[Technical Errata Reported] RFC5942 (6417)

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The following errata report has been submitted for RFC5942,
"IPv6 Subnet Model: The Relationship between Links and Subnet Prefixes".

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Type: Technical
Reported by: Ted Lemon <mellon@fugue.com>

Section: 4

Original Text
In bullet item 4, the behavior for hosts when the default router list is empty is specified in a way that means that no prefix can ever be considered on-link.  4.b says that address resolution (which I take to mean neighbor discovery) should not be performed for any non-link-local address.

It is entirely possible for an on-link, non-default router to advertise an on-link prefix. In this case, the prefix should be considered on-link, and address resolution should be permitted. I don't see a way to read the text to allow this.

Corrected Text
I think the confusion is in 4.b, which should read:

The host MUST NOT perform address resolution for non-link-local addresses that are not known to be on-link as described in section 3, part 1.

I don't know if the problem is that "non-link-local" should have been "non-on-link" or if the authors just weren't taking RFC4191 into consideration, but in the presence of RFC4191, requiring a default router before a prefix can be considered on-link renders perfectly valid configurations non-functional.

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RFC5942 (draft-ietf-6man-ipv6-subnet-model-12)
Title               : IPv6 Subnet Model: The Relationship between Links and Subnet Prefixes
Publication Date    : July 2010
Author(s)           : H. Singh, W. Beebee, E. Nordmark
Category            : PROPOSED STANDARD
Source              : IPv6 Maintenance
Area                : Internet
Stream              : IETF
Verifying Party     : IESG