AVTCORE WG                                                     J. Lennox
Internet-Draft                                                     Vidyo
Intended status: Standards Track                           M. Westerlund
Expires: June 13, 17, 2016                                          Ericsson
                                                                   Q. Wu
                                                              C. Perkins
                                                   University of Glasgow
                                                       December 11, 15, 2015

  Sending Multiple RTP Streams in a Single RTP Session: Grouping RTCP
                Reception Statistics and Other Feedback


   RTP allows multiple RTP streams to be sent in a single session, but
   requires each Synchronisation Source (SSRC) to send RTCP reception
   quality reports for every other SSRC visible in the session.  This
   causes the number of RTCP reception reports to grow with the number
   of SSRCs, rather than the number of endpoints.  In many cases most of
   these RTCP reception reports are unnecessary, since all SSRCs of an
   endpoint are normally co-located and see the same reception quality.
   This memo defines a Reporting Group extension to RTCP to reduce the
   reporting overhead in such scenarios.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
   2.  Terminology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   3.  RTCP Reporting Groups . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
     3.1.  Semantics and Behaviour of RTCP Reporting Groups  . . . .   4
     3.2.  Identifying Members of an RTCP Reporting Group  . . . . .   5
       3.2.1.  Definition and Use of the RTCP RGRP SDES Item . . . .   5
       3.2.2.  Definition and Use of the RTCP RGRS Packet  . . . . .   6
     3.3.  Interactions with the RTP/AVPF Feedback Profile . . . . .   8
     3.4.  Interactions with RTCP Extended Report (XR) Packets . . .   9
     3.5.  Middlebox Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
     3.6.  SDP Signalling for Reporting Groups . . . . . . . . . . .  10
   4.  Properties of RTCP Reporting Groups . . . . . . . . . . . . .  11
     4.1.  Bandwidth Benefits of RTCP Reporting Groups . . . . . . .  11
     4.2.  Compatibility of RTCP Reporting Groups  . . . . . . . . .  12
   5.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  12
   6.  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  14
   7.  References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  15
     7.1.  Normative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  15
     7.2.  Informative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  16
   Authors' Addresses  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  17

1.  Introduction

   The Real-time Transport Protocol (RTP) [RFC3550] is a protocol for
   group communication, supporting multiparty multimedia sessions.  A
   single RTP session can support multiple participants sending at once,
   and can also support participants sending multiple simultaneous RTP
   streams.  Examples of the latter might include a participant with
   multiple cameras who chooses to send multiple views of a scene, or a
   participant that sends audio and video flows multiplexed in a single
   RTP session.  Rules for handling RTP sessions containing multiple RTP
   streams are described in [RFC3550] with some clarifications in

   An RTP endpoint will have one or more synchronisation sources
   (SSRCs).  It will have at least one RTP Stream, and thus SSRC, for
   each media source it sends, and might use multiple SSRCs per media
   source when using media scalability features [RFC6190], forward error
   correction, RTP retransmission [RFC4588], or similar mechanisms.  An
   endpoint that is not sending any RTP stream, will have at least one
   SSRC to use for reporting and any feedback messages.  Each SSRC has
   to send RTCP sender reports corresponding to the RTP packets it
   sends, and receiver reports for traffic it receives.  That is, every
   SSRC will send RTCP packets to report on every other SSRC.  This rule
   is simple, but can be quite inefficient for endpoints that send large
   numbers of RTP streams in a single RTP session.  Consider a session
   comprising ten participants, each sending three media sources, each
   with their own RTP stream.  There will be 30 SSRCs in such an RTP
   session, and each of those 30 SSRCs will send an RTCP Sender Report/
   Receiver Report packet (containing several report blocks) per
   reporting interval as each SSRC reports on all the others.  However,
   the three SSRCs comprising each participant are commonly co-located
   such that they see identical reception quality.  If there was a way
   to indicate that several SSRCs are co-located, and see the same
   reception quality, then two-thirds of those RTCP reports could be
   suppressed.  This would allow the remaining RTCP reports to be sent
   more often, while keeping within the same RTCP bandwidth fraction.

