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Last Call Review of draft-ietf-opsec-probe-attribution-05

Request Review of draft-ietf-opsec-probe-attribution
Requested revision No specific revision (document currently at 09)
Type Last Call Review
Team Transport Area Review Team (tsvart)
Deadline 2023-06-08
Requested 2023-05-25
Authors Éric Vyncke , Benoit Donnet , Justin Iurman
I-D last updated 2023-06-05
Completed reviews Genart Last Call review of -05 by Peter E. Yee (diff)
Secdir Last Call review of -06 by Tirumaleswar Reddy.K (diff)
Tsvart Last Call review of -05 by Magnus Westerlund (diff)
Opsdir Last Call review of -05 by Linda Dunbar (diff)
Opsdir Telechat review of -08 by Linda Dunbar (diff)
Assignment Reviewer Magnus Westerlund
State Completed
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Completed 2023-06-05
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I questions why this document is published as informational status. It appears
to at least define a format with a well known URI. I would think a standards
track would be a more approrpiate status.

Section 3:

"if the reverse DNS record for 2001:db8::dead exists"

What should one do if there are multiple PTR records for a given address? This
I would expect to be fairly likely in some multi-tennant systems.

Section 4:

• for a [RFC4443] ICMPv6 echo request: in the optional data (see section 4.1 of
[RFC4443]); • for a [RFC792] ICMPv4 echo request: in the optional data;

First of all there are no "optional data" there is a "data" field. I think the
reference to which field should be clearer, i.e. "in the data field".

"for a [RFC768] UDP datagram: in the data part. Note that if the probe is
destined to a listened-to/well-known UDP port, the inclusion of the probe
description URI may produce undefined results;"

I think this is really understating the issue. If the probe is done using a
protocol that has any fields in the UDP payload it is unlikely that the
placement of the URI first will work at all, unless the measurement protocol is
updated. I would think an placement in the end would be more likely to
function, unless the UDP payload has no other than random data. However, in
some case it will simply not work without updating the probe protocol.

For the future including the attribution URI in an UDP options would be a
potential solution that can be looked into.

"for a [RFC9293] TCP packet with the SYN flag: data is allowed in TCP packets
with the SYN flag per section 3.4 of [RFC9293] (2nd paragraph). However, it may
change the way the packet is processed, i.e., SYN packets containing data might
be discarded;"

So from an TCP using protocol, there are little difference in sending the data
in syn, or sending it in the first packets after established state. The data
will reach the application layer, this does not bypass the issue of the data
ending up in the upper layer application. So why are there specific discussion
of the data in TCP syn.

Also, I think the reference to Section 3.4 of RFC9293 is pointing to the wrong
section. Because that paragraph discusses sequence number space wrapping which
appear not that relevant here.

So in general I think the attempt to apply in-band URI to UDP and TCP are
likely problematic and may have to be dialed back into being recommended to be
included in protocol fields that otherwise would include random data. Have it
been considered to define a magical word that would prefix the URI so that it
might be easier to look for potential matches in the payloads? It makes sense
to volunteerily include this URI in probe packets for measurements that can do
that without making there packets unusable for their main purpose.

Section 8.

I noted that you expect permanent status.

Reading RFC 8615 I noticed this paragraph:

Values defined by Standards Track RFCs and other open standards (in
   the sense of [RFC2026], Section 7.1.1) have a status of "permanent".
   Other values can also be registered as permanent, if the experts find
   that they are in use, in consultation with the community.  Other
   values should be registered as "provisional".

This document is targeting informational status. Which I personally questions.
However, I do see the point of having this format have a well-known URI that
are permanent, but according to instruction this ends up in a grey zone. It
might be that the expert want to waive this. I do also note that RFC 9116 did
get permanent.

Another aspect that I find worrying.

This draft appear to never to have been even mentioned in the IPPM group. Being
a WG that define active measurements it should have been done, and
consideration of how to include the attribution in the IPPM protocols should
have taken place. Although IPPM targets measurements between collaborating
nodes, it appears some of the concerns from on path nodes about measurement
could still be relevant. So I would recommend that this work is at least
brought up in IPPM to discuss if there are need to extend.