Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) R. Wakikawa Request for Comments: 7389 Softbank Mobile Category: Standards Track R. Pazhyannur ISSN: 2070-1721 S. Gundavelli Cisco C. Perkins Futurewei Inc. October 2014
Separation of Control and User Plane for Proxy Mobile IPv6
This document specifies a method to split the control plane (CP) and user plane (UP) for a network infrastructure based on Proxy Mobile IPv6 (PMIPv6). Existing specifications allow a mobile access gateway (MAG) to separate its control and user plane using the Alternate Care-of Address mobility option for IPv6 or Alternate IPv4 Care-of Address option for IPv4. However, the current specification does not provide any mechanism allowing the local mobility anchor (LMA) to perform an analogous functional split. To remedy that shortcoming, this document specifies a mobility option enabling an LMA to provide an alternate LMA address to be used for the bidirectional user-plane traffic between the MAG and LMA. With this new option, an LMA will be able to use an IP address for its user plane that is different than the IP address used for the control plane.
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A Proxy Mobile IPv6 (PMIPv6) infrastructure comprises two primary entities: LMA (local mobility anchor) and MAG (mobile access gateway). The interface between the MAG and LMA consists of the control plane and user plane. The control plane is responsible for signaling messages between the MAG and LMA, such as the Proxy Binding Update (PBU) and Proxy Binding Acknowledgement (PBA) messages to establish a mobility binding. In addition, the control-plane components in the MAG and LMA are also responsible for setting up and tearing down a bidirectional tunnel between the MAG and LMA. The user plane is used for carrying the mobile node's IP traffic between the MAG and the LMA over the bidirectional tunnel.
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Widely deployed mobility management systems for wireless communications require separation of IP transport for forwarding user-plane and control-plane traffic. This separation offers more flexible deployment options for LMA and MAG entities in Proxy Mobile IPv6, as described in [MOBILE-SEPARATION]. To meet this requirement would also require that the control-plane functions of the LMA be addressable at a different IP address than the IP address assigned for the user plane. However, PMIPv6 does not currently specify a mechanism for allowing the LMA to separate the control plane from the user plane. The LMA is currently required to associate the IP address of the tunnel source with the target IP address for the control messages received from the MAG.
The control-plane and user-plane components of a MAG or LMA are typically co-located in the same physical entity. However, there are situations where it is desirable to have the control and user plane of a MAG or LMA in separate physical entities. For example, in a WLAN (Wireless LAN) network, it may be desirable to have the control- plane component of the MAG reside on the Access Controller (also sometimes referred to as Wireless LAN Controller (WLC)) while the user-plane component of the MAG resides on the WLAN Access Point. This enables all the control-plane messages to the LMA to be centralized while the user plane would be distributed across the multiple Access Points. Similarly, there is a need for either the control-plane or user-plane component of the LMA to be separated according to different scaling requirements or, in other cases, the need to centralize the control plane in one geographical location while distributing the user-plane component across multiple locations. For example, as illustrated in Figure 1, the LMA and MAG could have one control session established for PMIPv6 control signaling while maintaining separate connectivity via Generic Routing Encapsulation (GRE) or IP-in-IP tunneling for forwarding user-plane traffic.
Figure 1: Functional Separation of the Control and User Plane
[RFC6463] and [RFC6275] enable separating the control and user plane in the MAG. In particular, [RFC6463] defines the Alternate IPv4 Care-of Address option, and [RFC6275] defines an Alternate Care-of Address option for IPv6. The MAG may provide an Alternate Care-of Address in the PBU, and if the LMA supports this option, then a bidirectional tunnel is set up between the LMA address and the MAG's Alternate Care-of Address. However, these documents do not specify a corresponding option for the LMA to provide an alternate tunnel endpoint address to the MAG.
This specification therefore defines a new mobility option that enables a local mobility anchor to provide an alternate LMA address to be used for the bidirectional tunnel between the MAG and LMA, as shown in Figure 1.
