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Network Working Group                                             Q. Xie
Internet-Draft                                                  Motorola
Intended status: Experimental                                 R. Stewart
Expires: March 25, 2008                              Cisco Systems, Inc.
                                                             M. Stillman
                                                                   Nokia
                                                               M. Tuexen
                                      Muenster Univ. of Applied Sciences
                                                            A. Silverton
                                                          Motorola, Inc.
                                                      September 22, 2007


            Endpoint Handlespace Redundancy Protocol (ENRP)
                    draft-ietf-rserpool-enrp-17.txt

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Abstract

   The Endpoint Handlespace Redundancy Protocol (ENRP) is designed to
   work in conjunction with the Aggregate Server Access Protocol (ASAP)
   to accomplish the functionality of the Reliable Server Pooling
   (RSerPool) requirements and architecture.  Within the operational
   scope of RSerPool, ENRP defines the procedures and message formats of
   a distributed, fault-tolerant registry service for storing,
   bookkeeping, retrieving, and distributing pool operation and
   membership information.


Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
     1.1.  Definitions  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
     1.2.  Conventions  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  5
   2.  ENRP Message Definitions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  6
     2.1.  ENRP_PRESENCE message  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  6
     2.2.  ENRP_HANDLE_TABLE_REQUEST message  . . . . . . . . . . . .  8
     2.3.  ENRP_HANDLE_TABLE_RESPONSE message . . . . . . . . . . . .  8
     2.4.  ENRP_HANDLE_UPDATE message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
     2.5.  ENRP_LIST_REQUEST message  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
     2.6.  ENRP_LIST_RESPONSE message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
     2.7.  ENRP_INIT_TAKEOVER message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
     2.8.  ENRP_INIT_TAKEOVER_ACK message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
     2.9.  ENRP_TAKEOVER_SERVER message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
     2.10. ENRP_ERROR message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
   3.  ENRP Operation Procedures  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
     3.1.  Methods for Communicating amongst ENRP Servers . . . . . . 17
     3.2.  ENRP Server Initialization . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
       3.2.1.  Generate a Server Identifier . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
       3.2.2.  Acquire Peer Server List . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
       3.2.3.  Download ENRP Handlespace Data from Mentor Peer  . . . 21
     3.3.  Handle PE Registration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
       3.3.1.  Rules on PE Re-registration  . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
     3.4.  Handle PE De-registration  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
     3.5.  Pool Handle Translation  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
     3.6.  Server Handlespace Update  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
       3.6.1.  Announcing Addition or Update of PE  . . . . . . . . . 27
       3.6.2.  Announcing Removal of PE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
     3.7.  Detecting and Removing Unreachable PE  . . . . . . . . . . 28
     3.8.  Helping PE and PU to Discover Home ENRP Server . . . . . . 29
     3.9.  Maintaining Peer List and Monitoring Peer Status . . . . . 29
       3.9.1.  Discovering New Peer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
       3.9.2.  Server Sending Heartbeat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
       3.9.3.  Detecting Peer Server Failure  . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
     3.10. Taking-over a Failed Peer Server . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30



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       3.10.1. Initiating Server Take-over Arbitration  . . . . . . . 31
       3.10.2. Take-over Target Peer Server . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
     3.11. Handlespace Data Auditing and Re-synchronization . . . . . 32
       3.11.1. Auditing Procedures  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
       3.11.2. PE Checksum Calculation Algorithm  . . . . . . . . . . 33
       3.11.3. Re-synchronization Procedures  . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
     3.12. Handling Unrecognized Message or Unrecognized Parameter  . 35
   4.  Variables and Thresholds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
     4.1.  Variables  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
     4.2.  Thresholds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
   5.  IANA Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
     5.1.  A New Table for ENRP Message Types . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
     5.2.  A New Table for Update Action Types  . . . . . . . . . . . 37
     5.3.  Multicast Addresses  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
   6.  Security Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
     6.1.  Summary of Rserpool Security Threats . . . . . . . . . . . 39
     6.2.  Implementing Security Mechanisms . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
     6.3.  Chain of trust . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
   7.  Acknowledgements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
   8.  References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
     8.1.  Normative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
     8.2.  Informative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
   Authors' Addresses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
   Intellectual Property and Copyright Statements . . . . . . . . . . 47



























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1.  Introduction

   ENRP is designed to work in conjunction with ASAP [9] to accomplish
   the functionality of RSerPool as defined by its requirements [5].

   Within the operational scope of RSerPool, ENRP defines the procedures
   and message formats of a distributed fault-tolerant registry service
   for storing, bookkeeping, retrieving, and distributing pool operation
   and membership information.

   Whenever appropriate, in the rest of this document we will refer to
   this RSerPool registry service as ENRP handlespace, or simply
   handlespace because it manages all pool handles.

1.1.  Definitions

   This document uses the following terms:

   Operational scope:  The part of the network visible to pool users by
      a specific instance of the reliable server pooling protocols.

   Pool (or server pool):  A collection of servers providing the same
      application functionality.

   Pool handle:  A logical pointer to a pool.  Each server pool will be
      identifiable in the operational scope of the system by a unique
      pool handle.

   Pool element:  A server entity having registered to a pool.

   Pool user:  A server pool user.

   Pool element handle (or endpoint handle):  A logical pointer to a
      particular pool element in a pool, consisting of the pool handle
      and a destination transport address of the pool element.

   Handle space:  A cohesive structure of pool handles and relations
      that may be queried by an internal or external agent.

   ENRP client channel:  The communication channel through which an ASAP
      User (either a PE or PU) requests ENRP handlespace service.  The
      client channel is usually defined by the transport address of the
      home server and a well-known port number.  The channel MAY make
      use of multi-cast or a named list of ENRP servers.







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   ENRP server channel:  Defined by a well-known multicast IP address
      and a well known port number.  All ENRP servers in an operational
      scope can send multicast messages to other servers through this
      channel.  PEs are also allowed to multicast on this channel
      occasionally;

   Home ENRP server:  The ENRP server to which a PE or PU currently
      belongs.  A PE MUST only have one home ENRP server at any given
      time and both the PE and its home ENRP server MUST keep track of
      this master/slave relationship between them.  A PU SHOULD select
      one of the available ENRP servers as its home ENRP server, but the
      ENRP server does not need to know, nor does it need to keep track
      of this relationship.

1.2.  Conventions

   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 RFC2119 [2].
































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2.  ENRP Message Definitions

   In this section, we define the format of all ENRP messages.  These
   are messages sent and received amongst ENRP servers in an operational
   scope.  Messages sent and received between a PE/PU and an ENRP server
   are part of ASAP and are defined in [9].  A common format, that is
   defined in [8], is used for all ENRP and ASAP messages.

   Most ENRP messages contains a combination of fixed fields and TLV
   parameters.  The TLV (Type-Length_value) parameters are also defined
   in [8].

   All messages, as well as their fields/parameters described below,
   MUST be transmitted in network byte order (a.k.a.  Big Endian,
   meaning the most significant byte is transmitted first).

   For ENRP, the following message types are defined in this section:

         Type       Message Name
         -----      -------------------------
         0x00      - (reserved by IETF)
         0x01      - ENRP_PRESENCE
         0x02      - ENRP_HANDLE_TABLE_REQUEST
         0x03      - ENRP_HANDLE_TABLE_RESPONSE
         0x04      - ENRP_HANDLE_UPDATE
         0x05      - ENRP_LIST_REQUEST
         0x06      - ENRP_LIST_RESPONSE
         0x07      - ENRP_INIT_TAKEOVER
         0x08      - ENRP_INIT_TAKEOVER_ACK
         0x09      - ENRP_TAKEOVER_SERVER
         0x0a      - ENRP_ERROR
         0x0b-0xff - (reserved by IETF)

                                 Figure 1

   Except for the ENRP_PRESENCE message, the usage of the ENRP server
   channel is for further study.  The usage of point-to-point
   communications is assumed in this specification.

2.1.  ENRP_PRESENCE message

   This ENRP message is used to announce (periodically) the presence of
   an ENRP server, or to probe the status of a peer ENRP server.  This
   message is either send on the ENRP server channel or point-to-point
   to another ENRP server.






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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
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
      |   Type = 0x01 |0|0|0|0|0|0|0|0|        Message Length         |
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
      |                     Sending Server's ID                       |
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
      |                    Receiving Server's ID                      |
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
      :                      PE Checksum Param                        :
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
      :               Server Information Param (optional)             :
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+



      R (reply_required) flag:  1 bit

         Set to '1' if the sender requires a response to this message,
         otherwise set to '0'.  If sent to the ENRP server channel this
         field MUST be set to '0'.

