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Last Call Review of draft-ietf-roll-unaware-leaves-23

Request Review of draft-ietf-roll-unaware-leaves
Requested revision No specific revision (document currently at 30)
Type Last Call Review
Team Security Area Directorate (secdir)
Deadline 2020-12-09
Requested 2020-11-13
Authors Pascal Thubert , Michael Richardson
Draft last updated 2020-12-10
Completed reviews Iotdir Last Call review of -13 by Shwetha Bhandari (diff)
Rtgdir Last Call review of -23 by Julien Meuric (diff)
Iotdir Last Call review of -23 by Peter Van der Stok (diff)
Secdir Last Call review of -23 by Carl Wallace (diff)
Genart Last Call review of -24 by Elwyn B. Davies (diff)
Assignment Reviewer Carl Wallace
State Completed
Review review-ietf-roll-unaware-leaves-23-secdir-lc-wallace-2020-12-10
Posted at
Reviewed revision 23 (document currently at 30)
Result Has Nits
Completed 2020-12-09
I 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
authors, document editors, and WG chairs should treat these comments just like
any other IETF Last Call comments.

This specification updates RFC6550, RFC6775, and RFC8505, to provide routing
services to RPL Unaware Leaves that implement 6LoWPAN ND and the extensions
therein. The changes described in the draft largely consist of defining some
previously undefined reserved flags (including corresponding inclusion of ROVR
in existing message), redefining some status messages and extending use of an
existing message for additional mode of operation. Some questions and comments
are below. These could all be categorized minor nits focused on improving

- The document feels long given the magnitude of changes. There are some
explanatory sections that may be better off left as references to the normative
specs. As someone unfamiliar with ROLL, I found reconciling explanatory text
here with source docs difficult in spots.

Section 1
- In the introduction, the reference to RFC6687 in the first sentence of the
third paragraph seems misplaced. While the term 'path stretch' appears in that
document, the concept being referenced doesn't seem to match and may be better
served by a reference to section 3.1 of RFC 6550.

Section 4.3.1
- The last sentence in section 4.3.1 probably belongs in (or should be
repeated) in Section 8. It seems odd to feature fresh standards language in a
section that is providing background but not in the section enhancing the
referenced doc.

Section 5.1, 5.3 and 5.4
- There are a number of "is expected" instances that may benefit from being

Section 5.2
- Language is unclear on whether decapsulation is required by a RUL. The
statement "the RUL, as an IPv6 Host, must be able to decapsulate the tunneled
packet" is inconsistent with the last statement in the paragraph. Maybe change
first statement to "If a RUL supports terminating an IP-in-IP tunnel...". - The
statement "the Root terminates" may benefit from a SHOULD. The sentence
establishes when a SHOULD would not apply already. [USEofRPLinfo] has a SHOULD
when making this same point in 4.1. Replacing this entire paragraph with the
fourth paragraph in section 4.1 may be the right thing to do.

Section 6.1:
- What does "if the ’F’ flag is reset" mean? Does it just mean set to 0?
- In the ROVRsz definition, why would values above 4 result in size being
unknown? Maybe this should say the meaning is unknown for values above 4. - It
states "an implementation SHOULD propagate the whole Target Option" when ROVRsz
is greater than 4. In what cases should the whole target option not be
propagated? - Should there be a "prefix length field MUST indicate 128 bits
when F flag is set" instead of ignoring the length and assuming 128? - Should
this section require bits not claimed by this spec to be set to zero as in
6550? This assumes this spec is only claiming 5 of 8 bits. That may be worth
clarifying as well.

Section 7
- What does "A 6LR and a Root that support this specification MUST implement
the Non-Storing DCO" mean? The only definition of "non-storing DCO" appears to
be in the previous paragraph, which does not apply to the 6LR.

Section 9
- What does 'reset' mean in second paragraph? It seems to mean "not set".

Section 9.2.1
- This section begins by noting no changes are defined for the described
process that is defined by various other specs. The section describes many
requirements including some that look to be new, i.e., first paragraph below
the bulleted list.