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                                               Mark Handley
                                                      ACIRI
                                              Colin Perkins
                                                        UCL
                                              Edmund Whelan
                                                        UCL



                Session Announcement Protocol
               draft-ietf-mmusic-sap-v2-06.txt


                    Status of this memo

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                         Abstract

    This document describes version 2 of the multicast session
    directory announcement protocol, SAP, and the related issues
    affecting security and scalability that should be taken
    into account by implementors.


1  Introduction


In order to assist the advertisement of multicast multimedia conferences
and other multicast sessions, and to communicate the relevant session
setup information to prospective participants, a distributed session

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directory may be used.  An instance of such a session directory periodically
multicasts packets containing a description of the session, and these
advertisements are received by other session directories such that
potential remote participants can use the session description to start
the tools required to participate in the session.

This memo describes the issues involved in the multicast announcement
of session description information and defines an announcement protocol
to be used.  Sessions are described using the session description
protocol which is described in a companion memo [4].

2  Terminology

A SAP announcer periodically multicasts an announcement packet to a well
known multicast address and port.  The announcement is multicast with the
same scope as the session it is announcing, ensuring that the recipients of
the announcement are within the scope of the session the announcement
describes (bandwidth and other such constraints permitting).  This is also
important for the scalability of the protocol, as it keeps local session
announcements local.

A SAP listener learns of the multicast scopes it is within (for example,
using the Multicast-Scope Zone Announcement Protocol [5]) and listens on
the well known SAP address and port for those scopes.  In this manner, it
will eventually learn of all the sessions being announced, allowing those
sessions to be joined.

The key words `MUST', `MUST NOT', `REQUIRED', `SHALL', `SHALL NOT',
`SHOULD', `SHOULD NOT', `RECOMMENDED', `MAY', and `OPTIONAL' in this
document are to be interpreted as described in [1].


3  Session Announcement


As noted previously, a SAP announcer periodically sends an announcement
packet to a well known multicast address and port.  There is no rendezvous
mechanism - the SAP announcer is not aware of the presence or absence of
any SAP listeners - and no additional reliability is provided over the
standard best-effort UDP/IP semantics.

That announcement contains a session description and SHOULD contain
an authentication header.  The session description MAY be encrypted
although this is NOT RECOMMENDED (see section 7).

A SAP announcement is multicast with the same scope as the session
it is announcing, ensuring that the recipients of the announcement
are within the scope of the session the announcement describes.
There are a number of possiblities:



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IPv4 global scope sessions use multicast addresses in the range
    224.2.128.0 - 224.2.255.255 with SAP announcements being sent
    to 224.2.127.254 (note that 224.2.127.255 is used by the obsolete
    SAPv0 and MUST NOT be used).

IPv4 administrative scope sessions using administratively scoped
    IP multicast as defined in [7].  The multicast address to be
    used for announcements is the highest multicast address in the
    relevant administrative scope zone.  For example, if the scope
    range is 239.16.32.0 - 239.16.33.255, then 239.16.33.255 is used
    for SAP announcements.

IPv6 sessions are announced on the address FF0X:0:0:0:0:0:2:7FFE
    where X is the 4-bit scope value.  For example, an announcement
    for a link-local session assigned the address FF02:0:0:0:0:0:1234:5678,
    should be advertised on SAP address FF02:0:0:0:0:0:2:7FFE.

Ensuring that a description is not used by a potential participant
outside the session scope is not addressed in this memo.

SAP announcements MUST be sent on port 9875 and SHOULD be sent with
an IP time-to-live of 255 (the use of TTL scoping for multicast is
discouraged [7]).

If a session uses addresses in multiple administrative scope ranges,
it is necessary for the announcer to send identical copies of the
announcement to each administrative scope range.  It is up to the
listeners to parse such multiple announcements as the same session
(as identified by the SDP origin field, for example).  The announcement
rate for each administrative scope range MUST be calculated separately,
as if the multiple announcements were separate.

Multiple announcers may announce a single session, as an aid to robustness
in the face of packet loss and failure of one or more announcers.  The rate
at which each announcer repeats its announcement MUST be scaled back such
that the total announcement rate is equal to that which a single server
would choose.  Announcements made in this manner MUST be identical.

If multiple announcements are being made for a session, then each
announcement MUST carry an authentication header signed by the same
key, or be treated as a completely separate announcement by listeners.

