  6
   4.  Message Format . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  8
   5.  SNTP Client Operations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
   6.  SNTP Server Operations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
   7.  Configuration and Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
   8.  The Kiss-o'-Death Packet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
   9.  On Being a Good Network Citizen. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
   10. Best Practices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
   11. Acknowledgements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
   12. Informative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
   13. Security Considerations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
   14. Author's Address . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
   15. Full Copyright Statement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

1.  Introduction

   The Network Time Protocol Version 3 (NTPv3) specified in RFC-1305
   [MIL92] is widely used to synchronize computer clocks in the global
   Internet.  It provides comprehensive mechanisms to access national
   time and frequency dissemination services, organize the NTP subnet of
   servers and clients and adjust the system clock in each participant.
   In most places of the Internet of today, NTP provides accuracies of
   1-50 ms, depending on the characteristics of the synchronization
   source and network paths.

   RFC-1305 specifies the NTP protocol machine in terms of events,
   states, transition functions and actions and, in addition, engineered
   algorithms to improve the timekeeping quality and mitigate among
   several synchronization sources, some of which may be faulty.  To
   achieve accuracies in the low milliseconds over paths spanning major
   portions of the Internet, these intricate algorithms, or their
   functional equivalents, are necessary.  In many applications,
   accuracies in the order of significant fractions of a second are
   acceptable.  In simple home router applications, accuracies of up to
   a minute may suffice.  In such cases, simpler protocols such as the

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   Time Protocol specified in RFC-868 [POS83], have been used for this
   purpose.  These protocols involve an RPC exchange where the client
   requests the time of day and the server returns it in seconds past a
   known reference epoch.

   NTP is designed for use by clients and servers with a wide range of
   capabilities and over a wide range of network jitter and clock
   frequency wander characteristics.  Many users of NTP in the Internet
   of today use a software distribution available from  The
   distribution, which includes the full suite of NTP options,
   mitigation algorithms and security schemes, is a relatively complex,
   real-time application.  While the software has been ported to a wide
   variety of hardware platforms ranging from personal computers to
   supercomputers, its sheer size and complexity is not appropriate for
   many applications.  Accordingly, it is useful to explore alternative
   strategies using simpler software appropriate for less stringent
   accuracy expectations.

   This memo describes the Simple Network Time Protocol Version 4
   (SNTPv4), which is a simplified access paradigm for servers and
   clients using NTP and SNTP, current and previous versions.  The
   access paradigm is identical to the UDP/TIME Protocol and, in fact,
   it should be easily possible to adapt a UDP/TIME client
   implementation, say for a personal computer, to operate using SNTP.
   Moreover, SNTP is also designed to operate in a dedicated server
   configuration including an integrated radio clock.  With careful
   design and control of the various latencies in the system, which is
   practical in a dedicated design, it is possible to deliver time
   accurate to the order of microseconds.

   When operating with current and previous versions of NTP and SNTP,
   SNTPv4 requires no changes to the protocol or implementations now
   running or likely to be implemented specifically for future NTP or
   SNTP versions.  The NTP and SNTP packet formats are the same and the
   arithmetic operations to calculate the client time, clock offset and
   roundtrip delay are the same.  To a NTP or SNTP server, NTP and SNTP
   clients are indistinguishable; to a NTP or SNTP client, NTP and SNTP
   servers are indistinguishable.  Like NTP servers operating in non-
   symmetric modes, SNTP servers are stateless and can support large
   numbers of clients; however, unlike most NTP clients, SNTP clients
   normally operate with only a single server at a time.

   The full degree of reliability ordinarily expected of NTP servers is
   possible only using redundant sources, diverse paths and the crafted
   algorithms of a full NTP implementation.  It is strongly recommended
   that SNTP clients be used only at the extremities of the
   synchronization subnet.  SNTP clients should operate only at the
   leaves (highest stratum) of the subnet and in configurations where no

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   NTP or SNTP client is dependent on another SNTP client for
   synchronization.  SNTP servers should operate only at the root
   (stratum 1) of the subnet and then only in configurations where no
   other source of synchronization other than a reliable radio clock or
   telephone modem is available.

   An important provision in this memo is the interpretation of certain
   NTP header fields which provide for IPv6 and OSI addressing.  The
   only significant difference between the NTP and SNTPv4 header formats
   is the four-octet Reference Identifier field, which is used primarily
   to detect and avoid synchronization loops.  In all NTP and SNTP
   versions providing IPv4 addressing, primary servers use a four-
   character ASCII reference clock identifier in this field, while
   secondary servers use the 32-bit IPv4 address of the synchronization
   source.  In SNTP version 4 providing IPv6 and OSI addressing, primary
   servers use the same clock identifier, but secondary servers use the
   first 32 bits of the MD5 hash of the IPv6 or NSAP address of the
   synchronization source.  A further use of this field is when the
   server sends a kiss-o'-death message documented later in this memo.

      NTP Version 4 (NTPv4) now in deployment, but not yet the subject
      of a standards document, uses the same Reference Identifier field
      as SNTPv4.

   In the case of OSI, the Connectionless Transport Service (CLTS) is
   used as in [ISO86].  Each SNTP packet is transmitted as the TS-
   Userdata parameter of a T-UNITDATA Request primitive.  Alternately,
   the header can be encapsulated in a TPDU which itself is transported
   using UDP, as described in RFC-1240 [DOB91].  It is not advised that
   NTP be operated at the upper layers of the OSI stack, such as might
   be inferred from RFC-1698 [FUR94], as this could seriously degrade
   accuracy.  With the header formats defined in this memo, it is in
   principle possible to interwork between servers and clients of one
   protocol family and another, although the practical difficulties may
   make this inadvisable.

