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Internet Engineering Task Force                                 J. Bound
INTERNET DRAFT                                   Digital Equipment Corp.
DHC Working Group                                             C. Perkins
Obsoletes:  draft-ietf-dhc-dhcpv6-11.txt                Sun Microsystems
                                                           13 March 1998


         Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol for IPv6 (DHCPv6)
                      draft-ietf-dhc-dhcpv6-12.txt


Status of This Memo

   This document is a submission by the Dynamic Host Configuration
   Working Group of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).
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Abstract

   The Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCPv6) provides a framework
   for passing configuration information, via extensions, to IPv6 nodes.
   It offers the capability of automatic allocation of reusable network
   addresses and additional configuration flexibility.  This protocol
   should be considered a stateful counterpart to the IPv6 Stateless
   Address Autoconfiguration protocol specification, and can be used
   separately or together with the latter to obtain configuration
   information.






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                                Contents


Status of This Memo                                                    i

Abstract                                                               i

 1. Introduction                                                       1

 2. Terminology and Definitions                                        2
     2.1. IPv6 Terminology  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    2
     2.2. DHCPv6 Terminology  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    3
     2.3. Specification Language  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    4
     2.4. Error Values  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    5

 3. Protocol Design Model                                              5
     3.1. Design Goals  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    5
     3.2. DHCP Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    6
     3.3. Request/Response Processing Model . . . . . . . . . . . .    7

 4. DHCP Message Formats and Field Definitions                         9
     4.1. DHCP Solicit Message Format . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    9
     4.2. DHCP Advertise Message Format . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   10
     4.3. DHCP Request Message Format . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   11
     4.4. DHCP Reply Message Format . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   13
     4.5. DHCP Release Message Format . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   14
     4.6. DHCP Reconfigure Message Format . . . . . . . . . . . . .   16

 5. DHCP Client Considerations                                        16
     5.1. Verifying Resource Allocations After Restarts . . . . . .   17
     5.2. Sending DHCP Solicit Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   17
     5.3. Receiving DHCP Advertise Messages . . . . . . . . . . . .   18
     5.4. Sending DHCP Request Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   19
     5.5. Receiving DHCP Reply Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   20
     5.6. Sending DHCP Release Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   21
     5.7. Receiving DHCP Reconfigure Messages . . . . . . . . . . .   21
     5.8. Interaction with Stateless Address Autoconfiguration  . .   23

 6. DHCP Server Considerations                                        23
     6.1. Receiving DHCP Solicit Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . .   23
     6.2. Sending DHCP Advertise Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . .   24
     6.3. DHCP Request and Reply Message Processing . . . . . . . .   24
           6.3.1. Processing for Extensions to DHCP Request and Reply
                          Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  25
           6.3.2. Client Requests to Deallocate Unknown Resources .   26
     6.4. Receiving DHCP Release Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . .   26
     6.5. Sending DHCP Reconfigure Messages . . . . . . . . . . . .   27



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     6.6. Client-Resource timeouts  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   28

 7. DHCP Relay Considerations                                         28
     7.1. DHCP Solicit and DHCP Advertise Message Processing  . . .   28
     7.2. DHCP Request Message Processing . . . . . . . . . . . . .   29
     7.3. DHCP Reply Message Processing . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   29

 8. Retransmission and Configuration Variables                        30

 9. Security Considerations                                           33

10. Year 2000 considerations                                          33

11. Acknowledgements                                                  34

 A. Changes for this revision                                         34

 B. Related Work in IPv6                                              35

 C. Comparison between DHCPv4 and DHCPv6                              36

Chair's Address                                                       41

Author's Address                                                      41




























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1. Introduction

   The Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCPv6, or in this
   document usually DHCP) provides configuration parameters to Internet
   nodes.  DHCP consists of a protocol for delivering node-specific
   configuration parameters from a DHCP server to a client, and a
   mechanism for allocation of network addresses and other related
   parameters to IPv6 [6] nodes.

   DHCP is built on a client-server model, where designated DHCP servers
   allocate network addresses and automatically deliver configuration
   parameters to dynamically configurable clients.  Throughout the
   remainder of this document, the term "server" refers to a node
   providing initialization parameters by way of the DHCP protocol,
   and the term "client" refers to a node requesting initialization
   parameters from a DHCP server.

   Since it is typically impractical to deploy a DHCP server on
   each network on which DHCP clients are to be served, a DHCP relay
   function is defined to assist clients in finding DHCP servers,
   and in delivering packets for clients that do not have sufficient
   address scope to complete a transaction with a DHCP server on another
   network.  Either a DHCP server or a DHCP relay is required to be
   present on every network on which DHCP clients will need to be
   served.

   DHCPv6 uses Request and Reply messages to support a client/server
   processing model whereby both client and server are assured that
   requested configuration parameters have been received and accepted
   by the client.  DHCP supports optional configuration parameters and
   processing for nodes through extensions described in its companion
   document ``Extensions for the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol for
   IPv6'' [12].  DHCP only provides a mechanism, but does not provide
   any policy with respect to parameter and resource assignments.

   The IPv6 Addressing Architecture [8] and IPv6 Stateless Address
   Autoconfiguration [16] specifications provide new features not
   available in IP version 4 (IPv4) [15], which are used to simplify
   and generalize the operation of DHCP clients.  This document is
   intended to complement those specifications for clients attached to
   the kinds of Internet media for which those specifications apply.  In
   particular, the specification in this document does not necessarily
   apply to nodes which do not enjoy a broadcast link to the Internet.

   Section 2 provides definitions for terminology used throughout
   this document.  Section 3 provides an overview of the protocol
   design model that guided the design choices in the specification;
   section 3.2 briefly describes the protocol messages and their
   semantics.  Section 4 provides the message formats and field



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   definitions used for each message.  Sections 5,  6, and  7 specify
   how clients, servers, and relays interact.  The timeout and
   retransmission guidelines and configuration variables are discussed
   in Section 8.  Appendix B summarizes related work in IPv6 that will
   provide helpful context; it is not part of this specification, but
   included for informational purposes.  Appendix C discusses the
   differences between DHCPv4 and DHCPv6.


2. Terminology and Definitions

   Relevant terminology from the IPv6 Protocol [6], IPv6 Addressing
   Architecture [8], and IPv6 Stateless Address Autoconfiguration [16]
   will be provided, and then the DHCPv6 terminology.


2.1. IPv6 Terminology

      address    An IP layer identifier for an interface or a set of
                 interfaces.

      unicast address
                 An identifier for a single interface.  A packet sent
                 to a unicast address is delivered to the interface
                 identified by that address.

      multicast address
                 An identifier for a set of interfaces (typically
                 belonging to different nodes).  A packet sent to a
                 multicast address is delivered to all interfaces
                 identified by that address.

      host       Any node that is not a router.

      IP         Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6).  The terms IPv4 and
                 IPv6 are used only in contexts where it is necessary to
                 avoid ambiguity.

      interface
                 A node's attachment to a link.

      link       A communication facility or medium over which nodes
                 can communicate at the link layer, i.e., the layer
                 immediately below IP. Examples are Ethernet (simple or
                 bridged); Token Ring; PPP links, X.25, Frame Relay, or
                 ATM networks; and internet (or higher) layer "tunnels",
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      link-layer identifier
                 a link-layer identifier for an interface.  Examples
                 include IEEE 802 addresses for Ethernet or Token Ring
                 network interfaces, and E.164 addresses for ISDN links.

      link-local address
                 An IP address having link-only scope, indicated by
                 having the routing prefix FE80::0000/64), that can be
                 used to reach neighboring nodes attached to the same
                 link.  Every interface has a link-local address.

      message    A unit of data carried in a packet, exchanged between
                 DHCP agents and clients.

      neighbor   A node attached to the same link.

      node       A device that implements IP.

      packet     An IP header plus payload.

      prefix     A bit string that consists of some number of initial
                 bits of an address.

      router     A node that forwards IP packets not explicitly
                 addressed to itself.


2.2. DHCPv6 Terminology

      Agent Address
                 The address of a DHCP agent (server or relay).

      binding    A binding (or, client binding) in DHCP contains the
                 data which a DHCP server maintains for each of its
                 clients (see Section 6).

      resource-server association
                 An association between a resource and a DHCP server
                 maintained by the client which received that resource
                 from that DHCP server.

      configuration parameter
                 Any parameter that can be used by a node to configure
                 its network subsystem and enable communication on a
                 link or internetwork.

      DHCP agent (or agent)
                 Either a DHCP server or a DHCP relay.




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      DHCP client (or client)
                 A node that initiates requests on a link to obtain
                 configuration parameters.

      DHCP relay (or relay)
                 A node that acts as an intermediary to deliver DHCP
                 messages between clients and servers.

      DHCP server (or server)
                 A server is a node that responds to requests from
                 clients to provide:  addresses, prefix lengths, or
                 other configuration parameters.

      transaction-ID
                 The transaction-ID is a monotonically increasing
                 unsigned integer identifier specified by the client
                 or server, and used to match a response to a pending
                 message.


