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RFC 2784, "Generic Routing Encapsulation (GRE)", March 2000

Source of RFC: Legacy
Area Assignment: rtg

Errata ID: 3719

Status: Verified
Type: Technical

Reported By: C, . M. Heard
Date Reported: 2013-09-04
Verifier Name: Stewart Bryant
Date Verified: 2013-09-17

Section 2.3 and 5.2 says:

2.3. Reserved0 (bits 1-12)

   A receiver MUST discard a packet where any of bits 1-5 are non-zero,
   unless that receiver implements RFC 1701. Bits 6-12 are reserved for
   future use. These bits MUST be sent as zero and MUST be ignored on
   receipt.
...
5.2. RFC 1701 Compliant Transmitter

   An RFC 1701 transmitter may set any of the Routing Present, Key
   Present, Sequence Number Present, and Strict Source Route bits set to
   one, and thus may transmit the RFC 1701 Key, Sequence Number or
   Routing fields in the GRE header. As stated in Section 5.3, a packet
   with non-zero bits in any of bits 1-5 MUST be discarded unless the
   receiver implements RFC 1701.

It should say:

2.3. Reserved0 (bits 1-12)

   A receiver MUST discard a packet where any of bits 1-4 are non-zero,
   unless that receiver implements RFC 1701. Bits 5-12 are reserved for
   future use. These bits MUST be sent as zero and MUST be ignored on
   receipt.
...
5.2. RFC 1701 Compliant Transmitter

   An RFC 1701 transmitter may set any of the Routing Present, Key
   Present, Sequence Number Present, and Strict Source Route bits set to
   one, and thus may transmit the RFC 1701 Key, Sequence Number or
   Routing fields in the GRE header. As stated in Section 2.3, a packet
   with non-zero bits in any of bits 1-4 MUST be discarded unless the
   receiver implements RFC 1701.

Notes:

In the section entitled "Packet header," RFC 1701 defined the one-bit Routing Present, Key Present, Sequence Number Present, and Strict Source Route fields in bits 1-4 , the Recursion Control field in bits 5-7, and a Flags field in bits 8-12. It further stated that "[b]its 5 through 12 are reserved for future use and MUST be transmitted as zero." The language in RFC 2784 Section 5.2 makes it clear that incompatibilities between an RFC 1701 transmitter and an RFC 2784 receiver arise only when one or more of the the Routing Present, Key Present, Sequence Number Present, and Strict Source Route bits are set, i.e., when any of bits 1-4 are set.

Verifier's note: This looks like it was the intent of the authors, but the reader should note also RFC2890 which restores the K and S bits.

Errata ID: 1706

Status: Verified
Type: Editorial

Reported By: Nikolai Malykh
Date Reported: 2009-03-03
Verifier Name: Stewart Bryant
Date Verified: 2010-10-22

Section 5.2 says:

   An RFC 1701 transmitter may set any of the Routing Present, Key
   Present, Sequence Number Present, and Strict Source Route bits set to
   one, and thus may transmit the RFC 1701 Key, Sequence Number or
   Routing fields in the GRE header. As stated in Section 5.3, a packet
   with non-zero bits in any of bits 1-5 MUST be discarded unless the
   receiver implements RFC 1701.

It should say:

   An RFC 1701 transmitter may set any of the Routing Present, Key
   Present, Sequence Number Present, and Strict Source Route bits set to
   one, and thus may transmit the RFC 1701 Key, Sequence Number or
   Routing fields in the GRE header. As stated in Section 2.3, a packet
   with non-zero bits in any of bits 1-5 MUST be discarded unless the
   receiver implements RFC 1701.

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