      Sending Server's ID:  32 bit (unsigned integer)

         This is the ID of the ENRP server which sent this message.

      Receiving Server's ID:  32 bit (unsigned integer)

         This is the ID of the ENRP server to which this message is
         intended.  If the message is not intended for an individual
         server (e.g., the message is multicasted to a group of
         servers), this field MUST be sent with all 0's.  If the message
         is send point-to-point this field MAY be sent with all 0's.

      PE Checksum Parameter:

         This is a TLV that contains the latest PE checksum of the ENRP
         server who sends the ENRP_PRESENCE.  This parameter SHOULD be
         included for handlespace consistency auditing.  See
         Section 3.11.1 for details.

      Server Information Parameter:

         If this parameter is present, it contains the server
         information of the sender of this message (Server Information
         Parameter is defined in [8]).  This parameter is optional.
         However, if this message is sent in response to a received
         "reply required" ENRP_PRESENCE from a peer, the sender then



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         MUST include its server information.

   Note, at startup an ENRP server MUST pick a randomly generated, non-
   zero 32-bit unsigned integer as its ID and MUST use this same ID
   until the ENRP server is rebooted.

2.2.  ENRP_HANDLE_TABLE_REQUEST message

   An ENRP server sends this message to one of its peers to request a
   copy of the handlespace data.  This message is normally used during
   server initialization or handlespace re-synchronization.

       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
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
      |   Type = 0x02 |0|0|0|0|0|0|0|W|    Message Length = 0xC       |
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
      |                      Sending Server's ID                      |
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
      |                     Receiving Server's ID                     |
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+



      W (oWn-children-only) flag:  1 bit

         Set to '1' if the sender of this message is only requesting
         information about the PEs owned by the message receiver.
         Otherwise, set to '0'.

      Sending Server's ID:

         See Section 2.1.

      Receiving Server's ID:

         See Section 2.1.

2.3.  ENRP_HANDLE_TABLE_RESPONSE message

   The PEER_NAME_TABLE_RESPONSE message is sent by an ENRP server in
   response to a received PEER_NAME_TABLE_REQUEST message to assist peer
   server initialization or handle-space synchronization.








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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
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
      |   Type = 0x03 |0|0|0|0|0|0|M|R|        Message Length         |
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
      |                      Sending Server's ID                      |
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
      |                     Receiving Server's ID                     |
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
      :                                                               :
      :                     Pool entry #1 (optional)                  :
      :                                                               :
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
      :                                                               :
      :                              ...                              :
      :                                                               :
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
      :                                                               :
      :                     Pool entry #n (optional)                  :
      :                                                               :
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+



      M (More_to_send) flag:  1 bit

         Set to '1' if the sender of this message has more pool entries
         to send in subsequent ENRP_HANDLE_TABLE_RESPONSE messages.
         Otherwise, set to '0'.

      R (Reject) flag:  1 bit

         MUST be set to '1' if the sender of this message is rejecting a
         handlespace request.  In this case, pool entries MUST not be
         included.  This might happen if the sender of this message is
         in the middle of initializing its database or it is under high
         load.

      Message Length:  16 bits (unsigned integer)

         Indicates the entire length of the message including the header
         in number of octets.

         Note, the value in Message Length field will NOT cover any
         padding at the end of this message.






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      Sending Server's ID:

         See Section 2.1.

      Receiving Server's ID:

         See Section 2.1.

      Pool entry #1-#n:

         If the R flag is set to '0', at least one pool entry SHOULD be
         present in this message.  Each pool entry MUST start with a
         Pool Handle parameter as defined in section 3.1.7, and is
         followed by one or more Pool Element parameters in TLV format,
         as shown below:

                   +---------------------------+
                   :      Pool handle          :
                   +---------------------------+
                   :         PE #1             :
                   +---------------------------+
                   :         PE #2             :
                   +---------------------------+
                   :          ...              :
                   +---------------------------+
                   :         PE #n             :
                   +---------------------------+

2.4.  ENRP_HANDLE_UPDATE message

   The PEER_NAME_UPDATE message is sent by the home ENRP server of a PE
   to all peer servers to announce registration, reregistration, or
   deregistration of the PE in the handle-space.


















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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
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
      |   Type = 0x04 |0|0|0|0|0|0|0|0|        Message Length         |
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
      |                      Sending Server's ID                      |
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
      |                     Receiving Server's ID                     |
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
      |        Update Action          |        (reserved)             |
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
      :                     Pool Handle Parameter                     :
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
      :                    Pool Element Parameter                     :
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+



      Message Length:  16 bits (unsigned integer)

         Indicates the entire length of the message including the header
         in number of octets.

         Note, the value in Message Length field will NOT cover any
         padding at the end of this message.

      Update Action:  16 bits (unsigned integer)

         This field indicates the requested action of the specified PE.
         The field MUST be set to one of the following values:

         0x0000 - ADD_PE:  Add or update the specified PE in the ENRP
            handlespace

         0x0001 - DEL_PE:  Delete the specified PE from the ENRP
            handlespace.

         0x0002 - 0xFFFF:  Reserved by IETF.

         Other values are reserved by IETF and MUST not be used.

      Reserved:  16 bits

         This field MUST be set to all 0's by sender and ignored by the
         receiver.






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      Sending Server's ID:

         See Section 2.1.

      Receiving Server's ID:

         See Section 2.1.

      Pool handle:

         Specifies to which the PE belongs.

      Pool Element:

         Specifies the PE.

2.5.  ENRP_LIST_REQUEST message

   The PEER_LIST_REQUEST message is sent to request a current copy of
   the ENRP server list.  This message is normally sent from a newly
   activated ENRP server to an established ENRP server as part of the
   initialization process.


       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
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
      |   Type = 0x05 |0|0|0|0|0|0|0|0|    Message Length = 0xC       |
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
      |                      Sending Server's ID                      |
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
      |                     Receiving Server's ID                     |
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+



      Sending Server's ID:

         See Section 2.1.

      Receiving Server's ID:

         See Section 2.1.








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2.6.  ENRP_LIST_RESPONSE message

   The PEER_LIST_RESPONSE message is sent in response from an ENRP
   server that receives a PEER_LIST_REQUEST message to return
   information about known ENRP servers.


       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
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
      |   Type = 0x06 |0|0|0|0|0|0|0|R|        Message Length         |
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
      |                      Sending Server's ID                      |
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
      |                     Receiving Server's ID                     |
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
      :            Server Information Parameter of Peer #1            :
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
      :                           ...                                 :
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
      :            Server Information Parameter of Peer #n            :
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+



      R (Reject) flag:  1 bit

         This flag MUST be set to '1' if the sender of this message is
         rejecting a PEER_LIST_REQUEST message.  If this case occurs,
         the message MUST NOT include any Server Information Parameters.

      Message Length:  16 bits (unsigned integer)

         Indicates the entire length of the message in number of octets.

         Note, the value in Message Length field will NOT cover any
         padding at the end of this message.

      Sending Server's ID:

         See Section 2.1.

      Receiving Server's ID:

         See Section 2.1.






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      Server Information Parameter of Peer #1-#n:

         Each contains a Server Information Parameter of a peer known to
         the sender.  The Server Information Parameter is defined in
         [8].

2.7.  ENRP_INIT_TAKEOVER message

   The ENRP_INIT_TAKEOVER message is sent by an ENRP server (the
   takeover initiator) to announce its intention of taking over a
   specific peer ENRP server.  It is send to all its peers.


       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
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
      |   Type = 0x07 |0|0|0|0|0|0|0|0|        Message Length         |
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
      |                      Sending Server's ID                      |
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
      |                     Receiving Server's ID                     |
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
      |                      Targeting Server's ID                    |
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+



      Sending Server's ID:

         See Section 2.1.

      Receiving Server's ID:

         See Section 2.1.

      Targeting Server's ID:  32-bit (unsigned integer)

         This is the ID of the peer ENRP that is the target of this
         takeover attempt.

2.8.  ENRP_INIT_TAKEOVER_ACK message

   The PEER_INIT_TAKEOVER_ACK message is sent in response to a takeover
   initiator to acknowledge the reception of the PEER_INIT_TAKEROVER
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       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
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
      |   Type = 0x08 |0|0|0|0|0|0|0|0|        Message Length         |
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
      |                      Sending Server's ID                      |
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
      |                     Receiving Server's ID                     |
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
      |                      Targeting Server's ID                    |
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+



      Sending Server's ID:

         See Section 2.1.

      Receiving Server's ID:

         See Section 2.1.