      In the following, indented paragraphs such as this one contain
      information not required by the formal protocol specification, but
      considered good practice in protocol implementations.

   This memo is organized as follows.  Section 2 describes how the
   protocol works, the various modes and how IP addresses and UDP ports
   are used.  Section 3 describes the NTP timestamp format and Section 4
   the NTP message format.  Section 5 summarizes SNTP client operations
   and Section 6 summarizes SNTP server operations.  Section 7
   summarizes operation and management issues.  Section 8 describes the
   kiss-o'-death message newly minted with functions similar to the ICMP
   Source Quench and ICMP Destination Unreachable messages.  Section 9

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   summarizes design issues important for good network citizenry and
   presents an example algorithm designed to give good reliability while
   minimizing network and server resource demands.

2.  Operating Modes and Addressing

   Unless excepted in context, reference to broadcast address means IPv4
   broadcast address, IPv4 multicast group address or IPv6 site-local
   scope address.  Further information on the broadcast/multicast model
   is in RFC-1112 [DEE89].  Details of address format, scoping rules,
   etc., are beyond the scope of this memo.  SNTPv4 can operate with
   either unicast (point to point), broadcast (point to multipoint) or
   anycast (multipoint to point) addressing modes.  A unicast client
   sends a request to a designated server at its unicast address and
   expects a reply from which it can determine the time and, optionally,
   the roundtrip delay and clock offset relative to the server.  A
   broadcast server periodically sends an unsolicited message to a
   designated broadcast address.  A broadcast client listens on this
   address and ordinarily sends no requests.

   Anycast is designed for use with a set of cooperating servers whose
   addresses are not known beforehand.  The anycast client sends an
   ordinary NTP client request to a designated broadcast address.  One
   or more anycast servers listen on that address.  Upon receiving a
   request, an anycast server sends an ordinary NTP server reply to the
   client.  The client then binds to the server from which the first
   such message was received and continues operation with that unicast
   addresses.  Subsequent replies from other anycast servers are

      Broadcast servers should respond to client unicast requests, as
      well as send unsolicited broadcast messages.  Broadcast clients
      may send unicast requests in order to measure the network
      propagation delay between the server and client and then continue
      operation in listen-only mode.  However, broadcast servers may
      choose not to respond to unicast requests, so unicast clients
      should be prepared to abandon the measurement and assume a default
      value for the delay.

   The client and server addresses are assigned following the usual
   IPv4, IPv6 or OSI conventions.  For NTP multicast, the IANA has
   reserved the IPv4 group address and the IPv6 group address
   ending :101, with prefix determined by scoping rules.  The NTP
   broadcast address for OSI has yet to be determined.  Notwithstanding
   the IANA reserved addresses, other multicast addresses can be used
   which do not conflict with others assigned in scope.  In the case of
   IPv4 multicast or IPv6 broadcast addresses, the client must implement
   the Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP) as described in RFC-

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   3376 [CAIN02], in order that the local router joins the multicast
   group and relays messages to the IPv4 or IPv6 multicast group.  The
   scoping, routing and group membership procedures are determined by
   considerations beyond the scope of this memo.

      It is important to adjust the time-to-live (TTL) field in the IP
      header of multicast messages to a reasonable value in order to
      limit the network resources used by this (and any other) multicast
      service.  Only multicast clients in scope will receive multicast
      server messages.  Only cooperating anycast servers in scope will
      reply to a client request.  The engineering principles which
      determine the proper values to be used are beyond the scope of
      this memo.

      In the case of SNTP as specified herein, there is a very real
      vulnerability that SNTP broadcast clients can be disrupted by
      misbehaving or hostile SNTP or NTP broadcast servers elsewhere in
      the Internet.  It is strongly recommended that access controls
      and/or cryptographic authentication means be provided for
      additional security in such cases.

      While not integral to the SNTP specification, it is intended that
      IP broadcast addresses will be used primarily in IP subnets and
      LAN segments including a fully functional NTP server with a number
      of dependent SNTP broadcast clients on the same subnet, while IP
      multicast group addresses will be used only in cases where the TTL
      is engineered specifically for each service domain.

3.  NTP Timestamp Format

   SNTP uses the standard NTP timestamp format described in RFC-1305 and
   previous versions of that document.  In conformance with standard
   Internet practice, NTP data are specified as integer or fixed-point
   quantities, with bits numbered in big-endian fashion from 0 starting
   at the left or most significant end.  Unless specified otherwise, all
   quantities are unsigned and may occupy the full field width with an
   implied 0 preceding bit 0.

   Since NTP timestamps are cherished data and, in fact, represent the
   main product of the protocol, a special timestamp format has been
   established.  NTP timestamps are represented as a 64-bit unsigned
   fixed-point number, in seconds relative to 0h on 1 January 1900.  The
   integer part is in the first 32 bits and the fraction part in the
   last 32 bits.  In the fraction part, the non-significant low order
   bits are not specified and ordinarily set to 0.

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      It is advisable to fill the non-significant low order bits of the
      timestamp with a random, unbiased bitstring, both to avoid
      systematic roundoff errors and as a means of loop detection and
      replay detection (see below).  It is important that the bitstring
      be unpredictable by a intruder.  One way of doing this is to
      generate a random 128-bit bitstring at startup.  After that, Each
      time the system clock is read the string consisting of the
      timestamp and bitstring is hashed with the MD5 algorithm, then the
      non-significant bits of the timestamp are copied from the result.

