IPv6 over Low-Power Wireless Personal Area Network (6LoWPAN) ESC Dispatch Code Points and Guidelines
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Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                    S. Chakrabarti
Request for Comments: 8066
Updates: 4944, 6282                                        G. Montenegro
Category: Standards Track                                      Microsoft
ISSN: 2070-1721                                                 R. Droms

                                                             J. Woodyatt
                                                                  Google
                                                           February 2017

      IPv6 over Low-Power Wireless Personal Area Network (6LoWPAN)
                ESC Dispatch Code Points and Guidelines

Abstract

   RFC 4944 defines the ESC dispatch type to allow additional dispatch
   octets in the 6LoWPAN header.  The value of the ESC dispatch type was
   updated by RFC 6282; however, its usage was not defined in either RFC
   6282 or RFC 4944.  This document updates RFC 4944 and RFC 6282 by
   defining the ESC extension octet code points and listing registration
   entries for known use cases at the time of writing of this document.

Status of This Memo

   This is an Internet Standards Track document.

   This document is a product of the Internet Engineering Task Force
   (IETF).  It represents the consensus of the IETF community.  It has
   received public review and has been approved for publication by the
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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   2.  Terminology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   3.  Usage of ESC Dispatch Octets  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
     3.1.  Interaction with Other RFC 4944 Implementations . . . . .   4
     3.2.  ESC Extension Octets Typical Sequence . . . . . . . . . .   5
     3.3.  ITU-T G.9903 ESC Type Usage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
     3.4.  NALP and ESC Dispatch Types . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
   4.  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
   5.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
   6.  References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
     6.1.  Normative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
     6.2.  Informative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
   Acknowledgements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
   Authors' Addresses  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9

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1.  Introduction

   Section 5.1 of [RFC4944] defines the dispatch header and types.  The
   ESC type is defined to use additional dispatch octets in the 6LoWPAN
   header.  RFC 6282 modifies the value of the ESC dispatch type and
   that value is recorded in IANA registry [IANA-6LoWPAN].  However, the
   octets and usage following the ESC dispatch type are not defined in
   either [RFC4944] or [RFC6282].  In recent years with 6LoWPAN
   deployments, implementations and standards organizations have started
   using the ESC extension octets.  This highlights the need for an
   updated IANA registration policy.

   This document defines the new "ESC Extension Types" registry and the
   ESC extension octets for future applications.  In addition, this
   document records the ITU-T specification for ESC dispatch octet code
   points as an existing known usage.

2.  Terminology

   The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT",
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