On Fri, 2003-09-12 at 21:00 +0300, Pekka Savola wrote:
> > But RFC1918 is what makes intranets work.
> .. in a broken manner.
Except site-local addressing in IPv6 actually fixed the major breakage
> We already have IPv4. If you want to deploy IPv6,
> do it properly. IPv6 is about global addressing.
> The bottom line is: it's just so much better idea to use global addresses
> and filtering.
Two separate global addresses -- one for the 'internal' communication,
one for external communication without the routes sucking. And a
half-baked 'most of the time it'll pick the right source address,
As opposed to a site address for intra-site communication and a global
address for global communication.
> > And the proposal you pointed
> > me at puts them _back_ again, just gratuitously globally unique, and
> > without the semantics which actually made them _more_ useful than
> > RFC1918; made them ideal for multi-homing with both site- and global-
> > scope addresses.
> Also, such semantics ("site-locals always preferred") caused a number of
As does their absence. The whole of this thread has been an attempt to
devise a workaround for the breakage caused by their absence.
> There is a problem especially with multi-party applications, which do
> referrals. Consider theree nodes A, B, and C. A and B are in the same
> site and have both globals and site-locals. C has only globals. By the
> "site-local smallest scope rule", A and B talk using site-locals.
> However, if B tells C to contact A, he gives C a site-local address of A,
> instead of the global. And C can't handle it.
Don't Do That Then.
Seriously; this is a known problem already and it's trivially avoidable.
Don't send a site-local address to a machine you're talking to using
globals. With explicit knowledge of scope, applications can _do_ that.
Whereas in the vile 'hosts have both HQ-derived addresses for internal
communication and addresses derived from their local IPv6 uplink for
global communication' scenario, the application has _no_ chance of
picking the right address.
> If you're interested to go a bit deeper to the reasoning, you may be
> interested to read
At first glance, it seems that a lot of the problems go away if you
don't allow 'multi-sited' nodes, and more go away when you realise
they're already known and easily-avoided pitfalls of RFC1918 -- for
example, don't introduce gratuitous ambiguity by playing stupid
schizodns tricks as described in §3.3; use a sane domain like
'company.internal' for site-local addresses.
I need to read it more carefully, but to be honest it doesn't really
seem to justify the complete abolition of site-scope.
I suspect we're getting off-topic here though.
I suspect my implementation plan is going to revert to using site-local
addressing, since it's trivial and does precisely what I want.
I'll just have to trust that whatever the replacement is, it also solves
the address-selection issues which site-local scope solves _perfectly_
for internal networks.