Network Working Group R. P. Swale Request for Comments: 3304 BTexact Technologies Category: Informational P. A. Mart Marconi Communications P. Sijben Lucent Technologies S. Brim M. Shore Cisco Systems August 2002 Middlebox Communications (midcom) Protocol Requirements Status of this Memo This memo provides information for the Internet community. It does not specify an Internet standard of any kind. Distribution of this memo is unlimited. Copyright Notice Copyright (C) The Internet Society (2002). All Rights Reserved.
AbstractThis document specifies the requirements that the Middlebox Communication (midcom) protocol must satisfy in order to meet the needs of applications wishing to influence the middlebox function. These requirements were developed with a specific focus on network address translation and firewall middleboxes. MCFW] presents the context and framework. [MCFW] also presents terminology and definitions and should be read in tandem with this one. These requirements were developed by examining the midcom framework and extracting requirements, both explicit and implicit, that appeared there.
MCFW]. There may be overlap between requirements.
This states that a the protocol must support rules and actions for a variety of types of middleboxes. A Midcom agent ought to be able to have a single Midcom session with a middlebox and use the Midcom interface on the middlebox to interface with different middlebox functions on the same middlebox interface.
RFC1889] "oddity" requirements.
[MCFW] Srisuresh, S., Kuthan, J., Rosenberg, J., Molitor, A. and A. Rayhan, "Middlebox communication architecture and framework", RFC 3303, Date.* [RFC1889] Schulzrinne, H., Casner, S., Frederick, R. and V. Jacobson, "RTP: A Transport Protocol for Real-Time Applications", RFC 1889, January 1996. [RFC2026] Bradner, S. "The Internet Standards Process -- Revision 3", BCP 9, RFC 2026. October 1996.
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