Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) A. Brandt Request for Comments: 7428 J. Buron Category: Standards Track Sigma Designs ISSN: 2070-1721 February 2015
Transmission of IPv6 Packets over ITU-T G.9959 Networks
This document describes the frame format for transmission of IPv6 packets as well as a method of forming IPv6 link-local addresses and statelessly autoconfigured IPv6 addresses on ITU-T G.9959 networks.
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Table of Contents
1. Introduction ....................................................2 1.1. Terms Used .................................................3 1.2. Requirements Language ......................................4 2. G.9959 Parameters to Use for IPv6 Transport .....................5 2.1. Addressing Mode ............................................5 2.2. IPv6 Multicast Support .....................................6 2.3. G.9959 MAC PDU Size and IPv6 MTU ...........................6 2.4. Transmission Status Indications ............................7 2.5. Transmission Security ......................................7 3. 6LoWPAN Adaptation Layer and Frame Format .......................7 3.1. Dispatch Header ............................................8 4. 6LoWPAN Addressing ..............................................9 4.1. Stateless Address Autoconfiguration of Routable IPv6 Addresses ..................................................9 4.2. IPv6 Link-Local Address ...................................10 4.3. Unicast Address Mapping ...................................10 4.4. On the Use of Neighbor Discovery Technologies .............11 4.4.1. Prefix and CID Management (Route-Over) .............11 4.4.2. Prefix and CID Management (Mesh-Under) .............11 5. Header Compression .............................................12 6. Security Considerations ........................................13 7. Privacy Considerations .........................................14 8. References .....................................................14 8.1. Normative References ......................................14 8.2. Informative References ....................................16 Appendix A. G.9959 6LoWPAN Datagram Example .......................17 Acknowledgements ..................................................21 Authors' Addresses ................................................21
The ITU-T G.9959 recommendation [G.9959] targets low-power Personal Area Networks (PANs). This document defines the frame format for transmission of IPv6 [RFC2460] packets as well as the formation of IPv6 link-local addresses and statelessly autoconfigured IPv6 addresses on G.9959 networks.
The general approach is to adapt elements of [RFC4944] to G.9959 networks. G.9959 provides a Segmentation and Reassembly (SAR) layer for transmission of datagrams larger than the G.9959 Media Access Control Protocol Data Unit (MAC PDU).
[RFC6775] updates [RFC4944] by specifying IPv6 over Low-Power Wireless Personal Area Network (6LoWPAN) optimizations for IPv6 Neighbor Discovery (ND) (originally defined by [RFC4861]). This document limits the use of [RFC6775] to prefix and Context ID
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assignment. An Interface Identifier (IID) may be constructed from a G.9959 link-layer address, leading to a "link-layer-derived IPv6 address". If using that method, Duplicate Address Detection (DAD) is not needed. Alternatively, IPv6 addresses may be assigned centrally via DHCP, leading to a "non-link-layer-derived IPv6 address". Address registration is only needed in certain cases.
In addition to IPv6 application communication, the frame format defined in this document may be used by IPv6 routing protocols such as the Routing Protocol for Low-Power and Lossy Networks (RPL) [RFC6550] or Reactive Discovery of Point-to-Point Routes in Low-Power and Lossy Networks (P2P-RPL) [RFC6997] to implement IPv6 routing over G.9959 networks.
The encapsulation frame defined by this specification may optionally be transported via mesh routing below the 6LoWPAN layer. Mesh-under and route-over routing protocol specifications are out of scope for this document.
G.9959 defines how a unique 32-bit HomeID network identifier is assigned by a network controller and how an 8-bit NodeID host identifier is allocated to each node. NodeIDs are unique within the network identified by the HomeID. The G.9959 HomeID represents an IPv6 subnet that is identified by one or more IPv6 prefixes.
An IPv6 host MUST construct its link-local IPv6 address from the link-layer-derived IID in order to facilitate IP header compression as described in [RFC6282].
A node interface MAY support the M flag of the RA message for the construction of routable IPv6 addresses. A cost-optimized node implementation may save memory by skipping support for the M flag. The M flag MUST be interpreted as defined in Figure 1.
