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DHC                                                              T. Huth
Internet-Draft                                               J. Freimann
Intended status: Standards Track                  IBM Germany Research &
Expires: July 8, 2010                                   Development GmbH
                                                               V. Zimmer
                                                                   Intel
                                                               D. Thaler
                                                               Microsoft
                                                         January 4, 2010


                     DHCPv6 option for network boot
                  draft-ietf-dhc-dhcpv6-opt-netboot-08

Abstract

   The Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol for IPv6 (DHCPv6) provides a
   framework for passing configuration information to nodes on a
   network.  This document describes new options for DHCPv6 which are
   required for booting a node from the network.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  3
   2.  Conventions  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  3
   3.  Options  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
     3.1.  Boot File Uniform Resource Locator (URL) Option  . . . . .  4
     3.2.  Boot File Parameters Option  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
     3.3.  Client System Architecture Type Option . . . . . . . . . .  5
     3.4.  Client Network Interface Identifier Option . . . . . . . .  6
   4.  Appearance of the options  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  7
   5.  Download protocol considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  7
   6.  IANA considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  8
   7.  Security considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  8
   8.  Acknowledgements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  9
   9.  References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  9
     9.1.  Normative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  9
     9.2.  Informative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
   Authors' Addresses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10






















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1.  Introduction

   This draft describes DHCPv6 options that can be used to provide
   configuration information for a node that must be booted using the
   network, rather than from local storage.

   Network booting is used, for example, in some environments where
   administrators have to maintain a large number of nodes.  By serving
   all boot and configuration files from a central server, the effort
   required to maintain these nodes is greatly reduced.

   A typical boot file would be, for example, an operating system kernel
   or a boot loader program.  To be able to execute such a file, the
   firmware (BIOS) running on the client node must perform the following
   two steps (see Figure 1): First get all information which is required
   for downloading and executing the boot file.  Second, download the
   boot file and execute it.


                                            +------+
                    _______________________\| DHCP |
                   / 1 Get boot file info  /|Server|
           +------+                         +------+
           | Host |
           +------+                         +------+
                   \_______________________\| File |
                     2 Download boot file  /|Server|
                                            +------+

                      Figure 1: Network Boot Sequence

   Information that is required for booting over the network can include
   information about the server on which the boot files can be found,
   the protocol to be used for the download (for example HTTP [RFC2616]
   or TFTP [RFC1350]), the name of the boot file and additional
   parameters which should be passed to the OS kernel or boot loader
   program respectively.

   DHCPv6 allows client nodes to ask a DHCPv6 server for configuration
   parameters.  This document provides new options which a client can
   request from the DHCPv6 server to satisfy its requirements for
   booting.


2.  Conventions

   The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT",
   "SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "MAY", and "OPTIONAL" in this



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   document are to be interpreted as described in RFC 2119 [RFC2119].

   Terminology specific to IPv6 and DHCPv6 are used in the same way as
   defined in the "Terminology" sections of RFC 3315 [RFC3315].


3.  Options

   Option formats comply with DHCPv6 options per [RFC3315] (section 6).

3.1.  Boot File Uniform Resource Locator (URL) Option

   The server sends this option to inform the client about an URL to a
   boot file.


    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
   +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
   |       OPT_BOOTFILE_URL        |            option-len         |
   +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
   |                                                               |
   .                  boot-file-url (variable length)              .
   |                                                               |
   +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+

   Format description:

   option-code       OPT_BOOTFILE_URL (TBD1).

   option-len        Length of the boot-file-url in octets.

   boot-file-url     This string is the URL for the boot file.  It MUST
                     comply with STD 66 [RFC3986].  The string is not
                     NUL-terminated.

   If the URL is expressed using an IPv6 address rather than a domain
   name, the address in the URL then MUST be enclosed in "[" and "]"
   characters, conforming to [RFC3986].  Clients that have DNS
   implementations should support the use of domain names in the URL.

3.2.  Boot File Parameters Option

   This option is sent by the server to the client.  It consists of
   multiple UTF-8 strings.  They are used to specify parameters for the
   boot file (similar to the command line arguments in most modern
   operating systems).  For example, these parameters could be used to
   specify the root file system of the OS kernel, or where a second



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   stage boot loader can download its configuration file from.


    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
   +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
   |       OPT_BOOTFILE_PARAM      |            option-len         |
   +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
   | param-len 1                   |                               |
   +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+           parameter 1         .
   .                                        (variable length)      |
   +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
   .                                                               .
   .                       <multiple Parameters>                   .
   .                                                               .
   +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
   | param-len n                   |                               |
   +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+           parameter n         .
   .                                        (variable length)      |
   +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+

   Format description:

   option-code       OPT_BOOTFILE_PARAM (TBD2).

   option-len        Length of the Boot File Parameters option in octets
                     (not including the size of the option-code and
                     option-len fields).

   param-len 1...n   This is a 16-bit integer which specifies the length
                     of the following parameter in octets (not including
                     the parameter-length field).

   parameter 1...n   These UTF-8 strings are parameters needed for
                     booting, e.g. kernel parameters.  The strings are
                     not NUL-terminated.