      Targeting Server's ID:

         This is the ID of the peer ENRP that is the target of this
         takeover attempt.

2.9.  ENRP_TAKEOVER_SERVER message

   The PEER_TAKEOVER_REGISTRAR message is sent by the takeover initiator
   to declare the enforcement of a takeover to all active peer ENRP
   servers.


       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
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
      |   Type = 0x09 |0|0|0|0|0|0|0|0|        Message Length         |
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
      |                      Sending Server's ID                      |
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
      |                     Receiving Server's ID                     |
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
      |                      Targeting Server's ID                    |
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+






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      Sending Server's ID:

         See Section 2.1.

      Receiving Server's ID:

         See Section 2.1.

      Targeting Server's ID:

         This is the ID of the peer ENRP that is the target of this
         takeover operation.

2.10.  ENRP_ERROR message

   The ENRP_ERROR message is sent by a registrar to report an
   operational error to a peer ENRP 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
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
      |   Type = 0x0a |0|0|0|0|0|0|0|0|        Message Length         |
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
      |                      Sending Server's ID                      |
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
      |                     Receiving Server's ID                     |
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
      :                 Operational Error Parameter                   :
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+



      Sending Server's ID:

         See Section 2.1.

      Receiving Server's ID:

         See Section 2.1.

      Operational Error Parameter:

         This parameter, defined in [8], indicates the type of error(s)
         being reported.




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3.  ENRP Operation Procedures

   In this section, we discuss the operation procedures defined by ENRP.
   An ENRP server MUST follow these procedures when sending, receiving,
   or processing ENRP messages.

   Many of the RSerPool events call for both server-to-server and PU/
   PE-to-server message exchanges.  Only the message exchanges and
   activities between an ENRP server and its peer(s) are considered
   within the ENRP scope and are defined in this document.

   Procedures for exchanging messages between a PE/PU and ENRP servers
   are defined in [9].

3.1.  Methods for Communicating amongst ENRP Servers

   Within an RSerPool operational scope, ENRP servers need to
   communicate with each other in order to exchange information such as
   the pool membership changes, handlespace data synchronization, etc.

   Two types of communications are used amongst ENRP servers:

   o  point-to-point message exchange from one ENPR server to a specific
      peer server, and

   o  announcements from one server to all its peer servers in the
      operational scope.

   Point-to-point communication is always carried out over an SCTP
   association between the sending server and the receiving server.

   Announcements are communicated out with one of the following two
   approaches:

   1.  The sending server sends the announcement message to the ENRP
       server channel.  This must also handle the relation between the
       ENRP server channel and the operational scope.  The usage of the
       ENRP server channel is for further study.

   2.  The sending server sends multiple copies of the announcement, one
       to each of its peer servers, over a set of point-to-point SCTP
       associations between the sending server and the peers.

   In order to maximize inter-operability of ENRP servers, the following
   rules MUST be followed:

   1.  At the startup time, a new ENRP server SHOULD make a decision on
       whether it will enable IP multicast for ENRP announcements.  This



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       decision should be based on preconfigured information such as the
       availability of IP multicast and the security requirements from
       the user of RSerPool.

   2.  If an ENRP server disables multicast, it then:

       A.  MUST NOT subscribe to the well-known server multicast
           channel, i.e., it only receives peer announcements over SCTP
           associations, and

       B.  MUST transmit all its out-going announcements over point-to-
           point SCTP associations with its peers.

   3.  If an ENRP server enables itself to use multicast, it then:

       A.  MUST subscribe to the well-known server multicast channel to
           ready itself for receiving peers' multicast announcements,

       B.  MUST also be prepared to receive peer announcements over
           point-to-point SCTP associations from peers.

       C.  MUST track internally which peers are multicast-enabled and
           which are not.  Note: A peer is always assumed to be
           multicast-disabled until/unless an ENRP message of any type
           is received from that peer over the well-known server
           multicast channel.

       D.  when sending out an announcement, MUST send a copy to the
           ENRP server channel AND a copy to each of the peers that are
           marked as multicast-disabled over a point-to-point SCTP
           association.

3.2.  ENRP Server Initialization

   This section describes the steps a new ENRP server needs to take in
   order to join the other existing ENRP servers, or to initiate the
   handlespace service if it is the first ENRP server started in the
   operational scope.

3.2.1.  Generate a Server Identifier

   A new ENRP server MUST generate a non-zero, 32-bit server Id that is
   as unique as possible in the operational scope and this server Id
   MUST remain unchanged for the lifetime of the server.  Normally, a
   good 32-bit random number will be good enough as the server Id
   (RFC4086 [11] provides some information on randomness guidelines).

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   two ENRP servers in an operational scope will generate the same
   server Id and hence cause a server Id conflict in the pool.  However,
   no severe consequence of such a conflict has been identified.

3.2.2.  Acquire Peer Server List

   At startup, the ENRP server (initiating server) will first attempt to
   learn all existing peer ENRP servers in the same operational scope,
   or to determine that it is alone in the scope.

   The initiating server uses an existing peer server to bootstrap
   itself into service.  We call this peer server the mentor server.

3.2.2.1.  Finding the mentor server

   If the initiating server is told about an existing peer server
   through some administrative means (such as DNS query, configuration
   database, startup scripts, etc), the initiating server SHOULD then
   use this peer server as its mentor server and SHOULD skip the
   remaining steps in this subsection.

   If multiple existing peer servers are specified, the initiating
   server SHOULD pick one of them as its mentor server, keep the others
   as its backup mentor servers, and skip the remaining steps in this
   subsection.

   If no existing peer server is specified to the initiating server AND
   if multicast is available in the operational scope, the following
   mentor server discovery procedures SHOULD be followed:

   1.  The initiating server SHOULD first join the ENRP server channel.

   2.  When the first ENRP_PRESENCE message arrives, the server SHOULD
       take the sender of this received response as its mentor server.
       This completes the discovery of the mentor server.

       If ENRP_PRESENCE messages are also received from other peers (a
       likely event when multiple peers exist in the operational scope
       at the time the new server started), the initiating server SHOULD
       keep a list of those responded as its backup mentor servers (see
       below).

   3.  If no response to its ENRP_PRESENCE message are received after
       TIMEOUT-SERVER-HUNT seconds, the initiating server SHOULD repeat
       steps 2) and 3) for up to MAX-NUMBER-SERVER-HUNT times.  After
       that, if there is still no response, the initiating server MUST
       assume that it is alone in the operational scope.




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   4.  If the initiating server determined that it is alone in the
       scope, it MUST skip the procedures in Section 3.2.2.2 and
       Section 3.2.3 and MUST consider its initialization completed and
       start offering ENRP services.

   Note, if multicast is not available (or not allowed for reasons such
   as security concerns) in the operational scope, at least one peer
   server MUST be specified to the initiating server through
   administrative means, unless the initiation server is the first
   server to start in the operational scope.

   Note, if the administratively specified mentor peer(s) fails and the
   ENRP server channel is available, the initiating server SHOULD use
   the auto-discover procedure defined in steps 1-5 above.

3.2.2.2.  Request complete server list from mentor peer

   Once the initiating server finds its mentor peer server (by either
   discovery or administrative means), the initiating server MUST send
   an ENRP_LIST_REQUEST message to the mentor peer server to request a
   copy of the complete server list maintained by the mentor peer (see
   Section 3.9 for maintaining server list).

   The initiating server SHOULD start a MAX-TIME-NO-RESPONSE timer every
   time it finishes sending an ENRP_LIST_REQUEST message.  If the timer
   expires before receiving a response from the mentor peer, the
   initiating server SHOULD abort and send a new server list request to
   a backup mentor peer, if one is available.

   Upon the reception of this request, the mentor peer server SHOULD
   reply with an ENRP_LIST_RESPONSE message and include in the message
   body all existing ENRP servers known by the mentor peer.

   Upon the reception of the ENRP_LIST_RESPONSE message from the mentor
   peer, the initiating server MUST use the server information carried
   in the message to initialize its own peer list.

   However, if the mentor itself is in the process of startup and not
   ready to provide a peer server list (for example, the mentor peer is
   waiting for a response to its own ENRP_LIST_REQUEST to another
   server), it MUST reject the request by the initiating server and
   respond with an ENRP_LIST_RESPONSE message with the R flag set to
   '1', and with no server information included in the response.

   In the case where its ENRP_LIST_REQUEST is rejected by the mentor
   peer, the initiating server SHOULD either wait for a few seconds and
   re-send the ENRP_LIST_REQUEST to the mentor server, or if there is a
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   send the ENRP_LIST_REQUEST to the new mentor server.

