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Multicast Protocol for Low-Power and Lossy Networks (MPL)

 


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Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                            J. Hui
Request for Comments: 7731                                     Nest Labs
Category: Standards Track                                      R. Kelsey
ISSN: 2070-1721                                             Silicon Labs
                                                           February 2016


       Multicast Protocol for Low-Power and Lossy Networks (MPL)

Abstract

   This document specifies the Multicast Protocol for Low-Power and
   Lossy Networks (MPL), which provides IPv6 multicast forwarding in
   constrained networks.  MPL avoids the need to construct or maintain
   any multicast forwarding topology, disseminating messages to all MPL
   Forwarders in an MPL Domain.

   MPL has two modes of operation.  One mode uses the Trickle algorithm
   to manage control-plane and data-plane message transmissions and is
   applicable for deployments with few multicast sources.  The other
   mode uses classic flooding.  By providing both modes and
   parameterization of the Trickle algorithm, an MPL implementation can
   be used in a variety of multicast deployments and can trade between
   dissemination latency and transmission efficiency.

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
   Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG).  Further information on
   Internet Standards is available in Section 2 of RFC 5741.

   Information about the current status of this document, any errata,
   and how to provide feedback on it may be obtained at
   http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc7731.

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Table of Contents

   1. Introduction ....................................................4
   2. Terminology .....................................................5
   3. Applicability Statement .........................................6
   4. MPL Protocol Overview ...........................................7
      4.1. MPL Domains ................................................7
      4.2. Information Base Overview ..................................8
      4.3. Protocol Overview ..........................................8
      4.4. Signaling Overview ........................................10
   5. MPL Parameters and Constants ...................................11
      5.1. MPL Multicast Addresses ...................................11
      5.2. MPL Message Types .........................................11
      5.3. MPL Seed Identifiers ......................................11
      5.4. MPL Parameters ............................................11
   6. Protocol Message Formats .......................................14
      6.1. MPL Option ................................................14
      6.2. MPL Control Message .......................................15
      6.3. MPL Seed Info .............................................16
   7. Information Base ...............................................17
      7.1. Local Interface Set .......................................17
      7.2. Domain Set ................................................18
      7.3. Seed Set ..................................................18
      7.4. Buffered Message Set ......................................18
   8. MPL Seed Sequence Numbers ......................................19
   9. MPL Data Messages ..............................................19
      9.1. MPL Data Message Generation ...............................19
      9.2. MPL Data Message Transmission .............................20
      9.3. MPL Data Message Processing ...............................21
   10. MPL Control Messages ..........................................22
      10.1. MPL Control Message Generation ...........................22
      10.2. MPL Control Message Transmission .........................22
      10.3. MPL Control Message Processing ...........................23
   11. IANA Considerations ...........................................24
      11.1. MPL Option Type ..........................................24
      11.2. MPL ICMPv6 Type ..........................................25
      11.3. Well-Known Multicast Addresses ...........................25
   12. Security Considerations .......................................25
   13. References ....................................................26
      13.1. Normative References .....................................26
      13.2. Informative References ...................................28
   Acknowledgements ..................................................29
   Authors' Addresses ................................................29

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1.  Introduction

   Low-Power and Lossy Networks (LLNs) typically operate with strict
   resource constraints in communication, computation, memory, and
   energy.  Such resource constraints may preclude the use of existing
   IPv6 multicast routing and forwarding mechanisms.  Traditional IP
   multicast delivery typically relies on topology maintenance
   mechanisms to discover and maintain routes to all subscribers of a
   multicast group (e.g., [RFC3973] [RFC4601]).  However, maintaining
   such topologies in LLNs is costly and may not be feasible given the
   available resources.

   Memory constraints may limit devices to maintaining links/routes to
   one or a few neighbors.  For this reason, the Routing Protocol for
   LLNs (RPL) specifies both storing and non-storing modes [RFC6550].
   The latter allows RPL routers to maintain only one or a few default
   routes towards an LLN Border Router (LBR) and use source routing to
   forward messages away from the LBR.  For the same reasons, an LLN
   device may not be able to maintain a multicast routing topology when
   operating with limited memory.

   Furthermore, the dynamic properties of wireless networks can make the
   cost of maintaining a multicast routing topology prohibitively
   expensive.  In wireless environments, topology maintenance may
   involve selecting a connected dominating set used to forward
   multicast messages to all nodes in an administrative domain.
   However, existing mechanisms often require two-hop topology
   information, and the cost of maintaining such information grows
   polynomially with network density.

   This document specifies the Multicast Protocol for Low-Power and
   Lossy Networks (MPL), which provides IPv6 multicast forwarding in
   constrained networks.  MPL avoids the need to construct or maintain
   any multicast routing topology, disseminating multicast messages to
   all MPL Forwarders in an MPL Domain.  By using the Trickle algorithm
   [RFC6206], MPL requires only small, constant state for each MPL
   device that initiates disseminations.  The Trickle algorithm also
   allows MPL to be density aware, allowing the communication rate to
   scale logarithmically with density.

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2.  Terminology

   The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT",
   "SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "NOT RECOMMENDED", "MAY", and
   "OPTIONAL" in this document are to be interpreted as described in
   [RFC2119].

   The following terms are used throughout this document:

   MPL Forwarder  - A router that implements MPL.  An MPL Forwarder is
      equipped with at least one MPL Interface.

   MPL Interface  - An MPL Forwarder's attachment to a communications
      medium, over which it transmits and receives MPL Data Messages and
      MPL Control Messages according to this specification.  An MPL
      Interface is assigned one or more unicast addresses and is
      subscribed to one or more MPL Domain Addresses.

   MPL Domain Address  - A multicast address that identifies the set of
      MPL Interfaces within an MPL Domain.  MPL Data Messages
      disseminated in an MPL Domain have the associated MPL Domain
      Address as their destination address.

   MPL Domain  - A scope zone, as defined in [RFC4007], in which MPL
      Interfaces subscribe to the same MPL Domain Address and
      participate in disseminating MPL Data Messages.

   MPL Data Message  - A multicast message that is used to communicate a
      multicast payload between MPL Forwarders within an MPL Domain.  An
      MPL Data Message contains an MPL Option in the IPv6 header and has
      as its destination address the MPL Domain Address corresponding to
      the MPL Domain.

   MPL Control Message  - A link-local multicast message that is used to
      communicate information about recently received MPL Data Messages
      to neighboring MPL Forwarders.

