Re: [dhcwg] configuring SOCKS(v5) via DHCP Mon, 28 March 2022 07:06 UTC

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Hi Michael, 

There is no such an option as far as I know.

We published this spec: to cover the discovery of a "converter". 

A converter is defined as a function that behaves as follows:  

      *  Listen for client sessions;
      *  Receive from a client the address of the final target server;
      *  Setup a session to the final server;
      *  Relay control messages and data between the client and the
      *  Perform access controls according to local policies.

SOCKS falls in that category. See rfc8803#section-3 for some more details. 

If SRVs are supported in your case, name discovery may be checked based on the already registered name. 


> -----Message d'origine-----
> De : dhcwg <> De la part de Michael Richardson
> Envoyé : samedi 26 mars 2022 18:03
> À :
> Objet : [dhcwg] configuring SOCKS(v5) via DHCP
> As far as I can tell from
> parameters.xhtml#options
> we never allocated a DHCPv4 option for configuring the location of a
> SOCKSv5 proxy.  But a few names allocated are sufficiently unclear to me
> that maybe they were doing something else.
> Or maybe some options point to some other configuration mechanism that
> can include a SOCKSv5 server address.
> Or maybe it's buried in a vendor option?  If so, which one?
> SOCKS is surprisingly still out there in many forms, including that many
> SSH implementations provide for forwarding arbitrary connections via a
> SOCKS server on a local port.
> I'm aware of at least two departments whose entire firewall
> mechanism is (STILL) based upon it.
> RFC1928 did not include a discovery mechanism.
> SOCKSv5 is being proposed as a solution to certain IoT challenges, where
> we'd like to declare the ACL in terms of DNS names, but the policy
> enforcement point, of course, only sees IP addresses, not names.
> If there was a way to learn if SOCKS was in use on a particular network,
> such as via a DHCPv4 option, then devices could use it on networks where
> it existed.
> --
> Michael Richardson <>, Sandelman Software Works  -=
> IPv6 IoT consulting =-


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