+--------+--------+---------------------------------------------+ | M flag | M flag | Required node behavior | | support| value | | +--------+--------+---------------------------------------------+ | No |(ignore)| Node MUST use link-layer-derived addressing | +--------+--------+---------------------------------------------+ | Yes | 0 | Node MUST use link-layer-derived addressing | | +--------+---------------------------------------------+ | | 1 | Node MUST use DHCPv6-based addressing, and | | | | node MUST comply fully with [RFC6775] | +--------+--------+---------------------------------------------+
Figure 1: RA M Flag Support and Interpretation
A node that uses DHCPv6-based addressing MUST comply fully with the text of [RFC6775].
If DHCPv6-based addressing is used, the DHCPv6 client must use a DHCPv6 Unique Identifier (DUID) of type DUID-UUID, as described in [RFC6355]. The Universally Unique Identifier (UUID) used in the DUID-UUID must be generated as specified in [RFC4122], Section 4.5, starting at the third paragraph in that section (the 47-bit random number-based UUID). The DUID must be stored persistently by the node as specified in 3">Section 3 of [RFC6355].
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A word of caution: since HomeIDs and NodeIDs are handed out by a network controller function during inclusion, identifier validity and uniqueness are limited by the lifetime of the network membership. This can be cut short by a mishap occurring at the network controller. Having a single point of failure at the network controller suggests that high-reliability network deployments may benefit from a redundant network controller function.
This warning applies to link-layer-derived addressing as well as to non-link-layer-derived addressing deployments.
[RFC3819] recommends that IP subnetworks support (subnet-wide) multicast. G.9959 supports direct-range IPv6 multicast, while subnet-wide multicast is not supported natively by G.9959. Subnet- wide multicast may be provided by an IP routing protocol or a mesh routing protocol operating below the 6LoWPAN layer. Routing protocol specifications are out of scope for this document.
IPv6 multicast packets MUST be carried via G.9959 broadcast.
As per [G.9959], this is accomplished as follows:
1. The destination HomeID of the G.9959 MAC PDU MUST be the HomeID of the network.
2. The destination NodeID of the G.9959 MAC PDU MUST be the broadcast NodeID (0xff).
G.9959 broadcast MAC PDUs are only intercepted by nodes within the network identified by the HomeID.
IPv6 packets MUST be transmitted using G.9959 transmission profile R3 or higher.
[RFC2460] specifies that any link that cannot convey a 1280-octet packet in one piece must provide link-specific fragmentation and reassembly at a layer below IPv6.
G.9959 provides segmentation and reassembly for payloads up to 1350 octets. IPv6 header compression [RFC6282] improves the chances that a short IPv6 packet can fit into a single G.9959 frame. Therefore, Section 3 of this document specifies that [RFC6282] MUST be supported. With the mandatory link-layer security enabled, a G.9959 R3 MAC PDU may accommodate 6LoWPAN datagrams of up to
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130 octets without triggering G.9959 segmentation and reassembly. Longer 6LoWPAN datagrams will lead to the transmission of multiple G.9959 PDUs.
The G.9959 MAC layer provides native acknowledgement and retransmission of MAC PDUs. The G.9959 SAR layer does the same for larger datagrams. A mesh routing layer may provide a similar feature for routed communication. An IPv6 routing stack communicating over G.9959 may utilize link-layer status indications such as delivery confirmation and Ack timeout from the MAC layer.
Implementations claiming conformance with this document MUST enable G.9959 shared network key security.
The shared network key is intended to address security requirements in the home at the normal level of security requirements. For applications with high or very high requirements for confidentiality and/or integrity, additional application-layer security measures for end-to-end authentication and encryption may need to be applied. (The availability of the network relies on the security properties of the network key in any case.)
The 6LoWPAN encapsulation formats defined in this section are carried as payload in the G.9959 MAC PDU. IPv6 header compression [RFC6282] MUST be supported by implementations of this specification. Further, implementations MAY support Generic Header Compression (GHC) [RFC7400]. A node implementing [RFC7400] MUST probe its peers for GHC support before applying GHC.