   MPL Seed  - An MPL Forwarder that generates MPL Data Messages and
      serves as an entry point into an MPL Domain.

   MPL Seed Identifier  - An unsigned integer that uniquely identifies
      an MPL Seed within an MPL Domain.

   Node  - Used within this document to refer to an MPL Forwarder.

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3.  Applicability Statement

   MPL is an IPv6 multicast forwarding protocol designed for the
   communication characteristics and resource constraints of LLNs.  By
   implementing controlled disseminations of multicast messages using
   the Trickle algorithm, MPL is designed for networks that communicate
   using low-power and lossy links with widely varying topologies in
   both the space and time dimensions.

   While designed specifically for LLNs, MPL is not limited to use over
   such networks.  MPL may be applicable to any network where no
   multicast routing state is desired.  MPL may also be used in
   environments where only a subset of links are considered low-power
   and lossy links.

   A host need not be aware that their multicast is supported by MPL as
   long as its attachment router forwards multicast messages between the
   MPL Domain and the host.  However, a host may choose to implement MPL
   so that it can take advantage of the broadcast medium inherent in
   many LLNs and receive multicast messages carried by MPL directly.

   MPL is parameterized to support different dissemination techniques.
   In one parameterization, MPL may utilize the classic flooding method
   that involves having each device receiving a message rebroadcast the
   message.  In another parameterization, MPL may utilize Trickle's
   [RFC6206] "polite gossip" method, which involves transmission
   suppression and adaptive timing techniques.  [Clausen2013] questions
   the efficiency of Trickle's "polite gossip" mechanism in some
   multicast scenarios, so by also including a classic flooding mode of
   operation MPL aims to be able to perform satisfactorily in a variety
   of situations.

   To support efficient message delivery in networks that have many poor
   links, MPL supports a reactive forwarding mode that utilizes MPL
   Control Messages to summarize the current multicast state.  The MPL
   Control Message size grows linearly with the number of simultaneous
   MPL Seeds in the MPL Domain -- 4 octets per MPL Seed.  When reactive
   forwarding is not enabled, MPL Control Messages are not transmitted,
   and the associated overhead is not incurred.

   This document does not specify a cryptographic security mechanism for
   MPL to ensure that MPL messages are not spoofed by anyone with access
   to the LLN.  In general, the basic ability to inject messages into an
   LLN may be used as a denial-of-service attack, regardless of what
   forwarding protocol is used.  For these reasons, LLNs typically
   employ link-layer security mechanisms to mitigate an attacker's
   ability to inject messages.  For example, the IEEE 802.15.4
   [IEEE802.15.4] standard specifies frame security mechanisms using

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   AES-128 to support access control, message integrity, message
   confidentiality, and replay protection.  However, if the attack
   vector includes attackers that have access to the LLN, then MPL
   SHOULD NOT be used.

4.  MPL Protocol Overview

   The goal of MPL is to deliver multicast messages to all interfaces
   that subscribe to the multicast messages' destination address within
   an MPL Domain.

4.1.  MPL Domains

   An MPL Domain is a scope zone, as defined in [RFC4007], in which MPL
   Interfaces subscribe to the same MPL Domain Address and participate
   in disseminating MPL Data Messages.

   When participating in only one MPL Domain, the MPL Domain Address is
   the ALL_MPL_FORWARDERS multicast address with Realm-Local scope
   ("scop" value 3) [RFC7346].

   When an MPL Forwarder participates in multiple MPL Domains
   simultaneously, at most one MPL Domain may be assigned an MPL Domain
   Address equal to the ALL_MPL_FORWARDERS multicast address.  All other
   MPL Domains MUST be assigned a unique MPL Domain Address that allows
   the MPL Forwarder to identify each MPL Domain.  The MPL Domains
   SHOULD be configured automatically based on some underlying topology.
   For example, when using RPL [RFC6550], MPL Domains may be configured
   based on RPL Instances.

   When MPL is used in deployments that use administratively defined
   scopes that cover, for example, multiple subnets based on different
   underlying network technologies, Admin-Local scope (scop value 4) or
   Site-Local scope (scop value 5) SHOULD be used.

   An MPL Forwarder MAY participate in additional MPL Domains identified
   by other multicast addresses.  An MPL Interface MUST subscribe to the
   MPL Domain Addresses for the MPL Domains that it participates in.
   The assignment of other multicast addresses is out of scope.

   For each MPL Domain Address that an MPL Interface subscribes to, the
   MPL Interface MUST also subscribe to the same MPL Domain Address with
   Link-Local scope (scop value 2) when reactive forwarding is in use
   (i.e., when communicating MPL Control Messages).

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4.2.  Information Base Overview

   A node records necessary protocol state in the following
   information sets:

   o  The Local Interface Set records the set of local MPL Interfaces
      and the unicast addresses assigned to those MPL Interfaces.

   o  The Domain Set records the set of MPL Domain Addresses and the
      local MPL Interfaces that subscribe to those addresses.

   o  A Seed Set records information about received MPL Data Messages
      received from an MPL Seed within an MPL Domain.  Each MPL Domain
      has an associated Seed Set.  A Seed Set maintains the minimum
      sequence number for MPL Data Messages that the MPL Forwarder is
      willing to receive or has buffered in its Buffered Message Set
      from an MPL Seed.  MPL uses Seed Sets and Buffered Message Sets to
      determine when to accept an MPL Data Message, process its payload,
      and retransmit it.

   o  A Buffered Message Set records recently received MPL Data Messages
      from an MPL Seed within an MPL Domain.  Each MPL Domain has an
      associated Buffered Message Set.  MPL Data Messages resident in a
      Buffered Message Set have sequence numbers that are greater than
      or equal to the minimum threshold maintained in the corresponding
      Seed Set.  MPL uses Buffered Message Sets to store MPL Data
      Messages that may be transmitted by the MPL Forwarder for
      forwarding.

4.3.  Protocol Overview

   MPL achieves its goal by implementing a controlled flood that
   attempts to disseminate the multicast data message to all interfaces
   within an MPL Domain.  MPL performs the following tasks to
   disseminate a multicast message:

   o  When having a multicast message to forward into an MPL Domain, the
      MPL Seed generates an MPL Data Message that includes the MPL
      Domain Address as the IPv6 Destination Address, the MPL Seed
      Identifier, a newly generated sequence number, and the multicast
      message.  If the multicast destination address is not the MPL
      Domain Address, IP-in-IP tunneling [RFC2473] is used to
      encapsulate the multicast message in an MPL Data Message,
      preserving the original IPv6 Destination Address.