   This memo defines such an RTCP extension, RTCP Reporting Groups.
   This extension is used to indicate the SSRCs that originate from the
   same endpoint, and therefore have identical reception quality, hence
   allowing the endpoints to suppress unnecessary RTCP reception quality

2.  Terminology

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

3.  RTCP Reporting Groups

   An RTCP Reporting Group is a set of synchronization sources (SSRCs)
   that are co-located at a single endpoint (which could be an end host
   or a middlebox) in an RTP session.  Since they are co-located, every
   SSRC in the RTCP reporting group will have an identical view of the
   network conditions, and see the same lost packets, jitter, etc.  This
   allows a single representative to send RTCP reception quality reports
   on behalf of the rest of the reporting group, reducing the number of
   RTCP packets that need to be sent without loss of information.

3.1.  Semantics and Behaviour of RTCP Reporting Groups

   A group of co-located SSRCs that see identical network conditions can
   form an RTCP reporting group.  If reporting groups are in use, an RTP
   endpoint with multiple SSRCs MAY put those SSRCs into a reporting
   group if their view of the network is identical; i.e., if they report
   on traffic received at the same interface of an RTP endpoint.  SSRCs
   with different views of the network MUST NOT be put into the same
   reporting group.

   An endpoint that has combined its SSRCs into an RTCP reporting group
   will choose one (or a subset) of those SSRCs to act as a "reporting source"
   source(s)" for that RTCP reporting group.  A reporting source will
   send RTCP SR/
   RR SR/RR reception quality reports on behalf of the other
   members of the RTCP reporting group.  A reporting source MUST
   suppress the RTCP SR/
   RR SR/RR reports that relate to other members of the
   reporting group, and only report on remote SSRCs.  The other members
   (non reporting sources) of the RTCP reporting group will suppress
   their RTCP reception quality reports, and instead send an RTCP RGRS
   packet (see Section 3.2.2) to indicate that they are part of an RTCP
   reporting group and give the SSRCs of the reporting sources.

   If there are large numbers of remote SSRCs in the RTP session, then
   the reception quality reports generated by the reporting source might
   grow too large to fit into a single compound RTCP packet, forcing the
   reporting source to use a round-robin policy to determine what remote
   SSRCs it includes in each compound RTCP packet, and so reducing the
   frequency of reports on each SSRC.  To avoid this, in sessions with
   large numbers of remote SSRCs, an RTCP reporting group MAY use more
   than one reporting source.  If several SSRCs are acting as reporting
   sources for an RTCP reporting group, then each reporting source MUST
   have non-overlapping sets of remote SSRCs it reports on.

   An endpoint MUST NOT create an RTCP reporting group that comprises
   only a single local SSRC (i.e., an RTCP reporting group where the
   reporting source is the only member of the group), unless it is
   anticipated that the group might have additional SSRCs added to it in
   the future.

   If a reporting source leaves the RTP session (i.e., if it sends a
   RTCP BYE packet, or leaves the session without sending BYE under the
   rules of [RFC3550] section 6.3.7), the remaining members of the RTCP
   reporting group MUST either (a) have another reporting source, if one
   exists, report on the remote SSRCs the leaving SSRC reported on, (b)
   choose a new reporting source, or (c) disband the RTCP reporting
   group and begin sending reception quality reports following [RFC3550]
   and [I-D.ietf-avtcore-rtp-multi-stream].

   The RTCP timing rules assign different bandwidth fractions to senders
   and receivers.  This lets senders transmit RTCP reception quality
   reports more often than receivers.  If a reporting source in an RTCP
   reporting group is a receiver, but one or more non-reporting SSRCs in
   the RTCP reporting group are senders, then the endpoint MAY treat the
   reporting source as a sender for the purpose of RTCP bandwidth
   allocation, increasing its RTCP bandwidth allocation, provided it
   also treats one of the senders as if it were a receiver and makes the
   corresponding reduction in RTCP bandwidth for that SSRC.  However,
   the application needs to consider the impact on the frequency of
   transmitting of the synchronization information included in RTCP
   Sender Reports.

3.2.  Identifying Members of an RTCP Reporting Group

   When RTCP Reporting Groups are in use, the other SSRCs in the RTP
   session need to be able to identify which SSRCs are members of an
   RTCP reporting group.  Two RTCP extensions are defined to support
   this: the RTCP RGRP SDES item is used by the reporting source(s) to
   identify an RTCP reporting group, and the RTCP RGRS packet is used by
   other members of an RTCP reporting group to identify the reporting

3.2.1.  Definition and Use of the RTCP RGRP SDES Item

   This document defines a new RTCP SDES item to identify an RTCP
   reporting group.  The motivation for giving a reporting group an
   identify is to ensure that the RTCP reporting group and its member
   SSRCs can be correctly associated when there are multiple reporting
   sources, and to ensure that a reporting SSRC can be associated with
   the correct reporting group if an SSRC collision occurs.