   The NTP format allows convenient multiple-precision arithmetic and
   conversion to UDP/TIME message (seconds), but does complicate the
   conversion to ICMP Timestamp message (milliseconds) and Unix time
   values (seconds and microseconds or seconds and nanoseconds).  The
   maximum number that can be represented is 4,294,967,295 seconds with
   a precision of about 232 picoseconds, which should be adequate for
   even the most exotic requirements.

                           1                   2                   3
       0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1
      |                           Seconds                             |
      |                  Seconds Fraction (0-padded)                  |

   Note that, since some time in 1968 (second 2,147,483,648) the most
   significant bit (bit 0 of the integer part) has been set and that the
   64-bit field will overflow some time in 2036 (second 4,294,967,296).
   There will exist a 232-picosecond interval, henceforth ignored, every
   136 years when the 64-bit field will be 0, which by convention is
   interpreted as an invalid or unavailable timestamp.

      As the NTP timestamp format has been in use for over 20 years, it
      remains a possibility that it will be in use 33 years from now
      when the seconds field overflows.  As it is probably inappropriate
      to archive NTP timestamps before bit 0 was set in 1968, a
      convenient way to extend the useful life of NTP timestamps is the
      following convention: If bit 0 is set, the UTC time is in the
      range 1968-2036 and UTC time is reckoned from 0h 0m 0s UTC on 1
      January 1900.  If bit 0 is not set, the time is in the range
      2036-2104 and UTC time is reckoned from 6h 28m 16s UTC on 7
      February 2036.  Note that when calculating the correspondence,
      2000 is a leap year and leap seconds are not included in the

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4.  Message Format

   Both NTP and SNTP are clients of the User Datagram Protocol (UDP)
   specified in RFC-768 [POS80], which itself is a client of the
   Internet Protocol (IP) specified in RFC-791) [DAR81].  The structure
   of the IP and UDP headers is described in the cited specification
   documents and will not be detailed further here.  The UDP port number
   assigned by the IANA to NTP is 123.  The SNTP client should use this
   value in the UDP Destination Port field for client request messages.
   The Source Port field of these messages can be any nonzero value
   chosen for identification or multiplexing purposes.  The server
   interchanges these fields for the corresponding reply messages.

      This differs from the RFC-2030 specifications which required both
      the source and destination ports to be 123.  The intent of this
      change is to allow the identification of particular client
      implementations (which are now allowed to use unreserved port
      numbers, including ones of their choosing) and also for
      compatibility with Network Address Port Translation (NAPT)
      described in RFC-2663 [SRI99] and RFC-3022 [SRI02].

   Figure 1 is a description of the NTP and SNTP message format, which
   follows the IP and UDP headers in the message.  This format is
   identical to the NTP message format described in RFC-1305, with the
   exception of the Reference Identifier field described below.  For
   SNTP client messages most of these fields are zero or initialized
   with pre-specified data.  For completeness, the function of each
   field is briefly summarized below.

   Leap Indicator (LI): This is a two-bit code warning of an impending
   leap second to be inserted/deleted in the last minute of the current
   day.  This field is significant only in server messages, where the
   values are defined as follows:

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                           1                   2                   3
       0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1
      |LI | VN  |Mode |    Stratum    |     Poll      |   Precision   |
      |                          Root  Delay                          |
      |                       Root  Dispersion                        |
      |                     Reference Identifier                      |
      |                                                               |
      |                   Reference Timestamp (64)                    |
      |                                                               |
      |                                                               |
      |                   Originate Timestamp (64)                    |
      |                                                               |
      |                                                               |
      |                    Receive Timestamp (64)                     |
      |                                                               |
      |                                                               |
      |                    Transmit Timestamp (64)                    |
      |                                                               |
      |                 Key Identifier (optional) (32)                |
      |                                                               |
      |                                                               |
      |                 Message Digest (optional) (128)               |
      |                                                               |
      |                                                               |

                        Figure 1. NTP Packet Header

      LI       Meaning
      0        no warning
      1        last minute has 61 seconds
      2        last minute has 59 seconds)
      3        alarm condition (clock not synchronized)

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   On startup, servers set this field to 3 (clock not synchronized) and
   set this field to some other value when synchronized to the primary
   reference clock.  Once set to other than 3, the field is never set to
   that value again, even if all synchronization sources become
   unreachable or defective.

   Version Number (VN): This is a three-bit integer indicating the
   NTP/SNTP version number, currently 4.  If necessary to distinguish
   between IPv4, IPv6 and OSI, the encapsulating context must be

   Mode: This is a three-bit number indicating the protocol mode.  The
   values are defined as follows:

      Mode     Meaning
      0        reserved
      1        symmetric active
      2        symmetric passive
      3        client
      4        server
      5        broadcast
      6        reserved for NTP control message
      7        reserved for private use

   In unicast and anycast modes, the client sets this field to 3
   (client) in the request and the server sets it to 4 (server) in the
   reply.  In broadcast mode, the server sets this field to 5
   (broadcast).  The other modes are not used by SNTP servers and

   Stratum: This is a eight-bit unsigned integer indicating the stratum.
   This field is significant only in SNTP server messages, where the
   values are defined as follows:

      Stratum  Meaning
      0        kiss-o'-death message (see below)
      1        primary reference (e.g., synchronized by radio clock)
      2-15     secondary reference (synchronized by NTP or SNTP)
      16-255   reserved

   Poll Interval: This is an eight-bit unsigned integer used as an
   exponent of two, where the resulting value is the maximum interval
   between successive messages in seconds.  This field is significant
   only in SNTP server messages, where the values range from 4 (16 s) to
   17 (131,072 s - about 36 h).