2.3. Specification Language

   In this document, several words are used to signify the requirements
   of the specification, in accordance with RFC 2119 [2].  These words
   are often capitalized.

      MUST          This word, or the adjective "required", means that
                    the definition is an absolute requirement of the
                    specification.

      MUST NOT      This phrase means that the definition is an absolute
                    prohibition of the specification.

      SHOULD        This word, or the adjective "recommended", means
                    that there may exist valid reasons in particular
                    circumstances to ignore this item, but the full
                    implications must be understood and carefully
                    weighed before choosing a different course.
                    Unexpected results may result otherwise.

      MAY           This word, or the adjective "optional", means that
                    this item is one of an allowed set of alternatives.
                    An implementation which does not include this option
                    MUST be prepared to interoperate with another
                    implementation which does include the option.

      silently discard
                    The implementation discards the packet without
                    further processing, and without indicating an error



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                    to the sender.  The implementation SHOULD provide
                    the capability of logging the error, including the
                    contents of the discarded packet, and SHOULD record
                    the event in a statistics counter.


2.4. Error Values

   This specification document uses symbolic names for the errors known
   to DHCP clients and servers, as used for instance in the status field
   of the DHCP Reply message (see section 4.4).  The symbolic names have
   the actual values listed below:

          Message Name             Value

          UnspecFailure            16
          BadAuth                  17
          Unavail                  19
          NoBinding                20
          InvalidSource            21
          NoServer                 23
          BadCharset               24
          ICMPError                64



3. Protocol Design Model

   This section is provided for implementors to understand the DHCPv6
   protocol design model from an architectural perspective.  Goals and
   conceptual models are presented in this section.


3.1. Design Goals

   The following list gives general design goals for this DHCP
   specification.

    -  DHCP should be a mechanism rather than a policy.  DHCP MUST allow
       local system administrators control over configuration parameters
       where desired; e.g., local system administrators should be able
       to enforce local policies concerning allocation and access to
       local resources where desired.

    -  DHCP MUST NOT introduce any requirement for manual configuration
       of DHCP clients, except when security requirements need
       authentication or encryption keys.  Each node should be able to
       obtain appropriate local configuration parameters without user




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       intervention, and incorporate those parameters into its own
       configuration.

    -  DHCP MUST NOT require a server on each link.  To allow for scale
       and economy, DHCP MUST work across DHCP relays.

    -  A DHCP client MUST be prepared to receive multiple (possibly
       different) responses to solicitations for DHCP servers.  Some
       installations may include multiple, overlapping DHCP servers to
       enhance reliability and/or to increase performance.

    -  DHCP MUST coexist with statically configured, non-participating
       nodes and with existing network protocol implementations.

    -  DHCPv6 MUST be compatible with IPv6 Stateless Address
       Autoconfiguration [16].

    -  A DHCPv6 Client implementation MAY be started in the absence of
       any IPv6 routers on the client's link.

    -  DHCP architecture MUST support the requirements of automated
       renumbering of IP addresses [3].

    -  DHCP servers SHOULD be able to support Dynamic Updates to
       DNS [19].

    -  DHCP servers MUST be able to support multiple IPv6 addresses for
       each client.

    -  DHCP MUST work on isolated network links, as long as a DHCP
       server is present on the link.

    -  A DHCP server to server protocol is NOT part of this
       specification.

    -  It is NOT a design goal of DHCP to specify how a server
       configuration parameter database is maintained or determined.
       Methods for configuring DHCP servers are outside the scope of
       this document.


3.2. DHCP Messages

   Each DHCP message contains a type, which defines its function
   within the protocol.  Processing details for these DHCP messages are
   specified in Sections 5, 6, and 7.  The specified message types are
   as follows:





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      01 DHCP Solicit

         The DHCP Solicit message is an IP multicast message sent by a
         DHCP client to one or more DHCP agents.

      02 DHCP Advertise

         The DHCP Advertise is an IP unicast message sent by a DHCP
         Agent in response to a DHCP client's DHCP Solicit message.

      03 DHCP Request

         The DHCP Request is an IP unicast message sent by a DHCP client
         to a DHCP server to request configuration parameters on a
         network.

      04 DHCP Reply

         The DHCP Reply is an IP unicast message sent by a DHCP server
         in response to a client's DHCP Request, or by the DHCP relay
         that relayed that client's DHCP Request.  Extensions [12] to
         the DHCP Reply describe the resources that the DHCP server has
         committed and allocated to this client, and may contain other
         information for use by this client.

      05 DHCP Release

         The DHCP Release is an IP unicast message sent by a DHCP
         client to inform the DHCP server that the client is releasing
         resources.

      06 DHCP Reconfigure

         The DHCP Reconfigure is an IP unicast or multicast message sent
         by a DHCP server to inform one or more clients that the server
         has new configuration information of importance.  Each client
         is expected to initiate a new Request/Reply transaction.

   DHCP message types not defined here (msg-types 0 and 7-255) are
   reserved and SHOULD be silently ignored.


3.3. Request/Response Processing Model

   The request/response processing for DHCPv6 is transaction based and
   uses a set of best-effort messages to complete the transaction.

   To find a server, a client sends a DHCP Solicit message from the
   interface which it wishes to configure.  The client then awaits



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   a DHCP Advertise message, which will provide an IP address of a
   DHCP server.  Transactions are started by a client with a DHCP
   Request, which may be issued after the client knows the server's
   address.  The response (DHCP Reply) is sent from the server (possibly
   via a DHCP Relay).  At this point in the flow all data has been
   transmitted and is presumed to have been received.  To provide a
   method of recovery if either the client or server do not receive the
   messages to complete the transaction, the client retransmits each
   DHCP Request message until it elicits the corresponding DHCP Reply,
   or until it can be reasonably certain that the desired DHCP server
   is unavailable, or it determines that it does not want a response
   (i.e., it MAY abort the transaction).  The timeout and retransmission
   guidelines and configuration variables are discussed in Section 8.

   DHCP uses the UDP [14] protocol to communicate between clients and
   servers.  UDP is not reliable, but the DHCP retransmission scheme
   in the referenced section provides reliability between clients and
   servers.  The following well-known multicast addresses are used by
   DHCP agents and clients:

      FF02:0:0:0:0:0:1:2
               All DHCP Agents (Servers and Relays) MUST join the
               link-local All-DHCP-Agents multicast group at the address
               FF02:0:0:0:0:0:1:2.

      FF05:0:0:0:0:0:1:3
               All DHCP servers MUST join the site-local
               All-DHCP-Servers multicast group at the address
               FF05:0:0:0:0:0:1:3.

      FF05:0:0:0:0:0:1:4
               All DHCP Relays MUST join the site-local All-DHCP-Relays
               multicast group at the address FF05:0:0:0:0:0:1:4.

   Note that All-DHCP-Relay is currently unused in this specification.

   A DHCP server or agent MUST transmit all messages to DHCP clients on
   UDP port 546.  A DHCP client MUST transmit all messages to a DHCP
   agent over UDP using port 547.  A DHCP server MUST transmit all
   messages to DHCP Relays over UDP on port 546.  The source port for
   DHCP messages is arbitrary.

   For the proper operation of the DHCP protocol to operate within a
   network where one or more firewalls [4] are used, DHCP transactions
   using UDP destination ports 546 and 547 will need to be permitted.







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4. DHCP Message Formats and Field Definitions

   All fields in DHCP messages MUST be initialized to binary zeroes by
   both the client and server unless otherwise noted.  All reserved
   fields in a message MUST be ignored by the receiver of the message.


4.1. DHCP Solicit Message Format

   A DHCP client transmits a DHCP Solicit message over the interface it
   is trying to configure, to obtain one or more DHCP server addresses.
   In the event that there is no DHCP server on this link, such a
   request MAY be forwarded by a DHCP relay attached to this link (if
   such a relay exists) on behalf of a client to a DHCP server.

      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
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |  msg-type=1   |C|            reserved           | prefix size |
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |                   client's link-local address                 |
     |                          (16 octets)                          |
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |                         relay address                         |
     |                          (16 octets)                          |
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+

      C          If set, the client requests that all servers receiving
                 the message deallocate the resources associated with
                 the client.

      prefix size A nonzero prefix size is the number of leftmost bits
                 of the agent's IPv6 address which make up the routing
                 prefix.

      reserved   0

      client's link-local address
                 The IP link-local address of the client interface from
                 which the client issued the DHCP Request message

      relay address
                 If nonzero, the IP address of the interface on which
                 the relay received the client's DHCP Solicit message

   To obtain a neighboring DHCP Agent address a DHCP client SHOULD send
   a DHCP Solicit message to the All-DHCP-Agents multicast address
   (see section 3.3).  Any DHCP Relay receiving the solicitation, that
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   the solicitation to the All-DHCP-Servers multicast address (see
   Section 7).  The solicitation is sent in order to instruct DHCP
   servers to send their advertisements to the prospective client.
   When forwarding solicitations, the relay MUST copy a non-link-local
   address of its interface from which the client's solicitation was
   received into the relay address field.


