Bootstrapping Clients using the Internet Small Computer System Interface (iSCSI) Protocol
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From: The IESG <email@example.com> To: IETF-Announce <firstname.lastname@example.org> Cc: Internet Architecture Board <email@example.com>, RFC Editor <firstname.lastname@example.org>, ips mailing list <email@example.com>, ips chair <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Protocol Action: 'Bootstrapping Clients using the iSCSI Protocol' to Proposed Standard The IESG has approved the following document: - 'Bootstrapping Clients using the iSCSI Protocol ' <draft-ietf-ips-iscsi-boot-13.txt> as a Proposed Standard This document is the product of the IP Storage Working Group. The IESG contact persons are Allison Mankin and Magnus Westerlund. A URL of this Internet-Draft is: http://www.ietf.org/internet-drafts/draft-ietf-ips-iscsi-boot-13.txt
Technical Summary This specification describes a standard mechanism to enable clients to bootstrap themselves using the iSCSI protocol. The goal of this standard is to enable iSCSI boot clients to obtain the information to open an iSCSI session with the iSCSI boot server. It is possible that all the information is not available at the very outset, so the memo describes steps to obtain the information required to bootstrap clients off an iSCSI boot server. Since iSCSI allows a general Internet to be interposed between the clients and server, a secure design is introduced for these steps. Working Group Summary The original version of the boot protocol was found by Security Area to have serious security flaws and was returned to the working group for an overhaul. A design team developed a completely new approach during an intensive effort, developed working group consensus in several careful sessions, and discussed (also with care) the issues of implementability. There was good agreement by and members of the SCSI standards community that this solution would be adopted and implemented. Protocol Quality The specification was reviewed for the IESG by the Operations Directorate and Allison Mankin. Margaret Wasserman reviewed the IPv6 issues. Bernard Aboba led the effort in response to the the first IESG review. RFC Editor Notes Section 5 - OLD: An iSCSI boot client which does not know its IP address at power-on may acquire its IP address via BOOTP or DHCP (v4 or v6). NEW: An iSCSI boot client which does not know its IP address at power-on may acquire its IP address via BOOTP or DHCP (v4 or v6), or via IPv6 address autoconfiguration. OLD: This is done using the variable length option named Root Path. NEW: This is done using the variable length option named Root Path [Alexander93, Reynolds93].