Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) C. Pignataro
Request for Comments: 6814 Cisco Systems
Obsoletes: 1385, 1393, 1475, 1770 F. Gont
Category: Standards Track UTN-FRH / SI6 Networks
ISSN: 2070-1721 November 2012 Formally Deprecating Some IPv4 Options
A number of IPv4 options have become obsolete in practice, but have
never been formally deprecated. This document deprecates such IPv4
options, thus cleaning up the corresponding IANA registry.
Additionally, it obsoletes RFCs 1385, 1393, 1475, and 1770, and
requests that the RFC Editor change their status to Historic.
Status of This Memo
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2.2. Extended Internet Protocol
The Extended Internet Protocol option is defined in [RFC1385] and is
superseded by [RFC2460].
The Traceroute option is defined in [RFC1393]. The Traceroute option
is defined as Experimental; it was never widely deployed on the
This option was used for experimentation around IP-layer encryption.
No products are known to ever have shipped with support for this
This option was part of an experiment [VISA87] [VISA89] at USC and
was never widely deployed.
2.6. Address Extension
The Address Extension option is defined in an Experimental RFC
[RFC1475] and marked as IPv7. IPv7 was never widely deployed.
2.7. Selective Directed Broadcast
The Selective Directed Broadcast option was originally defined in
[RFC1770]. This option was never widely deployed and the approach
2.8. Dynamic Packet State
The Dynamic Packet State option was specified in [DIFFSERV-DPS]. The
aforementioned document was meant to be published as Experimental,
but it never became an RFC. The IP option was never widely deployed.
2.9. Upstream Multicast Pkt.
This option was originally specified in [BIDIR-PIM]. Its use was
deprecated by [RFC5015], which employs a control-plane mechanism to
solve the problem of doing upstream forwarding of multicast packets
on a multi-access LAN.
3. IANA Considerations
The "IP OPTION NUMBERS" registry [IANA-IP] contains the list of
currently assigned IP option numbers. This registry also denotes a
deprecated IP Option Number by marking it with a footnote.
This document formally deprecates the following options. IANA has
marked them as such in the corresponding registry [IANA-IP].
Copy Class Number Value Name Reference
---- ----- ------ ----- ------------------------------- ------------
1 0 8 136 SID - Stream ID [RFC791,JBP]
1 0 14 142 VISA - Experimental Access Control [Estrin]
0 0 15 15 ENCODE - ??? [VerSteeg]
1 0 17 145 EIP - Extended Internet Protocol [RFC1385]
0 2 18 82 TR - Traceroute [RFC1393]
1 0 19 147 ADDEXT - Address Extension [Ullmann IPv7]
1 0 21 149 SDB - Selective Directed Broadcast [Graff]
1 0 23 151 DPS - Dynamic Packet State [Malis]
1 0 24 152 UMP - Upstream Multicast Pkt. [Farinacci]
The IP options "MTU Probe" (MTUP, value 11) and "MTU Reply" (MTUR,
value 12) were initially defined in [RFC1063] and have already been
deprecated by [RFC1191].
4. Changing the Status of the Corresponding RFCs to Historic
Per this document, the RFC Editor has changed the status of
[RFC1385], [RFC1393], [RFC1475], and [RFC1770] to Historic.
5. Security Considerations
This document does not modify the security properties of the IPv4
options being deprecated.
The authors would like to thank Ron Bonica for his guidance.
The authors would like to thank Ran Atkinson, Fred Baker, Deborah
Estrin, Dino Farinacci, Andrew Malis, Gene Tsudik, and Bill VerSteeg
for providing insights on some of the options being formally
deprecated by this document.
[RFC5015] Handley, M., Kouvelas, I., Speakman, T., and L. Vicisano,
"Bidirectional Protocol Independent Multicast (BIDIR-
PIM)", RFC 5015, October 2007.
[VISA87] Estrin, D. and G. Tsudik, "VISA Scheme for Inter-
Organizational Network Security", IEEE Symposium on
Security and Privacy (S&P), 1987.
[VISA89] Estrin, D., Mogul, J., and G. Tsudik, "VISA Protocols for
Controlling Inter-Organizational Datagram Flow", IEEE
Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, 1989.
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