All 6LoWPAN datagrams transported over G.9959 are prefixed by a 6LoWPAN encapsulation header stack. The 6LoWPAN payload follows this encapsulation header stack. Each header in the header stack contains a header type followed by zero or more header fields. An IPv6 header stack may contain, in the following order, addressing, hop-by-hop options, routing, fragmentation, destination options, and, finally, payload [RFC2460]. The 6LoWPAN header format is structured the same way. Currently, only one payload option is defined for the G.9959 6LoWPAN header format.
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The definition of 6LoWPAN headers consists of the dispatch value, the definition of the header fields that follow, and their ordering constraints relative to all other headers. Although the header stack structure provides a mechanism to address future demands on the 6LoWPAN adaptation layer, it is not intended to provide general- purpose extensibility.
An example of a complete G.9959 6LoWPAN datagram can be found in Appendix A.
6LoWPAN CmdCls: 6LoWPAN Command Class identifier. This field MUST carry the value 0x4F [G.9959]. The value is assigned by the ITU-T and specifies that the following bits are a 6LoWPAN encapsulated datagram. 6LoWPAN protocols MUST ignore the G.9959 frame if the 6LoWPAN Command Class identifier deviates from 0x4F.
Dispatch: Identifies the header type immediately following the Dispatch Header.
Type-specific header: A header determined by the Dispatch Header.
The dispatch value may be treated as an unstructured namespace. Only a few symbols are required to represent current 6LoWPAN functionality. Although some additional savings could be achieved by encoding additional functionality into the dispatch byte, these measures would tend to constrain the ability to address future alternatives.
IPv6 addresses may be autoconfigured from IIDs that may again be constructed from link-layer address information to save memory in devices and to facilitate efficient IP header compression as per [RFC6282]. Link-layer-derived addresses have a static nature and may involuntarily expose private usage data on public networks. Refer to Section 7.
A NodeID is mapped into an IEEE EUI-64 identifier as follows:
IID = 0000:00ff:fe00:YYXX
Figure 4: Constructing a Compressible IID
where XX carries the G.9959 NodeID and YY is a 1-byte value chosen by the individual node. The default YY value MUST be zero. A node MAY use values of YY other than zero to form additional IIDs in order to instantiate multiple IPv6 interfaces. The YY value MUST be ignored when computing the corresponding NodeID (the XX value) from an IID.
The method of constructing IIDs from the link-layer address obviously does not support addresses assigned or constructed by other means. A node MUST NOT compute the NodeID from the IID if the first 6 bytes of the IID do not comply with the format defined in Figure 4. In that case, the address resolution mechanisms of [RFC6775] apply.
4.1. Stateless Address Autoconfiguration of Routable IPv6 Addresses
The IID defined above MUST be used whether autoconfiguring a ULA IPv6 address [RFC4193] or a globally routable IPv6 address [RFC3587] in G.9959 subnets.
The address resolution procedure for mapping IPv6 unicast addresses into G.9959 link-layer addresses follows the general description in Section 7.2 of [RFC4861]. The Source/Target Link-layer Address option MUST have the following form when the link layer is G.9959.
Type: The value 1 signifies the Source Link-layer address. The value 2 signifies the Destination Link-layer address.
Length: This is the length of this option (including the Type and Length fields) in units of 8 octets. The value of this field is always 1 for G.9959 NodeIDs.
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NodeID: This is the G.9959 NodeID to which the actual interface currently responds. The link-layer address may change if the interface joins another network at a later time.
4.4. On the Use of Neighbor Discovery Technologies
[RFC4861] specifies how IPv6 nodes may resolve link-layer addresses from IPv6 addresses via the use of link-local IPv6 multicast. [RFC6775] is an optimization of [RFC4861], specifically targeting 6LoWPAN networks. [RFC6775] defines how a 6LoWPAN node may register IPv6 addresses with an authoritative border router (ABR). Mesh-under networks MUST NOT use [RFC6775] address registration. However, [RFC6775] address registration MUST be used if the first 6 bytes of the IID do not comply with the format defined in Figure 4.
In route-over environments, IPv6 hosts MUST use [RFC6775] address registration. A node implementation for route-over operation MAY use [RFC6775] mechanisms for obtaining IPv6 prefixes and corresponding header compression context information [RFC6282]. [RFC6775] route- over requirements apply with no modifications.
