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RFC 1337, "TIME-WAIT Assassination Hazards in TCP", May 1992

Source of RFC: Legacy

Errata ID: 6782
Status: Verified
Type: Technical
Publication Format(s) : TEXT

Reported By: Christophe Deleuze
Date Reported: 2021-12-11
Verifier Name: Martin Duke
Date Verified: 2022-01-28

Section 2.4 says:

    3.         ... <SEQ=400><ACK=101><CTL=SYN,ACK><W=800>  <-- SYN-RCVD

    4.  SYN-SENT    <-- <SEQ=300><ACK=123><CTL=ACK> ... (old duplicate)

    5.  SYN-SENT    --> <SEQ=123><CTL=RST>                   --> LISTEN

    6.  ESTABLISHED <-- <SEQ=400><ACK=101><CTL=SYN,ACK><W=900> ...

[...]

      The key to the failure in Figure 4 is that the RST segment 5 is
      acceptable to TCP B in SYN-RECEIVED state, because the sequence
      space of the earlier connection that produced this old duplicate
      overlaps the new connection space.  Thus, <SEQ=123> in segment #5
      falls within TCP B's receive window [101,900).

It should say:

    3.         ... <SEQ=400><ACK=101><CTL=SYN,ACK><W=800>  <-- SYN-RCVD

    4.  SYN-SENT    <-- <SEQ=300><ACK=123><CTL=ACK> ... (old duplicate)

    5.  SYN-SENT    --> <SEQ=123><CTL=RST>                   --> LISTEN

    6.  ESTABLISHED <-- <SEQ=400><ACK=101><CTL=SYN,ACK><W=800> ...

[...]

      The key to the failure in Figure 4 is that the RST segment 5 is
      acceptable to TCP B in SYN-RECEIVED state, because the sequence
      space of the earlier connection that produced this old duplicate
      overlaps the new connection space.  Thus, <SEQ=123> in segment #5
      falls within TCP B's receive window [101,901).


Notes:

I see two problems here.

First, line 6 is the arrival of segment sent at line 3, so it should have the same advertised window.

Second, in the following paragraph it is said that B's receive window is [101,900), which is consistent neither with line 3 (W=800) nor line 6 (W=900).

I guess (that's just a guess) the author meant W=800 in both lines 3 and 6, and made an off-by-one error in B receive's window. If it starts at 101 and has 800 for size, it is [101,901)

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