The LMA control-plane and the LMA user-plane functions are typically deployed on the same IP node, and in such a scenario, the interface between these functions is internal to the implementation. Deployments may also choose to deploy the LMA control-plane and the LMA user-plane functions on separate IP nodes. In such deployment models, there needs to be a protocol interface between these two functions, but that is outside the scope of this document. Possible options for such an interface include OpenFlow [OpenFlow-Spec-v1.4.0], Forwarding and Control Element Separation (ForCES) [RFC5810], use of routing infrastructure [STATELESS-UPLANE], and vendor-specific approaches. This specification does not mandate a specific protocol interface and views this interface as a generic interface relevant more broadly for many other protocol systems in addition to Proxy Mobile IPv6. When the LMA control-plane and the LMA user-plane functions are deployed on separate IP nodes, the requirement related to user-plane address anchoring (specified in
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Section 5.6.2 of [RFC5213] and Section 3.1.3 of [RFC5844]) must be met by the node hosting the LMA user-plane functionality. The LMA user-plane node must be a topological anchor point for the IP address/prefixes allocated to the mobile node.
The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT", "SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "MAY", and "OPTIONAL" in this document are to be interpreted as described in RFC 2119 [RFC2119].
3GPP terms can be found in [RFC6459]. Other mobility-related terms used in this document are to be interpreted as defined in [RFC5213] and [RFC5844]. Additionally, this document uses the following terms:
The LMA User-Plane Address mobility option is a new mobility header option defined for use with PBU and PBA messages exchanged between the LMA and the MAG. This option is used for notifying the MAG about the LMA's user-plane IPv6 or IPv4 address. There can be zero, one, or two instances of the LMA User-Plane Address mobility option present in the message. When two instances of the option are present, one instance of the option must be for IPv4 transport, and the other instance must be for IPv6 transport.
The LMA User-Plane Address mobility option has an alignment requirement of 8n+2. Its format is as shown in Figure 2:
Figure 2: LMA User-Plane Address Mobility Option Format
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An 8-bit, unsigned integer indicating the length of the option in octets, excluding the Type and Length fields.
This field is unused in this specification. The value MUST be set to zero (0) by the sender and MUST be ignored by the receiver.
LMA User-Plane Address
Contains the 32-bit IPv4 address or the 128-bit IPv6 address of the LMA user plane. When the LMA User-Plane Address mobility option is included in a PBU message, this field can be a zero- length field, or it can have a value of ALL_ZERO, with all bits in the 32-bit IPv4 address or the 128-bit IPv6 address set to zero.
When including the LMA User-Plane Address mobility option in the PBU, the MAG must apply the following rules:
o When using IPv4 transport for the user plane, the IP address field in the option MUST be either a zero-length field or a 4-octet field with ALL_ZERO value.
o When using IPv6 transport for the user plane, the IP address field in the option MUST be either a zero-length field or a 16-octet field with ALL_ZERO value.
When the LMA includes the LMA User-Plane Address mobility option in the PBA, the IP address field in the option MUST be set to the LMA's IPv4 or IPv6 address carrying user-plane traffic.
o When using IPv4 transport for the user plane, the IP address field in the option is the IPv4 address carrying user-plane traffic.
o When using IPv6 transport for the user plane, the IP address field in the option is the IPv6 address carrying user-plane traffic.
The encapsulation mode that will be chosen for the user plane between the MAG and the LMA has to based on the considerations specified in [RFC5213] and [RFC5844].
This specification defines the following configuration variable, which must be configurable (e.g., by the system management) on the LMA and MAG mobility entities. The configured value for this protocol variable MUST survive server reboots and service restarts and MUST be the same for every LMA and MAG in the network domain supporting PMIPv6.
This variable indicates whether or not all the mobility entities in the PMIPv6 domain support the LMA User-Plane Address mobility option.
When this variable on the MAG is set to zero (0), the MAG MUST indicate whether or not it supports this feature by including the LMA User-Plane Address mobility option in the PBU. If the option is not present in the PBU, the LMA SHALL disable this feature for the mobility session corresponding to the PBU.
Setting this variable to one (1) on the MAG indicates that there is domain-wide support for this feature and the MAG is not required to include the LMA User-Plane Address mobility option in the PBA. In this case, the MAG MAY choose not to include the LMA User-Plane Address mobility option in the PBU.
When this variable on the LMA is set to zero (0), the LMA MUST NOT include the LMA User-Plane Address mobility option in the PBA unless the MAG has indicated support for this feature by including the LMA User-Plane Address mobility option in the PBU message.