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   o  Upon receiving an MPL Data Message, the MPL Forwarder extracts the
      MPL Seed and sequence number and determines whether or not the MPL
      Data Message was previously received using the MPL Domain's Seed
      Set and Buffered Message Set.

      *  If the sequence number is less than the lower-bound sequence
         number maintained in the Seed Set or a message with the same
         sequence number exists within the Buffered Message Set, the MPL
         Forwarder marks the MPL Data Message as old.

      *  Otherwise, the MPL Forwarder marks the MPL Data Message as new.

   o  For each newly received MPL Data Message, an MPL Forwarder updates
      the Seed Set, adds the MPL Data Message into the Buffered Message
      Set, processes its payload, and multicasts the MPL Data Message a
      number of times on all MPL Interfaces participating in the same
      MPL Domain to forward the message.

   o  Each MPL Forwarder may periodically link-local multicast MPL
      Control Messages on MPL Interfaces to communicate information
      contained in an MPL Domain's Seed Set and Buffered Message Set.

   o  Upon receiving an MPL Control Message, an MPL Forwarder determines
      whether or not there are any new MPL Data Messages that have yet
      to be received by the MPL Control Message's source and multicasts
      those MPL Data Messages.

   MPL's configuration parameters allow two forwarding strategies for
   disseminating MPL Data Messages via MPL Interfaces:

   Proactive Forwarding  - With proactive forwarding, an MPL Forwarder
      schedules transmissions of MPL Data Messages using the Trickle
      algorithm, without any prior indication that neighboring nodes
      have yet to receive the message.  After transmitting the MPL Data
      Message a limited number of times, the MPL Forwarder may terminate
      proactive forwarding for the MPL Data Message.

   Reactive Forwarding  - With reactive forwarding, an MPL Forwarder
      link-local multicasts MPL Control Messages using the Trickle
      algorithm [RFC6206].  MPL Forwarders use MPL Control Messages to
      discover new MPL Data Messages that have not yet been received.
      When discovering that a neighboring MPL Forwarder has not yet
      received an MPL Data Message, the MPL Forwarder schedules those
      MPL Data Messages for transmission using the Trickle algorithm.

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   Note that, when used within the same MPL Domain, proactive and
   reactive forwarding strategies are not mutually exclusive and may be
   used simultaneously.  For example, upon receiving a new MPL Data
   Message when both proactive and reactive forwarding techniques are
   enabled, an MPL Forwarder will proactively retransmit the MPL Data
   Message a limited number of times and schedule further transmissions
   upon receiving MPL Control Messages.

4.4.  Signaling Overview

   MPL generates and processes the following messages:

   MPL Data Message  - Generated by an MPL Seed to deliver a multicast
      message across an MPL Domain.  The MPL Data Message's source is an
      address in the Local Interface Set of the MPL Seed that generated
      the message and is valid within the MPL Domain.  The MPL Data
      Message's destination is the MPL Domain Address corresponding to
      the MPL Domain.  An MPL Data Message contains:

      *  The Seed Identifier of the MPL Seed that generated the MPL Data
         Message.

      *  The sequence number of the MPL Seed that generated the MPL Data
         Message.

      *  The original multicast message.

   MPL Control Message  - Generated by an MPL Forwarder to communicate
      information contained in an MPL Domain's Seed Set and Buffered
      Message Set to neighboring MPL Forwarders.  An MPL Control Message
      contains a list of tuples for each entry in the Seed Set.  Each
      tuple contains:

      *  The minimum sequence number maintained in the Seed Set for the
         MPL Seed.

      *  A bit-vector indicating the sequence numbers of MPL Data
         Messages resident in the Buffered Message Set for the MPL Seed,
         where the first bit represents a sequence number equal to the
         minimum threshold maintained in the Seed Set.

      *  The length of the bit-vector.

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5.  MPL Parameters and Constants

   This section describes various program and networking parameters and
   constants used by MPL.

5.1.  MPL Multicast Addresses

   MPL makes use of MPL Domain Addresses to identify MPL Interfaces of
   an MPL Domain.  By default, MPL Forwarders subscribe to the
   ALL_MPL_FORWARDERS multicast address with Realm-Local scope (scop
   value 3) [RFC7346].

   For each MPL Domain Address that an MPL Interface subscribes to, the
   MPL Interface MUST also subscribe to the MPL Domain Address with
   Link-Local scope (scop value 2) when reactive forwarding is in use.
   MPL Forwarders use the link-scoped MPL Domain Address to communicate
   MPL Control Messages to neighboring (i.e., on-link) MPL Forwarders.

5.2.  MPL Message Types

   MPL defines an IPv6 Option for carrying an MPL Seed Identifier and a
   sequence number within an MPL Data Message.  The IPv6 Option Type has
   value 0x6D.

   MPL defines an ICMPv6 Message (MPL Control Message) for communicating
   information contained in an MPL Domain's Seed Set and Buffered
   Message Set to neighboring MPL Forwarders.  The MPL Control Message
   has ICMPv6 Type 159.

5.3.  MPL Seed Identifiers

   MPL uses MPL Seed Identifiers to uniquely identify MPL Seeds within
   an MPL Domain.  For each MPL Domain that the MPL Forwarder serves as
   an MPL Seed, the MPL Forwarder MUST have an associated MPL Seed
   Identifier.  An MPL Forwarder MAY use the same MPL Seed Identifier
   across multiple MPL Domains, but the MPL Seed Identifier MUST be
   unique within each MPL Domain.  The mechanism for assigning and
   verifying uniqueness of MPL Seed Identifiers is not specified in this
   document.

5.4.  MPL Parameters

   PROACTIVE_FORWARDING  - A boolean value that indicates whether or not
      the MPL Forwarder schedules MPL Data Message transmissions after
      receiving them for the first time.  PROACTIVE_FORWARDING has a
      default value of TRUE.  All MPL Interfaces on the same link SHOULD
      be configured with the same value of PROACTIVE_FORWARDING.  An
      implementation MAY choose to vary the value of

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      PROACTIVE_FORWARDING across interfaces on the same link if
      reactive forwarding is also in use.  The mechanism for setting
      PROACTIVE_FORWARDING is not specified within this document.