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   Precision: This is an eight-bit signed integer used as an exponent of
   two, where the resulting value is the precision of the system clock
   in seconds.  This field is significant only in server messages, where
   the values range from -6 for mains-frequency clocks to -20 for
   microsecond clocks found in some workstations.

   Root Delay: This is a 32-bit signed fixed-point number indicating the
   total roundtrip delay to the primary reference source, in seconds
   with fraction point between bits 15 and 16.  Note that this variable
   can take on both positive and negative values, depending on the
   relative time and frequency offsets.  This field is significant only
   in server messages, where the values range from negative values of a
   few milliseconds to positive values of several hundred milliseconds.

   Root Dispersion: This is a 32-bit unsigned fixed-point number
   indicating the nominal error relative to the primary reference
   source, in seconds with fraction point between bits 15 and 16.  This
   field is significant only in server messages, where the values range
   from zero to several hundred milliseconds.

      Code       External Reference Source
      LOCL       uncalibrated local clock
      CESM       calibrated Cesium clock
      RBDM       calibrated Rubidium clock
      PPS        calibrated quartz clock or other pulse-per-second
      IRIG       Inter-Range Instrumentation Group
      ACTS       NIST telephone modem service
      USNO       USNO telephone modem service
      PTB        PTB (Germany) telephone modem service
      TDF        Allouis (France) Radio 164 kHz
      DCF        Mainflingen (Germany) Radio 77.5 kHz
      MSF        Rugby (UK) Radio 60 kHz
      WWV        Ft. Collins (US) Radio 2.5, 5, 10, 15, 20 MHz
      WWVB       Boulder (US) Radio 60 kHz
      WWVH       Kaui Hawaii (US) Radio 2.5, 5, 10, 15 MHz
      CHU        Ottawa (Canada) Radio 3330, 7335, 14670 kHz
      LORC       LORAN-C radionavigation system
      OMEG       OMEGA radionavigation system
      GPS        Global Positioning Service

                     Figure 2. Reference Identifier Codes

   Reference Identifier: This is a 32-bit bitstring identifying the
   particular reference source.  This field is significant only in
   server messages, where for stratum 0 (kiss-o'-death message) and 1
   (primary server), the value is a four-character ASCII string, left

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   justified and zero padded to 32 bits.  For IPv4 secondary servers,
   the value is the 32-bit IPv4 address of the synchronization source.
   For IPv6 and OSI secondary servers, the value is the first 32 bits of
   the MD5 hash of the IPv6 or NSAP address of the synchronization

   Primary (stratum 1) servers set this field to a code identifying the
   external reference source according to Figure 2.  If the external
   reference is one of those listed, the associated code should be used.
   Codes for sources not listed can be contrived as appropriate.

      In previous NTP and SNTP secondary servers and clients this field
      was often used to walk-back the synchronization subnet to the root
      (primary server) for management purposes.  In SNTPv4 with IPv6 or
      OSI, this feature is not available, since the addresses are longer
      than 32 bits and only a hash is available.  However, a walk-back
      can be accomplished using the NTP control message and the
      reference identifier field described in RFC-1305.

   Reference Timestamp: This field is significant only in server
   messages, where the value is the time at which the system clock was
   last set or corrected, in 64-bit timestamp format.

   Originate Timestamp: This is the time at which the request departed
   the client for the server, in 64-bit timestamp format.

   Receive Timestamp: This is the time at which the request arrived at
   the server or the reply arrived at the client, in 64-bit timestamp

   Transmit Timestamp: This is the time at which the request departed
   the client or the reply departed the server, in 64-bit timestamp

   Authenticator (optional): When the NTP authentication scheme is
   implemented, the Key Identifier and Message Digest fields contain the
   message authentication code (MAC) information defined in Appendix C
   of RFC-1305.

5.  SNTP Client Operations

   A SNTP client can operate in unicast, broadcast or anycast modes.  In
   unicast mode the client sends a request (NTP mode 3) to a designated
   unicast server and expects a reply (NTP mode 4) from that server.  In
   broadcast client mode it sends no request and waits for a broadcast
   (NTP mode 5) from one or more broadcast servers.  In anycast mode,
   the client sends a request (NTP mode 3) to a designated broadcast
   address and expects a reply (NTP mode 4) from one or more anycast

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   servers.  The client uses the first reply received to establish the
   particular server for subsequent unicast operations.  Later replies
   from this server (duplicates) or any other server are ignored.  Other
   than the selection of address in the request, the operations of
   anycast and unicast clients are identical.

      Client requests are normally sent at intervals depending on the
      frequency tolerance of the client clock and the required accuracy.
      However, under no conditions should requests be sent at less than
      one minute intervals. Further discussion on this point is in
      Section 9.

   A unicast or anycast client initializes the NTP message header, sends
   the request to the server and strips the time of day from the
   Transmit Timestamp field of the reply.  For this purpose, all of the
   NTP header fields shown above are set to 0, except the Mode, VN and
   optional Transmit Timestamp fields.