Setting this variable to one (1) on the LMA indicates that there is domain-wide support for this feature and the LMA SHOULD choose to include this LMA User-Plane Address mobility option in the PBA even if the option is not present in the PBU message.
On both the LMA and the MAG, the default value for this variable is zero (0). This implies that the default behavior of a MAG is to include this option in the PBU, and the default behavior of an LMA is to include this option in a PBA only if the option is present in the PBU.
This specification defines a new mobility header option -- the LMA User-Plane Address mobility option. The format of this option is described in Section 4. The Type value 59 for this mobility option has been allocated by IANA in the "Mobility Options" registry at <http://www.iana.org/assignments/mobility-parameters>.
The Proxy Mobile IPv6 specification [RFC5213] requires the signaling messages between the MAG and the LMA to be protected using end-to-end security association(s) offering integrity and data origin authentication. The Proxy Mobile IPv6 specification also requires IPsec [RFC4301] to be a mandatory-to-implement security mechanism.
This document specifies an approach where the control-plane and user- plane functions of the MAG and LMA are separated and hosted on different IP nodes. In such deployment models, the nodes hosting those respective control-plane functions still have to meet the [RFC5213] security requirement listed above; specifically, the Proxy Mobile IPv6 signaling messages exchanged between these entities MUST be protected using end-to-end security association(s) offering integrity and data origin authentication. Furthermore, IPsec is a mandatory-to-implement security mechanism for the nodes hosting the control-plane function of the MAG and LMA. Additional documents may specify alternative security mechanisms for securing Proxy Mobile IPv6 signaling messages. The mobility entities in a Proxy Mobile IPv6 domain can enable a specific security mechanism based on either (1) static configuration or (2) dynamic negotiation (using any standard security negotiation protocols).
As per the Proxy Mobile IPv6 specification, the use of IPsec for protecting the mobile node's user-plane traffic is optional. This specification keeps the same requirement and therefore requires the nodes hosting the user-plane functions of the MAG and the LMA to have IPsec as a mandatory-to-implement security mechanism but make the use of IPsec optional for user-plane traffic protection.
The LMA User-Plane Address mobility option defined in this specification is for use in PBU and PBA messages. This option is carried like any other mobility header option as specified in [RFC5213]. Therefore, it inherits security guidelines from [RFC5213].
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The IP address of the LMA user plane (the LMA-UPA), provided within the LMA User-Plane Address mobility option, MUST be a valid address under the administrative control associated with the LMA functional block.
If the LMA user-plane and the LMA control-plane functions are hosted in different entities, any control messages between these two entities containing the LMA User-Plane Address mobility option MUST be protected using end-to-end security association(s) offering integrity and data origin authentication.
[MOBILE-SEPARATION] Wakikawa, R., Matsushima, S., Patil, B., Chen, B., Joachimpillai, D., and H. Deng, "Requirements and use cases for separating control and user planes in mobile network architectures", Work in Progress, draft-wakikawa-req-mobile-cp-separation-00, November 2013.
[OpenFlow-Spec-v1.4.0] Open Networking Foundation, "OpenFlow Switch Specification, Version 1.4.0", October 2013.
[STATELESS-UPLANE] Matsushima, S. and R. Wakikawa, "Stateless user-plane architecture for virtualized EPC (vEPC)", Work in Progress, draft-matsushima-stateless-uplane-vepc-03, July 2014.
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The authors of this document thank the NetExt Working Group for the valuable feedback on different versions of this specification. In particular, the authors want to thank John Kaippallimalil, Sridhar Bhaskaran, Nirav Salot, Bruno Landais, Brian Carpenter, Pete Resnick, Stephen Farrell, and Brian Haberman for their valuable comments and suggestions to improve this specification.
Ryuji Wakikawa Softbank Mobile 1-9-1, Higashi-Shimbashi, Minato-Ku Tokyo 105-7322 Japan
Rajesh S. Pazhyannur Cisco 170 West Tasman Drive San Jose, CA 95134 United States
Sri Gundavelli Cisco 170 West Tasman Drive San Jose, CA 95134 United States
Charles E. Perkins Futurewei Inc. 2330 Central Expressway Santa Clara, CA 95050 United States