The Wire Image of a Network Protocol

Document Type Replaced Internet-Draft (individual)
Authors Brian Trammell  , Mirja Kühlewind 
Last updated 2018-10-12 (latest revision 2018-04-10)
Replaced by RFC 8546
Stream Internet Architecture Board (IAB)
Intended RFC status Informational
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This document defines the wire image, an abstraction of the information available to an on-path non-participant in a networking protocol. This abstraction is intended to shed light on the implications on increased encryption has for network functions that use the wire image.


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Mirja Kühlewind (

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