   This document defines the RTCP Source Description (SDES) RGRP item.
   The RTCP SDES RGRP item MUST be sent by the reporting sources in a
   reporting group, and MUST NOT be sent by other members of the
   reporting group or by SSRCs that are not members of any RTCP
   reporting group.  Specifically, every reporting source in an RTCP
   reporting group MUST include an RTCP SDES packet containing an RGRP
   item in every compound RTCP packet in which it sends an RR or SR
   packet (i.e., in every RTCP packet it sends, unless Reduced-Size RTCP
   [RFC5506] is in use).

   Syntactically, the format of the RTCP SDES RGRP item is identical to
   that of the RTCP SDES CNAME item [RFC7022], except that the SDES item
   type field MUST have value RGRP=(TBA) instead of CNAME=1.  The value
   of the RTCP SDES RGRP item MUST be chosen with the same concerns
   about global uniqueness and the same privacy considerations as the
   RTCP SDES CNAME.  The value of the RTCP SDES RGRP item MUST be stable
   throughout the lifetime of the reporting group, even if some or all
   of the reporting sources change their SSRC due to collisions, or if
   the set of reporting sources changes.

      Note to RFC Editor: please replace (TBA) in the above paragraph
      with the RTCP SDES item type number assigned to the RGRP item,
      then delete this note.

   An RTP mixer or translator that forwards RTCP SR or RR packets from
   members of a reporting group MUST forward the corresponding RTCP SDES
   RGRP items as well, even if it otherwise strips SDES items other than
   the CNAME item.

3.2.2.  Definition and Use of the RTCP RGRS Packet

   A new RTCP packet type is defined to allow the members of an RTCP
   reporting group to identify the reporting sources for that group.
   This allows participants in an RTP session to distinguish an SSRC
   that is sending empty RTCP reception reports because it is a member
   of an RTCP reporting group, from an SSRC that is sending empty RTCP
   reception reports because it is not receiving any traffic.  It also
   explicitly identifies the reporting sources, allowing other members
   of the RTP session to know which SSRCs are acting as the reporting
   sources for an RTCP reporting group, and allowing them to detect if
   RTCP packets from any of the reporting sources are being lost.

   The format of the RTCP RGRS packet is defined below.  It comprises
   the fixed RTCP header that indicates the packet type and length, the
   SSRC of the packet sender, and a list of reporting sources for the
   RTCP reporting group of which the packet sender is a member.

    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=2|P|    SC   | PT=RGRS(TBA)  |             length            |
   |                     SSRC of packet sender                     |
   :          List of SSRCs SSRC(s) for the Reporting Source(s)          :
   :                              ...                              :

   The fields in the RTCP RGRS packet have the following definition:

   version (V):  2 bits unsigned integer.  This field identifies the RTP
      version.  The current RTP version is 2.

   padding (P):  1 bit.  If set, the padding bit indicates that the RTCP
      packet contains additional padding octets at the end that are not
      part of the control information but are included in the length
      field.  See [RFC3550].

   Source Count (SC):  5 bits unsigned integer.  Indicates the number of
      reporting source SSRCs that are included in this RTCP packet.  As
      the RTCP RGRS packet MUST NOT be not sent by reporting sources,
      all the SSRCs in the list of reporting sources will be different
      from the SSRC of the packet sender.  Every RTCP RGRS packet MUST
      contain at least one reporting source SSRC.

   Payload type (PT):  8 bits unsigned integer.  The RTCP packet type
      number that identifies the packet as being an RTCP RGRS packet.
      The RGRS RTCP packet has the value [TBA].

         Note to RFC Editor: please replace [TBA] here, and in the
         packet format diagram above, with the RTCP packet type that
         IANA assigns to the RTCP RGRS packet.

   Length:  16 bits unsigned integer.  The length of this packet in
      32-bit words minus one, including the header and any padding.
      This is in line with the definition of the length field used in
      RTCP sender and receiver reports [RFC3550].  Since all RTCP RGRS
      packets include at least one reporting source SSRC, the length
      will always be 2 or greater.