   NTP and SNTP clients set the mode field to 3 (client) for unicast and
   anycast requests.  They set the VN field to any version number
   supported by the server selected by configuration or discovery and
   can interoperate with all previous version NTP and SNTP servers.
   Servers reply with the same version as the request, so the VN field
   of the request also specifies the VN field of the reply.  A prudent
   SNTP client can specify the earliest acceptable version on the
   expectation that any server of that or later version will respond.
   NTP Version 3 (RFC-1305) and Version 2 (RFC-1119) servers accept all
   previous versions, including Version 1 (RFC-1059).  Note that Version
   0 (RFC-959) is no longer supported by current and future NTP and SNTP

   While not necessary in a conforming client implementation, in unicast
   and anycast modes it highly recommended that the Transmit Timestamp
   field in the request is set to the time of day according to the
   client clock in NTP timestamp format.  This allows a simple
   calculation to determine the propagation delay between the server and
   client and to align the system clock generally within a few tens of
   milliseconds relative to the server.  In addition, this provides a
   simple method to verify that the server reply is in fact a legitimate
   response to the specific client request and avoid replays.  In
   broadcast mode, the client has no information to calculate the
   propagation delay or determine the validity of the server, unless one
   of the NTP authentication schemes is used.

   To calculate the roundtrip delay d and system clock offset t relative
   to the server, the client sets the Transmit Timestamp field in the
   request to the time of day according to the client clock in NTP
   timestamp format.  For this purpose the clock need not be

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   synchronized. The server copies this field to the originate timestamp
   in the reply and sets the Receive Timestamp and Transmit Timestamp
   fields to the time of day according to the server clock in NTP
   timestamp format.

   When the server reply is received, the client determines a
   Destination Timestamp variable as the time of arrival according to
   its clock in NTP timestamp format.  The following table summarizes
   the four timestamps.

      Timestamp Name          ID   When Generated
      Originate Timestamp     T1   time request sent by client
      Receive Timestamp       T2   time request received by server
      Transmit Timestamp      T3   time reply sent by server
      Destination Timestamp   T4   time reply received by client

   The roundtrip delay d and local clock offset t are defined as

      d = (T4 - T1) - (T3 - T2)     t = ((T2 - T1) + (T3 - T4)) / 2.

   Note that in general both delay and offset are signed quantities and
   can in general be less than zero; however, a delay less than zero is
   possible only in symmetric modes, which SNTP clients are forbidden to
   use.  The following table summarizes the required SNTP client
   operations in unicast, anycast and broadcast modes.  The recommended
   error checks are shown in the Reply and Broadcast columns in the
   table.  The message should be considered valid only if all the fields
   shown contain values in the respective ranges.  Whether to believe
   the message if one or more of the fields marked "ignore" contain
   invalid values is at the discretion of the implementation.

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      Field Name               Unicast/Anycast            Broadcast
                               Request     Reply
      LI                       0           0-3            0-3

      VN                       1-4         copied from    1-4

      Mode                     1 or 3      2 or 4         5

      Stratum                  0           0-15           0-15

      Poll                     0           ignore         ignore

      Precision                0           ignore         ignore

      Root Delay               0           ignore         ignore

      Root Dispersion          0           ignore         ignore

      Reference Identifier     0           ignore         ignore

      Reference Timestamp      0           ignore         ignore

      Originate Timestamp      0           (see text)     ignore

      Receive Timestamp        0           (see text)     ignore

      Transmit Timestamp       (see text)  nonzero        nonzero

      Authenticator            optional    optional       optional

   While not required in a conforming SNTP client implementation, it is
   wise to consider a suite of sanity checks designed to avoid various
   kinds of abuse that might happen as the result of server
   implementation errors or malicious attack.  Following is a list of
   suggested checks.

   1. When the IP source and destination addresses are available for the
      client request, they should match the interchanged addresses in
      the server reply.

   2. When the UDP source and destination ports are available for the
      client request, they should match the interchanged ports in the
      server reply.

   3. The Originate Timestamp in the server reply should match the
      Transmit Timestamp used in the client request.

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   4. The server reply should be discarded if any of the LI, Stratum, or
      Transmit Timestamp fields are 0 or the Mode field is not 4
      (unicast) or 5 (broadcast).

   5. A truly paranoid client can check the Root Delay and Root
      Dispersion fields are each greater than or equal to 0 and less
      than infinity, where infinity is currently a cozy number like 16
      seconds.  This check avoids using a server whose synchronization
      source has expired for a very long time.

6.  SNTP Server Operations

   A SNTP server operating with either a NTP or SNTP client of the same
   or previous versions retains no persistent state.  Since a SNTP
   server ordinarily does not implement the full suite of grooming and
   mitigation algorithms intended to support redundant servers and
   diverse network paths, a SNTP server should be operated only in
   conjunction with a source of external synchronization, such as a
   reliable radio clock or telephone modem.  In this case it operates as
   a primary (stratum 1) server.

   A SNTP server can operate with any unicast, anycast or broadcast
   address or any combination of these addresses.  A unicast or anycast
   server receives a request (NTP mode 3), modifies certain fields in
   the NTP header, and sends a reply (NTP mode 4), possibly using the
   same message buffer as the request.  A anycast server listens on the
   designated broadcast address, but uses its own unicast IP address in
   the source address field of the reply.  Other than the selection of
   address in the reply, the operations of anycast and unicast servers
   are identical.  Broadcast messages are normally sent at poll
   intervals from 64 s to 1024 s, depending on the expected frequency
   tolerance of the client clocks and the required accuracy.

   Unicast and anycast servers copy the VN and Poll fields of the
   request intact to the reply and set the Stratum field to 1.

      Note that SNTP servers normally operate as primary (stratum 1)
      servers.  While operating at higher strata (up to 15) and at the
      same time synchronizing to an external source such as a GPS
      receiver is not forbidden, this is strongly discouraged.