An IPv4 SAP listener SHOULD listen on the IPv4 global scope SAP address and
on the SAP addresses for each IPv4 administrative scope zone it is within.
The discovery of administrative scope zones is outside the scope of this
memo, but it is assumed that each SAP listener within a particular scope
zone is aware of that scope zone.  A SAP listener which supports IPv6
SHOULD also listen to the IPv6 SAP addresses.




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3.1 Announcement Interval

The time period between repetitions of an announcement is chosen
such that the total bandwidth used by all announcements on a single
SAP group remains below a preconfigured limit.  If not otherwise
specified, the bandwidth limit SHOULD be assumed to be 4000 bits
per second.

Each announcer is expected to listen to other announcements in order
to determine the total number of sessions being announced on a particular
group.  Sessions are uniquely identified by the combination of the
message identifier hash and originating source fields of the SAP
header (note that SAP v0 announcers always set the message identifier
hash to zero, and if such an announcement is received the entire
message MUST be compared to determine uniqueness).

Announcements are made by periodic multicast to the group.  The base
interval between announcements is derived from the number of announcements
being made in that group, the size of the announcement and the configured
bandwidth limit.  The actual transmission time is derived from this
base interval as follows:

  1.The announcer initialises the variable tp to be the last time
    a particular announcement was transmitted (or the current time
    if this is the first time this announcement is to be made).

  2.Given a configured bandwidth limit in bits/second and an announcement
    of ad_size bytes, the base announcement interval in seconds is

           interval =max(300; (8*no_of_ads*ad_size)/limit)

  3.An offset is calculated based on the base announcement interval

              offset= rand(interval* 2/3)-(interval/3)

  4.The next transmission time for an announcement derived as

                    tn =tp+ interval+ offset

The announcer then sets a timer to expire at tn and waits.  At time
tn the announcer SHOULD recalculate the next transmission time.  If
the new value of tn is before the current time, the announcement
is sent immediately.  Otherwise the transmission is rescheduled for
the new tn.  This reconsideration prevents transient packet bursts
on startup and when a network partition heals.


4  Session Deletion


Sessions may be deleted in one of several ways:

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Explicit Timeout The session description payload may contain timestamp
    information specifying the start- and end-times of the session.
    If the current time is later than the end-time of the session,
    then the session SHOULD be deleted from the receiver's session
    cache.

Implicit Timeout A session announcement message should be received
    periodically for each session description in a receiver's session
    cache.  The announcement period can be predicted by the receiver
    from the set of sessions currently being announced.  If a session
    announcement message has not been received for ten times the
    announcement period, or one hour, whichever is the greater, then
    the session is deleted from the receiver's session cache.  The
    one hour minimum is to allow for transient network partitionings.

Explicit Deletion A session deletion packet is received specifying
    the session to be deleted.  Session deletion packets SHOULD have
    a valid authentication header, matching that used to authenticate
    previous announcement packets.  If this authentication is missing,
    the deletion message SHOULD be ignored.


5  Session Modification


A pre-announced session can be modified by simply announcing the modified
session description.  In this case, the version hash in the SAP header MUST
be changed to indicate to receivers that the packet contents should be
parsed (or decrypted and parsed if it is encrypted).  The session itself,
as distinct from the session announcement, is uniquely identified by the
payload and not by the message identifier hash in the header.

The same rules apply for session modification as for session deletion:

  o Either the modified announcement must contain an authentication
    header signed by the same key as the cached session announcement
    it is modifying, or:

  o The cached session announcement must not contain an authentication
    header, and the session modification announcement must originate
    from the same host as the session it is modifying.


If an announcement is received containing an authentication header
and the cached announcement did not contain an authentication header,
or it contained a different authentication header, then the modified
announcement MUST be treated as a new and different announcement,
and displayed in addition to the un-authenticated announcement.  The
same should happen if a modified packet without an authentication
header is received from a different source than the original announcement.

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 0                   1                   2                   3
 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1
+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
| V=1 |A|R|T|E|C|   auth len    |         msg id hash           |
+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
|                                                               |
:                originating source (32 or 128 bits)            :
:                                                               :
+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
|                    optional authentication data               |
:                              ....                             :
*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*
|                      optional payload type                    |
+                                         +-+- - - - - - - - - -+
|                                         |0|                   |
+ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - +-+                   |
|                                                               |
:                            payload                            :
|                                                               |
+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+

                  Figure 1: Packet format


These rules prevent an announcement having an authentication header
added by a malicious user and then being deleted using that header,
and it also prevents a denial-of-service attack by someone putting
out a spoof announcement which, due to packet loss, reaches some
participants before the original announcement.  Note that under such
circumstances, being able to authenticate the message originator is
the only way to discover which session is the correct session.