   SEED_SET_ENTRY_LIFETIME  - The minimum lifetime for an entry in the
      Seed Set.  SEED_SET_ENTRY_LIFETIME has a default value of
      30 minutes.  It is RECOMMENDED that all MPL Forwarders use the
      same value for SEED_SET_ENTRY_LIFETIME for a given MPL Domain and
      use a default value of 30 minutes.  Using a value of
      SEED_SET_ENTRY_LIFETIME that is too small can cause the duplicate
      detection mechanism to fail, resulting in an MPL Forwarder
      receiving a given MPL Data Message more than once.  The mechanism
      for setting SEED_SET_ENTRY_LIFETIME is not specified within this
      document.

   As specified in [RFC6206], a Trickle timer runs for a defined
   interval and has three configuration parameters: the minimum interval
   size Imin, the maximum interval size Imax, and a redundancy
   constant k.

   This specification defines a fourth Trickle configuration parameter,
   TimerExpirations, which indicates the number of Trickle timer
   expiration events that occur before terminating the Trickle algorithm
   for a given MPL Data Message or MPL Control Message.

   Each MPL Interface uses the following Trickle parameters for MPL Data
   Message and MPL Control Message transmissions:

   DATA_MESSAGE_IMIN  - The minimum Trickle timer interval, as defined
      in [RFC6206], for MPL Data Message transmissions.
      DATA_MESSAGE_IMIN has a default value of 10 times the expected
      link-layer latency.

   DATA_MESSAGE_IMAX  - The maximum Trickle timer interval, as defined
      in [RFC6206], for MPL Data Message transmissions.
      DATA_MESSAGE_IMAX has a default value equal to DATA_MESSAGE_IMIN.

   DATA_MESSAGE_K  - The redundancy constant, as defined in [RFC6206],
      for MPL Data Message transmissions.  DATA_MESSAGE_K has a default
      value of 1.

   DATA_MESSAGE_TIMER_EXPIRATIONS  - The number of Trickle timer
      expirations that occur before terminating the Trickle algorithm's
      retransmission of a given MPL Data Message.
      DATA_MESSAGE_TIMER_EXPIRATIONS has a default value of 3.

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   CONTROL_MESSAGE_IMIN  - The minimum Trickle timer interval, as
      defined in [RFC6206], for MPL Control Message transmissions.
      CONTROL_MESSAGE_IMIN has a default value of 10 times the
      worst-case link-layer latency.

   CONTROL_MESSAGE_IMAX  - The maximum Trickle timer interval, as
      defined in [RFC6206], for MPL Control Message transmissions.
      CONTROL_MESSAGE_IMAX has a default value of 5 minutes.

   CONTROL_MESSAGE_K  - The redundancy constant, as defined in
      [RFC6206], for MPL Control Message transmissions.
      CONTROL_MESSAGE_K has a default value of 1.

   CONTROL_MESSAGE_TIMER_EXPIRATIONS  - The number of Trickle timer
      expirations that occur before terminating the Trickle algorithm
      for MPL Control Message transmissions.
      CONTROL_MESSAGE_TIMER_EXPIRATIONS has a default value of 10.

   As described in [RFC6206], if different nodes have different
   configuration parameters, Trickle may have unintended behaviors.
   Therefore, it is RECOMMENDED that all MPL Interfaces attached to the
   same link of a given MPL Domain use the same values for the Trickle
   parameters above for a given MPL Domain.  The mechanism for setting
   the Trickle parameters is not specified within this document.

   The default MPL parameters specify a forwarding strategy that
   utilizes both proactive and reactive techniques.  Using these default
   values, an MPL Forwarder proactively transmits any new MPL Data
   Messages it receives and then uses MPL Control Messages to trigger
   additional MPL Data Message retransmissions where message drops are
   detected.  Setting DATA_MESSAGE_IMAX to the same value as
   DATA_MESSAGE_IMIN in this case is acceptable, since subsequent MPL
   Data Message retransmissions are triggered by MPL Control Messages,
   where CONTROL_MESSAGE_IMAX is greater than CONTROL_MESSAGE_IMIN.

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6.  Protocol Message Formats

   Messages generated and processed by an MPL Forwarder are described in
   this section.

6.1.  MPL Option

   The MPL Option is carried in MPL Data Messages in an IPv6 Hop-by-Hop
   Options header, immediately following the IPv6 header.  The MPL
   Option has the following format:

      0                   1                   2                   3
      0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1
                                     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
                                     |  Option Type  |  Opt Data Len |
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     | S |M|V|  rsv  |   sequence    |      seed-id (optional)       |
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+

   Option Type    0x6D.

   Opt Data Len   Length of the Option Data field [RFC2460] in octets.

   S              2-bit unsigned integer.  Identifies the length of the
                  seed-id.  '0' indicates that the seed-id is the IPv6
                  Source Address and not included in the MPL Option.
                  '1' indicates that the seed-id is a 16-bit unsigned
                  integer.  '2' indicates that the seed-id is a 64-bit
                  unsigned integer.  '3' indicates that the seed-id is a
                  128-bit unsigned integer.

   M              1-bit flag.  '1' indicates that the value in the
                  sequence field is known to be the largest sequence
                  number that was received from the MPL Seed.

   V              1-bit flag.  '0' indicates that the MPL Option
                  conforms to this specification.  MPL Data Messages
                  with an MPL Option in which this flag is set to 1 MUST
                  be dropped.

   rsv            4-bit reserved field.  MUST be set to 0 on
                  transmission and ignored on reception.

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   sequence       8-bit unsigned integer.  Identifies relative ordering
                  of MPL Data Messages from the MPL Seed identified by
                  the seed-id.

   seed-id        Uniquely identifies the MPL Seed that initiated
                  dissemination of the MPL Data Message.  The size of
                  the seed-id is indicated by the S field.

   The Option Data (specifically, the M flag) of the MPL Option is
   updated by MPL Forwarders as the MPL Data Message is forwarded.
   Nodes that do not understand the MPL Option MUST discard the MPL Data
   Message.  Thus, according to [RFC2460], the three high-order bits of
   the Option Type are set to '011'.  The Option Data length is
   variable.

   The seed-id uniquely identifies an MPL Seed.  When the seed-id is
   128 bits (S=3), the MPL Seed MAY use an IPv6 address assigned to one
   of its interfaces that is unique within the MPL Domain.  Managing MPL
   Seed Identifiers is not within the scope of this document.

