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RFC 7291

DHCP Options for the Port Control Protocol (PCP)

Pages: 11
Proposed Standard

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Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                      M. Boucadair
Request for Comments: 7291                                France Telecom
Category: Standards Track                                       R. Penno
ISSN: 2070-1721                                                  D. Wing
                                                                   Cisco
                                                               July 2014


            DHCP Options for the Port Control Protocol (PCP)

Abstract

This document specifies DHCP (IPv4 and IPv6) options to configure hosts with Port Control Protocol (PCP) server IP addresses. The use of DHCPv4 or DHCPv6 depends on the PCP deployment scenarios. The set of deployment scenarios to which DHCPv4 or DHCPv6 can be applied is outside the scope of this document. 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/rfc7291. Copyright Notice Copyright (c) 2014 IETF Trust and the persons identified as the document authors. All rights reserved. This document is subject to BCP 78 and the IETF Trust's Legal Provisions Relating to IETF Documents (http://trustee.ietf.org/license-info) in effect on the date of publication of this document. Please review these documents carefully, as they describe your rights and restrictions with respect to this document. Code Components extracted from this document must include Simplified BSD License text as described in Section 4.e of the Trust Legal Provisions and are provided without warranty as described in the Simplified BSD License.
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Table of Contents

1. Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 1.1. Requirements Language . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 2. Terminology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 3. DHCPv6 PCP Server Option . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 3.1. Format . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 3.2. DHCPv6 Client Behavior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 4. DHCPv4 PCP Option . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 4.1. Format . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 4.2. DHCPv4 Client Behavior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 5. DHCP Server Configuration Guidelines . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 6. Dual-Stack Hosts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 7. Hosts with Multiple Interfaces . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 8. Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 9. IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 9.1. DHCPv6 Option . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 9.2. DHCPv4 Option . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 10. Acknowledgements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 11. References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 11.1. Normative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 11.2. Informative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

1. Introduction

This document defines DHCPv4 [RFC2131] and DHCPv6 [RFC3315] options that can be used to configure hosts with PCP server [RFC6887] IP addresses. This specification assumes a PCP server is reachable with one or multiple IP addresses. As such, a list of IP addresses can be returned in the DHCP PCP server option. This specification allows returning one or multiple lists of PCP server IP addresses. This is used as a hint to guide the PCP client when determining whether to send PCP requests to one or multiple PCP servers. Concretely, the PCP client needs an indication to decide whether entries need to be instantiated in all PCP servers (e.g., multi-homing, multiple PCP-controlled devices providing distinct services, etc.) or use one IP address from the list (e.g., redundancy group scenario, proxy-based model, etc.). Refer to [PCP-DEPLOYMENT] for a discussion on PCP deployment scenarios. For guidelines on how a PCP client can use multiple IP addresses and multiple PCP servers, see [PCP-SERVER].
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1.1. Requirements Language

The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT", "SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "MAY", and "OPTIONAL" in this document are to be interpreted as described in RFC 2119 [RFC2119].

2. Terminology

This document makes use of the following terms: o "PCP server" denotes a functional element that receives and processes PCP requests from a PCP client. A PCP server can be co-located with or be separated from the function (e.g., NAT, Firewall) it controls. Refer to [RFC6887]. o "PCP client" denotes a PCP software instance responsible for issuing PCP requests to a PCP server. Refer to [RFC6887]. o "DHCP" refers to both DHCPv4 [RFC2131] and DHCPv6 [RFC3315]. o "DHCP client" denotes a node that initiates requests to obtain configuration parameters from one or more DHCP servers. o "DHCP server" refers to a node that responds to requests from DHCP clients.

3. DHCPv6 PCP Server Option

3.1. Format

The DHCPv6 PCP server option can be used to configure a list of IPv6 addresses of a PCP server. The format of this option is shown in Figure 1. 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_V6_PCP_SERVER | Option-length | +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ | | | PCP Server IPv6 Address | | | | | +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ | ... | +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ Figure 1: DHCPv6 PCP Server Option
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   The fields of the option shown in Figure 1 are as follows:

   o  Option-code: OPTION_V6_PCP_SERVER (86; see Section 9.1)

   o  Option-length: Length of the "PCP Server IPv6 Address(es)" field
      in octets.  MUST be a multiple of 16.

   o  PCP Server IPv6 Addresses: Includes one or more IPv6 addresses
      [RFC4291] of the PCP server to be used by the PCP client.  Note,
      IPv4-mapped IPv6 addresses (Section 2.5.5.2 of [RFC4291]) are
      allowed to be included in this option.

   To return more than one PCP server to the DHCPv6 client (as opposed
   to more than one address for a single PCP server), the DHCPv6 server
   returns multiple instances of OPTION_V6_PCP_SERVER.