6  Packet Format

SAP data packets have the format described in figure 1.

V: Version Number. The version number field MUST be set to 1 (SAPv2
    announcements which use only SAPv1 features are backwards compatible,
    those which use new features can be detected by other means,
    so the SAP version number doesn't need to change).

A: Address type. If the A bit is 0, the originating source field
    contains a 32-bit IPv4 address.  If the A bit is 1, the originating
    source contains a 128-bit IPv6 address.

R: Reserved. SAP announcers MUST set this to 0, SAP listeners MUST
    ignore the contents of this field.



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T: Message Type. If the T field is set to 0 this is a session announcement
    packet, if 1 this is a session deletion packet.

E: Encryption Bit. If the encryption bit is set to 1, the payload
    of the SAP packet is encrypted.  If this bit is 0 the packet
    is not encrypted.  See section 7 for details of the encryption
    process.

C: Compressed bit. If the compressed bit is set to 1, the payload
    is compressed using the zlib compression algorithm [3].  If the
    payload is to be compressed and encrypted, the compression MUST
    be performed first.

Authentication Length. An 8 bit unsigned quantity giving the number
    of 32 bit words following the main SAP header that contain
    authentication data.  If it is zero, no authentication header
    is present.

Authentication data containing a digital signature of the packet,
    with length as specified by the authentication length header
    field.  See section 8 for details of the authentication process.

Message Identifier Hash. A 16 bit quantity that, used in combination
    with the originating source, provides a globally unique identifier
    indicating the precise version of this announcement.  The choice
    of value for this field is not specified here, except that it
    MUST be unique for each session announced by a particular SAP
    announcer and it MUST be changed if the session description is
    modified (and a session deletion message SHOULD be sent for the
    old version of the session).

    Earlier versions of SAP used a value of zero to mean that the
    hash should be ignored and the payload should always be parsed.
    This had the unfortunate side-effect that SAP announcers had
    to study the payload data to determine how many unique sessions
    were being advertised, making the calculation of the announcement
    interval more complex that necessary.  In order to decouple the
    session announcement process from the contents of those announcements,
    SAP announcers SHOULD NOT set the message identifier hash to zero.

    SAP listeners MAY silently discard messages if the message identifier
    hash is set to zero.

Originating Source. This gives the IP address of the original source
    of the message.  This is an IPv4 address if the A field is set
    to zero, else it is an IPv6 address.  The address is stored
    in network byte order.

    SAPv0 permitted the originating source to be zero if the message
    identifier hash was also zero.  This practise is no longer legal,
    and SAP announcers SHOULD NOT set the originating source to zero.
    SAP listeners MAY silently discard packets with the originating
    source set to zero.


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The header is followed by an optional payload type field and the
payload data itself.  If the E or C bits are set in the header both
the payload type and payload are encrypted and/or compressed.

The payload type field is a MIME content type specifier, describing the
format of the payload.  This is a variable length ASCII text string,
followed by a single zero byte (ASCII NUL). The payload type SHOULD be
included in all packets.  If the payload type is `application/sdp' both the
payload type and its terminating zero byte MAY be omitted, although this is
intended for backwards compatibility with SAP v1 listeners only.

The absence of a payload type field may be noted since the payload
section of such a packet will start with an SDP `v=0' field, which
is not a legal MIME content type specifier.

All implementations MUST support payloads of type `application/sdp'
[4].  Other formats MAY be supported although since there is no negotiation
in SAP an announcer which chooses to use a session description format
other than SDP cannot know that the listeners are able to understand
the announcement.  A proliferation of payload types in announcements
has the potential to lead to severe interoperability problems, and
for this reason, the use of non-SDP payloads is NOT RECOMMENDED.

If the packet is an announcement packet, the payload contains a session
description.

If the packet is a session deletion packet, the payload contains
a session deletion message.  If the payload format is `application/sdp'
the deletion message is a single SDP line consisting of the origin
field of the announcement to be deleted.