   The sequence field establishes a total ordering of MPL Data Messages
   generated by an MPL Seed for an MPL Domain.  The MPL Seed MUST
   increment the sequence field's value on each new MPL Data Message
   that it generates for an MPL Domain.  Implementations MUST follow the
   Serial Number Arithmetic as defined in [RFC1982] when incrementing a
   sequence value or comparing two sequence values.

   Future updates to this specification may define additional fields
   following the seed-id field.

6.2.  MPL Control Message

   An MPL Forwarder uses ICMPv6 Messages to communicate information
   contained in an MPL Domain's Seed Set and Buffered Message Set to
   neighboring MPL Forwarders.  The MPL Control Message has the
   following format:

      0                   1                   2                   3
      0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |     Type      |     Code      |          Checksum             |
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |                                                               |
     .                      MPL Seed Info[0..n]                      .
     .                                                               .
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+

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   IP Fields:

   Source Address        An IPv6 address in the AddressSet of the
                         corresponding MPL Interface.  MUST be valid
                         within the MPL Domain.

   Destination Address   The link-scoped MPL Domain Address
                         corresponding to the MPL Domain.

   Hop Limit             255


   ICMPv6 Fields:

   Type                  159

   Code                  0

   Checksum              The ICMP checksum.  See [RFC4443].

   MPL Seed Info[0..n]   List of zero or more MPL Seed Info entries.

   The MPL Control Message indicates the sequence numbers of MPL Data
   Messages that are within the MPL Domain's Buffered Message Set.  The
   MPL Control Message also indicates the sequence numbers of MPL Data
   Messages that an MPL Forwarder is willing to receive.  The MPL
   Control Message allows neighboring MPL Forwarders to determine
   whether or not there are any new MPL Data Messages to exchange.

6.3.  MPL Seed Info

   The MPL Seed Info encodes the minimum sequence number for an MPL Seed
   maintained in the MPL Domain's Seed Set.  The MPL Seed Info also
   indicates the sequence numbers of MPL Data Messages generated by the
   MPL Seed that are stored within the MPL Domain's Buffered Message
   Set.  The MPL Seed Info has the following format:

      0                   1                   2                   3
      0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |   min-seqno   |  bm-len   | S |   seed-id (0/2/8/16 octets)   |
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |                                                               |
     .            buffered-mpl-messages (variable length)            .
     .                                                               .
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+

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   min-seqno               8-bit unsigned integer.  The lower-bound
                           sequence number for the MPL Seed.

   bm-len                  6-bit unsigned integer.  The size of
                           buffered-mpl-messages in octets.

   S                       2-bit unsigned integer.  Identifies the
                           length of the seed-id.  '0' indicates that
                           the seed-id value is the IPv6 Source Address
                           and not included in the MPL Seed Info.  '1'
                           indicates that the seed-id value is a 16-bit
                           unsigned integer.  '2' indicates that the
                           seed-id value is a 64-bit unsigned integer.
                           '3' indicates that the seed-id is a 128-bit
                           unsigned integer.

   seed-id                 Variable-length unsigned integer.  Indicates
                           the MPL Seed associated with this MPL
                           Seed Info.

   buffered-mpl-messages   Variable-length bit-vector.  Identifies the
                           sequence numbers of MPL Data Messages
                           maintained in the corresponding Buffered
                           Message Set for the MPL Seed.  The i-th bit
                           represents a sequence number of min-seqno
                           + i.  '0' indicates that the corresponding
                           MPL Data Message does not exist in the
                           Buffered Message Set.  '1' indicates that the
                           corresponding MPL Data Message does exist in
                           the Buffered Message Set.

   The MPL Seed Info does not have any octet alignment requirement.

7.  Information Base

7.1.  Local Interface Set

   The Local Interface Set records the local MPL Interfaces of an MPL
   Forwarder.  The Local Interface Set consists of Local Interface
   Tuples, one per MPL Interface: (AddressSet).

   AddressSet  - a set of unicast addresses assigned to the MPL
      Interface.

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7.2.  Domain Set

   The Domain Set records the MPL Interfaces that subscribe to each MPL
   Domain Address.  The Domain Set consists of MPL Domain Tuples, one
   per MPL Domain: (MPLInterfaceSet).

   MPLInterfaceSet  - a set of MPL Interfaces that subscribe to the MPL
      Domain Address that identifies the MPL Domain.

7.3.  Seed Set

   A Seed Set records a sliding window used to determine the sequence
   numbers of MPL Data Messages (generated by the MPL Seed) that an MPL
   Forwarder is willing to accept.  An MPL Forwarder maintains a Seed
   Set for each MPL Domain that it participates in.  A Seed Set consists
   of MPL Seed Tuples: (SeedID, MinSequence, Lifetime).

   SeedID  - the identifier for the MPL Seed.

   MinSequence  - a lower-bound sequence number that represents the
      sequence number of the oldest MPL Data Message the MPL Forwarder
      is willing to receive or transmit.  An MPL Forwarder MUST ignore
      any MPL Data Message that has a sequence value less than
      MinSequence.

   Lifetime  - indicates the minimum remaining lifetime of the Seed Set
      entry.  An MPL Forwarder MUST NOT free a Seed Set entry before the
      remaining lifetime expires.

7.4.  Buffered Message Set

   A Buffered Message Set records recently received MPL Data Messages
   from an MPL Seed within an MPL Domain.  An MPL Forwarder uses a
   Buffered Message Set to buffer MPL Data Messages while the MPL
   Forwarder is forwarding the MPL Data Messages.  An MPL Forwarder
   maintains a Buffered Message Set for each MPL Domain that it
   participates in.  A Buffered Message Set consists of Buffered Message
   Tuples: (SeedID, SequenceNumber, DataMessage).

   SeedID  - the identifier for the MPL Seed that generated the MPL Data
      Message.

   SequenceNumber  - the sequence number for the MPL Data Message.

   DataMessage  - the MPL Data Message.

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   All MPL Data Messages within a Buffered Message Set MUST have a
   sequence number greater than or equal to MinSequence for the
   corresponding SeedID.  When increasing MinSequence for an MPL Seed,
   the MPL Forwarder MUST delete any MPL Data Messages from the
   corresponding Buffered Message Set that have sequence numbers less
   than MinSequence.

8.  MPL Seed Sequence Numbers

   Each MPL Seed maintains a sequence number for each MPL Domain that it
   serves.  The sequence numbers are included in MPL Data Messages
   generated by the MPL Seed.  The MPL Seed MUST increment the sequence
   number for each MPL Data Message that it generates for an MPL Domain.
   Implementations MUST follow the Serial Number Arithmetic as defined
   in [RFC1982] when incrementing a sequence value or comparing two
   sequence values.  This sequence number is used to establish a total
   ordering of MPL Data Messages generated by an MPL Seed for an MPL
   Domain.

