Re: [mif] next step for MIF PVD configuration

Margaret Cullen <> Sun, 13 March 2016 00:10 UTC

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Hi Mikael,

I agree with some of the issues you have raised about the current draft for DNS lookups of PVD information.  I think that if we go with a DNS-based approach, we will need to do some work on the DNS mechanism to fix these sorts of issues.

Do you have time to write a draft for the mechanism you have suggested, so that we can discuss it in the group?


On Mar 4, 2016, at 7:48 AM, Mikael Abrahamsson <> wrote:

> On Thu, 3 Mar 2016, Stjepan Groš wrote:
>> Finally, obviously this solution assumes a single DNS server from one ISP will provide all the data about PvDs. If you have two or more ISPs and expect them to be collaborative is nice thing to hope for, but in case they don't user is stuck. And even if they collaborate, that neither scales nor is responsive.
> I re-read draft-stenberg-mif-mpvd-dns-00 . It's not obvious to me if the PvD information is globally available for anyone to ask (or not), or if there is a requirement for some kind of split horizon DNS view where you need to ask from an address within the PvD to actually get an answer back regarding the PvD.
> I have doubts about the DNS method, and I would prefer to have some kind of other mechanism to distribute the PvD information.
> What about having one more level of indirection (yeah, yeah, I know, RFC 1915 6a), and instead find the configuration resource via some kind of SRV record either available via DNSSD or via PTR .arpa lookup, or via DHCP option? Then the information could be fetched using HTTPS or some other mechanism.
> draft-ietf-netconf-zerotouch-04 uses these kinds of mechanisms to provide data, where you instead sign the configuration data that can be downloaded through insecure means, but you won't use it until you've verified its authenticity (for instance by doing lookups using DNSSEC to get certificate ID or similar).
> I also would like to separate the mechanism(s) how the information is transmitted and what information we want to transmit. These discussions are very different, and the mechanism how to transmit the information is probably not going to be changed that much, whereas we might want to add information we want to transmit more frequently.
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