   SSRC of packet sender:  32 bits.  The SSRC of the sender of this

   List of SSRCs for the Reporting Source(s):  A variable length size
      (as indicated by SC header field) of the 32 bit SSRC values of the
      reporting sources for the RTCP Reporting Group of which the packet
      sender is a member.

   Every source that belongs to an RTCP reporting group but is not a
   reporting source MUST include an RTCP RGRS packet in every compound
   RTCP packet in which it sends an RR or SR packet (i.e., in every RTCP
   packet it sends, unless Reduced-Size RTCP [RFC5506] is in use).  Each
   RTCP RGRS packet MUST contain the SSRC identifier of at least one
   reporting source.  If there are more reporting sources in an RTCP
   reporting group than can fit into an RTCP RGRS packet, the members of
   that reporting group MUST send the SSRCs of the reporting sources in
   a round-robin fashion in consecutive RTCP RGRS packets, such that all
   the SSRCs of the reporting sources are included over the course of
   several RTCP reporting intervals.

   An RTP mixer or translator that forwards RTCP SR or RR packets from
   members of a reporting group MUST also forward the corresponding RGRS
   RTCP packets.  If the RTP mixer or translator rewrites SSRC values of
   the packets it forwards, it MUST make the corresponding changes to
   the RTCP RGRS packets.

3.3.  Interactions with the RTP/AVPF Feedback Profile

   Use of the RTP/AVPF Feedback Profile [RFC4585] allows SSRCs to send
   rapid RTCP feedback requests and codec control messages.  If use of
   the RTP/AVPF profile has been negotiated in an RTP session, members
   of an RTCP reporting group can send rapid RTCP feedback and codec
   control messages following [RFC4585] and [RFC5104], as updated by
   Section 5.4 of [I-D.ietf-avtcore-rtp-multi-stream], and by the
   following considerations.

   The members of an RTCP reporting group will all see identical network
   conditions.  Accordingly, one might therefore think that it doesn't
   matter which SSRC in the reporting group sends the RTP/AVPF feedback
   or codec control messages.  There might be, however, cases where the
   sender of the feedback/codec control message has semantic importance,
   or when only a subset of the members of an RTCP reporting group might
   want to send RTP/AVPF feedback or a codec control message in response
   to a particular event.  For example, an RTP video sender might choose
   to treat packet loss feedback received from SSRCs known to be audio
   receivers with less urgency than feedback that it receives from video
   receivers when deciding what packets to retransmit, and a multimedia
   receiver using reporting groups might want to choose the outgoing
   SSRC for feedback packets to reflect this.

   Each member of an RTCP reporting group SHOULD therefore send RTP/AVPF
   feedback/codec control messages independently of the other members of
   the reporting group, to respect the semantic meaning of the message
   sender.  The suppression rules of [RFC4585] will ensure that only a
   single copy of each feedback packet is (typically) generated, even if
   several members of a reporting group send the same feedback.  When an
   endpoint knows that several members of its RTCP reporting group will
   be sending identical feedback, and that the sender of the feedback is
   not semantically important, then that endpoint MAY choose to send all
   its feedback from the reporting source and deterministically suppress
   feedback packets generated by the other sources in the reporting

   It is important to note that the RTP/AVPF timing rules operate on a
   per-SSRC basis.  Using a single reporting source to send all feedback
   for a reporting group will hence limit the amount of feedback that
   can be sent to that which can be sent by one SSRC.  If this limit is
   a problem, then the reporting group can allow each of its members to
   send its own feedback, using its own SSRC.

   If the RTP/AVPF feedback messages or codec control requests are sent
   as compound RTCP packets, then those compound RTCP packets MUST
   include either an RTCP RGRS packet or an RTCP SDES RGRP item,
   depending on whether they are sent by the reporting source or a non-
   reporting source in the RTCP reporting group respectively.  The
   contents of non-compound RTCP feedback or codec control messages are
   not affected by the use of RTCP reporting groups.

3.4.  Interactions with RTCP Extended Report (XR) Packets

   When using RTCP Extended Reports (XR) [RFC3611] with RTCP reporting
   groups, it is RECOMMENDED that the reporting source is used to send
   the RTCP XR packets.  If multiple reporting sources are in use, the
   reporting source that sends the SR/RR packets that relate to a
   particular remote SSRC SHOULD send the RTCP XR reports about that
   SSRC.  This is motivated as one commonly combine the RTCP XR metrics
   with the regular report block to more fully understand the situation.
   Receiving these blocks in different compound packets reduces their
   value as the measuring intervals are not synchronized in those cases.

