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RFC 3926, "FLUTE - File Delivery over Unidirectional Transport", October 2004

Note: This RFC has been obsoleted by RFC 6726

Source of RFC: rmt (tsv)

Errata ID: 698
Status: Held for Document Update
Type: Technical
Publication Format(s) : TEXT

Reported By: Alfred Hoenes
Date Reported: 2004-11-10
Held for Document Update by: Magnus Westerlund


(1) On page 31, the Informative Reference "[21]" is inconsistent;
    author, title, and publication month / year match RFC 2047,
    *not* "RFC 1521" as stated there.

(2) The first use of reference "[21]" appears on page 27, in the
    10th line of the 2nd paragraph. There, "RFC 2047" _might_ be
    what you meant (together with [20] pointing to RFC 2048).

    Now, unfortunately, the current basic MIME specifications,
    RFC 2045..2049, do not contain a substantial general
    discussion of security issues.

    The RFC 2045 and RFC 2049 "Security Considerations" just
    refer to RFC 2046.
    But RFC 2046 for this purpose refers to two specific media
    type explanations / 'informal registrations' contained in
    the body of that memo, and to RFC 2048, which in turn
    does *NOT* contain a "Security Considerations" section.
    - RFC 2048 just describes the registration PROCEDURES and
      states the Security Considerations *requirement* for any
      such registrations.
    - The formal ['skeleton'] Registrations for the basic MIME
      content types / subtypes from RFC 1521 - Appendix F -
      unfortunately have been lost on their [expected] way
      into RFC 2046. )

    RFC 2047, in particular, is an extreme:
      "Security issues are not discussed in this memo."
    (Section 10 on page 14).

    Therefore I suspect that "RFC 2047" might indeed NOT be
    what you wanted to refer to in loc. cit.  Perhaps the
    combination of RFC 2046 and RFC 2048 would have been
    the most appropriate selection for this citation.

(3) The second use of reference "[21]" in RFC 3926 appears
    2 lines further down in the same paragraph on page 27,
    explicitely referring to RFC 1521.
    The final statement there on RFC 1521,
       "... even though its protocol is obsoleted 
       by RFC 2048 [20]."

    as well does not seem to be very appropriate for me:
    It might be disputable whether one should talk about a
    "protocol" when talking about message/document format
    descriptions, but more substantially, the major part
    of RFC 1521 has been superseded by RFC 2046 - see (2)
    above - while RFC 2048 only supersedes Appendix E of
    RFC 1521, which at the time of its publication already
    had been "updated" (i.e. obsoleted) by RFC 1590.

Therefore, it might be appropriate to replace the impacted
bad Informative Reference citation [21] on page 31 of RFC 3926
by two citations (e.g. [21]' and [23]), one for RFC 1521 and
one for RFC 2046, and to modify the above mentioned phrase.

It should say:

[see above]


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