RFC 7774

Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                            Y. Doi
Request for Comments: 7774                           Toshiba Corporation
Category: Standards Track                                    M. Gillmore
ISSN: 2070-1721                                              Itron, Inc.
                                                              March 2016

       Multicast Protocol for Low-Power and Lossy Networks (MPL)
               Parameter Configuration Option for DHCPv6


   This document defines a way to configure a parameter set for MPL
   (Multicast Protocol for Low-Power and Lossy Networks) via a DHCPv6
   option.  MPL has a set of parameters to control its behavior, and the
   parameter set is often configured as a network-wide parameter because
   the parameter set should be identical for each MPL Forwarder in an
   MPL Domain.  Using the MPL Parameter Configuration Option defined in
   this document, a network can easily be configured with a single set
   of MPL parameters.

Status of This Memo

   This is an Internet Standards Track document.

   This document is a product of the Internet Engineering Task Force
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   received public review and has been approved for publication by the
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   Internet Standards is available in Section 2 of RFC 5741.

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Table of Contents

   1. Introduction ....................................................2
   2. MPL Parameter Configuration Option ..............................3
      2.1. MPL Parameter Configuration Option Format ..................4
      2.2. DHCPv6 Client Behavior .....................................6
      2.3. MPL Forwarder Behavior .....................................6
      2.4. DHCPv6 Server Behavior .....................................7
      2.5. DHCPv6 Relay Behavior ......................................8
      2.6. Operational Considerations .................................8
   3. IANA Considerations .............................................8
   4. Security Considerations .........................................8
   5. References ......................................................9
      5.1. Normative References .......................................9
      5.2. Informative References ....................................10
   Authors' Addresses ................................................10

1.  Introduction

   The Multicast Protocol for Low-Power and Lossy Networks (MPL)
   [RFC7731] defines a protocol to make a multicast network among
   low-power and lossy networks, e.g., wireless mesh networks.  MPL has
   a set of parameters to control an MPL Domain.  The parameters control
   the trade-off between end-to-end delay and network utilization.  In
   most environments, the default parameters are acceptable.  However,
   in some environments, the parameter set must be configured carefully
   in order to meet the requirements of each environment.  According to
   Section 5.4 of [RFC7731], each parameter in the set should be the
   same for all nodes within an MPL Domain, but [RFC7731] does not
   define a method to configure the MPL parameter set.

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   Some managed wireless mesh networks may have a DHCP server to
   configure network parameters.  MPL parameter sets shall be considered
   as a part of network parameters (nodes in an MPL Domain should use an
   identical parameter set).  A parameter set is required to configure
   an MPL Domain.

   This document defines a way to distribute parameter sets for MPL
   Forwarders via a new DHCPv6 [RFC3315] option.  This document is
   intended to follow the guidelines provided in [RFC7227].

   The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT",
   document are to be interpreted as described in [RFC2119].

2.  MPL Parameter Configuration Option

   As defined in Section 5.4 of [RFC7731], there are 10 parameters per
   MPL Domain, as listed below.  An MPL Domain is defined by an MPL
   Domain Address, as described in Section 2 of [RFC7731].











   One network may have multiple MPL Domains with different
   configurations.  To configure more than one MPL Domain via DHCP,
   there may be more than one MPL Parameter Configuration Option given
   to DHCP clients by a DHCP server.

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2.1.  MPL Parameter Configuration Option Format

   This document defines the OPTION_MPL_PARAMETERS DHCPv6 option.  This
   new option provides a means to distribute a configuration of an MPL
   Domain or a default value for all MPL Domains (a wildcard) within the
   network managed by the DHCP server.  This option has the following

    0                   1                   2                   3
    0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1
   |    OPTION_MPL_PARAMETERS      |          option_len           |
   |P|     Z       |     TUNIT     |            SE_LIFETIME        |
   |    DM_K       |         DM_IMIN               |     DM_IMAX   |
   |         DM_T_EXP              |      C_K      |    C_IMIN     >
   >(cont'ed)      |    C_IMAX     |          C_T_EXP              |

   (if option_len = 32)
   |          MPL Domain Address  (128 bits)                       >
   >          (cont'ed)                                            >
   >          (cont'ed)                                            >
   >          (cont'ed)                                            |

   OPTION_MPL_PARAMETERS:  DHCPv6 option identifier (104).

   option_len:  Length of the option in octets.  The value MUST be
      set to 16 if no MPL Domain Address is present, or 32 if an
      MPL Domain Address is present.