4.2. DHCP Advertise Message Format

   A DHCP agent sends a DHCP Advertise message to inform a prospective
   client about the IP address of a DHCP Agent to which a DHCP Request
   message may be sent.  When the client and server are on different
   links, the server sends the advertisement back through the DHCP Relay
   whence the solicitation came.

      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
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |  msg-type=2   |S|P|                 reserved                  |
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |                       server preference                       |
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |                   client's link-local address                 |
     |                          (16 octets)                          |
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |                         agent address                         |
     |                          (16 octets)                          |
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |                         server address                        |
     |                    (16 octets, if present)                    |
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |              extensions (variable number and length) ...
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+

      S            If set, the server address is present.

      P            If set, the server preference is valid.

      reserved     0

      server preference
                   A 32-bit unsigned integer indicating a server's
                   willingness to provide service to the client (see
                   Section 5.3).

      client's link-local address
                   The IP link-local address of the client interface
                   from which the client issued the DHCP Request message



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      agent address
                   The IP address of a DHCP Agent interface on the same
                   link as the client.

      server address
                   If present, the IP address of the DHCP server

      extensions   See [12].

   Suppose that a DHCP server on the same link as a client issues the
   DHCP Advertise in response to a DHCP Solicit message sent to the
   All-DHCP-Agents multicast address.  Then the agent address will be an
   IP address of one of the server's interfaces on the same link as the
   client, and the 'S' bit will be set to zero.  No server address will
   be present in the DHCP Advertise message.

   If the `P' bit is set, the server preference field is valid.  If the
   `P' bit is not set, the server preference field is not valid, but
   implicitly has the value of 0xffffffff (in other words, the highest
   possible value).

   The DHCP server MUST copy the client's link-local address into the
   advertisement which is sent in response to a DHCP Solicit.  Both
   agent address and server address (if present) of the DHCP Advertise
   message MUST have sufficient scope to be reachable by the DHCP
   client.  Moreover, the agent address of any DHCP Advertise message
   sent by a DHCP relay MUST NOT be a link-local address.  In situations
   where there are no routers sending Router Advertisements, then a DHCP
   server MUST be configured on the same link as prospective clients.
   The DHCPv6 protocol design does not apply to situations where the
   client has no way to route messages to a server not on the same link.

   See section 5.3 for information about how clients handle the server
   preference field.


4.3. DHCP Request Message Format

   In order to request configuration parameters from a DHCP server, a
   client sends a DHCP Request message, and MAY append extensions [12].
   If the client does not know any DHCP server address, it MUST first
   obtain a server address by multicasting a DHCP Solicit message (see
   Section 4.1).  If the client does not have a valid IP address of
   sufficient scope for the DHCP server to communicate with the client,
   the client MUST send the message to the local DHCP relay and insert
   the DHCP relay address as the agent address in the message header.
   In this case, the client cannot send the message directly to the
   DHCP server because the server could not return any response to the
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   DHCP Request message; in this case, the client MUST clear the S-bit
   in the DHCP Request message and send it directly to to the server,
   using the server address as the IP destination address in the IP
   header.

      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
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |  msg-type=3   |C|S|R|   rsvd  |        transaction-ID         |
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |                   client's link-local address                 |
     |                          (16 octets)                          |
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |                         agent address                         |
     |                          (16 octets)                          |
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |                         server address                        |
     |                    (16 octets, if present)                    |
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |  extensions (variable number and length)   ....
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+

      C                If set, the client requests the server to remove
                       all resources associated with the client binding,
                       except those resources provided as extensions.

      S                If set, the server address is present

      R                If set, the client has rebooted and requests that
                       all of its previous transaction-IDs be expunged
                       and made available for re-use.

      rsvd             0

      transaction-ID
                       A monotonically increasing unsigned integer used
                       to identify this Request, and copied into the
                       Reply.

      client's link-local address
                       The IP link-local address of the client interface
                       from which the client issued the DHCP Request
                       message

      agent address
                       The IP address of a neighboring agent's
                       interface, copied from a DHCP Advertisement
                       message.




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      server address
                       If present, the IP address of the DHCP server
                       which should receive the client's DHCP Request
                       message.

      extensions       See [12].

   When the client sets the 'C' bit and adds extensions, the server
   is expected to deallocate all other resources not listed in the
   extension.  The resources explicitly requested in extensions to the
   Request message SHOULD be reallocated by the server to the client,
   assuming the client is still authorized to receive them.


4.4. DHCP Reply Message Format

   The server sends one DHCP Reply message in response to every DHCP
   Request or DHCP Release received.  If the request comes with the 'S'
   bit set, the client could not directly send the Request to the server
   and had to use a neighboring relay agent.  In that case, the server
   sends back the DHCP Reply with the 'L' bit set, and the DHCP Reply is
   addressed to the agent address found in the DHCP Request message.  If
   the 'L' bit is set, then the client's link-local address will also be
   present.

      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
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |  msg-type=4   |L|   status    |        transaction-ID         |
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |                   client's link-local address                 |
     |                     (16 octets, if present)                   |
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |  extensions (variable number and length)   ....
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+

      L          If set, the client's link-local address is present

      status     One of the following decimal values:

                     0   Success
                    16   Failure, reason unspecified
                    17   Authentication failed or nonexistent
                    18   Poorly formed Request or Release
                    19   Resources unavailable
                    20   Client record unavailable
                    21   Invalid client IP address in Release
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                    64   Server unreachable (ICMP error)

      transaction-ID
                 A monotonically increasing unsigned integer used to
                 identify this Reply, and copied from the client's
                 Request.

      client's link-local address
                 If present, the IP address of the client interface
                 which issued the corresponding DHCP Request message.

      extensions
                 See [12].

   If the 'L' bit is set, and thus the link-local address is present in
   the Reply message, the Reply is sent by the server to the relay's
   address which was specified as the agent address in the DHCP Request
   message, and the relay uses the link-local address to deliver the
   Reply message to the client.


4.5. DHCP Release Message Format

   The DHCP Release message is sent without the assistance of any DHCP
   relay.  When a client sends a Release message, it is assumed to have
   a valid IP address with sufficient scope to allow access to the
   target server.  If parameters are specified in the extensions, only
   those parameters are released.  The DHCP server acknowledges the
   Release message by sending a DHCP Reply (Sections 4.4, 6.3).  The
   DHCP Client MUST wait for a DHCP Reply, and follow the retransmission
   rules in section 8.

      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
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |  msg-type=5   |D|  reserved   |        transaction-ID         |
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |                   client's link-local address                 |
     |                          (16 octets)                          |
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |                         agent address                         |
     |                          (16 octets)                          |
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |                        client address                         |
     |                    (16 octets, if present)                    |
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |  extensions (variable number and length)   ....
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      D          If the 'D' ("Direct") flag is set, the client instructs
                 the server to send the DHCP Reply directly back to the
                 client, instead of using the given agent address and
                 link-local address to relay the Reply message.

      reserved   0

      transaction-ID
                 A monotonically increasing unsigned integer used to
                 identify this Release, and copied into the Reply.

      client's link-local address
                 The IP link-local address of the client interface from
                 which the the client issued the DHCP Release message

      agent address
                 The IP address of the agent interface to which the
                 client issued a previous DHCP Request message

      client address
                 The IP address of the client interface from which the
                 the client issued the DHCP Release message.  The client
                 address field is present whenever the 'D' bit is set,
                 even if it is equal to the link-local address.

      extensions See [12]

   Suppose that the client has an IP address that will still be valid
   after the server performs the operations requested in the extensions
   to the DHCP Release message, and which has sufficient scope to be
   reachable from the server.  In that case, and only then, the client
   SHOULD set the 'D' flag.  When the 'D' flag is set, the server MUST
   send the DHCP Reply back to the client using the client address field
   of the Release message.  Otherwise, when the 'D' bit is not set, the
   server MUST send its DHCP Reply message to the agent address in the
   Release message, so that the relay agent can subsequently forward
   the Reply back to the releasing client at the client's link-local
   address indicated in the Reply message.  Note that it is an error
   (status code ``InvalidSource'' (see Section 2.4)) to include within
   the DHCP Release message both the 'D' bit and an IP address extension
   which has the IP address used as the client IP address field of the
   DHCP Release message header.  If the clients link-local address and
   agent address do not match a client binding (see section 6) an error
   (status code ``NoBinding'' (see Section 2.4)) will be returned to the
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4.6. DHCP Reconfigure Message Format

   Reconfigure messages can only be sent to clients which have
   established an IP address which routes to the link at which they are
   reachable, hence the DHCP Reconfigure message is sent without the
   assistance of any DHCP relay.  When a server sends a Reconfigure
   message, the client to which it is sent is assumed to have a valid
   IP address with sufficient scope to be accessible by the server.
   Only the parameters which are specified in the extensions to the
   Reconfigure message need be requested again by the client.  A
   Reconfigure message can either be unicast or multicast by the server.