   Some RTCP XR report blocks are specific to particular types of media,
   and might be relevant to only some members of a reporting group.  For
   example, it would make no sense for an SSRC that is receiving video
   to send a VoIP metric RTCP XR report block.  Such media specific RTCP
   XR report blocks MUST be sent by the SSRC to which they are relevant,
   and MUST NOT be included in the common report sent by the reporting
   source.  This might mean that some SSRCs send RTCP XR packets in
   compound RTCP packets that contain an empty RTCP SR/RR packet, and
   that the time period covered by the RTCP XR packet is different to
   that covered by the RTCP SR/RR packet.  If it is important that the
   RTCP XR packet and RTCP SR/RR packet cover the same time period, then
   that source SHOULD be removed from the RTCP reporting group, and send
   standard RTCP packets instead.

3.5.  Middlebox Considerations

   Many different types of middlebox are used with RTP.  RTCP reporting
   groups are potentially relevant to those types of RTP middlebox that
   have their own SSRCs and generate RTCP reports for the traffic they
   receive.  RTP middleboxes that do not have their own SSRC, and that
   don't send RTCP reports on the traffic they receive, cannot use the
   RTCP reporting groups extension, since they generate no RTCP reports
   to group.

   An RTP middlebox that has several SSRCs of its own can use the RTCP
   reporting groups extension to group the RTCP reports it generates.
   This can occur, for example, if a middlebox is acting as an RTP mixer
   for both audio and video flows that are multiplexed onto a single RTP
   session, where the middlebox has one SSRC for the audio mixer and one
   for the video mixer part, and when the middlebox wants to avoid cross
   reporting between audio and video.

   A middlebox cannot use the RTCP reporting groups extension to group
   RTCP packets from the SSRCs that it is forwarding.  It can, however,
   group the RTCP packets from the SSRCs it is forwarding into compound
   RTCP packets following the rules in Section 6.1 of [RFC3550] and
   Section 5.3 of [I-D.ietf-avtcore-rtp-multi-stream].  If the middlebox
   is using RTCP reporting groups for its own SSRCs, it MAY include RTCP
   packets from the SSRCs that it is forwarding as part of the compound
   RTCP packets its reporting source generates.

   A middlebox that forwards RTCP SR or RR packets sent by members of a
   reporting group MUST forward the corresponding RTCP SDES RGRP items,
   as described in Section 3.2.1.  A middlebox that forwards RTCP SR or
   RR packets sent by member of a reporting group MUST also forward the
   corresponding RTCP RGRS packets, as described in Section 3.2.2.
   Failure to forward these packets can cause compatibility problems, as
   described in Section 4.2.

   If a middlebox rewrites SSRC values in the RTP and RTCP packets that
   it is forwarding, then it MUST make the corresponding changes in RTCP
   SDES packets containing RGRP items and in RTCP RGRS packets, to allow
   them to be associated with the rewritten SSRCs.

3.6.  SDP Signalling for Reporting Groups

   This document defines the "a=rtcp-rgrp" Session Description Protocol
   (SDP) [RFC4566] attribute to indicate if the session participant is
   capable of supporting RTCP Reporting Groups for applications that use
   SDP for configuration of RTP sessions.  The attribute takes no value.
   A participant that proposes the use of RTCP Reporting Groups SHALL
   itself support the reception of RTCP Reporting Groups.  The formal
   definition of this attribute is:

      Name: rtcp-rgrp
      Usage Level: session, media
      Charset Dependent: no

   When doing SDP Offer/Answer [RFC3264] an offering client that wishes
   to use RTCP Reporting Groups MUST include the attribute "a=rtcp-rgrp"
   in the SDP offer.  If "a=rtcp-rgrp" is present in the offer SDP, the
   answerer that supports RTCP Reporting Groups and wishes to use it
   SHALL include the "a=rtcp-rgrp" attribute in the answer.  If the
   answerer does not wish to use RTCP Reporting Groups, it MUST NOT
   include the "a=rtcp-rgrp" attribute in the answer.