An implementation for mesh-under operation MUST use [RFC6775] mechanisms for managing IPv6 prefixes and corresponding header compression context information [RFC6282]. [RFC6775] Duplicate Address Detection (DAD) MUST NOT be used, since the link-layer inclusion process of G.9959 ensures that a NodeID is unique for a given HomeID.
With this exception and the specific redefinition of the RA Router Lifetime value 0xFFFF (refer to Section 22.214.171.124), the text of the following subsections is in compliance with [RFC6775].
As stated by [RFC6775], an ABR is responsible for managing prefix(es). Global routable prefixes may change over time. It is RECOMMENDED that a ULA prefix is assigned to the 6LoWPAN subnet to facilitate stable site-local application associations based on IPv6 addresses. A node MAY support the M flag of the RA message. This influences the way IPv6 addresses are assigned. Refer to Section 2.1 for details.
The 6LoWPAN Context Option (6CO) is used according to [RFC6775] in an RA to disseminate Context IDs (CIDs) to use for compressing prefixes. One or more prefixes and corresponding Context IDs MUST be assigned during initial node inclusion.
When updating context information, a CID may have its lifetime set to zero to obsolete it. The CID MUST NOT be reused immediately; rather, the next vacant CID should be assigned. Header compression based on CIDs MUST NOT be used for RA messages carrying context information. An expired CID and the associated prefix MUST NOT be reset but rather must be retained in receive-only mode if there is no other current need for the CID value. This will allow an ABR to detect if a sleeping node without a clock uses an expired CID, and in response, the ABR MUST return an RA with fresh context information to the originator.
126.96.36.199. Infinite Prefix Lifetime Support for Island-Mode Networks
Nodes MUST renew the prefix and CID according to the lifetime signaled by the ABR. [RFC6775] specifies that the maximum value of the RA Router Lifetime field MAY be up to 0xFFFF. This document further specifies that the value 0xFFFF MUST be interpreted as infinite lifetime. This value MUST NOT be used by ABRs. Its use is only intended for a sleeping network controller -- for instance, a battery-powered remote control being master for a small island-mode network of light modules.
IPv6 header compression [RFC6282] MUST be implemented, and GHC [RFC7400] compression for higher layers MAY be implemented. This section will simply identify substitutions that should be made when interpreting the text of [RFC6282] and [RFC7400].
In general, the following substitutions should be made:
o Replace "802.15.4" with "G.9959".
o Replace "802.15.4 short address" with "<Interface><G.9959 NodeID>".
o Replace "802.15.4 PAN ID" with "G.9959 HomeID".
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When a 16-bit address is called for (i.e., an IEEE 802.15.4 "short address"), it MUST be formed by prepending an Interface label byte to the G.9959 NodeID:
A transmitting node may be sending to an IPv6 destination address that can be reconstructed from the link-layer destination address. If the Interface number is zero (the default value), all IPv6 address bytes may be elided. Likewise, the Interface number of a fully elided IPv6 address (i.e., SAM/DAM=11) may be reconstructed to the value zero by a receiving node.
The method of derivation of Interface Identifiers from 8-bit NodeIDs preserves uniqueness within the network. However, there is no protection from duplication through forgery. Neighbor Discovery in G.9959 links may be susceptible to threats as detailed in [RFC3756]. G.9959 networks may feature mesh routing. This implies additional threats due to ad hoc routing as per [KW03]. G.9959 provides capability for link-layer security. G.9959 nodes MUST use link-layer security with a shared key. Doing so will alleviate the majority of threats stated above. A sizable portion of G.9959 devices is expected to always communicate within their PAN (i.e., within their subnet, in IPv6 terms). In response to cost and power consumption considerations, these devices will typically implement the minimum set of features necessary. Accordingly, security for such devices may rely on the mechanisms defined at the link layer by G.9959. G.9959 relies on the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) for authentication and encryption of G.9959 frames and further employs challenge-response handshaking to prevent replay attacks.
It is also expected that some G.9959 devices (e.g., billing and/or safety-critical products) will implement coordination or integration functions. These may communicate regularly with IPv6 peers outside the subnet. Such IPv6 devices are expected to secure their end-to- end communications with standard security mechanisms (e.g., IPsec, Transport Layer Security (TLS), etc.).