3.2.3.  Download ENRP Handlespace Data from Mentor Peer

   After a peer list download is completed, the initiating server MUST
   request a copy of the current handlespace data from its mentor peer
   server, by taking the following steps:

   1.  The initiating server MUST first send a ENRP_HANDLE_TABLE_REQUEST
       message to the mentor peer, with W flag set to '0', indicating
       that the entire handlespace is requested.

   2.  Upon the reception of this message, the mentor peer MUST start a
       download session in which a copy of the current handlespace data
       maintained by the mentor peer is sent to the initiating server in
       one or more ENRP_HANDLE_TABLE_RESPONSE messages (Note, the mentor
       server may find it particularly desirable to use multiple
       ENRP_HANDLE_TABLE_RESPONSE messages to send the handlespace when
       the handlespace is large, especially when forming and sending out
       a single response containing a large handlespace may interrupt
       its other services).

       If more than one ENRP_HANDLE_TABLE_RESPONSE message are used
       during the download, the mentor peer MUST use the M flag in each
       ENRP_HANDLE_TABLE_RESPONSE message to indicate whether this
       message is the last one for the download session.  In particular,
       the mentor peer MUST set the M flag to '1' in the outbound
       ENRP_HANDLE_TABLE_RESPONSE if there is more data to be
       transferred and MUST keep track of the progress of the current
       download session.  The mentor peer MUST set the M flag to '0' in
       the last ENRP_HANDLE_TABLE_RESPONSE for the download session and
       close the download session (i.e., removing any internal record of
       the session) after sending out the last message.

   3.  During the downloading, every time the initiating server receives
       an ENRP_HANDLE_TABLE_RESPONSE message, it MUST transfer the data
       entries carried in the message into its local handlespace
       database, and then check whether or not this message is the last
       one for the download session.

       If the M flag is set to '1' in the just processed
       ENRP_HANDLE_TABLE_RESPONSE message, the initiating server MUST
       send another ENRP_HANDLE_TABLE_REQUEST message to the mentor peer
       to request for the next ENRP_HANDLE_TABLE_RESPONSE message.

   4.  When unpacking the data entries from a ENRP_HANDLE_TABLE_RESPONSE
       message into its local handlespace database, the initiating
       server MUST handle each pool entry carried in the message using



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       the following rules:

       A.  If the pool does not exist in the local handlespace, the
           initiating server MUST create the pool in the local
           handlespace and add the PE(s) in the pool entry to the pool.

           When creating the pool, the initiation server MUST set the
           overall member selection policy type of the pool to the
           policy type indicated in the first PE.

       B.  If the pool already exists in the local handlespace, but the
           PE(s) in the pool entry is not currently a member of the
           pool, the initiating server MUST add the PE(s) to the pool.

       C.  If the pool already exists in the local handlespace AND the
           PE(s) in the Pool entry is already a member of the pool, the
           initiating server SHOULD replace the attributes of the
           existing PE(s) with the new information.  ENRP will make sure
           that the information keeps up to date.

   5.  When the last ENRP_HANDLE_TABLE_RESPONSE message is received from
       the mentor peer and unpacked into the local handlespace, the
       initialization process is completed and the initiating server
       SHOULD start to provide ENRP services.

   Under certain circumstances, the mentor peer itself may not be able
   to provide a handlespace download to the initiating server.  For
   example, the mentor peer is in the middle of initializing its own
   handlespace database, or it has currently too many download sessions
   open to other servers.

   In such a case, the mentor peer MUST reject the request by the
   initiating server and respond with an ENRP_HANDLE_TABLE_RESPONSE
   message with the R flag set to '1', and with no pool entries included
   in the response.

   In the case where its ENRP_HANDLE_TABLE_REQUEST is rejected by the
   mentor peer, the initiating server SHOULD either wait for a few
   seconds and re-send the ENRP_HANDLE_TABLE_REQUEST to the mentor
   server, or if there is a backup mentor peer available, select another
   mentor peer server and send the ENRP_HANDLE_TABLE_REQUEST to the new
   mentor server.

   A handlespace download session that has been started may get
   interrupted for some reason.  To cope with this, the initiating
   server SHOULD start a timer every time it finishes sending an
   ENRP_HANDLE_TABLE_REQUEST to its mentor peer.  If this timer expires
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   server SHOULD abort the current download session and re-start a new
   handlespace download with a backup mentor peer, if one is available.

   Similarly, after sending out an ENRP_HANDLE_TABLE_RESPONSE, and the
   mentor peer set the M-bit to 1 to indicate that it has more data to
   send, it SHOULD start a session timer.  If this timer expires without
   receiving another request from the initiating server, the mentor peer
   SHOULD abort the session, cleaning out any resource and record of the
   session.

3.3.  Handle PE Registration

   To register itself with the handlespace, a PE sends an
   ASAP_REGISTRATION message to its home ENRP server.  The format of
   ASAP_REGISTRATION message and rules of sending it are defined in [9].

   In the ASAP_REGISTRATION message, the PE indicates the handle of the
   pool it wishes to join in a pool handle parameter, and its complete
   transport information and any load control information in a PE
   parameter.

   The ENRP server handles the ASAP_REGISTRATION message according to
   the following rules:

   1.  If the named pool does not exist in the handlespace, the ENRP
       server MUST creates a new pool with that handle in the
       handlespace and add the PE to the pool as its first PE;

       When a new pool is created, the overall member selection policy
       of the pool MUST be set to the policy type indicated by the first
       PE, the overall pool transport type MUST be set to the transport
       type indicated by the PE, and the overall pool data/control
       channel configuration MUST be set to what is indicated in the
       Transport Use field of the User Transport parameter by the
       registering PE.

   2.  If the named pool already exists in the handlespace, but the
       requesting PE is not currently a member of the pool, the ENRP
       server will add the PE as a new member to the pool;

       However, before adding the PE to the pool, the server MUST check
       if the policy type, transport type, and transport usage indicated
       by the registering PE is consistent with those of the pool.  If
       different, the ENRP server MUST reject the registration.

   3.  If the named pool already exists in the handlespace AND the
       requesting PE is already a member of the pool, the ENRP server
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       MUST perform the same tests on policy, transport type, transport
       use, as described above.  If the re-registration is accepted
       after the test, the ENRP Server SHOULD replace the attributes of
       the existing PE with the information carried in the received
       ASAP_REGISTRATION message.

   4.  After accepting the registration, the ENRP server MUST assign
       itself the owner of this PE.  If this is a re-registration, the
       ENRP server MUST take over ownership of this PE regardless of
       whether the PE was previously owned by this server or by another
       server.  The ENRP server MUST also record the SCTP transport
       address from which it received the ASAP_REGISTRATION in the ASAP
       Transport parameter TLV inside the PE parameter of this PE.

   5.  The ENRP server may reject the registration due to other reasons
       such as invalid values, lack of resource, authentication failure,
       etc.

   In all above cases, the ENRP server MUST reply to the requesting PE
   with an ASAP_REGISTRATION_RESPONSE message.  If the registration is
   accepted, the ENRP server MUST set the 'R' flag in the
   ASAP_REGISTRATION_RESPONSE to '0'.  If the registration is rejected,
   the ENRP server MUST indicate the rejection by setting the 'R' flag
   in the ASAP_REGISTRATION_RESPONSE to '1'.

   If the registration is rejected, the ENRP server SHOULD include the
   proper error cause(s) in the ASAP_REGISTRATION_RESPONSE message.

   If the registration is granted (either a new registration or a re-
   registration case), the ENRP server MUST assign itself to be the home
   ENRP server of the PE, i.e., to "own" the PE.

      Implementation note: for better performance, the ENRP server may
      find it both efficient and convenient to internally maintain two
      separate PE lists or tables - one is for the PEs that are "owned"
      by the ENRP server and the other for all the PEs owned by its
      peer(s).

   Moreover, if the registration is granted, the ENRP server MUST take
   the handlespace update action as described in Section 3.6 to inform
   its peers about the change just made.  If the registration is denied,
   no message will be sent to its peers.

3.3.1.  Rules on PE Re-registration

   A PE may re-register itself to the handlespace with a new set of
   attributes in order to, for example, extend its registration life,
   change its load factor value, etc. as described in the ASAP



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   specification.

   A PE may modify its load factor value at any time via re-
   registration.  Based on the number of PEs in the pool and the pool's
   overall policy type, this operation allows the PE to dynamically
   control its share of inbound messages received by the pool (also see
   Section ???? in [9] for more on load control).