   If the Mode field of the request is 3 (client), the reply is set to 4
   (server).  If this field is set to 1 (symmetric active), the reply is
   set to 2 (symmetric passive).  This allows clients configured in
   either client (NTP mode 3) or symmetric active (NTP mode 1) to
   interoperate successfully, even if configured in possibly suboptimal
   ways.  For any other value in the Mode field, the request is
   discarded.  In broadcast (unsolicited) mode, the VN field is set to

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   4, the Mode field is set to 5 (broadcast), and the Poll field set to
   the nearest integer base-2 logarithm of the poll interval.

      Note that it is highly desirable that a broadcast server also
      supports unicast clients.  This is so a potential broadcast client
      can calculate the propagation delay using a client/server exchange
      prior to switching to broadcast client (listen-only) mode.  A
      anycast server by design also is a unicast server.  There does not
      seem to be a great advantage for a server to operate as both
      broadcast and anycast at the same time, although the protocol
      specification does not forbid it.

   A broadcast or anycast server may or may not respond if not
   synchronized to a correctly operating reference source, but the
   preferred option is to respond, since this allows reachability to be
   determined regardless of synchronization state.  If the server has
   never synchronized to a reference source, the LI field is set to 3
   (unsynchronized).  Once synchronized to a reference source, the LI
   field is set to one of the other three values and remains at the last
   value set even if the reference source becomes unreachable or turns

   If synchronized to a reference source the Stratum field is set to 1
   and the Reference Identifier field is set to the ASCII source
   identifier shown in Figure 2.  If not synchronized, the Stratum field
   is set to zero and the Reference Identifier field set to an ASCII
   error identifier described below.  In broadcast mode, the server
   sends broadcasts only if synchronized to a correctly operating
   reference source.

   The Precision field is set to reflect the maximum reading error of
   the system clock.  For all practical cases it is computed as the
   negative base-2 logarithm of the number of significant bits to the
   right of the decimal point in the NTP timestamp format.  The Root
   Delay and Root Dispersion fields are set to 0 for a primary server;
   optionally, the Root Dispersion field can be set to a value
   corresponding to the maximum expected error of the radio clock

   The timestamp fields in the server message are set as follows.  If
   the server is unsynchronized or first coming up, all timestamp fields
   are set to zero with one exception.  If the message is a reply to a
   previously received client request, the Transmit Timestamp field of
   the request is copied unchanged to the Originate Timestamp field of
   the reply.  It is important that this field be copied intact, as an
   NTP or SNTP client uses it to avoid bogus messages.

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   If the server is synchronized, the Reference Timestamp is set to the
   time the last update was received from the reference source.  The
   Originate Timestamp field is set as in the unsynchronized case above.
   The Transmit Timestamp field are set to the time of day when the
   message is sent.  In broadcast messages the Receive Timestamp field
   is set to zero and copied from the Transmit Timestamp field in other
   messages.  The following table summarizes these actions.

      Field Name             Unicast/Anycast             Broadcast
                             Request     Reply
      LI                     ignore      as needed       as needed

      VN                     1-4         copied from     4

      Mode                   1 or 3      2 or 4          5

      Stratum                ignore      1               1

      Poll                   ignore      copied from     log2 poll
                                         request         interval

      Precision              ignore      -log2 server    -log2 server
                                         significant     significant
                                         bits            bits

      Root Delay             ignore      0               0

      Root Dispersion        ignore      0               0

      Reference Identifier   ignore      source ident    source ident

      Reference Timestamp    ignore      time of last    time of last
                                         source update   source update

      Originate Timestamp    ignore      copied from     0

      Receive Timestamp      ignore      time of day     0

      Transmit Timestamp     (see text)  time of day     time of day

      Authenticator          optional    optional        optional

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   There is some latitude on the part of most clients to forgive invalid
   timestamps, such as might occur when first coming up or during
   periods when the reference source is inoperative.  The most important
   indicator of an unhealthy server is the Stratum field, in which a
   value of 0 indicates an unsynchronized condition.  When this value is
   displayed, clients should discard the server message, regardless of
   the contents of other fields.

7.  Configuration and Management

   Initial setup for SNTP servers and clients can be done using a web
   client, if available, or a serial port if not.  Some folks hoped that
   in-service management of NTP and SNTPv4 servers and clients be
   performed using SNMP and a suitable MIB to be published, and this has
   happened in some commercial SNTP servers.  But, the means used in the
   last decade and probably in the next is the NTP control and
   monitoring protocol defined in RFC-1305.  Ordinarily, SNTP servers
   and clients are expected to operate with little or no site-specific
   configuration, other than specifying the client IP address, subnet
   mask, gateway.

   Unicast clients must be provided with one or more designated server
   names or IP addresses.  If more than one server is provided, one can
   be used for active operation and one of the others for backup should
   the active one fail or show an error condition.  It is not normally
   useful to use more than one server at a time, as with millions of
   SNTP-enabled devices expected in the near future, such use would
   represent unnecessary drain on network and server resources.

   Broadcast servers and anycast clients must be provided with the TTL
   and local broadcast or multicast group address.  Unicast and anycast
   servers and broadcast clients may be configured with a list of
   address-mask pairs for access control, so that only those clients or
   servers known to be trusted will be accepted.  Multicast servers and
   clients must implement the IGMP protocol and be provided with the
   local broadcast or multicast group address as well.  The
   configuration data for cryptographic authentication is beyond the
   scope of this memo.

   There are several scenarios which provide automatic server discovery
   and selection for SNTP clients with no pre-specified server
   configuration.  For instance a role server with CNAME such as returns a randomized list of volunteer secondary server
   addresses and the client can select one or more as candidates.  For
   an IP subnet or LAN segment including a NTP or SNTP server, SNTP
   clients can be configured as broadcast clients.  The same approach

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   can be used with multicast servers and clients.  In both cases,
   provision of an access control list is a good way to insure only
   trusted sources can be used to set the system clock.

