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

"Templin (US), Fred L" <> Thu, 18 February 2021 19:46 UTC

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Intending to answer both your message and the previous from David together:

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Fernando Gont []
> Sent: Thursday, February 18, 2021 11:28 AM
> To: Templin (US), Fred L <>om>; IPv6 Operations <>rg>;
> Subject: Re: [v6ops] Scope of Unique Local IPv6 Unicast Addresses (Fwd: New Version Notification for draft-gont-
> 6man-ipv6-ula-scope-00.txt)
> Hi, Fred,
> On 18/2/21 16:11, Templin (US), Fred L wrote:
> [...]
> >> On 18/2/21 14:37, Templin (US), Fred L wrote:
> >>> Another aspect I failed to mention is that the use of (H)HITs does not
> >>> necessarily  mean that all aspects of the HIP protocol must be used. (H)HITs could be
> >>> used with the AERO/OMNI services instead, for example.
> >>
> >> Questions: Are these addresses globally-unique?
> >
> > Yes - global uniqueness is a key objective of (H)HIT. Aggregation is not within
> > scope, however.
> If that's the case, then, according to RFC4007, they are global addresses.

I actually think HITs are a bit of a gray area. According to RFC7343, they are
formed from the GUA prefix 2001:20::/28 but the remaining bits following
the ::/28 prefix are cryptographically generated and hence non-aggregatable.
That means that there is no way to represent a group of them in the routing
system using any other prefix length than /128.
> (I'd argue that if they cannot be aggregated, that's because they
> resulting "addresses" are not really topologically-dependent, in which
> case you might probably argue that they are not addresses in the first
> place :-) )

Not in terms of routing across the global Internet, no, because it would not
scale to inject large numbers of /128's into the global Internet routing system.
But, on a limited scale, that may not be so much of a concern - for example,
in a small Mobile Ad-hoc Network (MANET) where there may be some small
numbers of 10's of nodes each wanting to inject their own /128 into the
MANET routing protocol.

In that case, the node might be able to use its HIT for MANET-local addressing,
i.e., use it as the source/destination address of IPv6 packets within the scope
of the MANET as long as they do not leak out into the public Internet. That is
not to say that the node might not want to get a true GUA for itself as well;
for example, via DHCPv6 from an infrastructure node that the MANET
connects to.

So, then the node could get two different types of GUAs; a HIT for MANET-local
(infrastructure-less) communications and a true GUA for communications with
Internet nodes. So, two different types of GUAs - each with a different scope.


> Thanks,
> --
> Fernando Gont
> SI6 Networks
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