Re: [v6ops] Scope of Unique Local IPv6 Unicast Addresses (Fwd: New Version Notification for draft-gont-6man-ipv6-ula-scope-00.txt)

Brian E Carpenter <brian.e.carpenter@gmail.com> Sat, 13 February 2021 03:08 UTC

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Subject: Re: [v6ops] Scope of Unique Local IPv6 Unicast Addresses (Fwd: New Version Notification for draft-gont-6man-ipv6-ula-scope-00.txt)
To: Fernando Gont <fgont@si6networks.com>, Ted Lemon <mellon@fugue.com>, Fred Baker <fredbaker.ietf@gmail.com>
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From: Brian E Carpenter <brian.e.carpenter@gmail.com>
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OK, I have deleted all the content (but basically I agree with Ted Lemon). IMHO:

ULAs SHOULD be treated exactly like GUAs for all practical purposes (including using a default router for them), with the exception that they MUST be filtered by border routers at a domain boundary that is defined administratively. The only extra requirement is that ULA prefixes MUST be unique within that domain boundary. That's all, I think.

As for the word "scope" and the phrase "global scope" it may be best to not use them at all. We originally had a false notion of concentric rings of address scope, but reality is a very complex Venn diagram. Even link-local may stop being very meaningful as we see more and more mesh networks. That will be much harder to handle than any aspect of ULAs.

Regards
   Brian Carpenter