   In another scenario suitable for an extended network with significant
   network propagation delays, clients can be configured for anycast
   addresses, both upon initial startup and after some period when the
   currently selected unicast source has not been heard.  Following the
   defined protocol, the client binds to the server from which the first
   reply is received and continues operation in unicast mode.

8.  The Kiss-o'-Death Packet

   In the rambunctious Internet of today, it is imperative that some
   means be available to tell a client to stop making requests and go
   somewhere else.  A recent experience involved a large number of
   home/office routers all configured to use a particular university
   time server.  Under some error conditions a substantial fraction of
   these routers would send packets at intervals of one second.  The
   resulting traffic spike was dramatic, and extreme measures were
   required to diagnose the problem and bring it under control.  The
   conclusion is that clients must respect the means available to
   targeted servers to stop them from sending packets.

   According to the NTP specification RFC-1305, if the Stratum field in
   the NTP header is 1, indicating a primary server, the Reference
   Identifier field contains an ASCII string identifying the particular
   reference clock type.  However, in RFC-1305 nothing is said about the
   Reference Identifier field if the Stratum field is 0, which is called
   out as "unspecified".  However, if the Stratum field is 0, the
   Reference Identifier field can be used to convey messages useful for
   status reporting and access control.  In NTPv4 and SNTPv4, packets of
   this kind are called Kiss-o'-Death (KoD) packets and the ASCII
   messages they convey are called kiss codes.  The KoD packets got
   their name because an early use was to tell clients to stop sending
   packets that violate server access controls.

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      Code    Meaning
      ACST    The association belongs to a anycast server
      AUTH    Server authentication failed
      AUTO    Autokey sequence failed
      BCST    The association belongs to a broadcast server
      CRYP    Cryptographic authentication or identification failed
      DENY    Access denied by remote server
      DROP    Lost peer in symmetric mode
      RSTR    Access denied due to local policy
      INIT    The association has not yet synchronized for the first
      MCST    The association belongs to a manycast server
      NKEY    No key found.  Either the key was never installed or
              is not trusted
      RATE    Rate exceeded.  The server has temporarily denied access
              because the client exceeded the rate threshold
      RMOT    Somebody is tinkering with the association from a remote
              host running ntpdc.  Not to worry unless some rascal has
              stolen your keys
      STEP    A step change in system time has occurred, but the
              association has not yet resynchronized

                           Figure 3. Kiss Codes

   In general, a SNTP client should stop sending to a particular server
   if that server returns a reply with a Stratum field of 0, regardless
   of kiss code, and an alternate server is available.  If no alternate
   server is available, the client should retransmit using an
   exponential-backoff algorithm described in the next section.

   The kiss codes can provide useful information for an intelligent
   client.  These codes are encoded in four-character ASCII strings left
   justified and zero filled.  The strings are designed for character
   displays and log files.  Usually, only a few of these codes can occur
   with SNTP clients, including DENY, RSTR and RATE.  Others can occur
   more rarely, including INIT and STEP, when the server is in some
   special temporary condition.  Figure 3 shows a list of the kiss codes
   currently defined.

9.  On Being a Good Network Citizen

   SNTP and its big brother NTP have been in explosive growth over the
   last few years, mirroring the growth of the Internet.  Just about
   every Internet appliance has some kind of NTP support, including
   Windows XP, Cisco routers, embedded controllers and software systems
   of all kinds.  This is the first edition of the SNTP RFC where it has
   become necessary to lay down rules of engagement in the form of

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   design criteria for SNTP client implementations.  This is necessary
   to educate software developers regarding the proper use of Internet
   time server resources as the Internet expands and demands on time
   servers increase, and to prevent the recurrence of the sort of
   problem mentioned above.

10.  Best Practices

   NTP and SNTP clients can consume considerable network and server
   resources if not good network citizens.  There are now consumer
   Internet commodity devices numbering in the millions that are
   potential customers of public and private NTP and SNTP servers.
   Recent experience strongly suggests that device designers pay
   particular attention to minimizing resource impacts, especially if
   large numbers of these devices are deployed.  The most important
   design consideration is the interval between client requests, called
   the poll interval.  It is extremely important that the design use the
   maximum poll interval consistent with acceptable accuracy.

   1. A client MUST NOT under any conditions use a poll interval less
      than one minute.

   2. A client SHOULD increase the poll interval using exponential
      backoff as performance permits and especially if the server does
      not respond within a reasonable time.

   3. A client SHOULD use local servers whenever available to avoid
      unnecessary traffic on backbone networks.

   4. A client MUST allow the operator to configure the primary and/or
      alternate server names or addresses in addition to or in place of
      a firmware default IP address.

   5. If a firmware default server IP address is provided, it MUST be a
      server operated by the manufacturer or seller of the device or
      another server, but only with the operator's permission.

   6. A client SHOULD use the Domain Name System (DNS) to resolve the
      server IP addresses, so the operator can do effective load
      balancing among a server clique and change IP address binding to
      canonical names.

   7. A client SHOULD re-resolve the server IP address on a periodic
      intervals, but not less than the time-to-live field in the DNS

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   8. A client SHOULD support the NTP access-refusal mechanism, so that
      a server kiss-o'-death reply in response to a client request
      causes the client to cease sending requests to that server and to
      switch to an alternate, if available.

   The following algorithm can be used as a pattern for specific
   implementations.  It uses the following variables:

   Timer: This is a counter that decrements at a fixed rate.  When it
   reaches zero, a packet is sent and the timer initialized with the
   timeout for the next packet.