It is desirable for the payload to be sufficiently small that SAP packets
do not get fragmented by the underlying network.  Fragmentation has a loss
multiplier effect, which is known to significantly affect the reliability
of announcements.  It is RECOMMENDED that SAP packets are smaller than
1kByte in length, although if it is known that announcements will use a
network with a smaller MTU than this, then that SHOULD be used as the
maximum recommended packet size.


7  Encrypted Announcements

An announcement is received by all listeners in the scope to which
it is sent.  If an announcement is encrypted, and many of the receivers
do not have the encryption key, there is a considerable waste of
bandwidth since those receivers cannot use the announcement they have
received.  For this reason, the use of encrypted SAP announcements
is NOT RECOMMENDED on the global scope SAP group or on administrative
scope groups which may have many receivers which cannot decrypt those
announcements.


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The opinion of the authors is that encrypted SAP is useful in special
cases only, and that the vast majority of scenarios where encrypted
SAP has been proposed may be better served by distributing session
details using another mechanism.  There are, however, certain scenarios
where encrypted announcements may be useful.  For this reason, the
encryption bit is included in the SAP header to allow experimentation
with encrypted announcements.

This memo does not specify details of the encryption algorithm to
be used or the means by which keys are generated and distributed.
An additional specification should define these, if it is desired
to use encrypted SAP.

Note that if an encrypted announcement is being announced via a proxy,
then there may be no way for the proxy to discover that the announcement
has been superseded, and so it may continue to relay the old announcement
in addition to the new announcement.  SAP provides no mechanism to
chain modified encrypted announcements, so it is advisable to announce
the unmodified session as deleted for a short time after the modification
has occurred.  This does not guarantee that all proxies have deleted
the session, and so receivers of encrypted sessions should be prepared
to discard old versions of session announcements that they may receive.
In most cases however, the only stateful proxy will be local to (and
known to) the sender, and an additional (local-area) protocol involving
a handshake for such session modifications can be used to avoid this
problem.

Session announcements that are encrypted with a symmetric algorithm
may allow a degree of privacy in the announcement of a session, but
it should be recognised that a user in possession of such a key can
pass it on to other users who should not be in possession of such
a key.  Thus announcements to such a group of key holders cannot
be assumed to have come from an authorised key holder unless there
is an appropriate authentication header signed by an authorised key
holder.  In addition the recipients of such encrypted announcements
cannot be assumed to only be authorised key holders.  Such encrypted
announcements do not provide any real security unless all of the
authorised key holders are trusted to maintain security of such session
directory keys.  This property is shared by the multicast session
tools themselves, where it is possible for an un-trustworthy member
of the session to pass on encryption keys to un-authorised users.
However it is likely that keys used for the session tools will be
more short lived than those used for session directories.

Similar considerations should apply when session announcements are
encrypted with an asymmetric algorithm, but then it is possible to
restrict the possessor(s) of the private key, so that announcements
to a key-holder group can not be made, even if one of the untrusted
members of the group proves to be un-trustworthy.



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                     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
+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
| V=1 |P| Auth  |                                               |
+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+                                               |
|              Format  specific authentication subheader        |
:                        ..................                     :
+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+

 Figure 2:  Format of the authentication data in the SAP header


8  Authenticated Announcements

The authentication header can be used for two purposes:

  o Verification that changes to a session description or deletion
    of a session are permitted.

  o Authentication of the identity of the session creator.

In some circumstances only verification is possible because a certificate
signed by a mutually trusted person or authority is not available.
However, under such circumstances, the session originator may still
be authenticated to be the same as the session originator of previous
sessions claiming to be from the same person.  This may or may not
be sufficient depending on the purpose of the session and the people
involved.

Clearly the key used for the authentication should not be trusted
to belong to the session originator unless it has been separately
authenticated by some other means, such as being certified by a trusted
third party.  Such certificates are not normally included in an SAP
header because they take more space than can normally be afforded
in an SAP packet, and such verification must therefore take place
by some other mechanism.  However, as certified public keys are normally
locally cached, authentication of a particular key only has to take
place once, rather than every time the session directory retransmits
the announcement.

SAP is not tied to any single authentication mechanism.  Authentication
data in the header is self-describing, but the precise format depends
on the authentication mechanism in use.  The generic format of the
authentication data is given in figure 2.  The structure of the format
specific authentication subheader, using both the PGP and the CMS
formats, is discussed in sections 8.1 and 8.2 respectively.  Additional
formats may be added in future.

Version Number, V:  The version number of the authentication format
    specified by this memo is 1.