   When the boot firmware executes the boot file which has been
   specified in the OPT_BOOTFILE_URL option, it MUST pass these
   parameters in the order that they appear in the OPT_BOOTFILE_PARAM
   option.

3.3.  Client System Architecture Type Option

   This option provides parity with the Client System Architecture Type
   Option defined for DHCPv4 in section 2.1 of [RFC4578].

   The format of the option is:



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    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_CLIENT_ARCH_TYPE    |         option-len            |
   +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
   .                                                               .
   .             architecture-types (variable length)              .
   .                                                               .
   +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+

   option-code         OPTION_CLIENT_ARCH_TYPE (TBD3).

   option-len          Length of the "architecture-types" field in
                       octets.  It MUST be an even number greater than
                       zero.  See section 2.1 of [RFC4578] for details.

   architecture-types  A list of one or more architecture types, as
                       specified in section 2.1 of [RFC4578].  Each
                       architecture type identifier in this list is a
                       16-bit value which describes the pre-boot runtime
                       environment of the client machine.  A list of
                       valid values is maintained by the IANA (see
                       Section 6).

   The client can use this option to send a list of supported
   architecture types to the server, so the server can decide which boot
   file should be provided to the client.  If a client supports more
   than one pre-boot environment (for example both, 32-bit and 64-bit
   executables), the most preferred architecture type MUST be listed as
   first item, followed by the others with descending priority.

   The server can use this option to inform the client about the pre-
   boot environments which are supported by the boot file.  The list
   MUST only contain architecture types which have initially been
   queried by the client.  The items MUST also be listed in order of
   descending priority.

3.4.  Client Network Interface Identifier Option

   If the client supports the Universal Network Device Interface (UNDI)
   (see [PXE21] and [UEFI23]), it may send the Client Network Interface
   Identifier option to a DHCP server to provide information about its
   level of UNDI support.

   This option provides parity with the Client Network Interface
   Identifier Option defined for DHCPv4 in section 2.2 of [RFC4578].

   The format of the option is:



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    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_NII          |          option-len           |
   +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
   |     Type      |     Major     |      Minor      |
   +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+

   option-code       OPTION_NII (TBD4).

   option-len        3

   Type              As specified in section 2.2 of [RFC4578].

   Major             As specified in section 2.2 of [RFC4578].

   Minor             As specified in section 2.2 of [RFC4578].

   The list of valid Type, Major and Minor values is maintained in the
   Unified Extensible Firmware Interface specification [UEFI23].


4.  Appearance of the options

   These options MUST NOT appear in DHCPv6 messages other than the types
   Solicit, Advertise, Request, Renew, Rebind, Information-Request and
   Reply.

   The option-codes of these options MAY appear in the Option Request
   Option in the DHCPv6 message types Solicit, Request, Renew, Rebind,
   Information-Request and Reconfigure.


5.  Download protocol considerations

   The Boot File URL option does not place any constraints on the
   protocol used for downloading the boot file, other than that it must
   be possible to specify it in a URL.  For the sake of administrative
   simplicity, we strongly recommend that, at a mininum, implementors of
   network boot loaders implement the well-known and established
   hypertext transfer protocol [RFC2616] for downloading.  Please note
   that for IPv6, this supersedes [RFC906] which recommended to use TFTP
   for downloading (see [RFC3617] for the 'tftp' URL definition).

   When using iSCSI for booting, the 'iscsi' URI is formed as defined in
   [RFC4173].  The functionality attributed in RFC4173 to a root path
   option is provided for IPv6 by the Boot File URL option instead.




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6.  IANA considerations

   The following options need to be assigned by the IANA from the option
   number space defined in the chapter 22 of the DHCPv6 RFC [RFC3315].

            +-------------------------+-------+--------------+
            |       Option name       | Value | Specified in |
            +-------------------------+-------+--------------+
            |     OPT_BOOTFILE_URL    |  TBD1 |  Section 3.1 |
            |    OPT_BOOTFILE_PARAM   |  TBD2 |  Section 3.2 |
            | OPTION_CLIENT_ARCH_TYPE |  TBD3 |  Section 3.3 |
            |        OPTION_NII       |  TBD4 |  Section 3.4 |
            +-------------------------+-------+--------------+

   This document also introduces a new IANA registry for processor
   architecture types.  The name of this registry shall be "Processor
   Architecture Type".  Registry entries consist of a 16-bit integer
   recorded in decimal format, and a descriptive name.  The initial
   values of this registry can be found in [RFC4578] section 2.1.

   The assignment policy for values shall be Expert Review (see
   [RFC5226]), and any requests for values must supply the descriptive
   name for the processor architecture type.


