An Acceptable Use Policy for New ICMP Types and Codes

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Some recent proposals to add new Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP) types and/or codes have highlighted a need to describe policies for when adding new features to ICMP is desirable and when it is not. In this document we provide a basic description of ICMP's role in the IP stack and some guidelines for the future.


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