      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
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |  msg-type=6   |N|  reserved   |        transaction-ID         |
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |                        server address                         |
     |                          (16 octets)                          |
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |  extensions (variable number and length)   ....
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+

      N            The 'N' flag indicates that the client should not
                   expect a DHCP Reply in response to the DHCP Request
                   it sends as a result of the DHCP Reconfigure message.

      reserved     0

      transaction-ID
                   A monotonically increasing unsigned integer used to
                   identify this Reconfigure message, and copied into
                   the client's Request.

      server address
                   The IP address of the DHCP server issuing the DHCP
                   Reconfigure message.

      extensions   See [12]


5. DHCP Client Considerations

   A node which is not a DHCP agent MUST silently discard any DHCP
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5.1. Verifying Resource Allocations After Restarts

   A DHCP client MAY retain its configured parameters and resources
   across client system reboots and DHCP client program restarts.
   However, in these circumstances a DHCP client MUST also formulate a
   DHCP Request message to verify that its configured parameters and
   resources are still valid.  This Request message MUST have the 'C'
   bit set, to clean up stale client binding information at the server
   which may no longer be in use by the client; stale information is
   that which the client does not include in extensions to such request
   messages.

   If the server does not respond to the DHCP Request message after
   REQUEST_MSG_MIN_RETRANS (see section 8), the client may still use
   any resources whose lifetimes have not yet expired.  In such cases,
   however, the client MUST begin to search for another server by
   multicasting a new DHCP Solicit message, again with the 'C' bit set.

   This also handles the case wherein a client restarts on a new
   network, where its IP address is no longer valid.  In this situation,
   when the client receives a new IP address and the old IP address
   is no longer needed, the client MUST release its old IP address by
   issuing a DHCP Release message with the appropriate extension if it
   can communicate with its previous server.


5.2. Sending DHCP Solicit Messages

   A DHCP client MUST have the address of a DHCP server to send
   a Request message.  The client SHOULD locate a DHCP server by
   multicasting a DHCP Solicit message to the All-DHCP-Agents link-local
   multicast address, setting the Hop Limit == 1 (see Section 3.3).
   If there are no DHCP servers on the same link as the node, then a
   DHCP relay MUST be present if solicitations sent from a client's
   link-local address are to be handled.  The prospective client SHOULD
   wait for ADV_CLIENT_WAIT to get all the DHCP Advertisement messages
   which may be sent in response to the solicitation.

   When sending a DHCP Solicit message, a client MUST set the Relay
   Address field to 16 octets of zeros.

   If a DHCP client reboots and does not have a valid IP address,
   it MUST set the 'C' bit in the DHCP Solicit message it sends
   when restarting.  By setting the 'C' bit in the solicitation, a
   DHCP client requests that all the DHCP servers that receive the
   solicitation should clean up their client records that match its
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   If a client sends a DHCP Solicit message after it reboots, the
   solicitation SHOULD be delayed after reception of the first Router
   Advertisement [11] message, by at least some random amount of time
   between MIN_SOLICIT_DELAY and MAX_SOLICIT_DELAY (see section 8).
   This delay is intended to help stagger requests to DHCP servers (and
   avoid link-layer collisions) after a power outage causes many nodes
   to reboot all at once.  Each subsequent DHCP Solicit message that is
   issued before receiving an advertisement MUST be delayed by twice the
   amount by which the previous DHCP Solicit message was delayed, plus
   a small random delay between MIN_SOLICIT_DELAY and MAX_SOLICIT_DELAY
   seconds.


5.3. Receiving DHCP Advertise Messages

   After a DHCP client has received a DHCP Advertise message, it has the
   address of a DHCP server for subsequent DHCP Request messages.  If
   the 'S' bit is zero, the DHCP Advertise message was transmitted by
   a DHCP server on the same link as the client, and the client uses
   the agent address as the address of a DHCP server; otherwise, the
   DHCP server address is located in the server address field.  If the
   server's address is shown as a Multicast address, the advertisement
   MUST be silently discarded.

   A DHCP server MAY append extensions to its Advertisements; this might
   allow the DHCP client to select the configuration that best meets its
   needs from among several prospective servers.

   If a DHCP Advertisement is received with a "server preference"
   field invalid (the 'P' bit is not set), or equal to 0xffffffff
   (see Section 4.2), the DHCP client can use the information in
   the DHCP Solicit message immediately without waitin for any more
   advertisements.  Otherwise, the DHCP client MUST wait ADV_CLIENT_WAIT
   seconds after issuing the DHCP Solicit message in order to receive
   the Advertisement with the highest preference.  After waiting for
   that period of time, a client MUST select the highest preference DHCP
   server as the target of its DHCP request.

   If a DHCP client sends a DHCP Request to a more highly preferred
   DHCP server but fails to receive a DHCP reply from that server after
   following the retransmission algorithm in section 8, the client may
   subsequently attempt to send a DHCP Request to a less preferred
   server.

   A DHCP client is free to cache the result of any DHCP Advertisement
   it hears.  However, it should be noted that this is purely a
   potential performance enhancement as the results need not be constant
   over time, hence it may not get a response if it uses the address




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   obtained from this message and may have to emit its own DHCP Solicit
   message subsequently.


5.4. Sending DHCP Request Messages

   A DHCP client obtains configuration information from a DHCP server by
   sending a DHCP Request message.  The client MUST know the server's
   address before sending the Request message, and the client MUST
   have acquired a (possibly identical) DHCP agent address.  If the
   client and server are on the same link, the agent address used by
   the client MUST be the same as the DHCP server's address.  A DHCP
   Request message MUST NOT be sent to any multicast address.  Otherwise
   multiple DHCP servers would possibly allocate resources to the client
   in response to the same Request, and the client would have no way to
   know which servers had made the allocations, if any packets were lost
   due to collisions, etc.

   If the DHCP server is off-link, and the client has no valid IP
   address of sufficient scope, then the client MUST include the server
   address in the appropriate field and set the 'S' bit in the DHCP
   Request message.  In this case, the IP destination address in the IP
   header will be a DHCP relay address.

   Otherwise, if the client already has a valid IP address of sufficient
   scope and knows the IP address of a candidate DHCP server, it
   MUST send the Request message directly to the DHCP server without
   requiring the services of the local DHCP relay.

   If a client wishes to instruct a DHCP server to deallocate all
   unknown previous resources, configuration information, and bindings
   associated with its agent address and link-local address, it sets the
   'C' bit in the DHCP Request.  A client MAY send in such a Request
   even when it is no longer attached to the link on which the relay
   address is attached.  The 'C' bit allows better reclamation of
   available resources, since otherwise a client might not be able to
   release resources that it has no record of using.

   In any case, after choosing a transaction-ID which is numerically
   greater than its previous transaction-ID, and filling in the
   appropriate fields of the DHCP Request message, the client MAY append
   various DHCP Extensions to the message.  These extensions denote
   specific requests by the client; for example, a client may request
   a particular IP address, or request that the server send an update
   containing the client's new IP address to a Domain Name Server.  When
   all desired extensions have been applied, the DHCP client sends the
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   For each pending DHCP Request message, a client MUST maintain the
   following information:

         The transaction-ID of the request message,
         The server address,
         The agent address (which can be the same as the server
         address),
         The time at which the next retransmission will be attempted,
         and
         All extensions appended to the request message.

   If a client does not receive a DHCP Reply message (Section 5.5) with
   the same transaction-ID as a pending DHCP Request message within
   REPLY_MSG_TIMEOUT (see section 8) seconds, or if the received DHCP
   Reply message contains a DHCP Authentication extension which fails
   to provide the correct authentication information, the client MUST
   retransmit the Request with the same transaction-ID and continue to
   retransmit according to the rules in Section 8.  If (after following
   those rules) the client never receives a Reply message, it naturally
   SHOULD start over again by sending a new DHCP Solicit message to find
   a different server.

   If the client receives an ICMP error message in response to such
   a DHCP Request, it likewise naturally SHOULD start over again by
   sending a new DHCP Solicit message, to find a different server.

   If the client transmits a DHCP Request in response to a DHCP
   Reconfigure message (see Section 5.7), the client can continue to
   operate with its existing configuration information and resources
   until it receives the corresponding DHCP Reply from the server.  The
   same retransmission rules apply as for any other DHCP Request message
   from the client.  When the 'N' bit is set, a DHCP Request sent in
   response to a DHCP Reconfigure message will not elicit a DHCP Reply
   message from the server.


5.5. Receiving DHCP Reply Messages

   When a client receives a DHCP Reply message, it MUST check whether
   the transaction-ID in the Reply message matches the transaction-ID
   of a pending DHCP Request message.  If no match is found, the Reply
   message MUST be silently discarded.

