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Last Call Review of draft-ietf-manet-nhdp-optimization-03

Request Review of draft-ietf-manet-nhdp-optimization
Requested revision No specific revision (document currently at 04)
Type Last Call Review
Team Security Area Directorate (secdir)
Deadline 2014-11-03
Requested 2014-10-23
Authors Christopher Dearlove , Thomas H. Clausen
I-D last updated 2014-10-30
Completed reviews Secdir Last Call review of -03 by Charlie Kaufman (diff)
Assignment Reviewer Charlie Kaufman
State Completed
Review review-ietf-manet-nhdp-optimization-03-secdir-lc-kaufman-2014-10-30
Reviewed revision 03 (document currently at 04)
Result Ready
Completed 2014-10-30
I have reviewed this document as part of the security directorate's ongoing
effort to review all IETF documents being processed by the IESG.  These
comments were written primarily for the benefit of the security area
directors.  Document editors and WG chairs should treat these comments just
like any other last call comments.

This document specifies a conceptually minor change to the MANET Neighborhood
Discovery Protocol (NHDP) (RFC6130). It is a backwards compatible optimization
allowing neighbors accessible over links of marginal quality to be processed
more efficiently in the case where communication bounces up and down due to the
marginal link quality. It extends an optimization already specified in RFC6130
for one-hop neighbors to also apply to two-hop neighbors.

The security considerations section says that this change introduces no
additional security considerations beyond those in RFC6130, and I agree. If
anything, this change reduces the potential of one kind of an attack where a
node simulates a bouncing link to consume excessive resources on the target.
But I don’t believe this minor security advantage is worth mentioning… it is a
consequence of the main point of the change which is to improve performance
(mostly responsiveness).