9.  MPL Data Messages

9.1.  MPL Data Message Generation

   MPL Data Messages are generated by MPL Seeds when these messages
   enter the MPL Domain.  All MPL Data Messages have the following
   properties:

   o  The IPv6 Source Address MUST be an address in the AddressSet of a
      corresponding MPL Interface and MUST be valid within the MPL
      Domain.

   o  The IPv6 Destination Address MUST be set to the MPL Domain Address
      corresponding to the MPL Domain.

   o  An MPL Data Message MUST contain an MPL Option in its IPv6 header
      to identify the MPL Seed that generated the message and the
      ordering relative to other MPL Data Messages generated by the
      MPL Seed.

   When the destination address is an MPL Domain Address and the source
   address is in the AddressList of an MPL Interface that belongs to
   that MPL Domain Address, the application message and the MPL Data
   Message MAY be identical.  In other words, the MPL Data Message may
   contain a single IPv6 header that includes the MPL Option.

   Otherwise, IPv6-in-IPv6 encapsulation MUST be used to satisfy the MPL
   Data Message requirements listed above [RFC2473].  The complete
   IPv6-in-IPv6 message forms an MPL Data Message.  The outer IPv6

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   header conforms to the MPL Data Message requirements listed above.
   The encapsulated IPv6 datagram encodes the multicast data message
   that is communicated beyond the MPL Domain.

9.2.  MPL Data Message Transmission

   An MPL Forwarder manages transmission of MPL Data Messages in its
   Buffered Message Sets using the Trickle algorithm [RFC6206].  An MPL
   Forwarder MUST use a separate Trickle timer for each MPL Data Message
   that it is actively forwarding.  In accordance with Section 5 of
   RFC 6206 [RFC6206], the following items apply:

   o  This document defines a "consistent" transmission as receiving an
      MPL Data Message that has the same MPL Domain Address, seed-id,
      and sequence value as the MPL Data Message managed by the
      Trickle timer.

   o  This document defines an "inconsistent" transmission as receiving
      an MPL Data Message that has the same MPL Domain Address, seed-id
      value, and the M flag set, but has a sequence value less than that
      of the MPL Data Message managed by the Trickle timer.

   o  This document does not define any external "events".

   o  This document defines MPL Data Messages as Trickle messages.

   o  The actions outside the Trickle algorithm that MPL takes involve
      managing the MPL Domain's Seed Set and Buffered Message Set.

   As specified in [RFC6206], a Trickle timer has three variables: the
   current interval size I, a time within the current interval t, and a
   counter c.  MPL defines a fourth variable, e, which counts the number
   of Trickle timer expiration events since the Trickle timer was last
   reset.

   After DATA_MESSAGE_TIMER_EXPIRATIONS Trickle timer events, the MPL
   Forwarder MUST disable the Trickle timer.  When a buffered MPL Data
   Message does not have an associated Trickle timer, the MPL Forwarder
   MAY delete the message from the Buffered Message Set by advancing the
   MinSequence value of the corresponding MPL Seed in the Seed Set.
   When the MPL Forwarder no longer buffers any messages for an MPL
   Seed, the MPL Forwarder MUST NOT increment MinSequence for that
   MPL Seed.

   When transmitting an MPL Data Message, the MPL Forwarder MUST either
   set the M flag to zero or set it to a level that indicates whether or
   not the message's sequence number is the largest value that has been
   received from the MPL Seed.

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9.3.  MPL Data Message Processing

   Upon receiving an MPL Data Message, the MPL Forwarder first processes
   the MPL Option and updates the Trickle timer associated with the MPL
   Data Message if one exists.

   Upon receiving an MPL Data Message, an MPL Forwarder MUST perform one
   of the following actions:

   o  Accept the message and enter the MPL Data Message in the MPL
      Domain's Buffered Message Set.

   o  Accept the message and update the corresponding MinSequence in
      the MPL Domain's Seed Set to 1 greater than the message's
      sequence number.

   o  Discard the message without any change to the MPL
      Information Base.

   If a Seed Set entry exists for the MPL Seed, the MPL Forwarder MUST
   discard the MPL Data Message if its sequence number is less than
   MinSequence or exists in the Buffered Message Set.

   If a Seed Set entry does not exist for the MPL Seed, the MPL
   Forwarder MUST create a new entry for the MPL Seed before accepting
   the MPL Data Message.

   If memory is limited, an MPL Forwarder SHOULD reclaim memory
   resources by:

   o  Incrementing MinSequence entries in a Seed Set and deleting MPL
      Data Messages in the corresponding Buffered Message Set that fall
      below the MinSequence value.

   o  Deleting other Seed Set entries that have expired and the
      corresponding MPL Data Messages in the Buffered Message Set.

   If the MPL Forwarder accepts the MPL Data Message, the MPL Forwarder
   MUST perform the following actions:

   o  Reset the Lifetime of the corresponding Seed Set entry to
      SEED_SET_ENTRY_LIFETIME.

   o  If PROACTIVE_FORWARDING is TRUE, the MPL Forwarder MUST initialize
      and start a Trickle timer for the MPL Data Message.

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   o  If the MPL Control Message Trickle timer is not running and
      CONTROL_MESSAGE_TIMER_EXPIRATIONS is non-zero, the MPL Forwarder
      MUST initialize and start the MPL Control Message Trickle timer.

   o  If the MPL Control Message Trickle timer is running, the MPL
      Forwarder MUST reset the MPL Control Message Trickle timer.

10.  MPL Control Messages

10.1.  MPL Control Message Generation

   An MPL Forwarder generates MPL Control Messages to communicate an MPL
   Domain's Seed Set and Buffered Message Set to neighboring MPL
   Forwarders.  Each MPL Control Message is generated according to
   Section 6.2, with an MPL Seed Info entry for each entry in the MPL
   Domain's Seed Set.  Each MPL Seed Info entry has the following
   content:

   o  S set to the size of the seed-id field in the MPL Seed Info entry.

   o  min-seqno set to the MinSequence value of the MPL Seed.

   o  bm-len set to the size of buffered-mpl-messages in octets.

   o  seed-id set to the MPL Seed Identifier.

   o  buffered-mpl-messages with each bit representing whether or not an
      MPL Data Message with the corresponding sequence number exists in
      the Buffered Message Set.  The i-th bit represents a sequence
      number of min-seqno + i.  '0' indicates that the corresponding MPL
      Data Message does not exist in the Buffered Message Set.  '1'
      indicates that the corresponding MPL Data Message does exist in
      the Buffered Message Set.

