[v6ops] Re: [tsvwg] Re: Carrying large DNS packets over UDP in IPv6 networks

Simon <linux@thehobsons.co.uk> Fri, 21 June 2024 18:28 UTC

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On 17 Jun 2024, at 03:14, Mark Smith <markzzzsmith@gmail.com> wrote:

> I was surprised how often IP fragments were being dropped over the
> Internet through peoples' measurements because I've seen and
> configured packet filters many times on IP routers for many
> organisations and ISPs and have never explicitly dropped them nor have
> heard of people explicitly dropping them.
> I realised it is more likely a symptom of the way people are taught to
> do packet filters, and that they're specifically not taught to allow
> IP fragments.
> This following would be a typical example* of how people are taught to
> do something like "permit" DNS over UDP, yet it would drop any IP
> fragments containing UDP port 53 fragments.
> access-list 100 permit udp any any eq 53
> access-list 100 deny ip any any

And indeed, as a “general IT guy that does(did) some networking” person, that is the only way I’ve ever known (give or take different firewall CLI syntax).
TBH, I hadn’t realised that IPv6 behaves differently to IPv4 in this (if I read the thread correctly). I’ve done the HE/TunnelBroker IPv6 online, and got what I’ve heard described as the geekiest tee shirt ever, so in the eyes of many I’ve considered a guru - but in reality I know enough to be dangerous and probably more than most people who will be running networks outside of quite large enterprises.
But this was news to me.

> * "Configure Commonly Used IP ACLs", last updated on November 21st
> 2023, mentions the 'fragments' option in the ACL command syntax,
> however doesn't describe it or demonstrates using it in "commonly used
> IP ACLs".
> https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/support/docs/ip/access-lists/26448-ACLsamples.html


Given how many documents around the internet will copy that basic filter syntax, I would suggest it’s now a done deal that the internet needs to live with it.

Regards, Simon