   Moreover, when re-registering, the PE MUST NOT change its policy
   type.  The server MUST reject the re-registration if the PE attempt
   to change its policy type.  In the rejection, the server SHOULD
   attach an error code "Pooling Policy Inconsistent".

   Regardless whether it is the current owner of the PE, if the re-
   registration is granted to the PE, the ENRP server MUST assign itself
   to be the new home ENRP server of the PE.

   Moreover, if the re-registration is granted, the ENRP server MUST
   take the handlespace update action as described in Section 3.6 to
   inform its peers about the change just made.  If the re-registration
   is denied, no message will be sent to its peers.

3.4.  Handle PE De-registration

   To remove itself from a pool, a PE sends an ASAP_DEREGISTRATION
   message to its home ENRP server.  The complete format of
   ASAP_DEREGISTRATION message and rules of sending it are defined in
   [9].

   In the ASAP_DEREGISTRATION message the PE indicates the handle of the
   pool it belongs to in a pool handle parameter and provides its PE
   identifier.

   Upon receiving the message, the ENRP server SHALL remove the PE from
   its handlespace.  Moreover, if the PE is the last one of the named
   pool, the ENRP server will remove the pool from the handlespace as
   well.

   If the ENRP server fails to find any record of the PE in its
   handlespace, it SHOULD consider the de-registration granted and
   completed, and send an ASAP_DEREGISTRATION_RESPONSE message to the
   PE.

   The ENRP server may reject the de-registration request for various
   reasons, such as invalid parameters, authentication failure, etc.

   In response, the ENRP server MUST send an
   ASAP_DEREGISTRATION_RESPONSE message to the PE.  If the de-



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   registration is rejected, the ENRP server MUST indicate the rejection
   by including the proper Operational Error parameter.

   It should be noted that de-registration does not stop the PE from
   sending or receiving application messages.

   Once the de-registration request is granted AND the PE removed from
   its local copy of the handlespace, the ENRP server MUST take the
   handlespace update action described in Section 3.6 to inform its
   peers about the change just made.  Otherwise, the ENRP server MUST
   NOT inform its peers.

3.5.  Pool Handle Translation

   A PU uses the pool handle translation service of an ENRP server to
   resolve a pool handle to a list of accessible transport addresses of
   the member PEs of the pool.

   This requires the PU to send an ASAP_HANDLE_RESOLUTION message to its
   home ENRP server and in the ASAP_HANDLE_RESOLUTION message specify
   the pool handle to be translated in a Pool Handle parameter.
   Complete definition of the ASAP_HANDLE_RESOLUTION message and the
   rules of sending it are defined in [9].

   An ENRP server SHOULD be prepared to receive ASAP_HANDLE_RESOLUTION
   requests from PUs either over an SCTP association on the well-know
   SCTP port, or over a TCP connection on the well-know TCP port.

   Upon reception of the ASAP_HANDLE_RESOLUTION message, the ENRP server
   MUST first look up the pool handle in its handlespace.  If the pool
   exits, the home ENRP server MUST compose and send back an
   ASAP_HANDLE_RESOLUTION_RESPONSE message to the requesting PU.

   In the response message, the ENRP server SHOULD list all the PEs
   currently registered in this pool, in a list of PE parameters.  The
   ENRP server MUST also include a pool member selection policy
   parameter to indicate the overall member selection policy for the
   pool, if the current pool member selection policy is not round-robin.

   If the named pool does not exist in the handlespace, the ENRP server
   MUST reject the handle resolution request by responding with an
   ASAP_HANDLE_RESOLUTION_RESPONSE message carrying a Unknown Poor
   Handle error.

   The complete format of ASAP_HANDLE_RESOLUTION_RESPONSE message and
   the rules of receiving it are defined in [9].





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3.6.  Server Handlespace Update

   This includes a set of update operations used by an ENRP server to
   inform its peers when its local handlespace is modified, e.g.,
   addition of a new PE, removal of an existing PE, change of pool or PE
   properties.

3.6.1.  Announcing Addition or Update of PE

   When a new PE is granted registration to the handlespace or an
   existing PE is granted a re-registration, the home ENRP server uses
   this procedure to inform all its peers.

   This is an ENRP announcement and is sent to all the peer of the home
   ENRP server.  See Section 3.1 on how announcements are sent.

   An ENRP server MUST announce this update to all its peers in a
   ENRP_HANDLE_UPDATE message with the Update Action field set to
   ADD_PE, indicating the addition of a new PE or the modification of an
   existing PE.  The complete new information of the PE and the pool its
   belongs to MUST be indicated in the message with a PE parameter and a
   Pool Handle parameter, respectively.

   The home ENRP server SHOULD fill in its server Id in the Sending
   Server's ID field and leave the Receiving Server's ID blank (i.e.,
   all 0's).

   When a peer receives this ENRP_HANDLE_UPDATE message, it MUST take
   the following actions:

   1.  If the named pool indicated by the pool handle does not exist in
       its local copy of the handlespace, the peer MUST create the named
       pool in its local handlespace and add the PE to the pool as the
       first PE.  It MUST then copy in all other attributes of the PE
       carried in the message.

       When the new pool is created, the overall member selection policy
       of the pool MUST be set to the policy type indicated by the PE.

   2.  If the named pool already exists in the peer's local copy of the
       handlespace AND the PE does not exist, the peer MUST add the PE
       to the pool as a new PE and copy in all attributes of the PE
       carried in the message.

   3.  If the named pool exists AND the PE is already a member of the
       pool, the peer MUST replace the attributes of the PE with the new
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3.6.2.  Announcing Removal of PE

   When an existing PE is granted de-registration or is removed from its
   handlespace for some other reasons (e.g., purging an unreachable PE,
   see Section 3.7), the ENRP server MUST uses this procedure to inform
   all its peers about the change just made.

   This is an ENRP announcement and is sent to all the peer of the home
   ENRP server.  See Section 3.1 on how announcements are sent.

   An ENRP server MUST announce the PE removal to all its peers in an
   ENRP_HANDLE_UPDATE message with the Update Action field set to
   DEL_PE, indicating the removal of an existing PE.  The complete
   information of the PE and the pool its belongs to MUST be indicated
   in the message with a PE parameter and a Pool Handle parameter,
   respectively.

   The sending server MUST fill in its server ID in the Sending Server's
   ID field and leave the Receiving Server's ID blank (i.e., set to all
   0's).

   When a peer receives this ENRP_HANDLE_UPDATE message, it MUST first
   find pool and the PE in its own handlespace, and then remove the PE
   from its local handlespace.  If the removed PE is the last one in the
   pool, the peer MUST also delete the pool from its local handlespace.

   If the peer fails to find the PE or the pool in its handlespace, it
   SHOULD take no further actions.

3.7.  Detecting and Removing Unreachable PE

   Whenever a PU finds a PE unreachable (e.g., via an SCTP SEND.FAILURE
   Notification, see section 10.2 of [4]), the PU SHOULD send an
   ASAP_ENDPOINT_UNREACHABLE message to its home ENRP server.  The
   message SHOULD contain the pool handle and the PE Id of the
   unreachable PE.

   Upon the reception of an ASAP_ENDPOINT_UNREACHABLE message, a server
   MUST immediately send a point-to-point ASAP_ENDPOINT_KEEP_ALIVE
   message to the PE in question (the 'H' flag in the message SHOULD be
   set to '0' in this case).  If this ASAP_ENDPOINT_KEEP_ALIVE fails
   (e.g., it results in an SCTP SEND.FAILURE notification), the ENRP
   server MUST consider the PE as truly unreachable and MUST remove the
   PE from its handlespace and take actions described in Section 3.6.2.

   If the ASAP_ENDPOINT_KEEP_ALIVE message is transmitted successfully
   to the PE, the ENRP server MUST retain the PE in its handlespace.
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   ASAP_ENDPOINT_UNREACHABLE messages it has received reporting
   reachability problem relating to this PE.  If the counter exceeds the
   protocol threshold MAX-BAD-PE-REPORT, the ENRP server SHOULD remove
   the PE from its handlespace and take actions described in
   Section 3.6.2.

   Optionally, an ENRP server may also periodically send point-to-point
   ASAP_ENDPOINT_KEEP_ALIVE (with 'H' flag set to '0') messages to each
   of the PEs owned by the ENRP server in order to check their
   reachability status.  If the send of ASAP_ENDPOINT_KEEP_ALIVE to a PE
   fails, the ENRP server MUST consider the PE as unreachable and MUST
   remove the PE from its handlespace and take actions described in
   Section 3.6.2.  Note, if an ENRP server owns a large number of PEs,
   the implementation should pay attention not to flood the network with
   bursts of ASAP_ENDPOINT_KEEP_ALIVE messages.  Instead, the
   implementation MUST distribute the ASAP_ENDPOINT_KEEP_ALIVE message
   traffic over a time period.

