Re: [mdnsext] Discussion of BoF during Berlin IETF

David Farmer <> Mon, 10 June 2013 20:46 UTC

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On 6/5/13 08:42 , Michael Richardson wrote:

> But, that doesn't prevent or clearly signal, that mDNS may be
> *unwelcome* on a particular network.   Enterprise folks might want to do
> that. I'm not claiming that they will, or should, succeed, btw.  I'm
> pointing out that we don't know what they want, because they don't tend
> to participate.

While I wouldn't recommend general use of such a mode of operation I do 
see some special situations where I think it could be necessary, even on 
my own network, especially in networks or subnets with high security 

More fundamentally, I would prefer to see a graceful mechanism to 
achieve this policy, rather than requiring traffic filtering or another 
blunt force mechanism to achieve such a policy.  If someone feels they 
need such a policy they will find a way.  I believe it is far better for 
the protocol to give them a way to achieve their policy goals then to 
force them to use other possibly more drastic mechanisms to achieve 
their policy goal.

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