   If the Reply message is acceptable, the client processes each
   Extension [12], extracting the relevant configuration information
   and parameters for its network operation.  The client can determine
   when all extensions in the Reply have been processed by using the UDP
   Length field of the Reply.  Some extensions in the Reply may have
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   when the server was unable to honor the request.  If the server is
   unable to honor the request in an extension included by the client,
   that extension may simply be omitted from the Reply.  The server MAY
   also provide the client with configuration parameters the client did
   not specifically request.

   Some configuration information extracted from the extensions to the
   DHCP Reply message MUST remain associated with the DHCP server that
   sent the message.  The particular extensions that require this extra
   measure of association with the server are indicated in the DHCP
   Extensions document [12].  These "resource-server" associations are
   used when sending DHCP Release messages.


5.6. Sending DHCP Release Messages

   If a client wishes to ask the server to release all information and
   resources relevant to the client, the client SHOULD send a DHCP
   Release message without any extensions; this is preferable to sending
   a DHCP Request message with the 'C' bit set and no extensions.  If
   a DHCP client wishes to retain some of its network configuration
   parameters, but determines that others are no longer needed, it
   SHOULD enable the DHCP server to release allocated resources which
   are no longer in use by sending a DHCP Release message to the
   server, and including extensions to identify the unneeded items.  The
   client consults its list of resource-server associations in order to
   determine which server should receive the desired Release message.

   Suppose a client wishes to release resources which were granted to
   it on another link, and the client has an IP address with enough
   scope so that the DHCP server can reach it.  In that case, the client
   MUST instruct the server to send the DHCP Reply directly back to the
   client at that address, instead of performing the default processing
   of sending the DHCP Reply back through the agent-address included in
   the DHCP Release.  This is done by setting the 'D' bit in the DHCP
   Release message (see section 4.5).


5.7. Receiving DHCP Reconfigure Messages

   Each DHCP client implementation MUST support listening at UDP port
   546 to receive possible DHCP Reconfigure messages; in cases where the
   client knows that no Reconfigure message will ever be issued, the
   client MAY be configured to avoid executing this supported feature.
   In some cases, the IP address at which the client listens will be
   a multicast address sent to the client by the DHCP server in an
   extension to an earlier DHCP Reply message.  If the client does not
   listen for DHCP Reconfigure messages, it is possible that the client
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   the client's IP address and/or other resources allocated to the
   client.  See discussion in 6.5.  The client MAY receive a prefix
   update for one or more of their addresses and then MUST use that
   prefix for those addresses.

   If a DHCP client receives a DHCP Reconfigure message, it is a request
   for the client to initiate a new DHCP Request/Reply transaction with
   the server which sent the Reconfigure message.  The server sending
   the Reconfigure message MAY be different than the server which sent a
   DHCP Reply message containing the original configuration information.

   For each Extension which is present in the Reconfigure message, the
   client MUST append a matching Extension to its Request message, which
   it formulates to send to the server specified in the server address
   field of the message.  The client also copies a transaction-ID from
   the Reconfigure message into the Request message.  If the 'N' bit is
   not set, processing from then on is the same as specified above in
   Section 5.4.

   Resources held by the client which are not identified by Extensions
   in the server's Reconfigure message are not affected.

   If a client has recently sent a DHCP Request to the server from which
   it subsequently received the DHCP Reconfigure message, the client
   SHOULD silently discard the Reconfigure message until the server
   sends the DHCP Reply message with the same transaction-ID as the
   client's DHCP Request message.

   A server may ask its client to join a multicast group for the
   purpose of receiving DHCP Reconfigure messages.  When a Reconfigure
   message is delivered to the client by way of the selected multicast
   address, the client MUST delay its further response for a random
   amount of time uniformly distributed within the interval between
   RECONF_MSG_MIN_RESP and RECONF_MSG_MAX_RESP seconds (see section 8).
   This will minimize the likelihood that the server will be flooded
   with DHCP Request messages.

   Reconfigure messages can be retransmitted by the DHCP server with
   the same transaction-ID. When a client receives such a retransmitted
   Reconfigure message within XID_TIMEOUT of the last received
   Reconfigure message with the same transaction-ID, the client MUST
   reformulate exactly the same DHCP Request message and retransmit the
   request message to the server again.  In this way, the DHCP server
   can make use of the retransmission algorithm to ensure that all
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5.8. Interaction with Stateless Address Autoconfiguration

   Please refer to the Stateless Address Autoconfiguration
   Protocol specification [16] and its follow-on, Stateless Address
   Autoconfiguration version 2 [17] for details regarding the actions
   taken by DHCP clients upon receiving Router Advertisements with
   changing values for the 'M' and 'O' bits.


6. DHCP Server Considerations

   A node which is not a DHCP client or DHCP relay MUST ignore any DHCP
   Advertise, DHCP Reply, or DHCP Reconfigure message it receives.

   A server maintains a collection of client records, called
   ``bindings''.  Each binding is uniquely identifiable by the ordered
   pair <link-local address, agent address prefix>, since the link-local
   address is guaranteed to be unique [16] on the link identified by the
   agent address.  An implementation MUST support bindings consisting
   of at least a client's link-local address, agent address prefix,
   preferred lifetime and valid lifetime [16] for each client address.
   A server MAY, at the discretion of the network administrator, be
   configured so that client bindings are identified by the client's
   MAC address, without need to use the additional information supplied
   by the relay address.  A client binding may be used to store any
   other information, resources, and configuration data which will be
   associated with the client.  A DHCP server MUST retain its clients'
   bindings across server reboots, and, whenever possible, a DHCP client
   should be assigned the same configuration parameters despite server
   system reboots and DHCP server program restarts.  A DHCP server MUST
   support fixed or permanent allocation of configuration parameters to
   specific clients.

   In addition to the client binding a Server must maintain an
   XID_TIMEOUT binding cache to determine if a previous transaction-ID
   is being retransmitted by a client.  An implementation of an
   XID_TIMEOUT binding cache MUST support at least a tuple consisting of
   the client's link-local address, agent address prefix, IPv6 address,
   and XID_TIMEOUT value when the cache entry can be deleted (see
   Section 8).


6.1. Receiving DHCP Solicit Messages

   If the DHCP Solicit message was received at the All-DHCP-Servers
   multicast address, the DHCP server MUST check to make sure that the
   relay address is present, and not a link-local address.  If the
   relay address is not present, or if it is a link-local address,
   the server MUST silently discard the packet.  Note that if the



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   client sends a DHCP Solicit message from a link-local address, the
   multicast destination will be the All-DHCP-Agents address, not the
   All-DHCP-Servers address.

   When the 'C' bit is set in the solicitation, the DHCP server
   deallocates all resources that match its link-local address.  The
   server MUST take the Relay Address Field and use it as the agent
   address prefix to locate the client binding.

   As an optimization, a server processing a Solicit message from relays
   MAY check the prefix of the IP source address in the IP header to
   determine whether the server has received the Solicit from multiple
   relays on the same link.  The prefix size field in the solicitation
   enables the server ascertain exactly when two agent IP addresses
   belong to the same link.


6.2. Sending DHCP Advertise Messages

   Upon receiving and verifying the correctness of a DHCP Solicit
   message, a server constructs a DHCP Advertise message and transmits
   it on the same link as the solicitation was received from.  When
   the solicitation is received at the DHCP Servers multicast address,
   the server SHOULD delay the transmission of its advertisement
   for a random amount of time between SERVER_MIN_ADV_DELAY and
   SERVER_MAX_ADV_DELAY (see section 8).

   If the relay address is nonzero, the server MUST put the relay
   address in the agent address field of the advertisement message, and
   MUST send the advertisement message to the relay address; otherwise,
   the server MUST send the advertisement to the client's link-local
   address.  An IP address of the interface on which the server received
   the Solicit message MUST appear in the server address field of the
   corresponding advertisement.

   The DHCP server MAY append extensions to the Advertisement, in order
   to offer the soliciting node the best possible information about
   the services and resources which the server may be able to make
   available.


6.3. DHCP Request and Reply Message Processing

   The DHCP server MUST check to ensure that the client's link-local
   address field of the Request message contains a link-local address.
   If not, the message MUST be silently discarded.  If the 'S' bit
   is set, the server MUST check that the server address matches the
   destination IP address at which the Request message was received




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   by the server.  If the server address does not match, the Request
   message MUST be silently discarded.

   If the received agent address and link-local address do not
   correspond to any binding known to the server, then the server
   MAY create a new binding for the previously unknown client, and
   send a DHCP Reply with any resources allocated to the new binding.
   Otherwise, if the server cannot create a new binding, it SHOULD
   return a DHCP Reply with a status of ``NoBinding'' (see Section 2.4).
   If the client is updating its resources but the database is
   temporarily unavailable, the server SHOULD return a DHCP Reply with a
   status of ``Unavail'' (see Section 2.4).