   The complete definition and rules of sending
   ASAP_ENDPOINT_UNREACHABLE and receiving ASAP_ENDPOINT_KEEP_ALIVE
   messages are described in [9].

3.8.  Helping PE and PU to Discover Home ENRP Server

   At its startup time, or whenever its current home ENRP server is not
   providing services, a PE or PU will attempt to find a new home
   server.  For this reason, the PE or PU will need to maintain a list
   of currently available ENRP servers in its scope.

   To help the PE or PU maintaining this list, an ENRP server, if it is
   enabled for multicast, SHOULD periodically send out an
   ASAP_SERVER_ANNOUNCE message every SERVER-ANNOUNCE-CYCLE seconds to
   the well-known ASAP multicast channel.  And in the
   ASAP_SERVER_ANNOUNCE message the ENRP server SHOULD include all the
   transport addresses available for ASAP communications.  If the ENRP
   server only supports SCTP for ASAP communications, the transport
   information MAY be omitted in the ASAP_SERVER_ANNOUNCE message.

   For the complete procedure of this, see Section 3.6?? in [9].

3.9.  Maintaining Peer List and Monitoring Peer Status

   An ENRP server MUST keep an internal record on the status of each of
   its known peers.  This record is referred to as the server's "peer
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3.9.1.  Discovering New Peer

   If a message of any type is received from a previously unknown peer,
   the ENRP server MUST consider this peer a new peer in the operational
   scope and add it to the peer list.

   The ENRP server MUST send an ENRP_PRESENCE message with the Reply-
   required flag set to '1' to the source address found in the arrived
   message.  This will force the new peer to reply with its own
   ENRP_PRESENCE containing its full server information (see
   Section 2.1).

3.9.2.  Server Sending Heartbeat

   Every PEER-HEARTBEAT-CYCLE seconds, an ENRP server MUST announce its
   continued presence to all its peer with a ENRP_PRESENCE message.  In
   the ENRP_PRESENCE message, the ENRP server MUST set the
   'Replay_required' flag to '0', indicating that no response is
   required.

   The arrival of this periodic ENRP_PRESENCE message will cause all its
   peers to update their internal variable "peer_last_heard" for the
   sending server (see Section 3.9.3 for more details).

3.9.3.  Detecting Peer Server Failure

   An ENRP server MUST keep an internal variable "peer_last_heard" for
   each of its known peers and the value of this variable MUST be
   updated to the current local time every time a message of any type
   (point-to-point or announcement) is received from the corresponding
   peer.

   If a peer has not been heard for more than MAX-TIME-LAST-HEARD
   seconds, the ENRP server MUST immediately send a point-to-point
   ENRP_PRESENCE with 'Reply_request' flag set to '1' to that peer.

   If the send fails or the peer does not reply after MAX-TIME-NO-
   RESPONSE seconds, the ENRP server MUST consider the peer server dead
   and SHOULD initiate the takeover procedure defined in Section 3.10.

3.10.  Taking-over a Failed Peer Server

   In the following descriptions, we call the ENRP server that detects
   the failed peer server and initiates the take-over the "initiating
   server" and the failed peer server the "target server."  This allows
   PE to continue to operate in case of a failure of their Home ENRP
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3.10.1.  Initiating Server Take-over Arbitration

   The initiating server SHOULD first start the take-over arbitration
   process by sending a ENRP_INIT_TAKEOVER message to all its peer
   servers.  See Section 3.1 on how announcements are sent.  In the
   message, the initiating server MUST fill in the Sending Server's ID
   and Targeting Server's ID.  The goal is that only one ENRP server
   takes over the PE from the target.

   After announcing the ENRP_INIT_TAKEOVER message, the initiating
   server SHOULD wait for an ENRP_INIT_TAKEOVER_ACK message from each of
   its known peers, except of the target server.

   Each peer receiving a ENRP_INIT_TAKEOVER message from the initiating
   server SHOULD take the following actions:

   1.  If the peer server determines that itself is the target server
       indicated in the ENRP_INIT_TAKEOVER message, it MUST immediately
       announce an ENRP_PRESENCE message to all its peer ENRP servers in
       an attempt to stop this take-over process.  This indicates a
       false failure detection case by the initiating server.  The
       initiating server MUST stop the takeover operation.

   2.  If the peer server finds that it has already started its own
       take-over arbitration process on the same target server, it MUST
       perform the following arbitration:

       A.  If the peer's server ID is smaller in value than the Sending
           Server's ID in the arrived ENRP_INIT_TAKEOVER message, the
           peer server SHOULD immediately abort its own take-over
           attempt.  Moreover, the peer SHOULD mark the target server as
           "not active" on its internal peer list so that its status
           will no longer be monitored by the peer, and reply the
           initiating server with an ENRP_INIT_TAKEOVER_ACK message.

       B.  Otherwise, the peer MUST ignore the ENRP_INIT_TAKEOVER
           message and take no action.

   3.  If the peer finds that it is neither the target server nor is in
       its own take-over process, the peer SHOULD: a) mark the target
       server as "not active" on its internal peer list so that its
       status will no longer be monitored by this peer, and b) reply to
       the initiating server with an ENRP_INIT_TAKEOVER_ACK message.

   Once the initiating server has received ENRP_INIT_TAKEOVER_ACK
   message from _all_ of its currently known peers (except for the
   target server), it SHOULD consider that it has won the arbitration
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   described in Section 3.10.2.

   However, if it receives an ENRP_PRESENCE from the target server at
   any point in the arbitration process, the initiating server MUST
   immediately abort the take-over process and mark the status of the
   target server as "active".

3.10.2.  Take-over Target Peer Server

   The initiating ENRP server SHOULD first send, via an announcement, a
   ENRP_TAKEOVER_SERVER message to inform all its active peers that the
   take-over is enforced.  The target server's ID MUST be filled in the
   message.  The initiating server SHOULD then remove the target server
   from its internal peer list.

   Then it SHOULD examine its local copy of the handlespace and claim
   ownership of each of the PEs originally owned by the target server,
   by following these steps:

   1.  mark itself as the home ENRP server of each of the PEs originally
       owned by the target server;

   2.  send a point-to-point ASAP_ENDPOINT_KEEP_ALIVE message, with the
       'H' flag set to '1', to each of the PEs.  This will trigger the
       PE to adopt the initiating sever as its new home ENRP server;

   When a peer receives the ENRP_TAKEOVER_SERVER message from the
   initiating server, it SHOULD update its local peer list and PE cache
   by following these steps:

   1.  remove the target server from its internal peer list;

   2.  update the home ENRP server of each PE in its local copy of the
       handlespace to be the sender of the message, i.e., the initiating
       server.

3.11.  Handlespace Data Auditing and Re-synchronization

   Message losses or certain temporary breaks in network connectivity
   may result in data inconsistency in the local handlespace copy of
   some of the ENRP servers in an operational scope.  Therefore, each
   ENRP server in the operational scope SHOULD periodically verify that
   its local copy of handlespace data is still in sync with that of its
   peers.

   This section defines the auditing and re-synchronization procedures
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3.11.1.  Auditing Procedures

   A checksum covering the data which should be the same is exchanged to
   figure out if the data is the same or not.

   The auditing of handlespace consistency is based on the following
   procedures:

   1.  An ENRP server SHOULD keep a separate PE checksum (a 32-bit
       integer internal variable) for each of its known peers and for
       itself.  For an ENRP server with 'k' known peers, we denote these
       internal variables as "pe_checksum_pr0", "pe_checksum_pr1", ...,
       "pe_checksum_prk", where "pe_checksum_pr0" is the server's own PE
       checksum.  The list of what these checksums cover and a detailed
       algorithm for calculating them is given in Section 3.11.2.

   2.  Each time an ENRP server sends out an ENRP_PRESENCE, it MUST
       include in the message its current PE checksum (i.e.,
       "pe_checksum_pr0").

   3.  When an ENRP server (server A) receives a PE checksum (carried in
       an arrived ENRP_PRESENCE) from a peer ENRP server (server B),
       server A SHOULD compare the PE checksum found in the
       ENRP_PRESENCE with its own internal PE checksum of server B
       (i.e., "pe_checksum_prB").

   4.  If the two values match, server A will consider that there is no
       handlespace inconsistency between itself and server B and should
       take no further actions.