   P (1 bit):  A flag to indicate PROACTIVE_FORWARDING.  This flag is

   Z (7 bits):  Reserved for future use.  Servers MUST set them to zero.
      Clients SHOULD ignore any bits that have been set.

   TUNIT (unsigned 8-bit integer):  Unit time of timer parameters
      (SE_LIFETIME and *_IMIN) in this option.  0 and 0xff are reserved
      and MUST NOT be used.

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   SE_LIFETIME (unsigned 16-bit integer):
      SEED_SET_ENTRY_LIFETIME/TUNIT, in milliseconds.  0 and 0xffff are
      reserved and MUST NOT be used.

   DM_K (unsigned 8-bit integer):  DATA_MESSAGE_K.

   DM_IMIN (unsigned 16-bit integer):  DATA_MESSAGE_IMIN/TUNIT,
      in milliseconds.  0 and 0xffff are reserved and MUST NOT be used.

   DM_IMAX (unsigned 8-bit integer):  DATA_MESSAGE_IMAX.  The actual
      maximum timeout is described as a number of doublings of
      DATA_MESSAGE_IMIN, as described in [RFC6206], Section 4.1.
      0 and 0xff are reserved and MUST NOT be used.

   DM_T_EXP (unsigned 16-bit integer):  DATA_MESSAGE_TIMER_EXPIRATIONS.
      0 and 0xffff are reserved and MUST NOT be used.

   C_K (unsigned 8-bit integer):  CONTROL_MESSAGE_K.

   C_IMIN (unsigned 16-bit integer):  CONTROL_MESSAGE_IMIN/TUNIT,
      in milliseconds.  0 and 0xffff are reserved and MUST NOT be used.

   C_IMAX (unsigned 8-bit integer):  CONTROL_MESSAGE_IMAX.  The actual
      maximum timeout is described as a number of doublings of
      CONTROL_MESSAGE_IMIN.  0 and 0xff are reserved and MUST NOT
      be used.

   C_T_EXP (unsigned 16-bit integer):
      CONTROL_MESSAGE_TIMER_EXPIRATIONS.  0 and 0xffff are reserved and
      MUST NOT be used.

   Note that the time values (SEED_SET_ENTRY_LIFETIME,
   precision of TUNIT milliseconds in MPL Parameter Configuration
   Options.  For example, if TUNIT is 20 and the minimum Data Message
   interval (DATA_MESSAGE_IMIN) is 1000 ms, then DM_IMIN shall be set
   to 50.

   For the maximum interval size (*_IMAX), [RFC6206] defines them as

      The maximum interval size, Imax, is described as a number of
      doublings of the minimum interval size (the base-2 log(max/min)).
      For example, a protocol might define Imax as 16.  If the minimum
      interval is 100 ms, then the amount of time specified by Imax is
      100 ms * 65,536, i.e., 6,553.6 seconds or approximately
      109 minutes.

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   Because the minimum interval size in MPL Parameter Configuration
   Options is described in TUNIT-millisecond precision, the
   corresponding maximum interval size is also in TUNIT-millisecond
   precision.  For example, if TUNIT is 10 and C_IMIN is 50, the minimum
   interval size of the Trickle timer for Control Messages is 500 ms.
   In this case, the maximum interval size of the Trickle timer is
   32 seconds (500 ms * 2^6) if C_IMAX is 6.

2.2.  DHCPv6 Client Behavior

   Clients MAY request the MPL Parameter Configuration Option as
   described in Sections 17.1.1, 18.1.1, 18.1.3, 18.1.4, 18.1.5, and
   22.7 of [RFC3315].  As a convenience to the reader, we mention here
   that the client includes requested option codes in the Option Request

   Clients MUST support multiple MPL Parameter Configuration Options,
   which are listed in Section 2.