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Padding Bit, P:  If necessary the authentication data is padded
    to be a multiple of 32 bits and the padding bit is set.  In
    this case the last byte of the authentication data contains the
    number of padding bytes (including the last byte) that must be
    discarded.

Authentication Type, Auth: The authentication type is a  4 bit encoded
    field that denotes the authentication infrastructure the sender
    expects the recipients to use to check the authenticity and integrity
    of the information.  This defines the format of the authentication
    subheader and can take the values:  0 = PGP format, 1 = CMS
    format.  All other values are undefined and SHOULD be ignored.

If a SAP packet is to be compressed or encrypted, this MUST be done
before the authentication is added.

The digital signature in the authentication data MUST be calculated
over the entire packet, including the header.  The authentication
length MUST be set to zero and the authentication data excluded when
calculating the digital signature.

It is to be expected that sessions may be announced by a number of
different mechanisms, not only SAP. For example, a session description
may placed on a web page, sent by email or conveyed in a session
initiation protocol.  To ease interoperability with these other
mechanisms, application level security is employed, rather than
using IPsec authentication headers.


8.1 PGP Authentication

A full description of the PGP protocol can be found in [2].  When using PGP
for SAP authentication the basic format specific authentication subheader
comprises a digital signature packet as described in [2].  The signature
type MUST be 0x01 which means the signature is that of a canonical text
document.


8.2 CMS Authentication

A full description of the Cryptographic Message Syntax can be found
in [6].  The format specific authentication subheader will, in the
CMS case, have an ASN.1 ContentInfo type with the ContentType being
signedData.

Use is made of the option available in PKCS#7 to leave the content
itself blank as the content which is signed is already present in
the packet.  Inclusion of it within the SignedData type would duplicate
this data and increase the packet length unnecessarily.  In addition
this allows recipients with either no interest in the authentication,


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or with no mechanism for checking it, to more easily skip the authentication
information.

There SHOULD be only one signerInfo and related fields corresponding
to the originator of the SAP announcement.  The signingTime SHOULD
be present as a signedAttribute.  However, due to the strict size
limitations on the size of SAP packets, certificates and CRLs SHOULD
NOT be included in the signedData structure.  It is expected that
users of the protocol will have other methods for certificate and
CRL distribution.

9  Scalability and caching


SAP is intended to announce the existence of long-lived wide-area
multicast sessions.  It is not an especially timely protocol:  sessions
are announced by periodic multicast with a repeat rate on the order
of tens of minutes, and no enhanced reliability over UDP. This leads
to a long startup delay before a complete set of announcements is
heard by a listener.  This delay is clearly undesirable for interactive
browsing of announced sessions.

In order to reduce the delays inherent in SAP, it is recommended
that proxy caches are deployed.  A SAP proxy cache is expected to
listen to all SAP groups in its scope, and to maintain an up-to-date
list of all announced sessions along with the time each announcement
was last received.  When a new SAP listeners starts, it should contact
its local proxy to download this information, which is then sufficient
for it to process future announcements directly, as if it has been
continually listening.

The protocol by which a SAP listener contacts its local proxy cache
is not specified here.


10 Security  Considerations


SAP contains mechanisms for ensuring integrity of session announcements,
for authenticating the origin of an announcement and for encrypting
such announcements (sections 7 and 8).

As stated in section 5, if a session modification announcement is
received that contains a valid authentication header, but which is
not signed by the original creator of the session, then the session
must be treated as a new session in addition to the original session
with the same SDP origin information unless the originator of one
of the session descriptions can be authenticated using a certificate
signed by a trusted third party.  If this were not done, there would
be a possible denial of service attack whereby a party listens for
new announcements, strips off the original authentication header,


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modifies the session description, adds a new authentication header
and re-announces the session.  If a rule was imposed that such spoof
announcements were ignored, then if packet loss or late starting
of a session directory instance caused the original announcement to
fail to arrive at a site, but the spoof announcement did so, this
would then prevent the original announcement from being accepted at
that site.

A similar denial-of-service attack is possible if a session announcement
receiver relies completely on the originating source and hash fields to
indicate change, and fails to parse the remainder of announcements for
which it has seen the origin/hash combination before.

A denial of service attack is possible from a malicious site close
to a legitimate site which is making a session announcement.  This
can happen if the malicious site floods the legitimate site with
huge numbers of (illegal) low TTL announcements describing high TTL
sessions.  This may reduce the session announcement rate of the legitimate
announcement to below a tenth of the rate expected at remote sites
and therefore cause the session to time out.  Such an attack is likely
to be easily detectable, and we do not provide any mechanism here
to prevent it.