7.  Security considerations

   In untrusted networks, a rogue DHCPv6 server could send the new
   DHCPv6 options described in this document.  The booting clients could
   then be provided with a wrong URL so that the boot either fails, or
   even worse, the client boots the wrong operating system which has
   been provided by a malicious file server.  To prevent this kind of
   attack, clients can use authentication of DHCPv6 messages (see
   chapter 21. in [RFC3315]).

   Note also that DHCPv6 messages are sent unencrypted by default.  So
   the boot file URL options are sent unencrypted over the network, too.
   This can become a security risk since the URLs can contain sensitive
   information like user names and passwords (for example a URL like
   "ftp://username:password@servername/path/file").  At the current
   point in time, there is no possibility to send encrypted DHCPv6
   messages, so it is strongly recommended not to use sensitive
   information in the URLs in untrusted networks.

   Even if the DHCPv6 transaction is secured, this does not protect
   against attacks on the boot file download channel.  Consequently, we
   recommend that either a protocol like HTTPS (see [RFC2817] and
   [RFC2818]) be used to prevent spoofing, or that the boot loader



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   implementation implement a mechanism for signing boot images and a
   configurable signing key in memory, so that if a malicious image is
   provided, it can be detected and rejected.


8.  Acknowledgements

   The authors would like to thank Ruth Li, Dong Wei, Kathryn Hampton,
   Phil Dorah, Richard Chan, and Fiona Jensen for discussions that led
   to this document.

   The authors would also like to thank Ketan P. Pancholi, Alfred
   Hoenes, Gabriel Montenegro and Ted Lemon for corrections and
   suggestions.


9.  References

9.1.  Normative References

   [PXE21]    Johnston, M., "Preboot Execution Environment (PXE)
              Specification", September 1999,
              <http://www.pix.net/software/pxeboot/archive/pxespec.pdf>.

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

   [RFC3315]  Droms, R., Bound, J., Volz, B., Lemon, T., Perkins, C.,
              and M. Carney, "Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol for
              IPv6 (DHCPv6)", RFC 3315, July 2003.

   [RFC3986]  Berners-Lee, T., Fielding, R., and L. Masinter, "Uniform
              Resource Identifier (URI): Generic Syntax", STD 66,
              RFC 3986, January 2005.

   [RFC4173]  Sarkar, P., Missimer, D., and C. Sapuntzakis,
              "Bootstrapping Clients using the Internet Small Computer
              System Interface (iSCSI) Protocol", RFC 4173,
              September 2005.

   [RFC4578]  Johnston, M. and S. Venaas, "Dynamic Host Configuration
              Protocol (DHCP) Options for the Intel Preboot eXecution
              Environment (PXE)", RFC 4578, November 2006.

   [RFC5226]  Narten, T. and H. Alvestrand, "Guidelines for Writing an
              IANA Considerations Section in RFCs", BCP 26, RFC 5226,
              May 2008.




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   [UEFI23]   UEFI Forum, "Unified Extensible Firmware Interface
              Specification, Version 2.3", May 2009,
              <http://www.uefi.org/>.

9.2.  Informative References

   [RFC1350]  Sollins, K., "The TFTP Protocol (Revision 2)", STD 33,
              RFC 1350, July 1992.

   [RFC2616]  Fielding, R., Gettys, J., Mogul, J., Frystyk, H.,
              Masinter, L., Leach, P., and T. Berners-Lee, "Hypertext
              Transfer Protocol -- HTTP/1.1", RFC 2616, June 1999.

   [RFC2817]  Khare, R. and S. Lawrence, "Upgrading to TLS Within
              HTTP/1.1", RFC 2817, May 2000.

   [RFC2818]  Rescorla, E., "HTTP Over TLS", RFC 2818, May 2000.

   [RFC3617]  Lear, E., "Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) Scheme and
              Applicability Statement for the Trivial File Transfer
              Protocol (TFTP)", RFC 3617, October 2003.

   [RFC906]   Finlayson, R., "Bootstrap Loading using TFTP", RFC 906,
              June 1984.


Authors' Addresses

   Thomas H. Huth
   IBM Germany Research & Development GmbH
   Schoenaicher Strasse 220
   Boeblingen  71032
   Germany

   Phone: +49-7031-16-2183
   Email: thuth@de.ibm.com


   Jens T. Freimann
   IBM Germany Research & Development GmbH
   Schoenaicher Strasse 220
   Boeblingen  71032
   Germany

   Phone: +49-7031-16-1122
   Email: jfrei@de.ibm.com





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   Vincent Zimmer
   Intel
   2800 Center Drive
   DuPont  WA 98327
   USA

   Phone: +1 253 371 5667
   Email: vincent.zimmer@intel.com


   Dave Thaler
   Microsoft
   One Microsoft Way
   Redmond  WA 98052
   USA

   Phone: +1 425 703-8835
   Email: dthaler@microsoft.com

































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