3.2. DHCPv6 Client Behavior

To discover one or more PCP servers, the DHCPv6 client requests PCP server IP addresses by including OPTION_V6_PCP_SERVER in an Option Request Option (ORO), as described in Section 22.7 of [RFC3315]. The DHCPv6 client MUST be prepared to receive multiple instances of OPTION_V6_PCP_SERVER; each instance is to be treated as a separate PCP server. If an IPv4-mapped IPv6 address is received in OPTION_V6_PCP_SERVER, it indicates that the PCP server has the corresponding IPv4 address. Note: When presented with the IPv4-mapped prefix, current versions of Windows and Mac OS generate IPv4 packets but will not send IPv6 packets [RFC6052]. Representing IPv4 addresses as IPv4-mapped IPv6 addresses follows the same logic as in Section 5 of [RFC6887]. The DHCPv6 client MUST silently discard multicast and host loopback addresses [RFC6890] conveyed in OPTION_V6_PCP_SERVER.
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4. DHCPv4 PCP Option

4.1. Format

The DHCPv4 PCP server option can be used to configure a list of IPv4 addresses of a PCP server. The format of this option is illustrated in Figure 2. 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ | Code | Length | +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ | List-Length | List of | +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ PCP Server | / IPv4 Addresses / +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ --- | List-Length | List of | | +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ PCP Server | | / IPv4 Addresses / | +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ | . ... . optional +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ | | List-Length | List of | | +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ PCP Server | | / IPv4 Addresses / | +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ --- Figure 2: DHCPv4 PCP Server Option The descriptions of the fields are as follows: o Code: OPTION_V4_PCP_SERVER (158; see Section 9.2); o Length: Length of all included data in octets. The minimum length is 5. o List-Length: Length of the "List of PCP Server IPv4 Addresses" field in octets. MUST be a multiple of 4. o List of PCP Server IPv4 Addresses: Contains one or more IPv4 addresses of the PCP server to be used by the PCP client. The format of this field is shown in Figure 3.
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         0     8     16    24    32    40    48
         +-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+--
         |  a1 |  a2 |  a3 |  a4 |  a1 |  a2 | ...
         +-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+--
          IPv4 Address 1          IPv4 Address 2 ...

   This format assumes that an IPv4 address is encoded as a1.a2.a3.a4.

         Figure 3: Format of the List of PCP Server IPv4 Addresses

   OPTION_V4_PCP_SERVER can include multiple lists of PCP server IPv4
   addresses; each list is treated as a separate PCP server.  When
   several lists of PCP server IPv4 addresses are to be included, the

   "List-Length" and "List of PCP Server IPv4 Addresses" fields are
   repeated.

   OPTION_V4_PCP_SERVER is a concatenation-requiring option.  As such,
   the mechanism specified in [RFC3396] MUST be used if
   OPTION_V4_PCP_SERVER exceeds the maximum DHCPv4 option size of 255
   octets.

4.2. DHCPv4 Client Behavior

To discover one or more PCP servers, the DHCPv4 client requests PCP server IP addresses by including OPTION_V4_PCP_SERVER in a Parameter Request List option [RFC2132]. The DHCPv4 client MUST be prepared to receive multiple lists of PCP server IPv4 addresses in the same DHCPv4 PCP server option; each list is to be treated as a separate PCP server. The DHCPv4 client MUST silently discard multicast and host loopback addresses [RFC6890] conveyed in OPTION_V4_PCP_SERVER.

5. DHCP Server Configuration Guidelines

DHCP servers supporting the DHCP PCP server option can be configured with a list of IP addresses of the PCP server(s). If multiple IP addresses are configured, the DHCP server MUST be explicitly configured whether all or some of these addresses refer to: 1. the same PCP server: the DHCP server returns multiple addresses in the same instance of the DHCP PCP server option.
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   2.  distinct PCP servers: the DHCP server returns multiple lists of
       PCP server IP addresses to the requesting DHCP client (encoded as
       multiple OPTION_V6_PCP_SERVERs or in the same
       OPTION_V4_PCP_SERVER); each list is referring to a distinct PCP
       server.  For example, multiple PCP servers may be configured to a
       PCP client in some deployment contexts such as multi-homing.  It
       is out of the scope of this document to enumerate all deployment
       scenarios that require multiple PCP servers to be returned.

   Precisely how DHCP servers are configured to separate lists of IP
   addresses according to which PCP server they address is out of the
   scope of this document.  However, DHCP servers MUST NOT combine the
   IP addresses of multiple PCP servers and return them to the DHCP
   client as if they belong to a single PCP server, and DHCP servers
   MUST NOT separate the addresses of a single PCP server and return
   them as if they belong to distinct PCP servers.  For example, if an
   administrator configures the DHCP server by providing a Fully
   Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) for a PCP server, even if that FQDN
   resolves to multiple addresses, the DHCP server MUST deliver them
   within a single server address block.

   DHCPv6 servers that implement this option and that can populate the
   option by resolving FQDNs will need a mechanism for indicating
   whether to query for A records or only AAAA records.  When a query
   returns A records, the IP addresses in those records are returned in
   the DHCPv6 response as IPv4-mapped IPv6 addresses.

      Discussion: The motivation for this design is to accommodate
      deployment cases where an IPv4 connectivity service is provided
      while only DHCPv6 is in use (e.g., an IPv4-only PCP server in a
      Dual-Stack Lite (DS-Lite) context [RFC6333]).