10.2.  MPL Control Message Transmission

   An MPL Forwarder transmits MPL Control Messages using the Trickle
   algorithm.  An MPL Forwarder maintains a single Trickle timer for
   each MPL Domain.  When CONTROL_MESSAGE_TIMER_EXPIRATIONS is 0, the
   MPL Forwarder does not execute the Trickle algorithm and does not
   transmit MPL Control Messages.  In accordance with Section 5 of
   RFC 6206 [RFC6206], the following items apply:

   o  This document defines a "consistent" transmission as receiving an
      MPL Control Message that results in a determination that neither
      the receiving nor transmitting node has any new MPL Data Messages
      to offer.

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   o  This document defines an "inconsistent" transmission as receiving
      an MPL Control Message that results in a determination that either
      the receiving or transmitting node has at least one new MPL Data
      Message to offer.

   o  The Trickle timer is reset in response to external "events".  This
      document defines an "event" as increasing the MinSequence value of
      any entry in the corresponding Seed Set or adding a message to the
      corresponding Buffered Message Set.

   o  This document defines an MPL Control Message as a Trickle message.

   As specified in [RFC6206], a Trickle timer has three variables: the
   current interval size I, a time within the current interval t, and a
   counter c.  MPL defines a fourth variable, e, which counts the number
   of Trickle timer expiration events since the Trickle timer was last
   reset.  After CONTROL_MESSAGE_TIMER_EXPIRATIONS Trickle timer events,
   the MPL Forwarder MUST disable the Trickle timer.

10.3.  MPL Control Message Processing

   An MPL Forwarder processes each MPL Control Message that it receives
   to determine if it has any new MPL Data Messages to receive or offer.

   An MPL Forwarder determines if a new MPL Data Message has not been
   received from a neighboring node if any of the following conditions
   hold true:

   o  The MPL Control Message includes an MPL Seed that does not exist
      in the MPL Domain's Seed Set.

   o  The MPL Control Message indicates that the neighbor has an MPL
      Data Message in its Buffered Message Set with sequence number
      greater than MinSequence (i.e., the i-th bit is set to 1 and
      min-seqno + i > MinSequence) and is not included in the MPL
      Domain's Buffered Message Set.

   When an MPL Forwarder determines that it has not yet received an MPL
   Data Message buffered by a neighboring device, the MPL Forwarder MUST
   reset its Trickle timer associated with MPL Control Message
   transmissions.  If an MPL Control Message Trickle timer is not
   running, the MPL Forwarder MUST initialize and start a new
   Trickle timer.

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   An MPL Forwarder determines if an MPL Data Message in the Buffered
   Message Set has not yet been received by a neighboring MPL Forwarder
   if any of the following conditions hold true:

   o  The MPL Control Message does not include an MPL Seed for the MPL
      Data Message.

   o  The MPL Data Message's sequence number is greater than or equal to
      min-seqno and not included in the neighbor's corresponding
      Buffered Message Set (i.e., the MPL Data Message's sequence number
      does not have a corresponding bit in buffered-mpl-messages
      set to 1).

   When an MPL Forwarder determines that it has at least one MPL Data
   Message in its corresponding Buffered Message Set that has not yet
   been received by a neighbor, the MPL Forwarder MUST reset the MPL
   Control Message Trickle timer.  Additionally, for each of those
   entries in the Buffered Message Set, the MPL Forwarder MUST reset the
   Trickle timer and reset e to 0.  If a Trickle timer is not associated
   with the MPL Data Message, the MPL Forwarder MUST initialize and
   start a new Trickle timer.

11.  IANA Considerations

   This document defines one IPv6 Option, a type that has been allocated
   from the IPv6 "Destination Options and Hop-by-Hop Options" registry
   of [RFC2780].

   This document defines one ICMPv6 Message, a type that has been
   allocated from the "ICMPv6 'type' Numbers" registry of [RFC4443].

   This document registers a well-known multicast address from the
   "Variable Scope Multicast Addresses" registry of [RFC3307].

11.1.  MPL Option Type

   IANA has allocated an IPv6 Option Type from the IPv6 "Destination
   Options and Hop-by-Hop Options" registry of [RFC2780], as specified
   in Table 1 below:

        +-----------+-----+-----+-------+-------------+-----------+
        | Hex Value | act | chg |  rest | Description | Reference |
        +-----------+-----+-----+-------+-------------+-----------+
        |    0x6D   |  01 |  1  | 01101 |  MPL Option |  RFC 7731 |
        +-----------+-----+-----+-------+-------------+-----------+

                   Table 1: IPv6 Option Type Allocation

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   Note: IANA has marked the value 0x4D (previously "MPL Option") as
   "Deprecated".

11.2.  MPL ICMPv6 Type

   IANA has allocated an ICMPv6 Type from the "ICMPv6 'type' Numbers"
   registry of [RFC4443], as specified in Table 2 below:

                +------+---------------------+-----------+
                | Type |         Name        | Reference |
                +------+---------------------+-----------+
                | 159  | MPL Control Message |  RFC 7731 |
                +------+---------------------+-----------+

                      Table 2: ICMPv6 Type Allocation

11.3.  Well-Known Multicast Addresses

   IANA has allocated an IPv6 multicast address, with Group ID in the
   range [0x01,0xFF] for IPv6 over Low-Power Wireless Personal Area
   Network (6LoWPAN) compression [RFC6282], "ALL_MPL_FORWARDERS" from
   the "Variable Scope Multicast Addresses" sub-registry of the "IPv6
   Multicast Address Space Registry" [RFC3307], as specified in Table 3
   below:

   +---------------------+--------------------+-----------+------------+
   |     Address(es)     |    Description     | Reference |    Date    |
   |                     |                    |           | Registered |
   +---------------------+--------------------+-----------+------------+
   | FF0X:0:0:0:0:0:0:FC | ALL_MPL_FORWARDERS |  RFC 7731 | 2013-04-10 |
   +---------------------+--------------------+-----------+------------+

           Table 3: Variable Scope Multicast Address Allocation

12.  Security Considerations

   MPL uses sequence numbers to maintain a total ordering of MPL Data
   Messages from an MPL Seed.  The use of sequence numbers allows a
   denial-of-service attack where an attacker can spoof a message with a
   sufficiently large sequence number to (i) flush messages from the
   Buffered Message List and (ii) increase the MinSequence value for an
   MPL Seed in the corresponding Seed Set.  In both cases, the side
   effect allows an attacker to halt the forwarding process of any MPL
   Data Messages being disseminated and prevents MPL Forwarders from
   accepting new MPL Data Messages that an MPL Seed generates while the
   sequence number is less than MinSequence or until the corresponding
   Seed Set Entry expires.  The net effect applies to both proactive and
   reactive forwarding modes.