   In declarative usage of SDP, such as the Real Time Streaming Protocol
   (RTSP) [RFC2326] and the Session Announcement Protocol (SAP)
   [RFC2974], the presence of the attribute indicates that the session
   participant MAY use RTCP Reporting Groups in its RTCP transmissions.
   An implementation that doesn't explicitly support RTCP Reporting
   Groups MAY join a RTP session as long as it has been verified that
   the implementation doesn't suffer from the problems discussed in
   Section 4.2.

4.  Properties of RTCP Reporting Groups

   This section provides additional information on what the resulting
   properties are with the design specified in Section 3.  The content
   of this section is non-normative.

4.1.  Bandwidth Benefits of RTCP Reporting Groups

   To understand the benefits of RTCP reporting groups, consider a
   scenario in which the two endpoints in a session each have a hundred
   sources, of which eight each are sending within any given reporting

   For ease of analysis, we can make the simplifying approximation that
   the duration of the RTCP reporting interval is equal to the total
   size of the RTCP packets sent during an RTCP interval, divided by the
   RTCP bandwidth.  (This will be approximately true in scenarios where
   the bandwidth is not so high that the minimum RTCP interval is
   reached.)  For further simplification, we can assume RTCP senders are
   following the recommendations regarding Compound RTCP Packets in
   [I-D.ietf-avtcore-rtp-multi-stream]; thus, the per-packet transport-
   layer overhead will be small relative to the RTCP data.  Thus, only
   the actual RTCP data itself need be considered.

   In a report interval in this scenario, there will, as a baseline, be
   200 SDES packets, 184 RR packets, and 16 SR packets.  This amounts to
   approximately 6.5 kB of RTCP per report interval, assuming 16-byte
   CNAMEs and no other SDES information.

   Using the original [RFC3550] everyone-reports-on-every-sender
   feedback rules, each of the 184 receivers will send 16 report blocks,
   and each of the 16 senders will send 15.  This amounts to
   approximately 76 kB of report block traffic per interval; 92% of RTCP
   traffic consists of report blocks.

   If reporting groups are used, however, there is only 0.4 kB of
   reports per interval, with no loss of useful information.
   Additionally, there will be (assuming 16-byte RGRPs, and a single
   reporting source per reporting group) an additional 2.4 kB per cycle
   of RGRP SDES items and RGRS packets.  Put another way, the unmodified
   [RFC3550] reporting interval is approximately 9 times longer than if
   reporting groups are in use.

4.2.  Compatibility of RTCP Reporting Groups

   The RTCP traffic generated by receivers using RTCP Reporting Groups
   might appear, to observers unaware of these semantics, to be
   generated by receivers who are experiencing a network disconnection,
   as the non-reporting sources appear not to be receiving a given
   sender at all.

   This could be a potentially critical problem for such a sender using
   RTCP for congestion control, as such a sender might think that it is
   sending so much traffic that it is causing complete congestion

   However, such an interpretation of the session statistics would
   require a fairly sophisticated RTCP analysis.  Any receiver of RTCP
   statistics which is just interested in information about itself needs
   to be prepared that any given reception report might not contain
   information about a specific media source, because reception reports
   in large conferences can be round-robined.

   Thus, it is unclear to what extent such backward compatibility issues
   would actually cause trouble in practice.

5.  Security Considerations

   The security considerations of [RFC3550] and
   [I-D.ietf-avtcore-rtp-multi-stream] apply.  If the RTP/AVPF profile
   is in use, then the security considerations of [RFC4585] (and
   [RFC5104], if used) also apply.  If RTCP XR is used, the security
   consideration of [RFC3611] and any XR report blocks used also apply.

   The RTCP SDES RGRP item is vulnerable to malicious modifications
   unless integrity protected is used.  A modification of this item's
   length field cause the parsing of the RTCP packet in which it is
   contained to fail.  Depending on the implementation, parsing of the
   full compound RTCP packet can also fail causing the whole packet to
   be discarded.  A modification to the value of this SDES item would
   make the receiver of the report think that the sender of the report
   was a member of a different RTCP reporting group.  This will
   potentially create an inconsistency, when the RGRS reports the source
   as being in the same reporting group as another source with another
   reporting group identifier.  What impact on a receiver implementation
   such inconsistencies would have are difficult to fully predict.  One
   case is when congestion control or other adaptation mechanisms are
   used, an inconsistent report can result in a media sender to reduce
   its bit-rate.  However, a direct modification of the receiver report
   or a feedback message itself would be a more efficient attack, and
   equally costly to perform.