   5.  If the two values do NOT match, server A SHOULD consider that
       there is a handlespace inconsistency between itself and server B
       and a re-synchronization process SHOULD be carried out
       immediately with server B (see Section 3.11.3).

3.11.2.  PE Checksum Calculation Algorithm

   When an ENRP server (server A) calculate an internal PE checksum for
   a peer (server B), it MUST use the following algorithm.

   Let us assume that in server A's internal handlespace there are
   currently 'M' PEs that are owned by server B. Each of the 'M' PEs
   will then contribute to the checksum calculation with the following
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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
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
      :  Pool handle string of the pool the PE belongs (padded with   :
      :  zeros to next 32-bit word boundary if needed)                :
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
      |                        PE Id (4 octets)                       |
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+

   Note, these are not TLVs.  This byte block gives each PE a unique
   byte pattern in the scope.  The 16-bit PE checksum for server B
   "pe_checksum_prB" is then calculated over the byte blocks contributed
   by the 'M' PEs one by one.  The PE checksum calculation MUST use the
   Internet algorithm described in [1].

   Server A MUST calculate its own PE checksum (i.e., "pe_checksum_pr0")
   in the same fashion, using the byte blocks of all the PEs owned by
   itself.

   Note, whenever an ENRP finds that its internal handlespace has
   changed (e.g., due to PE registration/deregistration, receiving peer
   updates, removing failed PEs, downloading handlespace pieces from a
   peer, etc.), it MUST immediately update all its internal PE checksums
   that are affected by the change.

   Implementation Note: when the internal handlespace changes (e.g., a
   new PE added or an existing PE removed), an implementation needs not
   to re-calculate the affected PE checksum; it can instead simply
   update the checksum by adding or subtracting the byte block of the
   corresponding PE from the previous checksum value.

3.11.3.  Re-synchronization Procedures

   If an ENRP server determines that there is inconsistency between its
   local handlespace data and a peer's handlespace data with regarding
   to the PEs owned by that peer, it MUST perform the following steps to
   re-synchronize the data:

   1.  The ENRP server SHOULD first "mark" every PE it knows about that
       is owned by the peer in its local handlespace database;

   2.  The ENRP server SHOULD then send an ENRP_HANDLE_TABLE_REQUEST
       message with W flag set to '1' to the peer to request a complete
       list of PEs owned by the peer;

   3.  Upon reception of the ENRP_HANDLE_TABLE_REQUEST message with W
       flag set to '1', the peer server SHOULD immediately respond with
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       owned by the peer.

   4.  Upon reception of the ENRP_HANDLE_TABLE_RESPONSE message, the
       ENRP server SHOULD transfer the PE entries carried in the message
       into its local handlespace database.  If an PE entry being
       transferred already exists in its local database, the ENRP server
       MUST replace the entry with the copy found in the message and
       remove the "mark" from the entry.

   5.  After transferring all the PE entries from the received
       ENRP_HANDLE_TABLE_RESPONSE message into its local database, the
       ENRP server SHOULD check whether there are still PE entries that
       remain "marked" in its local handlespace.  If so, the ENRP server
       SHOULD silently remove those "marked" entries.

   Note, similar to what is described in Section 3.2.3, the peer may
   reject the ENRP_HANDLE_TABLE_REQUEST or use more than one
   ENRP_HANDLE_TABLE_RESPONSE message to respond.

3.12.  Handling Unrecognized Message or Unrecognized Parameter

   When an ENRP server receives an ENRP message with an unknown message
   type or a message of known type that contains an unknown parameter,
   it SHOULD handle the unknown message or the unknown parameter
   according to the unrecognized message and parameter handling rules
   defined in Sections 3 and 4 in [8].

   According to the rules, if an error report to the message sender is
   needed, the ENRP server that discovered the error SHOULD send back an
   ENRP_ERROR message with proper error cause code.





















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4.  Variables and Thresholds

4.1.  Variables

   peer_last_heard -  the local time that a peer server was last heard
      (via receiving either a multicast or point-to-point message from
      the peer).

   pe_checksum_pr -  the internal 32-bit PE checksum that an ENRP server
      keeps for a peer.  A separate PE checksum is kept for each of its
      known peers as well as for itself.

4.2.  Thresholds

   MAX-NUMBER-SERVER-HUNT -  the maximal number of attempts a sender
      will make to contact an ENRP server (Default=3 times).

   TIMEOUT-SERVER-HUNT -  pre-set threshold for how long a sender will
      wait for a response from an ENRP server (Default=5 seconds).

   PEER-HEARTBEAT-CYCLE -  the period for an ENRP server to announce a
      heartbeat message to all its known peers.  (Default=30 secs.)

   SERVER-ANNOUNCE-CYCLE -  the period for an ENRP server to announce a
      SERVER_ANNOUNCE message to all PEs and PUs.  (Default=5 secs.)

   MAX-TIME-LAST-HEARD -  pre-set threshold for how long an ENRP server
      will wait before considering a silent peer server potentially
      dead.  (Default=61 secs.)

   MAX-TIME-NO-RESPONSE -  pre-set threshold for how long a message
      sender will wait for a response after sending out a message.
      (Default=5 secs.)

   MAX-BAD-PE-REPORT -  the maximal number of unreachability reports on
      a PE that an ENRP server will allow before purging this PE from
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5.  IANA Considerations

   [NOTE to RFC-Editor:

      "RFCXXXX" is to be replaced by the RFC number you assign this
      document.

   ]

   This document (RFCXXX) is the reference for all registrations
   described in this section.  All registrations need to be listed on an
   RSerPool specific page.

5.1.  A New Table for ENRP Message Types

   ENRP Message Types have to be maintained by IANA.  Ten initial values
   should be assigned by IANA as described in Figure 1.  This requires a
   new table "ENRP Message Types":

   Type       Message Name                 Reference
   -----      -------------------------    ---------
   0x00       (reserved by IETF)           RFCXXXX
   0x01       ENRP_PRESENCE                RFCXXXX
   0x02       ENRP_HANDLE_TABLE_REQUEST    RFCXXXX
   0x03       ENRP_HANDLE_TABLE_RESPONSE   RFCXXXX
   0x04       ENRP_HANDLE_UPDATE           RFCXXXX
   0x05       ENRP_LIST_REQUEST            RFCXXXX
   0x06       ENRP_LIST_RESPONSE           RFCXXXX
   0x07       ENRP_INIT_TAKEOVER           RFCXXXX
   0x08       ENRP_INIT_TAKEOVER_ACK       RFCXXXX
   0x09       ENRP_TAKEOVER_SERVER         RFCXXXX
   0x0a       ENRP_ERROR                   RFCXXXX
   0x0b-0xff  (reserved by IETF)           RFCXXXX

   For registering at IANA an ENRP Message Type in this table a request
   has to be made to assign such a number.  This number must be unique.
   The "Specification Required" policy of RFC2434 [3] MUST be applied.

5.2.  A New Table for Update Action Types

   Update Types have to be maintained by IANA.  Two initial values
   should be assigned by IANA.  This requires a new table "Update Action
   Types":

   Type           Update Action          Reference
   -------------  --------------------   ---------
   0x0000         ADD_PE                 RFCXXXX
   0x0001         DEL_PE                 RFCXXXX



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   0x0002-0xffff  (reserved by IETF)     RFCXXXX

   For registering at IANA an Update Action Type in this table a request
   has to be made to assign such a number.  This number must be unique.
   The "Specification Required" policy of RFC2434 [3] MUST be applied.

5.3.  Multicast Addresses

   IANA should assign one multicast address for the ENRP server channel
   and another one for the ENRP client channel.









































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6.  Security Considerations

   We present a summary of the threats to the RSerPool architecture and
   describe security requirements in response to mitigate the threats.
   Next we present the security mechanisms, based on TLS, that are
   implementation requirements in response to the threats.  Finally, we
   present a chain of trust argument that examines critical data paths
   in RSerPool and shows how these paths are protected by the TLS
   implementation.

6.1.  Summary of Rserpool Security Threats

   Threats Introduced by RSerPool and Requirements for Security in
   Response to Threats [10] describes the threats to the RSerPool
   architecture in detail lists the security requirements in response to
   each threat.  From the threats described in this document, the
   security services required for the RSerPool protocol are enumerated
   below.

   Threat 1) PE registration/deregistration flooding or spoofing
   -----------
   Security mechanism in response: ENRP server authenticates the PE

   Threat 2) PE registers with a malicious ENRP server
   -----------
   Security mechanism in response: PE authenticates the ENRP server

   Threat 1 and 2 taken together results in mutual authentication of the
   ENRP server and the PE.

