The Binary Floor Control Protocol (BFCP)
RFC 8855

Document Type RFC - Proposed Standard (January 2021; No errata)
Obsoletes RFC 4582
Authors Gonzalo Camarillo  , Keith Drage  , Tom Kristensen  , Joerg Ott  , Charles Eckel 
Last updated 2021-01-19
Replaces draft-sandbakken-dispatch-bfcp-udp
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Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                      G. Camarillo
Request for Comments: 8855                                      Ericsson
Obsoletes: 4582                                                 K. Drage
Category: Standards Track                                               
ISSN: 2070-1721                                            T. Kristensen
                                                                  J. Ott
                                             Technical University Munich
                                                                C. Eckel
                                                            January 2021

                The Binary Floor Control Protocol (BFCP)


   Floor control is a means to manage joint or exclusive access to
   shared resources in a (multiparty) conferencing environment.
   Thereby, floor control complements other functions -- such as
   conference and media session setup, conference policy manipulation,
   and media control -- that are realized by other protocols.

   This document specifies the Binary Floor Control Protocol (BFCP).
   BFCP is used between floor participants and floor control servers,
   and between floor chairs (i.e., moderators) and floor control

   This document obsoletes RFC 4582.

Status of This Memo

   This is an Internet Standards Track document.

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   (IETF).  It represents the consensus of the IETF community.  It has
   received public review and has been approved for publication by the
   Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG).  Further information on
   Internet Standards is available in Section 2 of RFC 7841.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction
   2.  Terminology
   3.  Scope
     3.1.  Floor Creation
     3.2.  Obtaining Information to Contact a Floor Control Server
     3.3.  Obtaining Floor-Resource Associations
     3.4.  Privileges of Floor Control
   4.  Overview of Operation
     4.1.  Floor Participant to Floor Control Server Interface
     4.2.  Floor Chair to Floor Control Server Interface
   5.  Packet Format
     5.1.  COMMON-HEADER Format
     5.2.  Attribute Format
       5.2.1.  BENEFICIARY-ID
       5.2.2.  FLOOR-ID
       5.2.3.  FLOOR-REQUEST-ID
       5.2.4.  PRIORITY
       5.2.5.  REQUEST-STATUS
       5.2.6.  ERROR-CODE  Error Specific Details for Error Code 4
       5.2.7.  ERROR-INFO
       5.2.9.  STATUS-INFO
       5.2.12. USER-DISPLAY-NAME
       5.2.13. USER-URI
     5.3.  Message Format
       5.3.1.  FloorRequest
       5.3.2.  FloorRelease
       5.3.3.  FloorRequestQuery
       5.3.4.  FloorRequestStatus
       5.3.5.  UserQuery
       5.3.6.  UserStatus
       5.3.7.  FloorQuery
       5.3.8.  FloorStatus
       5.3.9.  ChairAction
       5.3.10. ChairActionAck
       5.3.11. Hello
       5.3.12. HelloAck
       5.3.13. Error
       5.3.14. FloorRequestStatusAck
       5.3.15. FloorStatusAck
       5.3.16. Goodbye
       5.3.17. GoodbyeAck
   6.  Transport
     6.1.  Reliable Transport
     6.2.  Unreliable Transport
       6.2.1.  Congestion Control
       6.2.2.  ICMP Error Handling
       6.2.3.  Fragmentation Handling
       6.2.4.  NAT Traversal
   7.  Lower-Layer Security
   8.  Protocol Transactions
     8.1.  Client Behavior
     8.2.  Server Behavior
     8.3.  Timers
       8.3.1.  Request Retransmission Timer, T1
       8.3.2.  Response Retransmission Timer, T2
       8.3.3.  Timer Values
   9.  Authentication and Authorization
     9.1.  TLS/DTLS Based Mutual Authentication
   10. Floor Participant Operations
     10.1.  Requesting a Floor
       10.1.1.  Sending a FloorRequest Message
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