IP addresses may be used to track devices on the Internet; such devices can in turn be linked to individuals and their activities. Depending on the application and the actual use pattern, this may be undesirable. To impede tracking, globally unique and non-changing characteristics of IP addresses should be avoided, e.g., by frequently changing the global prefix and avoiding unique link-layer- derived IIDs in addresses.
Some link layers use a 48-bit or 64-bit link-layer address that uniquely identifies the node on a global scale, regardless of global prefix changes. The risk of exposing a G.9959 device from its link-layer-derived IID is limited because of the short 8-bit link-layer address.
While intended for central address management, DHCPv6 address assignment also decouples the IPv6 address from the link-layer address. Addresses may be made dynamic by the use of a short DHCP lease period and an assignment policy that makes the DHCP server hand out a fresh IP address every time. For enhanced privacy, the DHCP-assigned addresses should be logged only for the duration of the lease, provided the implementation also allows logging for longer durations as per the operational policies.
It should be noted that privacy and frequently changing address assignments come at a cost. Non-link-layer-derived IIDs require the use of address registration. Further, non-link-layer-derived IIDs cannot be compressed; this leads to longer datagrams and increased link-layer segmentation. Finally, frequent prefix changes necessitate more Context Identifier updates; this not only leads to increased traffic but also may affect the battery lifetime of sleeping nodes.
[G.9959] International Telecommunication Union, "Short range narrow-band digital radiocommunication transceivers - PHY and MAC layer specifications", ITU-T Recommendation G.9959, January 2015, <http://www.itu.int/rec/T-REC-G.9959>.
[EUI64] IEEE, "Guidelines for 64-bit Global Identifier (EUI-64TM)", November 2012, <http://standards.ieee.org/ regauth/oui/tutorials/EUI64.html>.
[KW03] Karlof, C. and D. Wagner, "Secure Routing in Sensor Networks: Attacks and Countermeasures", Elsevier Ad Hoc Networks Journal, Special Issue on Sensor Network Applications and Protocols, vol. 1, issues 2-3, September 2003.
The frame comes from the source IPv6 address 2001:0db8:ac10:ef01::ff:fe00:1206. The source prefix 2001:0db8:ac10:ef01/64 is identified by the IPHC CID = 3.
The frame is delivered in direct range from the gateway that has source NodeID = 1. The Interface Identifier (IID) ff:fe00:1206 is recognized as a link-layer-derived address and is compressed to the 16-bit value 0x1206.
The frame is sent to the destination IPv6 address 2001:0db8:27ef:42ca::ff:fe00:0004. The destination prefix 2001:0db8:27ef:42ca/64 is identified by the IPHC CID = 2.
The IID ff:fe00:0004 is recognized as a link-layer-derived address.
Thanks to the link-layer-derived addressing rules, the sender knows that this is to be sent to G.9959 NodeID = 4, targeting the IPv6 interface instance number 0 (the default).
To reach the 6LoWPAN stack of the G.9959 node (skipping the G.9959 header fields), the first octet must be the 6LoWPAN Command Class (0x4F).
CID = '1' : CI data follows the DAM field SAC = '1' : Src addr uses stateful, context-based compression SAM = '10' : Use src CID and 16 bits for link-layer-derived addr M = '0' : Dest addr is not a multicast addr DAC = '1' : Dest addr uses stateful, context-based compression DAM = '11' : Use dest CID and dest NodeID to link-layer-derived addr
Thanks to the authors of RFC 4944 and RFC 6282, and members of the IETF 6LoWPAN working group; this document borrows extensively from their work. Thanks to Erez Ben-Tovim, Erik Nordmark, Kerry Lynn, Michael Richardson, and Tommas Jess Christensen for useful comments. Thanks to Carsten Bormann for extensive feedback that improved this document significantly. Thanks to Brian Haberman for pointing out unclear details.
Anders Brandt Sigma Designs Emdrupvej 26A, 1. Copenhagen O 2100 Denmark
Jakob Buron Sigma Designs Emdrupvej 26A, 1. Copenhagen O 2100 Denmark