Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) L. Eggert
Request for Comments: 6247 Nokia
Obsoletes: 1072, 1106, 1110, 1145, May 2011
1146, 1379, 1644, 1693
Moving the Undeployed TCP Extensions RFC 1072, RFC 1106,
RFC 1110, RFC 1145, RFC 1146, RFC 1379, RFC 1644, and RFC 1693 to
This document reclassifies several TCP extensions that have never
seen widespread use to Historic status. The affected RFCs are RFC
1072, RFC 1106, RFC 1110, RFC 1145, RFC 1146, RFC 1379, RFC 1644, and
Status of This Memo
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TCP has a long history, and several proposed TCP extensions have
never seen widespread deployment. Section 5 of the TCP "roadmap"
document [RFC4614] already classifies a number of TCP extensions as
Historic and describes the reasons for doing so, but it does not
instruct the RFC Editor and IANA to change the status of these RFCs
in the RFC database and the relevant IANA registries. The sole
purpose of this document is to do just that. Please refer to Section
5 of [RFC4614] for justification.
2. RFC Editor Considerations
Per this document, the RFC Editor has changed the status of the
following RFCs to Historic [RFC2026]:
o [RFC1072] on "TCP Extensions for Long-Delay Paths"
o [RFC1106] and [RFC1110] related to the "TCP Big Window and Nak
o [RFC1145] and [RFC1146] related to the "TCP Alternate Checksum
o [RFC1379] and [RFC1644] on "T/TCP -- Extensions for Transactions
o [RFC1693] on "An Extension to TCP : Partial Order Service"
3. IANA Considerations
IANA has marked the TCP options 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15
documented in [RFC1072], [RFC1146], [RFC1644], and [RFC1693] as
"obsolete" in the "TCP Option Kind Numbers" registry [TCPOPTREG],
with a reference to this RFC.
4. Security Considerations
As mentioned in [RFC4614], the TCP Extensions for Transactions
(T/TCP) [RFC1379][RFC1644] are reported to have security issues
Lars Eggert is partly funded by [TRILOGY], a research project
supported by the European Commission under its Seventh Framework
6.1. Normative References
[RFC1072] Jacobson, V. and R. Braden, "TCP extensions for long-
delay paths", RFC 1072, October 1988.
[RFC1106] Fox, R., "TCP big window and NAK options", RFC 1106,
[RFC1110] McKenzie, A., "Problem with the TCP big window option",
RFC 1110, August 1989.
[RFC1145] Zweig, J. and C. Partridge, "TCP alternate checksum
options", RFC 1145, February 1990.
[RFC1146] Zweig, J. and C. Partridge, "TCP alternate checksum
options", RFC 1146, March 1990.
[RFC1379] Braden, B., "Extending TCP for Transactions --
Concepts", RFC 1379, November 1992.
[RFC1644] Braden, B., "T/TCP -- TCP Extensions for Transactions
Functional Specification", RFC 1644, July 1994.
[RFC1693] Connolly, T., Amer, P., and P. Conrad, "An Extension to
TCP : Partial Order Service", RFC 1693, November 1994.
[RFC4614] Duke, M., Braden, R., Eddy, W., and E. Blanton, "A
Roadmap for Transmission Control Protocol (TCP)
Specification Documents", RFC 4614, September 2006.
6.2. Informative References
[DEVIVO] de Vivo, M., de Vivo, G., Koeneke, R., and G. Isern,
"Internet Vulnerabilities Related to TCP/IP and T/TCP",
ACM SIGCOMM Computer Communications Review (CCR), Vol.
29, No. 1, January 1999.
[RFC2026] Bradner, S., "The Internet Standards Process -- Revision
3", BCP 9, RFC 2026, October 1996.