   While processing the Request, the server MUST first determine whether
   or not the Request is a retransmission of an earlier DHCP Request
   from the same client.  This is done by comparing the transaction-ID
   to all those transaction-IDs received from the same client during the
   previous XID_TIMEOUT seconds.  If the transaction-ID is the same as
   one received during that time, the server MUST take the same action
   (e.g., retransmit the same DHCP Reply to the client) as it did after
   processing the previous DHCP Request with the same transaction-ID.

   Otherwise, if the server has no record of a message from the client
   with the same transaction-ID, the server identifies and allocates
   all the relevant information, resources, and configuration data that
   is associated with the client.  Then it sends that information to
   its DHCP client by constructing a DHCP Reply message and including
   the client's information in DHCP Extensions to the Reply message.
   The DHCP Reply message uses the same transaction-ID as found in the
   received DHCP Request message.  Note that the reply message MAY
   contain information not specifically requested by the client.

   If the DHCP Request message has the 'S' bit set in the message
   header, the DHCP server MUST send the corresponding DHCP Reply
   message to the agent address found in the Request (see section 7.2).
   Otherwise, the server SHOULD send the corresponding DHCP Reply
   message to the IP source address in the IP header received from the
   client Request message.


6.3.1. Processing for Extensions to DHCP Request and Reply Messages

   The DHCP Request may contain extensions [12], which are interpreted
   (by default) as advisory information from the client about its
   configuration preferences.  For instance, if the IP Address Extension
   is present, the DHCP server SHOULD attempt to allocate or extend the
   lifetime of the address indicated by the extension.  Some extensions
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   The DHCP server may accept some extensions for successful processing
   and allocation, while still rejecting others, or the server may
   reject various extensions for different reasons.  The server sets the
   status appropriately for those extensions which return status to the
   client.  The DHCP server sends a single Reply message in response to
   each DHCP Request, with the same transaction-ID as the Request.

   Whenever it is able to, the server includes an extension in the
   Reply message for every extension sent by the client in the Request
   message.  If the client requests some extensions that cannot be
   supplied by the server, the server can simply fail to provide them,
   not including them in the Reply.  Other extensions can be rejected
   by including them in the Reply with an appropriate status indicating
   failure.  The server can include extensions in the reply that were
   not requested by the client.


6.3.2. Client Requests to Deallocate Unknown Resources

   When a client DHCP Request is received that has the 'C' bit set, the
   server should check to find out whether the extensions listed in the
   Request message match those which it has associated with the client's
   binding.  Any resources which are not indicated by the client are
   presumed to be unknown by the client, and thus possible candidates
   for reallocation to satisfy requests from other clients.  The DHCP
   server MUST deallocate all resources associated with the client
   upon reception of a DHCP Request with the 'C' bit set, except for
   those which the server is willing to reallocate in response to the
   client's request.  It may be more efficient to avoid deallocating any
   resources until after the list of extensions to the request have been
   inspected.


6.4. Receiving DHCP Release Messages

   If the server receives a DHCP Release Message, it MUST verify that
   the link-local address field of the message contains an address which
   could be a valid link-local address (see Section 2.1).  If not, the
   message MUST be silently discarded.

   In response to a DHCP Release Message with a valid client's
   link-local address and agent address, the DHCP server formulates a
   DHCP Reply message that will be sent back to the releasing client by
   way of the client's link-local address.  A DHCP Reply message sent
   in response to a DHCP Release message MUST be sent to the client's
   link-local address via the agent address in the Release message
   with the 'L' bit set in the Reply, unless the 'D' bit is set in the
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   If the received agent address and link-local address do not
   correspond to any binding known to the server, then the server SHOULD
   return a DHCP Reply, indicating the error by setting the status code
   to ``NoBinding'' (see Section 2.4).

   Otherwise, if the agent address and link-local address indicate a
   binding known to the server, then the server continues processing the
   Release message.  If there are any extensions, the server releases
   the particular configuration items specified in the extensions.
   If there are no extensions, the server releases all configuration
   information in the client's binding.

   After performing the operations indicated in the DHCP Release message
   and its extensions, the DHCP server formulates a DHCP Reply message,
   copying the transaction-ID from the DHCP Release message.  For
   each Extension in the DHCP Release message successfully processed
   by the server, a matching Extension is appended to the DHCP Reply
   message.  For extensions in the DHCP Release message which cannot be
   successfully processed by the server, a DHCP Reply message containing
   extensions with the appropriate status MUST be returned by the
   server.  If the Release message contains no extensions, the server
   does not include any extensions in the corresponding DHCP Reply
   message to the client.


6.5. Sending DHCP Reconfigure Messages

   If a DHCP server needs to change the configuration associated with
   any of its clients, it constructs a DHCP Reconfigure message and
   sends it to each such client.  The Reconfigure MAY be sent to a
   multicast address chosen by the server and previously sent to each of
   its clients in an extension to a previous DHCP Reply message.

   It may happen that a client does not send DHCP Request messages
   after the DHCP Reconfigure message has been issued and retransmitted
   according to the algorithm specified in Section 8.  This can happen
   when the client is not listening for the Reconfigure message,
   possibly because the client is a mobile node disconnected from the
   network, or because the client node has sustained a power outage
   or operating system crash.  In such cases, the DHCP server SHOULD
   reserve any resources issued to the client until the client responds
   at some future time, until the resource allocation times out (see
   section 6.6), or until administrative intervention causes the
   resources to be manually returned to use.

   If the server gets another DHCP Request from a client, with a
   transaction-ID which does not match that of the recently transmitted
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   the client, and wait for RECONF_MSG_RETRANS_INTERVAL, before
   retransmitting the DHCP Reconfigure again.


6.6. Client-Resource timeouts

   Some resources (for instance, a client's IP address) may only be
   allocated to a DHCP client for a particular length of time (for
   instance, the valid lifetime of an IP address).  If the client does
   not renew the resource allocation for such a resource, the DHCP
   server MAY make the resource available for allocation to another
   client.  However, under administrative control, the DHCP server MAY
   reserve any resources issued to the client until the client responds
   at some future time.


7. DHCP Relay Considerations

   The DHCP protocol is constructed so that a relay does not have
   to maintain any state in order to mediate DHCP client/server
   interactions.

   All relays MUST send DHCP Request messages using the source IP
   address from the interface where the DHCP request was received.

   The purpose of the DHCP relay is to enable clients and servers to
   carry out DHCP protocol transactions.  DHCP Solicit messages are
   issued by the relay when initiated by prospective DHCP clients.  By
   default, the relay locates DHCP servers by use of multicasting DHCP
   solicitations to the All-DHCP-Servers multicast address, but relays
   SHOULD allow this behavior to be configurable.  The relay SHOULD NOT
   send such a multicast solicitation on the interface from which it
   received the solicitation from the client.  The source address must
   be a site-local or global-scope address belonging to the relay's
   interface on which the client's original solicitation was received.


7.1. DHCP Solicit and DHCP Advertise Message Processing

   Upon receiving a DHCP Solicit message from a prospective client, a
   relay, by default, forwards the message to all DHCP servers at a site
   according to the following procedure:

    -  copying the prospective client's solicitation message fields into
       the appropriate fields of the outgoing solicitation,

    -  copying a non-link-local address of its interface from which the
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    -  by default, setting the TTL field in the solicitation to the
       value DEFAULT_SOLICIT_TTL (see section 8).

    -  finally, sending the resulting message to one or more DHCP
       Servers.

   By default, the relay sends solicitations to the All-DHCP-Servers
   multicast address, FF05:0:0:0:0:0:1:3.  However, the relay MAY be
   configured with an alternate DHCP server address, or the FQDN of a
   DHCP server.  Methods for automatically updating such alternately
   configured DHCP server addresses are not specified in this document.

   When the relay receives a DHCP advertisement, it relays the
   advertisement to the client at the client's link-local address by way
   of the interface indicated in the agent's address field.


7.2. DHCP Request Message Processing

   When a relay receives a DHCP Request message, it SHOULD check that
   the IP source address in the IP header is a link-local address,
   that the link-local address matches the link-local address field in
   the Request message header, and that the agent address field of the
   message matches an IP address associated with the interface from
   which the DHCP Request message was received.  If any of these checks
   fail, the relay MUST silently discard the Request message.

   The relay MUST check whether the 'S' bit is set in the message
   header.  If not, the packet is discarded, and the relay SHOULD
   return a DHCP Reply message to the address contained in the client's
   link-local address field of the Request message, with status
   ``PoorlyFormed'' (see Section 2.4).

   If the received request message is acceptable, the relay then
   transmits the DHCP Request message to the address of the DHCP server
   found in the Server IP Address field of the received DHCP Request
   message.  All of the fields of DHCP Request message transmitted by
   the relay are copied over unchanged from the DHCP Request received
   from the client.  Only the fields in the IP header will differ from
   the packet received from the client.  If the Relay receives an ICMP
   error, the Relay SHOULD return a DHCP Reply message to the client
   address (which can be found in the payload of the ICMP message [5]),
   with status ``ICMPError'' (see Section 2.4).