   The new RGRS RTCP Packet type is very simple.  The common RTCP packet
   type header shares the security risks with previous RTCP packet
   types.  Errors or modification of the length field can cause the full
   compound packet to fail header validation (see Appendix A.2 in
   [RFC3550]) resulting in the whole compound RTCP packet being
   discarded.  Modification of the SC or P fields would cause
   inconsistency when processing the RTCP packet, likely resulting it
   being classified as invalid.  A modification of the PT field would
   cause the packet being interpreted under some other packet type's
   rules.  In such case the result might be more or less predictable but
   packet type specific.  Modification of the SSRC of packet sender
   would attribute this packet to another sender.  Resulting in a
   receiver believing the reporting group applies also for this SSRC, if
   it exists.  If it doesn't exist, unless also corresponding
   modifications are done on a SR/RR packet and a SDES packet the RTCP
   packet SHOULD be discarded.  If consistent changes are done, that
   could be part of a resource exhaustion attack on a receiver
   implementation.  Modification of the "List of SSRCs for the Reporting
   Source(s)" would change the SSRC the receiver expect to report on
   behalf of this SSRC.  If that SSRC exist, that could potentially
   change the report group used for this SSRC.  A change to another
   reporting group belonging to another endpoint is likely detectable as
   there would be a mismatch between the SSRC of the packet sender's
   endpoint information, transport addresses, SDES CNAME etc and the
   corresponding information from the reporting group indicated.

   In general the reporting group is providing limited impacts attacks.
   The most significant result from an deliberate attack would be to
   cause the information to be discarded or be inconsistent, including
   discard of all RTCP packets that are modified.  This causes a lack of
   information at any receiver entity, possibly disregarding the
   endpoints participation in the session.

   To protect against this type of attacks from external non trusted
   entities, integrity and source authentication SHOULD be applied.

   This can be done, for example, by using SRTP [RFC3711] with
   appropriate key-management, other options exist as discussed in RTP
   Security Options [RFC7201].

   The Report Group Identifier has a potential privacy impacting
   properties.  If this would be generated by an implementation in such
   a way that is long term stable or predictable, it could be used for
   tracking a particular end-point.  Therefore it is RECOMMENDED that it
   be generated as a short-term persistent RGRP, following the rules for
   short-term persistent CNAMEs in [RFC7022].  The rest of the
   information revealed, i.e. the SSRCs, the size of reporting group and
   the number of reporting sources in a reporting group is of less
   sensitive nature, considering that the SSRCs and the communication
   would anyway be revealed without this extension.  By encrypting the
   report group extensions the SSRC values would preserved confidential,
   but can still be revealed if SRTP [RFC3711] is used.  The size of the
   reporting groups and number of reporting sources are likely
   determinable from analysis of the packet pattern and sizes.  However,
   this information appears to have limited value.

6.  IANA Considerations

   (Note to the RFC-Editor: in the following, please replace "TBA" with
   the IANA-assigned value, and "XXXX" with the number of this document,
   then delete this note)

   The IANA is requested to register one new RTCP SDES items in the
   "RTCP SDES Item Types" registry, as follows:

      Value  Abbrev  Name                         Reference
      TBA    RGRP    Reporting Group Identifier   [RFCXXXX]

   The definition of the RTCP SDES RGRP item is given in Section 3.2.1
   of this memo.

   The IANA is also requested to register one new RTCP packet type in
   the "RTCP Control Packet Types (PT)" Registry as follows:

      Value  Abbrev  Name                               Reference
      TBA    RGRS    Reporting Group Reporting Sources  [RFCXXXX]

   The definition of the RTCP RGRS packet type is given in Section 3.2.2
   of this memo.

   The IANA is also requested to register one new SDP attribute:

      SDP Attribute ("att-field"):
         Attribute name:     rtcp-rgrp
         Long form:          RTCP Reporting Groups
         Type of name:       att-field
         Type of attribute:  Media or session level
         Subject to charset: No
         Purpose:            Negotiate or configure the use of the RTCP
                             Reporting Group Extension.
         Reference:          [RFCXXXX]
         Values:             None

   The definition of the "a=rtcp-rgrp" SDES attribute is given in
   Section 3.6 of this memo.