   If a DHCPv6 client with an MPL Forwarder configured by the MPL
   Parameter Configuration Option is unable to receive a valid response
   from a server within T2 [RFC3315] of the last valid DHCPv6 message
   sent from the server (if stateful) or twice the information refresh
   time [RFC4242] (if stateless), it MUST suspend the MPL Forwarders of
   the MPL Domains configured by the option.  MPL Forwarders configured
   by other methods (e.g., via a static configuration file) MUST NOT be

   Clients MUST ignore all MPL Parameter Configuration Options if the
   options in a DHCPv6 message contain any invalid values (e.g.,
   reserved all-0 or all-1 values are used in parameters).  In this
   case, in the context of MPL the message is considered not received,
   and the condition described in the previous paragraph applies.

2.3.  MPL Forwarder Behavior

   If a DHCPv6 client requests and receives the MPL Parameter
   Configuration Option, the node SHOULD join the MPL Domain given by
   the option and act as an MPL Forwarder.  Note that there may be cases
   in which a node may fail to join a domain (or domains) due to local
   resource constraints.  Each joining node SHOULD configure its MPL
   Forwarder with the given parameter set for the MPL Domain.  Each MPL
   Domain is defined by an MPL Domain Address given by an MPL Parameter
   Configuration Option.  As defined in Section 2 of [RFC7731], an MPL
   Domain Address is an IPv6 multicast address associated to a set of
   MPL network interfaces in an MPL Domain.

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   The priority of MPL parameter configurations applied to an MPL Domain
   is as follows (high to low):

   o  Specific MPL parameter configuration for the MPL Domain
      (option_len = 32 bits).

   o  Wildcard MPL parameter configuration (option_len = 16 bits).

   o  Default configuration as described in [RFC7731].

   Priorities of other configurations, such as manual configuration of a
   node, are not defined in this document.

   There MUST be no more than one MPL Parameter Configuration Option for
   an MPL Domain or the wildcard.  Thus, the order of DHCPv6 options in
   the packet has no effect on precedence.

   A node MUST leave an MPL Domain if it receives updated and all-valid
   MPL Parameter Configuration Options without a configuration for the
   MPL Domain, unless it has an overriding manual configuration for the
   MPL Domain.  In other words, if a node is configured to work as an
   MPL Forwarder for an MPL Domain regardless of DHCPv6 options, the
   node MAY stay in the MPL Domain even if it receives an MPL Parameter
   Configuration Option without a configuration for the MPL Domain.

   MPL parameters may be updated occasionally.  With stateful DHCPv6,
   updates can be done when the renewal timer expires.  The information
   refresh time option [RFC4242] shall be used to keep each forwarder

   To reduce periodic update traffic, a node may try to use a very long
   interval between updates.  In this case, Reconfigure messages may be
   used to keep forwarder parameter sets synchronized.

2.4.  DHCPv6 Server Behavior

   Sections 17.2.2 and 18.2 of [RFC3315] govern server operation in
   regard to option assignment.  As a convenience to the reader, we
   mention here that the server will send the MPL Parameter
   Configuration Option only if it was configured with specific values
   for the MPL Parameter Configuration Option and the client
   requested it.

   Servers MUST ignore an incoming MPL Parameter Configuration Option.
   Servers MUST support multiple MPL Parameter Configuration Options,
   which are listed in Section 2.

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2.5.  DHCPv6 Relay Behavior

   It is never appropriate for a relay agent to add options to a message
   heading toward the client, and relay agents do not actually construct
   Relay-Reply messages anyway.  There are no additional requirements
   for relays.

2.6.  Operational Considerations

   This document introduces the dynamic updating of MPL parameters.
   Because the update process is not synchronized, nodes may have
   inconsistent parameter sets.

   [RFC6206], Section 6 describes various problems that occur if the
   Trickle timers do not match between communicating nodes.  To keep the
   timers synchronized, it is RECOMMENDED to not update the parameters
   of an MPL Domain too often.  A reasonable update rate would be once
   per expected information refresh time interval, such as T1 [RFC3315]
   or information refresh time as defined in [RFC4242].

   Inconsistent parameter sets may reduce performance.  On the other
   hand, this situation will work as long as both new and old parameter
   sets are reasonable parameter sets for a given communication load.
   Because motivations for parameter updates include updates of the
   environment, node density, or communication load, operators of MPL
   networks need to be aware of nodes that are not updated and make sure
   that old and new parameter sets are reasonable for the expected
   refresh intervals.