   Since this option requires support for IPv4-mapped IPv6 addresses, a
   DHCPv6 server implementation will not be complete if it does not
   query for A records and represent any that are returned as
   IPv4-mapped IPv6 addresses in DHCPv6 responses.  This behavior is
   neither required nor suggested for DHCPv6 options in general: it is
   specific to OPTION_V6_PCP_SERVER.  The mechanism whereby DHCPv6
   implementations provide this functionality is beyond the scope of
   this document.

   For guidelines on providing context-specific configuration
   information (e.g., returning a regional-based configuration) and
   information on how a DHCP server might be configured with FQDNs that
   get resolved on demand, see [DHC-CONFIG].
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6. Dual-Stack Hosts

A dual-stack host might receive a PCP server option via both DHCPv4 and DHCPv6. For guidance on how a DHCP client can handle PCP server IP lists for the same network but obtained via different mechanisms, see [PCP-SERVER].

7. Hosts with Multiple Interfaces

A host may have multiple network interfaces (e.g., 3G, IEEE 802.11, etc.), each configured differently. Each PCP server learned MUST be associated with the interface via which it was learned. Refer to [PCP-SERVER] and Section 8.4 of [RFC6887] for more discussion on multi-interface considerations.

8. Security Considerations

The security considerations in [RFC2131] and [RFC3315] are to be considered. PCP-related security considerations are discussed in [RFC6887]. The PCP server option defined here is applicable when operating under the simple threat model (Section 18.1 of [RFC6887]). Operation under the advanced threat model (Section 18.2 of [RFC6887]) may or may not be appropriate; analysis of this question is out of the scope of this document.

9. IANA Considerations

9.1. DHCPv6 Option

IANA has assigned the following new DHCPv6 Option Code in the registry maintained in <http://www.iana.org/assignments/dhcpv6-parameters>: Option Name Value -------------------- ----- OPTION_V6_PCP_SERVER 86
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9.2. DHCPv4 Option

IANA has assigned the following new DHCPv4 Option Code in the registry maintained in <http://www.iana.org/assignments/bootp-dhcp-parameters>: Option Name Tag Data Length Meaning -------------------- --- ----------- -------------------------------- OPTION_V4_PCP_SERVER 158 Variable; Includes one or multiple lists the minimum of PCP server IP addresses; each length is list is treated as a separate 5. PCP server.

10. Acknowledgements

Many thanks to C. Jacquenet, R. Maglione, D. Thaler, T. Mrugalski, T. Reddy, S. Cheshire, M. Wasserman, C. Holmberg, A. Farrel, S. Farrel, B. Haberman, and P. Resnick for their review and comments. Special thanks to T. Lemon and B. Volz for their reviews and their efforts to enhance this specification.

11. References

11.1. Normative References

[RFC2119] Bradner, S., "Key words for use in RFCs to Indicate Requirement Levels", BCP 14, RFC 2119, March 1997. [RFC2131] Droms, R., "Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol", RFC 2131, March 1997. [RFC2132] Alexander, S. and R. Droms, "DHCP Options and BOOTP Vendor Extensions", RFC 2132, March 1997. [RFC3315] Droms, R., Bound, J., Volz, B., Lemon, T., Perkins, C., and M. Carney, "Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol for IPv6 (DHCPv6)", RFC 3315, July 2003. [RFC3396] Lemon, T. and S. Cheshire, "Encoding Long Options in the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCPv4)", RFC 3396, November 2002. [RFC4291] Hinden, R. and S. Deering, "IP Version 6 Addressing Architecture", RFC 4291, February 2006.
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   [RFC6887]  Wing, D., Cheshire, S., Boucadair, M., Penno, R., and P.
              Selkirk, "Port Control Protocol (PCP)", RFC 6887, April
              2013.

   [RFC6890]  Cotton, M., Vegoda, L., Bonica, R., and B. Haberman,
              "Special-Purpose IP Address Registries", BCP 153, RFC
              6890, April 2013.

11.2. Informative References

[DHC-CONFIG] Lemon, T. and T. Mrugalski, "Customizing DHCP Configuration on the Basis of Network Topology", Work in Progress, February 2014. [PCP-DEPLOYMENT] Boucadair, M., "Port Control Protocol (PCP) Deployment Models", Work in Progress, April 2014. [PCP-SERVER] Boucadair, M., Penno, R., Wing, D., Patil, P., and T. Reddy, "PCP Server Selection", Work in Progress, April 2014. [RFC6052] Bao, C., Huitema, C., Bagnulo, M., Boucadair, M., and X. Li, "IPv6 Addressing of IPv4/IPv6 Translators", RFC 6052, October 2010. [RFC6333] Durand, A., Droms, R., Woodyatt, J., and Y. Lee, "Dual- Stack Lite Broadband Deployments Following IPv4 Exhaustion", RFC 6333, August 2011.
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Authors' Addresses

Mohamed Boucadair France Telecom Rennes 35000 France EMail: mohamed.boucadair@orange.com Reinaldo Penno Cisco USA EMail: repenno@cisco.com Dan Wing Cisco Systems, Inc. 170 West Tasman Drive San Jose, California 95134 USA EMail: dwing@cisco.com