[rfc-dist] RFC 9109 on Network Time Protocol Version 4: Port Randomization

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        RFC 9109

        Title:      Network Time Protocol Version 4: 
                    Port Randomization 
        Author:     F. Gont,
                    G. Gont,
                    M. Lichvar
        Status:     Standards Track
        Stream:     IETF
        Date:       August 2021
        Mailbox:    fgont at si6networks.com,
                    ggont at si6networks.com,
                    mlichvar at redhat.com
        Pages:      9
        Updates:    RFC 5905

        I-D Tag:    draft-ietf-ntp-port-randomization-08.txt

        URL:        https://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc9109

        DOI:        10.17487/RFC9109

The Network Time Protocol (NTP) can operate in several modes.  Some
of these modes are based on the receipt of unsolicited packets and
therefore require the use of a well-known port as the local port. 
However, in the case of NTP modes where the use of a well-known port
is not required, employing such a well-known port unnecessarily
facilitates the ability of attackers to perform blind/off-path
attacks. This document formally updates RFC 5905, recommending the
use of transport-protocol ephemeral port randomization for those
modes where use of the NTP well-known port is not required.

This document is a product of the Network Time Protocol Working Group of the IETF.

This is now a Proposed Standard.

STANDARDS TRACK: This document specifies an Internet Standards Track
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