Security Assessment of the Internet Protocol Version 4
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From: The IESG <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: IETF-Announce <email@example.com> Cc: RFC Editor <firstname.lastname@example.org>, opsec mailing list <email@example.com>, opsec chair <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Document Action: 'Security Assessment of the Internet Protocol version 4' to Informational RFC (draft-ietf-opsec-ip-security-07.txt) The IESG has approved the following document: - 'Security Assessment of the Internet Protocol version 4' (draft-ietf-opsec-ip-security-07.txt) as an Informational RFC This document is the product of the Operational Security Capabilities for IP Network Infrastructure Working Group. The IESG contact persons are Ron Bonica and Dan Romascanu. A URL of this Internet Draft is: http://datatracker.ietf.org/doc/draft-ietf-opsec-ip-security/
Technical Summary This document contains a security assessment of the IETF specifications of the Internet Protocol version 4, and of a number of mechanisms and policies in use by popular IPv4 implementations. It is based on the results of a project carried out by the UK's Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI). Working Group Summary Working group consensus required the settlement of two major points of contention: Was this document in scope for the opsec working group charter, and were the participants sufficiently knowledgeable to provide input? What status should be pursued by the document authors? Regarding to former, it was the opinion of the area director and WG consensus that the document was compatible with the working group charter. capabilities and limitations of the ipv4 protocol fall within the scope of operational security capabilities work. Regarding the second question, consensus that informational status was the appropriate approach for this document. The number of documents potentially touched by this document is considerable. It is not necessary in the process of making recommendations on the basis of operational experience to update the protocol specification so long as those recommendations do not result in divergence from the protocol specification that would result in non-inter-operable operation. That said, operationaly some such as source routing can be expected not to work as a product of current practice. Document Quality Numerous implementations of the IPv4 protocol exist. The recommendations contained within this document have accumulated over the course of close to 30 years worth of operational experience. The information contained in this document has not been collected in one IETF document before, doing so has produced a document that is quite challenging to review from a scale perspective. We have solicited and received a number of reviews high quality reviews and we believe that prior publication of previous versions of document also aided considerably with development and review. Personnel Joel Jaegli is shepherd for this draft.