Apps Directorate Review of draft-ietf-intarea-ipv4-id-update-05

Eliot Lear <> Sat, 02 June 2012 13:00 UTC

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Document: draft-ietf-intarea-ipv4-id-update-05
Title: Updated Specification of the IPv4 ID Field
Reviewer: Eliot Lear
Review Date: 2 June 2012
IETF Last Call Date: 31 May  2012

Summary: This draft is quite well written, and is *very* nearly ready
for publication.

This draft is well written, and from the applications perspective
represents an important step to improving performance and error
reduction.  It uses a new requirements call-out style that I would class
as experimental, but not bad.  It is worth people reading this draft and
deciding if they agree with Joe's approach.

Major issues:

None (Yay!).

Minor issues:

Section 4 needs to be reconciled a bit with Section 6.1.  Specifically:

>  The IPv4 ID field can be useful for other purposes. 


  >> IPv4 ID field MUST NOT be used for purposes other than
   fragmentation and reassembly.

My suggestion is to drop the above sentence from Section 4.

In Section 6.1:

>    Datagram de-duplication can be accomplished using hash-based
>    duplicate detection for cases where the ID field is absent.

Under what circumstances would the ID field be absent?

>    >> Sources of non-atomic IPv4 datagrams using strong integrity checks
>    MAY reuse the ID within MSL values smaller than is typical.

Is the issue really the source using strong integrity checks or the
destination in this context?  What is typical?


Shouldn't Sections 3, 4, and 5, really be Sections 2.1, 2.2, and 2.3?