Last Call Review of draft-ietf-conex-tcp-modifications-09

Request Review of draft-ietf-conex-tcp-modifications
Requested rev. no specific revision (document currently at 10)
Type Last Call Review
Team General Area Review Team (Gen-ART) (genart)
Deadline 2015-09-29
Requested 2015-08-20
Authors Mirja K├╝hlewind, Richard Scheffenegger
Draft last updated 2015-09-14
Completed reviews Genart Last Call review of -09 by Ron Bonica (diff)
Secdir Last Call review of -09 by Takeshi Takahashi (diff)
Opsdir Last Call review of -09 by Warren Kumari (diff)
Assignment Reviewer Ron Bonica
State Completed
Review review-ietf-conex-tcp-modifications-09-genart-lc-bonica-2015-09-14
Reviewed rev. 09 (document currently at 10)
Review result Ready
Review completed: 2015-09-14


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Document:                                      draft-ietf-conex-tcp-modifications-09
Reviewer:                                        Ron Bonica
Review Date:                                  2015-09-07
IETF LC End Date:                          2015-08-31
IETF Telechat Date:                      2015-10-01

Summary:          This document will be ready for publication as soon as the major issue (below) below is addressed.
Major Issues:

This document contains a normative reference to draft-ietf-conex-destopt-09. The normative reference is appropriate, because this document doesn't work at all unless the concepts described in draft-ietf-conex-destopt-09 work.

I am concerned about draft-ietf-conex-destopt-09. It uses an IPv6 Destination Option to signal CONEX state to intermediate routers. However, according to RFC 2460:

   "With one exception, extension headers are not examined or processed
   by any node along a packet's delivery path, until the packet reaches
   the node (or each of the set of nodes, in the case of multicast)
   identified in the Destination Address field of the IPv6 header."

The exception to which RFC 2460 refers is the Hop-by-hop Extension Header. Intermediate routers don't examine Destination Options.

Section 5 of draft-ietf-conex-destopt-09 attempts to address this issue, but I am not sure that the argument is acceptable. 

Minor Issues: None

Editorial Issues:

Ron Bonica