7.  References

7.1.  Normative References

              Lennox, J., Westerlund, M., Wu, W., Q., and C. Perkins,
              "Sending Multiple Media RTP Streams in a Single RTP Session",
              draft-ietf-avtcore-rtp-multi-stream-11 (work in progress),
              December 2015.

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

   [RFC3264]  Rosenberg, J. and H. Schulzrinne, "An Offer/Answer Model
              with Session Description Protocol (SDP)", RFC 3264,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC3264, June 2002,

   [RFC3550]  Schulzrinne, H., Casner, S., Frederick, R., and V.
              Jacobson, "RTP: A Transport Protocol for Real-Time
              Applications", STD 64, RFC 3550, DOI 10.17487/RFC3550,
              July 2003, <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc3550>.

   [RFC4566]  Handley, M., Jacobson, V., and C. Perkins, "SDP: Session
              Description Protocol", RFC 4566, DOI 10.17487/RFC4566,
              July 2006, <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc4566>.

   [RFC7022]  Begen, A., Perkins, C., Wing, D., and E. Rescorla,
              "Guidelines for Choosing RTP Control Protocol (RTCP)
              Canonical Names (CNAMEs)", RFC 7022, DOI 10.17487/RFC7022,
              September 2013, <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc7022>.

7.2.  Informative References

   [RFC2326]  Schulzrinne, H., Rao, A., and R. Lanphier, "Real Time
              Streaming Protocol (RTSP)", RFC 2326,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC2326, April 1998,

   [RFC2974]  Handley, M., Perkins, C., and E. Whelan, "Session
              Announcement Protocol", RFC 2974, DOI 10.17487/RFC2974,
              October 2000, <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc2974>.

   [RFC3611]  Friedman, T., Ed., Caceres, R., Ed., and A. Clark, Ed.,
              "RTP Control Protocol Extended Reports (RTCP XR)",
              RFC 3611, DOI 10.17487/RFC3611, November 2003,

   [RFC3711]  Baugher, M., McGrew, D., Naslund, M., Carrara, E., and K.
              Norrman, "The Secure Real-time Transport Protocol (SRTP)",
              RFC 3711, DOI 10.17487/RFC3711, March 2004,

   [RFC4585]  Ott, J., Wenger, S., Sato, N., Burmeister, C., and J. Rey,
              "Extended RTP Profile for Real-time Transport Control
              Protocol (RTCP)-Based Feedback (RTP/AVPF)", RFC 4585,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC4585, July 2006,

   [RFC4588]  Rey, J., Leon, D., Miyazaki, A., Varsa, V., and R.
              Hakenberg, "RTP Retransmission Payload Format", RFC 4588,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC4588, July 2006,

   [RFC5104]  Wenger, S., Chandra, U., Westerlund, M., and B. Burman,
              "Codec Control Messages in the RTP Audio-Visual Profile
              with Feedback (AVPF)", RFC 5104, DOI 10.17487/RFC5104,
              February 2008, <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc5104>.

   [RFC5506]  Johansson, I. and M. Westerlund, "Support for Reduced-Size
              Real-Time Transport Control Protocol (RTCP): Opportunities
              and Consequences", RFC 5506, DOI 10.17487/RFC5506, April
              2009, <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc5506>.

   [RFC6190]  Wenger, S., Wang, Y., Schierl, T., and A. Eleftheriadis,
              "RTP Payload Format for Scalable Video Coding", RFC 6190,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC6190, May 2011,

   [RFC7201]  Westerlund, M. and C. Perkins, "Options for Securing RTP
              Sessions", RFC 7201, DOI 10.17487/RFC7201, April 2014,

Authors' Addresses

   Jonathan Lennox
   Vidyo, Inc.
   433 Hackensack Avenue
   Seventh Floor
   Hackensack, NJ  07601

   Email: jonathan@vidyo.com

   Magnus Westerlund
   Farogatan 2
   SE-164 80 Kista

   Phone: +46 10 714 82 87
   Email: magnus.westerlund@ericsson.com

   Qin Wu
   101 Software Avenue, Yuhua District
   Nanjing, Jiangsu 210012

   Email: bill.wu@huawei.com

   Colin Perkins
   University of Glasgow
   School of Computing Science
   Glasgow  G12 8QQ
   United Kingdom

   Email: csp@csperkins.org