7.3. DHCP Reply Message Processing

   When the relay receives a DHCP Reply, it MUST check that the message
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   contains a link-local address.  If either check fails, the packet
   MUST be silently discarded.  If both checks are satisfied, the relay
   MUST send a DHCP Reply message to the link-local address listed in
   the received Reply message.  Only the fields in the IP header will
   differ from the packet received from the server, not the payload.


8. Retransmission and Configuration Variables

   When a DHCP client does not receive a DHCP Reply in response to a
   pending DHCP Request, the client MUST retransmit the identical DHCP
   Request, with the same transaction-ID, to the same server again
   until it can be reasonably sure that the DHCP server is unavailable
   and an alternative can be chosen.  The DHCP server assumes that the
   client has received the configuration information included with the
   extensions to the DHCP Reply message, and it is up to the client
   to continue to try for a reasonable amount of time to complete the
   transaction.  All the actions specified for DHCP Request in this
   section hold also for DHCP Release messages sent by the DHCP client.

   Similarly, when a client sends a DHCP Request message in response to
   a Reconfigure message from the server, the client assumes that the
   DHCP server has received the Request.  The server MUST retransmit
   the identical DHCP Reconfigure to the client a reasonable number
   of times to try to elicit the Request message from the client.
   If no corresponding DHCP Request is received by the server after
   REQUEST_MSG_MIN_RETRANS retransmissions.  time, the server MAY erase
   or deallocate information as needed from the client's binding, but
   see section 6.5.

   When a client reboots and loses its previous state, the server
   should no longer keep track of the transaction IDs associated with
   that previous state.  In order to inform the server that the client
   no longer wishes any association to be maintained between used
   transaction-IDs and previous transactions, the client should set the
   'R' bit in its DHCP Request.

   Retransmissions occur using the following configuration variables
   for a DHCP implementation.  These configuration variables MUST be
   configurable by a client or server:

      ADV_CLIENT_WAIT

         The minimum amount of time a client waits to receive DHCP
         Advertisements after transmitting a DHCP Solicit to the
         All-DHCP Agents multicast address.

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      DEFAULT_SOLICIT_TTL

         The default TTL value used by DHCP relays when sending DHCP
         Solicit messages on behalf of a client.

         Default:  4

      SERVER_MIN_ADV_DELAY

         The minimum amount of time a server waits to transmit a DHCP
         Advertisement after receiving a DHCP Solicit at the All-DHCP
         Servers or All-DHCP Agents multicast address.

         Default:  100 milliseconds

      SERVER_MAX_ADV_DELAY

         The maximum amount of time a server waits to transmit a DHCP
         Advertisement after receiving a DHCP Solicit at the All-DHCP
         Agents multicast address.

         Default:  1 second

      REPLY_MSG_TIMEOUT

         The time in seconds that a DHCP client waits to receive a
         server's DHCP Reply before retransmitting a DHCP Request.

         Default:  2 seconds.

      REQUEST_MSG_MIN_RETRANS

         The minimum number of DHCP Request transmissions that a DHCP
         client should retransmit, before aborting the request, possibly
         retrying the Request with another Server, and logging a DHCP
         System Error.

         Default:  10 retransmissions.

      RECONF_MSG_TIMEOUT

         The time in seconds that a DHCP server waits to receive
         a client's DHCP Request before retransmitting its DHCP
         Reconfigure.

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      RECONF_MSG_MIN_RETRANS

         The minimum number of DHCP Reconfigure messages that a DHCP
         server should retransmit, before assuming the the client is
         unavailable and that the server can proceed with logging a DHCP
         System Error.

         Default:  10 retransmissions.

      RECONF_MSG_RETRANS_INTERVAL

         The least time between successive retransmissions of DHCP
         Reconfigure messages.

         Default:  RECONF_MSG_TIMEOUT

      RECONF_MSG_MIN_RESP

         The minimum amount of time before a client can respond to a
         DHCP Reconfigure message sent to a multicast address.

         Default:  2 seconds.

      RECONF_MSG_MAX_RESP

         The maximum amount of time before a client MUST respond to a
         DHCP Reconfigure message sent to a multicast address.

         Default:  10 seconds.

      MIN_SOLICIT_DELAY

         The minimum amount of time a prospective client is required to
         wait, after determining from a Router Advertisement message
         that the client should perform stateful address configuration,
         before sending a DHCP Solicit to a DHCP server.

         Default:  1 second

      MAX_SOLICIT_DELAY

         The maximum amount of time a prospective client is required to
         wait, after determining from a Router Advertisement message
         that the client should perform stateful address configuration,
         before sending a DHCP Solicit to a DHCP server.

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      XID_TIMEOUT

         The amount of time a DHCP server has to keep track of
         client transaction-IDs in order to make sure that client
         retransmissions using the same transaction-ID are idempotent.

         Default:  600 seconds

   Note that, if a client receives a DHCP message which fails
   authentication, it should continue to wait for another message which
   might be correctly authenticated just as if the failed message had
   never arrived; however, receiving such failed messages SHOULD be
   logged.


9. Security Considerations

   DHCP clients and servers often have to authenticate the messages they
   exchange.  For instance, a DHCP server may wish to be certain that a
   DHCP Request originated from the client identified by the <link-local
   address, agent address> fields included within the Request message
   header.  Conversely, it is quite often essential for a DHCP client
   to be certain that the configuration parameters and addresses it has
   received were sent to it by an authoritative DHCP server.  Similarly,
   a DHCP server should only accept a DHCP Release message which seems
   to be from one of its clients, if it has some assurance that the
   client actually did transmit the Release message.  Again, a client
   might wish to only accept DHCP Reconfigure messages that are certain
   to have originated from a server with authority to issue them.

   The IPv6 Authentication Header can provide security for DHCPv6
   messages when both endpoints have a suitable IP address.  However,
   a client often has only a link-local address, and such an address
   is not sufficient for a DHCP server which is off-link.  In those
   circumstances the DHCP relay is involved, so that the DHCP message
   MUST have the relay's address in the IP destination address field,
   even though the client aims to deliver the message to the DHCP
   server.  The DHCP Client-Server Authentication Extension [12] is
   intended to be used in these circumstances.


10. Year 2000 considerations

   Since all times are relative to the current time of the transaction,
   there is no problem within the DHCPv6 protocol related to any
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11. Acknowledgements

   Thanks to the DHC Working Group for their time and input into the
   specification.  Ralph Droms and Thomas Narten have had a major role
   in shaping the continued improvement of the protocol by their careful
   reviews.  Many thanks to Matt Crawford, Erik Nordmark, and Mike
   Carney for their studied review as part of the Last Call process.
   Thanks also for the consistent input, ideas, and review by (in
   alphabetical order) Brian Carpenter, Gerald Maguire, Jack McCann,
   Yakov Rekhter, Matt Thomas, Sue Thomson, and Phil Wells.

   Thanks to Steve Deering and Bob Hinden, who have consistently
   taken the time to discuss the more complex parts of the IPv6
   specifications.


A. Changes for this revision

      Should this be here?

    -  Allowed relays to use configured DHCP Server addresses instead of
       multicasting to the All-DHCP Servers address.

    -  Specified that clients have to keep around enough information to
       retransmit the same DHCP Request if they receive a retransmitted
       DHCP Reconfigure from a server.

    -  Specified that servers MAY reallocate resources after a client
       fails to renew them.  This differs from the case when a client
       does not answer a Reconfigure message.

    -  Eliminated the 'N' bit from the DHCP Request message.

    -  Added a pfx-size to the DHCP Solicit message.

    -  Renamed REPLY_MSG_MIN_RETRANS to be REQUEST_MSG_MIN_RETRANS

    -  Deleted REPLY_MSG_RETRANS_INTERVAL.

    -  Clarified use of RECONF_MSG_MIN_RETRANS.

    -  Deleted transaction-ID from client bindings.

    -  Clarified resource handling by server when 'C' bit is set in the
       DHCP Solicit message.

    -  Changed specification to use symbolic error names instead of
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    -  Specified that a client should silently discard a Reconfigure
       message if it is waiting for a DHCP Reply.

    -  Specified that a server MAY be configured so that client bindings
       are identified by the client's MAC address, without need to use
       the additional information supplied by the relay address.

    -  Changed preference field to be "optional", and specified that
       invalid preference fields are implicitly equal to 0xffffffff.

    -  Various typos and fixups.


B. Related Work in IPv6

   The related work in IPv6 that would best serve an implementor
   to study is the IPv6 Specification [6], the IPv6 Addressing
   Architecture [8], IPv6 Stateless Address Autoconfiguration [16], IPv6
   Neighbor Discovery Processing [11], and Dynamic Updates to DNS [19].
   These specifications enable DHCP to build upon the IPv6 work to
   provide both robust stateful autoconfiguration and autoregistration
   of DNS Host Names.

