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Re: [PATCH|RFC] IPv6: have a proxy discard link-local traffic

To: Ville Nuorvala <vnuorval@xxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [PATCH|RFC] IPv6: have a proxy discard link-local traffic
From: Pekka Savola <pekkas@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2004 09:06:54 +0200 (EET)
Cc: yoshfuji@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx, <davem@xxxxxxxxxx>, <usagi-core@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, <netdev@xxxxxxxxxxx>
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On Fri, 16 Jan 2004, Ville Nuorvala wrote:
> > It's still at the starting phase -- now would be an excellent time to
> > bring this up.
> OK, I guess I'll send a question to the ipv6 list.

Please do -- I've already raised too many issues in that spec :-)

> Let's assume the proxy handles (both link-local and global) NUD
> probes correctly. What will it do with the rest of the unicast packets?
> Packets to a global address may be routed to the proxied node if the
> router has a route to it, but what should it do to link-local packets? The
> desired behavior isn't described in RFC2461, but the MIPv6 draft has a
> proposal.

> No, *assuming* we have a proxy capable of capturing NUD probes, my patch
> will send an Address Unreachable message in response to all link-local
> unicast traffic *except* ND, since it is already handled separately.
> Since ND works normally, my patch doesn't limit link-local proxying. It
> just warns the sender that any link-local traffic it is trying to send
> can't be delivered to the destination.

> > It can give back ICMP error messages, if necessary.  I don't know
> > which path a Thaler proxy would use though.
> It can't really use ip6_forward() anyway, since the funtion decreases the
> hop limit of the packet and drops all traffic from a link-local source
> address etc, etc.
> Since the Thaler proxy clearly needs some other forwarding function than
> ip6_forward(), my proposed patch doesn't affect its behavior in any way.

Ok, if your modification is in ip6_forward() (I didn't check), I guess 
it would OK, with a sufficient comment to bring up that a future 
implementation might treat link-local proxying differently.

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