3.  IANA Considerations

   IANA has assigned an option code to OPTION_MPL_PARAMETERS (104) from
   the "Option Codes" table of the "Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol
   for IPv6 (DHCPv6)" registry (http://www.iana.org/assignments/

4.  Security Considerations

   Section 23 of [RFC3315], Section 23 of [RFC7227], and Section 12 of
   [RFC7731] provide detailed discussions regarding security threats for

   Note also that a forged MPL parameter configuration may cause
   excessive Layer 2 broadcasting.  Implementations should set
   reasonable bounds for each parameter -- for example, not setting
   DM/C_K too high, not setting DM/C_IMIN too low.  These bounds may be
   implementation dependent or may be derived from MAC/PHY

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   specifications.  DHCPv6 server and client implementations need to
   take care in setting reasonable bounds for each parameter in order to
   avoid overloading the network.

   The DHCP server or the network itself should be trusted by some
   means, such as DHCPv6 authentication as described in Section 21 of
   [RFC3315].  However, Routing Over Low-Power and Lossy (ROLL) network
   environments often have fewer computing resources, and DHCPv6
   authentication may not be available in these environments.  In such
   cases, other methods to protect integrity between DHCPv6 servers and
   clients should be applied to a ROLL network.  Some specifications
   related to ROLL implementations, such as ZigBee IP [ZigBeeIP] and
   [RFC5191], assume that joining nodes will be authenticated so that
   all nodes in the network can be trusted.  To protect against attacks
   from outside of the network, DHCPv6 packets SHOULD be filtered on the
   border router between the ROLL network and the Internet, except for
   packets between the ROLL network and a remote DHCPv6 server or DHCPv6
   relays configured to manage the network.

5.  References

5.1.  Normative References

   [RFC2119]  Bradner, S., "Key words for use in RFCs to Indicate
              Requirement Levels", BCP 14, RFC 2119,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC2119, March 1997,

   [RFC3315]  Droms, R., Ed., Bound, J., Volz, B., Lemon, T., Perkins,
              C., and M. Carney, "Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol
              for IPv6 (DHCPv6)", RFC 3315, DOI 10.17487/RFC3315,
              July 2003, <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc3315>.

   [RFC4242]  Venaas, S., Chown, T., and B. Volz, "Information Refresh
              Time Option for Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol for
              IPv6 (DHCPv6)", RFC 4242, DOI 10.17487/RFC4242,
              November 2005, <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc4242>.

   [RFC6206]  Levis, P., Clausen, T., Hui, J., Gnawali, O., and J. Ko,
              "The Trickle Algorithm", RFC 6206, DOI 10.17487/RFC6206,
              March 2011, <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc6206>.

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   [RFC7227]  Hankins, D., Mrugalski, T., Siodelski, M., Jiang, S., and
              S. Krishnan, "Guidelines for Creating New DHCPv6 Options",
              BCP 187, RFC 7227, DOI 10.17487/RFC7227, May 2014,

   [RFC7731]  Hui, J. and R. Kelsey, "Multicast Protocol for Low-Power
              and Lossy Networks (MPL)", RFC 7731, DOI 10.17487/RFC7731,
              February 2016, <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc7731>.

5.2.  Informative References

   [RFC5191]  Forsberg, D., Ohba, Y., Ed., Patil, B., Tschofenig, H.,
              and A. Yegin, "Protocol for Carrying Authentication for
              Network Access (PANA)", RFC 5191, DOI 10.17487/RFC5191,
              May 2008, <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc5191>.

              ZigBee Alliance, "ZigBee IP Specification", 2015,

Authors' Addresses

   Yusuke Doi
   Toshiba Corporation
   Komukai Toshiba Cho 1
   Kawasaki, Kanagawa  2128582

   Phone: +81-45-342-7230
   Email: yusuke.doi@toshiba.co.jp

   Matthew Gillmore
   Itron, Inc.
   2111 N. Molter Rd.
   Liberty Lake, WA  99019
   United States

   Email: matthew.gillmore@itron.com

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