A  Summary of differences between SAPv0 and SAPv1


For this purpose SAPv0 is defined as the protocol in use by version
2.2 of the session directory tool, sdr.  SAPv1 is the protocol described
in the 19 November 1996 version of this memo (draft-ietf-mmusic-sap-00.txt).
The packet headers of SAP messages are the same in V0 and V1 in
that a V1 tool can parse a V0 announcement header but not vice-versa.
In SAPv0, the fields have the following values:

  o Version Number:  0

  o Message Type:  0 (Announcement)

  o Authentication Type:  0 (No Authentication)

  o Encryption Bit:  0 (No Encryption)

  o Compression Bit:  0 (No compression)

  o Message Id Hash:  0 (No Hash Specified)

  o Originating Source:  0 (No source specified, announcement has
    not been relayed)





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B  Summary of differences between SAPv1 and SAPv2

The packet headers of SAP messages are the same in V1 and V2 in
that a V2 tool can parse a V1 announcement header but not necessarily
vice-versa.

  o The A bit has been added to the SAP header, replacing one of
    the bits of the SAPv1 message type field.  If set to zero the
    announcement is of an IPv4 session, and the packet is backwards
    compatible with SAPv1.  If set to one the announcement is of
    an IPv6 session, and SAPv1 listeners (which do not support IPv6)
    will see this as an illegal message type (MT) field.

  o The second bit of the message type field in SAPv1 has been replaced
    by a reserved, must-be-zero, bit.  This bit was unused in SAPv1,
    so this change just codifies existing usage.

  o SAPv1 specified encryption of the payload.  SAPv2 includes the
    E bit in the SAP header to indicate that the payload is encrypted,
    but does not specify any details of the encryption.

  o SAPv1 allowed the message identifier hash and originating source
    fields to be set to zero, for backwards compatibility.  This
    is no longer legal.

  o SAPv1 specified gzip compression.  SAPv2 uses zlib (the only
    known implementation of SAP compression used zlib, and gzip compression
    was a mistake).

  o SAPv2 provides a more complete specification for authentication.

  o SAPv2 allows for non-SDP payloads to be transported.  SAPv1 required
    that the payload was SDP.

  o SAPv1 included a timeout field for encrypted announcement, SAPv2
    does not (and relies of explicit deletion messages or implicit
    timeouts).

C  Acknowledgments


SAP and SDP were originally based on the protocol used by the sd
session directory from Van Jacobson at LBNL. Version 1 of SAP was
designed by Mark Handley as part of the European Commission MICE
(Esprit 7602) and MERCI (Telematics 1007) projects.  Version 2 includes
authentication features developed by Edmund Whelan, Goli Montasser-Kohsari
and Peter Kirstein as part of the European Commission ICE-TEL project
(Telematics 1005), and support for IPv6 developed by Maryann P. Maher
and Colin Perkins.



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D  Authors' Addresses

Mark Handley <mjh@aciri.org>
AT&T Center for Internet Research at ICSI,
International Computer Science Institute,
1947 Center Street, Suite 600,
Berkeley, CA 94704, USA

Colin Perkins <c.perkins@cs.ucl.ac.uk>
Department of Computer Science,
University College London,
Gower Street,
London, WC1E 6BT, UK

Edmund Whelan <e.whelan@cs.ucl.ac.uk>
Department of Computer Science,
University College London,
Gower Street,
London, WC1E 6BT, UK


References

[1] S. Bradner. Key words for use in RFCs to indicate requirement levels,
    March 1997. RFC2119.

[2] J. Callas, L. Donnerhacke, H. Finney, and R. Thayer. OpenPGP message
    format, November 1998. RFC2440.

[3] P. Deutsch  and J.-L. Gailly. Zlib compressed data format specification
    version 3.3, May 1996. RFC1950.

[4] M. Handley  and V. Jacobson. SDP: Session Description Protocol, April
    1998. RFC2327.

[5] M. Handley, D. Thaler, and R. Kermode.  Multicast-scope zone
    announcement protocol  (MZAP), February 2000. RFC2776.

[6] R. Housley. Cryptographic message syntax, June 1999.  RFC2630.

[7] D. Mayer. Administratively scoped IP multicast, July 1998. RFC2365.










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