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   In general, the basic ability to inject messages into an LLN may be
   used as a denial-of-service attack, regardless of what forwarding
   protocol is used.  Because MPL is a dissemination protocol, the
   ability to spoof MPL messages allows an attacker to affect an entire
   MPL Domain.  For these reasons, LLNs typically employ link-layer
   security mechanisms to mitigate an attacker's ability to inject
   messages.  For example, the IEEE 802.15.4 [IEEE802.15.4] standard
   specifies frame security mechanisms using AES-128 to support access
   control, message integrity, message confidentiality, and replay
   protection.  However, if the attack vector includes attackers that
   have access to the LLN, then MPL SHOULD NOT be used.

   To prevent attackers from injecting packets through an MPL Forwarder,
   the MPL Forwarder MUST NOT accept or forward MPL Data Messages from a
   communication interface that does not subscribe to the MPL Domain
   Address identified in the message's destination address.

   MPL uses the Trickle algorithm to manage message transmissions;
   therefore, the security considerations described in [RFC6206] apply.

13.  References

13.1.  Normative References

   [RFC1982]  Elz, R. and R. Bush, "Serial Number Arithmetic", RFC 1982,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC1982, August 1996,
              <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc1982>.

   [RFC2119]  Bradner, S., "Key words for use in RFCs to Indicate
              Requirement Levels", BCP 14, RFC 2119,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC2119, March 1997,
              <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc2119>.

   [RFC2460]  Deering, S. and R. Hinden, "Internet Protocol, Version 6
              (IPv6) Specification", RFC 2460, DOI 10.17487/RFC2460,
              December 1998, <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc2460>.

   [RFC2473]  Conta, A. and S. Deering, "Generic Packet Tunneling in
              IPv6 Specification", RFC 2473, DOI 10.17487/RFC2473,
              December 1998, <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc2473>.

   [RFC2780]  Bradner, S. and V. Paxson, "IANA Allocation Guidelines For
              Values In the Internet Protocol and Related Headers",
              BCP 37, RFC 2780, DOI 10.17487/RFC2780, March 2000,
              <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc2780>.

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   [RFC3307]  Haberman, B., "Allocation Guidelines for IPv6 Multicast
              Addresses", RFC 3307, DOI 10.17487/RFC3307, August 2002,
              <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc3307>.

   [RFC4007]  Deering, S., Haberman, B., Jinmei, T., Nordmark, E., and
              B. Zill, "IPv6 Scoped Address Architecture", RFC 4007,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC4007, March 2005,
              <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc4007>.

   [RFC4443]  Conta, A., Deering, S., and M. Gupta, Ed., "Internet
              Control Message Protocol (ICMPv6) for the Internet
              Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) Specification", RFC 4443,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC4443, March 2006,
              <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc4443>.

   [RFC6206]  Levis, P., Clausen, T., Hui, J., Gnawali, O., and J. Ko,
              "The Trickle Algorithm", RFC 6206, DOI 10.17487/RFC6206,
              March 2011, <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc6206>.

   [RFC6282]  Hui, J., Ed., and P. Thubert, "Compression Format for IPv6
              Datagrams over IEEE 802.15.4-Based Networks", RFC 6282,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC6282, September 2011,
              <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc6282>.

   [RFC6550]  Winter, T., Ed., Thubert, P., Ed., Brandt, A., Hui, J.,
              Kelsey, R., Levis, P., Pister, K., Struik, R., Vasseur,
              JP., and R. Alexander, "RPL: IPv6 Routing Protocol for
              Low-Power and Lossy Networks", RFC 6550,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC6550, March 2012,
              <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc6550>.

   [RFC7346]  Droms, R., "IPv6 Multicast Address Scopes", RFC 7346,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC7346, August 2014,
              <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc7346>.

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13.2.  Informative References

   [Clausen2013]
              Clausen, T., de Verdiere, A., and J. Yi, "Performance
              Analysis of Trickle as a Flooding Mechanism", The 15th
              IEEE International Conference on Communication
              Technology (ICCT2013), DOI 10.1109/ICCT.2013.6820439,
              November 2013.

   [IEEE802.15.4]
              IEEE, "IEEE Standard for Local and metropolitan area
              networks--Part 15.4: Low-Rate Wireless Personal Area
              Networks (LR-WPANs)", IEEE 802.15.4,
              DOI 10.1109/ieeestd.2011.6012487,
              <http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/servlet/
              opac?punumber=6012485>.

   [RFC3973]  Adams, A., Nicholas, J., and W. Siadak, "Protocol
              Independent Multicast - Dense Mode (PIM-DM): Protocol
              Specification (Revised)", RFC 3973, DOI 10.17487/RFC3973,
              January 2005, <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc3973>.

   [RFC4601]  Fenner, B., Handley, M., Holbrook, H., and I. Kouvelas,
              "Protocol Independent Multicast - Sparse Mode (PIM-SM):
              Protocol Specification (Revised)", RFC 4601,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC4601, August 2006,
              <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc4601>.

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Acknowledgements

   The authors would like to acknowledge the helpful comments of Robert
   Cragie, Esko Dijk, Ralph Droms, Paul Duffy, Adrian Farrel, Ulrich
   Herberg, Owen Kirby, Philip Levis, Kerry Lynn, Joseph Reddy, Michael
   Richardson, Ines Robles, Don Sturek, Dario Tedeschi, and Peter
   van der Stok, which greatly improved the document.

Authors' Addresses

   Jonathan W. Hui
   Nest Labs
   3400 Hillview Ave.
   Palo Alto, California  94304
   United States

   Phone: +650 253 2770
   Email: jonhui@nestlabs.com


   Richard Kelsey
   Silicon Labs
   25 Thomson Place
   Boston, Massachusetts  02210
   United States

   Phone: +617 951 1225
   Email: richard.kelsey@silabs.com