Last Call Review of draft-holmberg-dispatch-iotl-03

Request Review of draft-holmberg-dispatch-iotl
Requested rev. no specific revision (document currently at 06)
Type Last Call Review
Team General Area Review Team (Gen-ART) (genart)
Deadline 2015-01-08
Requested 2014-12-11
Authors Christer Holmberg, Jan Holm, Roland Jesske, Martin Dolly
Draft last updated 2015-01-15
Completed reviews Genart Last Call review of -03 by Robert Sparks (diff)
Secdir Last Call review of -03 by Paul Hoffman (diff)
Opsdir Last Call review of -02 by Nevil Brownlee (diff)
Assignment Reviewer Robert Sparks 
State Completed
Review review-holmberg-dispatch-iotl-03-genart-lc-sparks-2015-01-15
Reviewed rev. 03 (document currently at 06)
Review result Ready
Review completed: 2015-01-15


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Subject: 	Gen-art LC review: draft-holmerg-dispatch-iotl-03.txt
Date: 	Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:09:23 -0600
From: 	Robert Sparks <>
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Please resolve these comments along with any other Last Call comments
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Document: draft-holmberg-dispatch-iotl-03
Reviewer: Robert Sparks
Review Date: 18-Dec-2014
IETF LC End Date: 8-Jan-2015
IESG Telechat date: Not on an upcoming telechat agenda

Summary: Almost ready for publication as a Proposed Standard but has
issues that need to be addressed

There are only a few issues to address:

Major Issue 1: It makes no sense to publish a standards track RFC that
says behavior on general networks is undefined. I've reviewed all of the
list traffic about this document, and I understand how the text that's
currently in the document got there, but it's not the best way to deal
with the concern that caused it to be introduced. The original concern
was that the document didn't provide enough detail to tell what the
presence or absence of the values meant, and whether there was an
associate d change to the semantics of the protocol. While the
description is thin, I think there has been enough shown to know that
the semantics of the protocol are not being changed.

So, instead, the document should just recognize that devices that don't
implement this specification will do what RFC 3261 requires them to do
with unknown URI parameters: ignore them. This document sufficiently
describes what the values it defines means to elements that _do_
implement this specification. They provide additional information to
upper layers (ultimately, transaction users as 3261 defines them), and
those upper layers might make forwarding decisions using it, just like
they can use _anything_ at their disposal. The basic semantics of the
SIP protocol are unaffected.

To resolve this issue, I suggest removing the text that occurs in
several places saying that this is applicable only to 3gpp networks, and
add a short sentence reminding the reader that RFC3261 expects new URI
parameters to be standardized and defines how unknown URI parameters are

Major Issue 2: The document suggests that implementations violate what
RFC3261 requires them to do. Specifically, it says "An entity that
understands the 'iotl' parameter MUST NOT, from a SIP request, remove
'iotl' parameters from SIP URIs associated with other entities, unless
the entity has means to determine that the 'iotl' parameter does not
represent a valid traffic leg." RFC3261 requires that MUST NOT, and it
does not allow the "unless" clause. It is not ok for an entity to change
some other entities URIs in, say, Route, Service-Route, Path, and
similar places under any circumstances.

My suggested resolution is to remove the unless clause, and change the
first part of the sentence to note that this is what 3261 requires.

Major issue 3: The Security considerations section is incomplete. Please
discuss the ramifications of something maliciously providing an
incorrect value in the parameter. What are the ramifications if someone
does violate protocol and changes or removes a value in transit?

Minor issue 1: It is unclear where you expect these URIs to occur. I
have a good feel only after reading the list traffic. I suggest you be
explicit in 5.1 that you expect these to be placed in Service-Route and
Path header field values, hence to occur in Route header field values,
and Request-URIs.

Minor issue 2: Why do you say "This document does not specify the usage
of the 'iotl' parameter within a SIP URI of a Record-Route header field.
Would it create an interoperability problem if someone put one there?
Because if they do, it will end up in Route header fields later. If
that's ok, please strike the sentence. If it's not, then you need to say
MUST NOT place the parameter in URIs in Record-Route header field values.

Nits/editorial comments:

Since you are providing an extension point for other values, someone
will ask if you need a registry for those values. I suggest explicitly
saying we are not creating a registry at this time but expect to do so
if the extension point is ever used to head that conversation off.

"dialogue" appears in a couple of places. Since we're talking about the
3261 term, I suggest using "dialog" consistently.

The sentence (which occurs in the abstract and introduction) "The
directionality in traffic legs relates to a SIP request creating a
dialogue and stand-alone SIP request." does not parse. What is it trying
to say, and why is it important?