   The IPv6 Specification provides the base architecture and design of
   IPv6.  A key point for DHCP implementors to understand is that IPv6
   requires that every link in the internet have an MTU of 1500 octets
   or greater (in IPv4 the requirement is 68 octets).  This means that
   a UDP packet of 536 octets will always pass through an internet
   (less 40 octets for the IPv6 header), as long as there are no IP
   options prior to the UDP header in the packet.  But, IPv6 does not
   support fragmentation at routers, so that fragmentation takes place
   end-to-end between hosts.  If a DHCP implementation needs to send a
   packet greater than 1500 octets it can either fragment the UDP packet
   into fragments of 1500 octets or less, or use Path MTU Discovery [10]
   to determine the size of the packet that will traverse a network
   path.  It is implementation dependent how this is accomplished in
   DHCP. Path MTU Discovery for IPv6 is supported for both UDP and TCP
   and can cause end-to-end fragmentation when the PMTU changes for a
   destination.

   The IPv6 Addressing Architecture specification [8] defines the
   address scope that can be used in an IPv6 implementation, and the
   various configuration architecture guidelines for network designers
   of the IPv6 address space.  Two advantages of IPv6 are that support
   for multicast is required, and nodes can create link-local addresses
   during initialization.  This means that a client can immediately use
   its link-local address and a well-known multicast address to begin
   communications to discover neighbors on the link, or to send a DHCP
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   IPv6 Stateless Address Autoconfiguration [16] (addrconf) specifies
   procedures by which a node may autoconfigure addresses based on
   router advertisements [11], and the use of a valid lifetime to
   support renumbering of addresses on the Internet.  In addition the
   protocol interaction by which a node begins stateless or stateful
   autoconfiguration is specified.  DHCP is one vehicle to perform
   stateful autoconfiguration.  Compatibility with addrconf is a design
   requirement of DHCP (see Section 3.1).

   IPv6 Neighbor Discovery [11] is the node discovery protocol in IPv6
   which replaces and enhances functions of ARP [13].  To understand
   IPv6 and addrconf it is strongly recommended that implementors
   understand IPv6 Neighbor Discovery.

   Dynamic Updates to DNS [19] is a specification that supports the
   dynamic update of DNS records for both IPv4 and IPv6.  DHCP can use
   the dynamic updates to DNS to integrate addresses and name space to
   not only support autoconfiguration, but also autoregistration in
   IPv6.  The security model to be used with DHCPv6 should conform as
   closely as possible to the authentication model outlined in [9].


C. Comparison between DHCPv4 and DHCPv6

   This appendix is provided for readers who will find it useful to see
   a model and architecture comparison between DHCPv4 [7, 1] and DHCPv6.
   There are three key reasons for the differences:

     o IPv6 inherently supports a new model and architecture for
       communications and autoconfiguration of addresses.

     o DHCPv6 in its design was able to take advantage of the inherent
       benefits of IPv6.

     o New features were added to support the expected evolution and
       the existence of more complicated Internet network service
       requirements.

   IPv6 Architecture/Model Changes:

     o The link-local address permits a node to have an address
       immediately when the node boots, which means all clients have a
       source IP address at all times to locate a server or relay agent
       on the local link.

     o The need for bootp compatibility and broadcast flags are removed,
       which permitted a great deal of freedom in designing the new
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     o Multicast and the scoping methods in IPv6 permitted the design of
       discovery packets that would inherently define their range by the
       multicast address for the function required.

     o Stateful autoconfiguration has to coexist and integrate with
       stateless autoconfiguration supporting Duplicate Address
       Detection and the two IPv6 lifetimes, to facilitate the dynamic
       renumbering of addresses and the management of those addresses.

     o Multiple addresses per interface are inherently supported in
       IPv6.

     o Most DHCPv4 options are unnecessary now because the configuration
       parameters are either obtained through IPv6 Neighbor Discovery or
       the Service Location protocol [18].

   DHCPv6 Architecture/Model Changes:

     o The message type is the first byte in the packet.

     o IPv6 Address allocations are now handled in a message extension
       as opposed to the main header.

     o Client/Server bindings are now mandatory and take advantage of
       the client's link-local address to always permit communications
       either directly from an on-link server, or from a remote server
       through an on-link relay-agent.

     o Servers are now discovered by a client solicit and server or
       relay-agent advertisement model.

     o The client will know if the server is on-link or off-link.

     o The client after a solicit will be returned the addresses of
       available servers either from an on-link server or from an
       on-link relay-agent as agents providing the advertisements.

     o The on-link relay-agent will obtain the location of remote server
       addresses from system configuration or by the use of a site wide
       DHCPv6 Multicast packet.

     o The protocol is optimized and removes the use of ACKs and NAKs
       once the client and server set-up is complete.

     o The server assumes the client receives its responses unless it
       receives a retransmission of the same client request.  This
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     o The function of DHCPINFORM is inherent in the new packet design;
       a client can request configuration parameters other than IPv6
       addresses in the optional extension headers.

     o Clients MUST listen to their UDP port for the new Reconfigure
       message from servers.

     o Dynamic Updates to DNS are supported in the IPv6 Address
       extension.

     o New extensions have been defined.

   New Internet User Features:

     o Configuration of Dynamic Updates to DNS to support different
       requirements.

     o Configuration of what policy is enforced when addresses are
       deprecated for dynamic renumbering can be implemented.

     o Configuration of how relay-agents locate remote servers for a
       link can be implemented.

     o An Authentication extension has been added.

     o Configuration of additional addresses for server applications can
       be requested by a client in an implementation.

     o Reclaiming addresses allocated with very long lifetimes can be
       implemented using the Reconfigure message type.

     o Configuration of tightly coupled integration between stateless
       and stateful address autoconfiguration can be implemented.



















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        Extensions.  RFC 2132, March 1997.

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

    [3] S. Bradner and A. Mankin.  The Recommendation for the IP Next
        Generation Protocol.  RFC 1752, January 1995.

    [4] William R. Cheswick and Steven Bellovin.  Firewalls and Internet
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    [7] R. Droms.  Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol.  RFC 2131, March
        1997.

    [8] R. Hinden and S. Deering.  IP Version 6 Addressing Architecture.
        RFC 1884, December 1995.

    [9] Stephen Kent and Randall Atkinson.  IP Authentication Header.
        draft-ietf-ipsec-auth-header-03.txt, November 1997.  (work in
        progress).

   [10] J. McCann, S. Deering, and J. Mogul.  Path MTU Discovery for IP
        version 6.  RFC 1981, August 1996.

   [11] T. Narten, E. Nordmark, and W. Simpson.  Neighbor Discovery for
        IP version 6 (IPv6).  RFC 1970, August 1996.

   [12] C. Perkins.  Extensions for the Dynamic Host Configuration
        Protocol for IPv6.  draft-ietf-dhc-dhcpv6ext-09.txt, October
        1997.  (work in progress).

   [13] David C. Plummer.  An Ethernet Address Resolution Protocol:
        Or Converting Network Protocol Addresses to 48.bit Ethernet
        Addresses for Transmission on Ethernet Hardware.  RFC 826,
        November 1982.

   [14] J. B. Postel.  User Datagram Protocol.  RFC 768, August 1980.




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   [15] J. B. Postel, Editor.  Internet Protocol.  RFC 791, September
        1981.

   [16] S. Thomson and T. Narten.  IPv6 Stateless Address
        Autoconfiguration.  RFC 1971, August 1996.

   [17] S. Thomson and T. Narten.  IPv6 Address Autoconfiguration.
        draft-ietf-ipngwg-addrconf-v2-00.txt, November 1997.  (work in
        progress).

   [18] J. Veizades, E. Guttman, C. Perkins, and S. Kaplan.  Service
        Location Protocol.  RFC 2165, July 1997.

   [19] P. Vixie, S. Thomson, Y. Rekhter, and J. Bound.  Dynamic Updates
        in the Domain Name System (DNS).  RFC 2136, April 1997.





































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Chair's Address

   The working group can be contacted via the current chair:

      Ralph Droms
      Computer Science Department
      323 Dana Engineering
      Bucknell University
      Lewisburg, PA 17837

      Phone:  (717) 524-1145
      E-mail:  droms@bucknell.edu



Author's Address

   Questions about this memo can be directed to:

   Jim Bound                            Charles Perkins
   Digital Equipment Corporation        Technology Development
   110 Spitbrook Road, ZKO3-3/U14       Sun Microsystems, Inc.
   Nashua, NH 03062                     901 San Antonio Rd.
                                        Palo Alto, CA  94303
   Phone: +1-603-884-0400               +1-650-786-6464
   Fax:                                 +1-650-786-6445
   E-mail: bound@zk3.dec.com            charles.perkins@sun.com

























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