ULE encryption Support.
gorry at erg.abdn.ac.uk
Mon Mar 1 20:17:38 GMT 2004
Art, I think the scheme being talked about is rather like IPv6
extension headers. Devices that don't understand the extension
headers, simply ignore the extensions and continue to process the packet.
A similar thing could be done at the link layer for specific ULE payloads
that would benefit from this. As you say, no requirements have yet been
written for ULE that match this need, although they may appear sooner
(or even later).
The question that needs to be addressed by this WG is should ULE allow
such extension headers to be defined in future?
We don't have to define them now, but we will have to define the
which they can be later added. If we don't include this possibility now,
we'd have to version the whole protocol to get this functionality later
(this would have a serious deployment issues).
Allison, Art wrote:
>As to backwards compatibility, no mater how it is defined, the initial
>products will not process and use newly defined data. So, even if the
>original product can process the larger header, it can do nothing with data
>with a new meaning defined after the product is built:
>With a bit = 0 it is the 'Rev0' standard device Gen0.
>With a bit = 1 a Gen0 device cannot process the <new> data, but can process
>all Rev0 data.
>With a series of bits, a Gen0 device cannot process the <new> data, but can
>process all Rev0 data.
>At each header instance a different type can be signaled.
>Bits are bucks for broadcasters, and each one has a fixed pipe size, so we
>must resist sending any more than absolutely needed. I can make a case for
>NO expansion bit, as the new service can be defined when the application is
>defined and new devices can process it -- but 1 bit per header is ok.
>Please help me see what I must be missing that justifies use of more bits...
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>From: Alain RITOUX [mailto:alain.ritoux at 6wind.com]
>Sent: Monday, March 01, 2004 12:08 PM
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>Subject: Re: ULE encryption Support.
>Allison, Art wrote:
>>So, if we should not encrypt at this layer [agree with Alain] and we
>>not put additional error correction at this layer.. it seems we no longer
>>have a reason to add more than a just-in-case escape bit just in case a
>>yet-to-be-invented function is needed someday.
>Not totally agree. This "reserve" may have no usage now, but the
>mechanism is not that heavy, and once it is done, it will allow
>introduciton of "possible" ext headers in a backward-compatible
>way, which seems to me worth the price.
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