Re: [Ntp] My thoughts on flags

Miroslav Lichvar <mlichvar@redhat.com> Tue, 23 July 2019 15:52 UTC

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From: Miroslav Lichvar <mlichvar@redhat.com>
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Subject: Re: [Ntp] My thoughts on flags
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On Mon, Jul 22, 2019 at 09:37:58PM -0700, Watson Ladd wrote:
> One of the items on the agenda that didn't really discussed was a
> number of drafts: draft-stenn-ntp-i-do-06,
> draft-stenn-ntp-extension-fields-09,
> draft-stenn-ntp-leap-smear-refid-00. All of them are masterworks of
> repurposing fields, adding structure to hitherto unstructured
> identifiers, and other tricks beloved of
> 
> And none of them are necessary. Autokey should be dispenced with now
> that we have NTS. An NTS-KE exchange can easily be extended to include
> information about server features, and in event of changes a rejection
> of cookies can force a new NTS-KE exchange. This exchange can also
> include smeared time, which wouldn't be necessary if we represented
> timestamps in a format like MJD+seconds since midnight or somesuch
> (even UTC if properly understood).

What if someone wants to support a new extension field, but doesn't
want to support NTS(-KE)? Should TCP and TLS be requirements of
unrelated NTP extensions?

-- 
Miroslav Lichvar