   Maximum timeout: This is the maximum timeout determined from the
   given oscillator frequency tolerance and the required accuracy.

   Server Name: This is the DNS name of the server.  There may be more
   than one of them to be selected by some algorithm not considered

   Server IP Address: This is the IPv4, IPv6 or OSI address of the

   If the firmware or documentation includes specific server names, the
   names should be those the manufacturer or seller operates as a
   customer convenience or those for which specific permission has been
   obtained from the operator.  A DNS request for a generic server name
   such as results should result in a random
   selection of server IP addresses available for that purpose.  Each
   time a DNS request is received, a new randomized list is returned.
   The client ordinarily uses the first address on the list.

      When selecting candidate SNTP or NTP servers, it is imperative to
      respect the server operator's conditions of access.  Lists of
      public servers and their conditions of access are available at  A semi-automatic server discovery scheme using DNS
      is described at that site.  Some ISPs operate public servers,
      although finding them via their helpdesks can be difficult.

   A well behaved client operates as follows (note that steps 2 - 4
   comprise a synchronization loop):

   1. Consider the specified frequency tolerance of the system clock
      oscillator.  Define the required accuracy of the system clock,
      then calculate the maximum timeout.  For instance, if the
      frequency tolerance is 200 parts-per-million (PPM) and the
      required accuracy is one minute, the maximum timeout is about 3.5

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      days.  Use the longest maximum timeout possible given the system
      constraints to minimize time server aggregate load, but never less
      than 15 minutes.

   2. When first coming up or after reset, randomize the timeout from
      one to five minutes.  This is to minimize shock when 3000 PCs are
      rebooted at the same time power is restored after a blackout.
      Assume at this time the IP address is unknown and the system clock
      is unsynchronized.  Otherwise use the timeout value as calculated
      in previous loop steps.  Note that it may be necessary to refrain
      from implementing the aforementioned random delay for some classes
      of ICSA certification.

   3. When the timer reaches zero, if the IP address is not known, send
      a DNS query packet; otherwise send a NTP request packet to that
      address.  If no reply packet has been heard since the last
      timeout, double the timeout, but not greater than the maximum
      timeout.  If primary and secondary time servers have been
      configured, alternate queries between the primary and secondary
      servers when no successful response has been received.

   4. If a DNS reply packet is received, save the IP address and
      continue in step 2.  If a KoD packet is received remove that time
      server from the list, activate the secondary time server and
      continue in step 2.  If a received packet fails the sanity checks,
      drop that packet and also continue in step 2.  If a valid NTP
      packet is received, update the system clock, set the timeout to
      the maximum, and continue to step 2.

11.  Acknowledgements

   Jeff Learman was helpful in developing the OSI model for this
   protocol.  Ajit Thyagarajan provided valuable suggestions and

12.  Informative References

   [CAIN02] Cain, B., Deering, S., Kouvalas, I., Fenner, B. and A.
            Thyagarajan, "Internet Group Management Protocol, Version
            3", RFC 3376, Cereva Networks, October 2002.

   [COL94]  Colella, R., Callon, R., Gardner, E. and Y. Rekhter,
            "Guidelines for OSI NSAP Allocation in the Internet", RFC
            1629, May 1994.

   [DAR81]  Postel, J., "Internet Protocol", STD 5, RFC 791, September

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   [DEE89]  Deering, S., "Host extensions for IP multicasting", STD 5,
            RFC 1112, August 1989.

   [DEE96]  Deering, S. and R. Hinden, "Internet Protocol, Version 6
            (IPv6) Specification", RFC 1883, January 1996.

   [DOB91]  Dobbins, K, Haggerty, W. and C. Shue, "OSI connectionless
            transport services on top of UDP - Version: 1", RFC 1240,
            June 1991.

   [EAS95]  Eastlake, D., 3rd., and C. Kaufman, "Domain Name System
            Security Extensions", Work in Progress.

   [FUR94]  Furniss, P., "Octet Sequences for Upper-Layer OSI to Support
            Basic Communications Applications", RFC 1698, October 1994.

   [HIN96]  Hinden, R. and S. Deering, "IP Version 6 Addressing
            Architecture", RFC 1884, January 1996.

   [HIN03]  Hinden, R. and S. Deering, "Internet Protocol Version 6
            (IPv6) Addressing Architecture", RFC 3513, April 2003.

   [ISO86]  International Standards 8602 - Information Processing
            Systems - OSI: Connectionless Transport Protocol
            Specification. International Standards Organization,
            December 1986.

   [MIL92]  Mills, D., "Network Time Protocol (Version 3) Specification,
            Implementation", RFC 1305, March 1992.

   [PAR93]  Partridge, C., Mendez, T. and W. Milliken, "Host Anycasting
            Service", RFC 1546, November 1993.

   [POS80]  Postel, J., "User Datagram Protocol", STD 6, RFC 768, August

   [POS83]  Postel, J., "Time Protocol", STD 26, RFC 868, May 1983.

   [SRI99]  Srisuresh, P. and M. Holdrege. "IP Network Address
            Translator (NAT) Terminology and Considerations", RFC 2663,
            August 1999.

   [SRI01]  Srisuresh, P. and K. Egevang. "Traditional IP Network
            Address Translator (Traditional NAT)", RFC 3022, January

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13.  Security Considerations

   Security issues are not discussed in this memo.

14.  Author's Address

   David L. Mills
   Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
   University of Delaware
   Newark, DE 19716
   Phone: (302) 831-8247

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15.  Full Copyright Statement

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