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RFC 3162, "RADIUS and IPv6", August 2001

Source of RFC: Legacy
Area Assignment: ops

Errata ID: 1923
Status: Rejected
Type: Technical

Reported By: Alan DeKok
Date Reported: 2009-10-22
Rejected by: Dan Romascanu
Date Rejected: 2010-11-02

Section 2.1 says:

   Address

      The Address field is 16 octets.

It should say:

String

  The field is 16 octets

Notes:

As Glen notes in:

http://ops.ietf.org/lists/radiusext/2009/msg00540.html

Using "ipv6 address" for a data type in RADIUS is wrong.

RFC 3162 (among others Glen wrote) contradict his current position. Those documents use data types for the "value" field of RADIUS attributes that have not been defined in RFC 2865. As such, they should either:

a) make it clear that they define a new data type, and be marked as "Updates: 2865"

or

b) use the data types in RFC 2865.

Or even better, maintain an internally consistent set of beliefs, and leave RFC 3162 alone.
--VERIFIER NOTES--
The common terminology is known by RADIUS implementers. Every RADIUS implementor "knows what this means". i.e. "Address" in RFC 2865 means "ipaddr", and "Address" in RFC 3162 means "ipv6addr". A change now would create further confusion.

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