Re: [irsg] An IETF repository for working code in our protocols?

Eliot Lear <lear@cisco.com> Thu, 20 August 2020 15:24 UTC

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Subject: Re: [irsg] An IETF repository for working code in our protocols?
From: Eliot Lear <lear@cisco.com>
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> On 20 Aug 2020, at 17:18, Toerless Eckert <tte@cs.fau.de> wrote:
> 
> Good points, Eliot
> 
> Random thoughts:
> 
> I always thought sendmail was likely the earliest reference example for "single" (dominant)
> implementation protocol back in the day (rfc822). Made popular of course by 
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morris_worm

Good point!

> 
> I wonder if there would be in IETF land ever be value in official "reference software"
> I remember this primarily from ISO/MPEG where it was/?is? common, e.g.:
> 
> https://standards.iso.org/ittf/PubliclyAvailableStandards/c025029_ISO_IEC_TR_11172-5_1998(E)_Software_Simulation.zip
> 

People have done this in the past in RFCs themselves, of course.  Various crypto algorithms come to mind.

Eliot