   Threat 3) Malicious ENRP server joins the ENRP server pool
   -----------
   Security mechanism in response: ENRP servers mutually authenticate

   Threat 4) A PU communicates with a malicious ENRP server for handle
   resolution
   -----------
   Security mechanism in response: The PU authenticates the ENRP server

   Threat 5) Replay attack
   -----------
   Security mechanism in response: Security protocol which has
   protection from replay attacks

   Threat 6) Corrupted data which causes a PU to have misinformation
   concerning a pool handle resolution
   -----------
   Security mechanism in response: Security protocol which supports



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   integrity protection

   Threat 7) Eavesdropper snooping on handlespace information
   -----------
   Security mechanism in response: Security protocol which supports data
   confidentiality

   Threat 8) Flood of ASAP_ENDPOINT_UNREACHABLE messages from the PU to
   ENRP server
   -----------
   Security mechanism in response: ASAP must control the number of ASAP
   endpoint unreachable messages transmitted from the PU to the ENRP
   server.

   Threat 9) Flood of ASAP_ENDPOINT_KEEP_ALIVE messages to the PE from
   the ENRP server
   -----------
   Security mechanism in response: ENRP server must control the number
   of ASAP_ENDPOINT_KEEP_ALIVE messages to the PE

   To summarize the threats 1-7 require security mechanisms which
   support authentication, integrity, data confidentiality, protection
   from replay attacks.

   For RSerPool we need to authenticate the following:

      PU <----  ENRP Server (PU authenticates the ENRP server)
      PE <----> ENRP Server (mutual authentication)
      ENRP server <-----> ENRP Server (mutual authentication)

6.2.  Implementing Security Mechanisms

   We do not define any new security mechanisms specifically for
   responding to threats 1-7.  Rather we use an existing IETF security
   protocol, specifically [5], to provide the security services
   required.  TLS supports all these requirements and MUST be
   implemented.  The TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA ciphersuite MUST be
   supported at a minimum by implementors of TLS for RSerPool.  For
   purposes of backwards compatibility, ENRP SHOULD support
   TLS_RSA_WITH_3DES_EDE_CBC_SHA.  Implementers MAY also support any
   other IETF approved ciphersuites.

   ENRP servers, PEs, PUs MUST implement TLS.  ENRP servers and PEs must
   support mutual authentication.  ENRP servers must support mutual
   authentication among themselves.  PUs MUST authenticate ENRP servers.

   ENRP servers and PEs SHOULD possess a site certificate whose subject
   corresponds to their canonical hostname.  PUs MAY have certificates



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   of their own for mutual authentication with TLS, but no provisions
   are set forth in this document for their use.  All RSerPool elements
   that support TLS MUST have a mechanism for validating certificates
   received during TLS negotiation; this entails possession of one or
   more root certificates issued by certificate authorities (preferably
   well-known distributors of site certificates comparable to those that
   issue root certificates for web browsers).

   Implementations MUST support TLS with SCTP as described in [6] or TLS
   over TCP as described in [7].  When using TLS/SCTP we must ensure
   that RSerPool does not use any features of SCTP that are not
   available to an TLS/SCTP user.  This is not a difficult technical
   problem, but simply a requirement.  When describing an API of the
   RSerPool lower layer we have also to take into account the
   differences between TLS and SCTP.

   Threat 8 requires the ASAP protocol to limit the number of
   ASAP_ENDPOINT_UNREACHABLE messages (see Section 3.5 in [9]) to the
   ENRP server.

   Threat 9 requires the ENRP protocol to limit the number of
   ASAP_ENDPOINT_KEEP_ALIVE messages from the ENRP server to the PE (see
   section Section 3.7).

6.3.  Chain of trust

   Security is mandatory to implement in RSerPool and is based on TLS
   implementation in all three architecture components that comprise
   RSerPool -- namely PU, PE and ENRP server.  We define an ENRP server
   that uses TLS for all communication and authenticates ENRP peers and
   PE registrants to be a secured ENRP server.

   Here is a description of all possible data paths and a description of
   the security.

   PU <---> secured ENRP Server (authentication of ENRP server;
            queries over TLS)
   PE <---> secured ENRP server (mutual authentication;
            registration/deregistration over TLS)
   secured ENRP server <---> secured ENRP server (mutual authentication;
            database updates using TLS)

   If all components of the system authenticate and communicate using
   TLS, the chain of trust is sound.  The root of the trust chain is the
   ENRP server.  If that is secured using TLS, then security will be
   enforced for all ENRP and PE components that try to connect to it.

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   the PE does not use TLS and tries to register with a secure ENRP
   server, it will receive an error message response indicated as error
   due to security considerations and the registration will be rejected.
   If an ENRP server which does not use TLS tries to update the database
   of a secure ENRP server, then the update will be rejected.  If an PU
   does not use TLS and communicates with a secure ENRP server, it will
   get a response with the understanding that the response is not secure
   as the response can be tampered with in transit even if the ENRP
   database is secured.

   The final case is the PU sending a secure request to ENRP.  It might
   be that ENRP and PEs are not secured and this is an allowable
   configuration.  The intent is to secure the communication over the
   Internet between the PU and the ENRP server.

   Summary:

   RSerPool architecture components can communicate with each other to
   establish a chain of trust.  Secured PE and ENRP servers reject any
   communications with unsecured ENRP or PE servers.

   If the above is enforced, then a chain of trust is established for
   the RSerPool user.




























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7.  Acknowledgements

   The authors wish to thank John Loughney, Lyndon Ong, Walter Johnson,
   Thomas Dreibholz, and many others for their invaluable comments and
   feedback.














































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8.  References

8.1.  Normative References

   [1]   Braden, R., Borman, D., Partridge, C., and W. Plummer,
         "Computing the Internet checksum", RFC 1071, September 1988.

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

   [3]   Narten, T. and H. Alvestrand, "Guidelines for Writing an IANA
         Considerations Section in RFCs", BCP 26, RFC 2434,
         October 1998.

   [4]   Stewart, R., Xie, Q., Morneault, K., Sharp, C., Schwarzbauer,
         H., Taylor, T., Rytina, I., Kalla, M., Zhang, L., and V.
         Paxson, "Stream Control Transmission Protocol", RFC 2960,
         October 2000.

   [5]   Tuexen, M., Xie, Q., Stewart, R., Shore, M., Ong, L., Loughney,
         J., and M. Stillman, "Requirements for Reliable Server
         Pooling", RFC 3237, January 2002.

   [6]   Jungmaier, A., Rescorla, E., and M. Tuexen, "Transport Layer
         Security over Stream Control Transmission Protocol", RFC 3436,
         December 2002.

   [7]   Dierks, T. and E. Rescorla, "The Transport Layer Security (TLS)
         Protocol Version 1.1", RFC 4346, April 2006.

   [8]   Stewart, R., "Aggregate Server Access Protocol (ASAP) and
         Endpoint Handlespace Redundancy  Protocol (ENRP) Parameters",
         draft-ietf-rserpool-common-param-12 (work in progress),
         July 2007.

   [9]   Stewart, R., "Aggregate Server Access Protocol (ASAP)",
         draft-ietf-rserpool-asap-16 (work in progress), July 2007.

   [10]  Gopal, R., Guttman, E., Holdrege, M., Sengodan, S., and M.
         Stillman, "Threats Introduced by Rserpool and Requirements for
         Security in response to  Threats",
         draft-ietf-rserpool-threats-08 (work in progress),
         September 2007.

8.2.  Informative References

   [11]  Eastlake, D., Schiller, J., and S. Crocker, "Randomness
         Requirements for Security", BCP 106, RFC 4086, June 2005.



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Authors' Addresses

   Qiaobing Xie
   Motorola, Inc.
   1501 W. Shure Drive, 2-F9
   Arlington Heights, IL  60004
   US

   Phone:
   Email: qxie1@email.mot.com


   Randall R. Stewart
   Cisco Systems, Inc.
   4875 Forest Drive
   Suite 200
   Columbia, SC  29206
   USA

   Phone:
   Email: rrs@cisco.com


   Maureen Stillman
   Nokia
   127 W. State Street
   Ithaca, NY  14850
   US

   Phone:
   Email: maureen.stillman@nokia.com


   Michael Tuexen
   Muenster Univ. of Applied Sciences
   Stegerwaldstr. 39
   48565 Steinfurt
   Germany

   Email: tuexen@fh-muenster.de











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   Aron J. Silverton
   Motorola, Inc.
   1301 E. Algonquin Road
   Room 2246
   Schaumburg, IL 60196
   USA

   Phone: +1 847-576-8747
   Email: aron.j.silverton@motorola.com










































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