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        RFC 3046

        Title:      DHCP Relay Agent Information Option
        Author(s):  M. Patrick
        Status:     Standards Track
        Date:       January 2001
        Mailbox:    michael.patrick@motorola.com
        Pages:      14
        Characters: 30633
        Updates/Obsoletes/SeeAlso:  None

        I-D Tag:    draft-ietf-dhc-agent-options-12.txt

        URL:        ftp://ftp.rfc-editor.org/in-notes/rfc3046.txt

Newer high-speed public Internet access technologies call for a
high-speed modem to have a local area network (LAN) attachment to one
or more customer premise hosts.  It is advantageous to use the Dynamic
Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) as defined in RFC 2131 to assign
customer premise host IP addresses in this environment.  However, a
number of security and scaling problems arise with such "public" DHCP
use.  This document describes a new DHCP option to address these
issues.  This option extends the set of DHCP options as defined in RFC

The new option is called the Relay Agent Information option and is
inserted by the DHCP relay agent when forwarding client-originated
DHCP packets to a DHCP server.  Servers recognizing the Relay Agent
Information option may use the information to implement IP address or
other parameter assignment policies.  The DHCP Server echoes the
option back verbatim to the relay agent in server-to-client replies,
and the relay agent strips the option before forwarding the reply to
the client.

The "Relay Agent Information" option is organized as a single DHCP
option that contains one or more "sub-options" that convey
information known by the relay agent.  The initial sub-options are
defined for a relay agent that is co-located in a public circuit
access unit.  These include a "circuit ID" for the incoming circuit,
and a "remote ID" which provides a trusted identifier for the remote
high-speed modem.

This document is a product of the Dynamic Host Configuration Working
Group of the IETF.

This is now a Proposed Standard Protocol.

This document specifies an Internet standards track protocol for
the Internet community, and requests discussion and suggestions
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