[IPFIX] [Errata Verified] RFC7011 (4396)

RFC Errata System <rfc-editor@rfc-editor.org> Fri, 17 July 2015 15:50 UTC

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Subject: [IPFIX] [Errata Verified] RFC7011 (4396)
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The following errata report has been verified for RFC7011,
"Specification of the IP Flow Information Export (IPFIX) Protocol for the Exchange of Flow Information". 

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You may review the report below and at:
http://www.rfc-editor.org/errata_search.php?rfc=7011&eid=4396

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Status: Verified
Type: Editorial

Reported by: Rick Hofstede <rick.hofstede@redsocks.nl>
Date Reported: 2015-06-19
Verified by: Benoit Claise (IESG)

Section: 3.1

Original Text
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Incremental sequence counter modulo 2^32 of all IPFIX Data Records
sent in the current stream from the current Observation Domain by
the Exporting Process.

Corrected Text
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Incremental sequence counter modulo 2^32 of all IPFIX Data Records
sent in the current stream from the current Observation Domain by
the Exporting Process, prior to the receipt of this IPFIX Message.

Notes
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The original specification can be interpreted in two ways:

(1) Incremental sequence counter modulo 2^32 of all IPFIX Data Records sent in the current stream from the current Observation Domain by the Exporting Process *up to* this Message.
(2) Incremental sequence counter modulo 2^32 of all IPFIX Data Records sent in the current stream from the current Observation Domain by the Exporting Process *up to and including* this Message.

It seems that only Section 10.3.2 — Reliability explains which of the two interpretations is right: In the case of UDP, the IPFIX Sequence Number contains the total number of IPFIX Data Records sent for the Transport Session *prior* to the receipt of this IPFIX Message, modulo 2^32.

In my opinion, it would be good to clarify the use of sequence numbers in Message headers already in the definition of sequence numbers in RFC 7011, namely in Section 3.1.

Discussed here: https://mailarchive.ietf.org/arch/msg/ipfix/AQKObQ2WA_zIXgRzdxRsDrIWjx0

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RFC7011 (draft-ietf-ipfix-protocol-rfc5101bis-10)
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Title               : Specification of the IP Flow Information Export (IPFIX) Protocol for the Exchange of Flow Information
Publication Date    : September 2013
Author(s)           : B. Claise, Ed., B. Trammell, Ed., P. Aitken
Category            : INTERNET STANDARD
Source              : IP Flow Information Export
Area                : Operations and Management
Stream              : IETF
Verifying Party     : IESG