|Title||Source-Specific Multicast for IP
|Author||H. Holbrook, B. Cain
Network Working Group H. Holbrook
Request for Comments: 4607 Arastra, Inc.
Category: Standards Track B. Cain
Source-Specific Multicast for IP
Status of This Memo
This document specifies an Internet standards track protocol for the
Internet community, and requests discussion and suggestions for
improvements. Please refer to the current edition of the "Internet
Official Protocol Standards" (STD 1) for the standardization state
and status of this protocol. Distribution of this memo is unlimited.
Copyright (C) The Internet Society (2006).
IP version 4 (IPv4) addresses in the 232/8 (126.96.36.199 to
188.8.131.52) range are designated as source-specific multicast
(SSM) destination addresses and are reserved for use by source-
specific applications and protocols. For IP version 6 (IPv6), the
address prefix FF3x::/32 is reserved for source-specific multicast
use. This document defines an extension to the Internet network
service that applies to datagrams sent to SSM addresses and defines
the host and router requirements to support this extension.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction ....................................................3
2. Semantics of Source-Specific Multicast Addresses ................5
3. Terminology .....................................................6
4. Host Requirements ...............................................7
4.1. Extensions to the IP Module Interface ......................7
4.2. Requirements on the Host IP Module .........................8
4.3. Allocation of Source-Specific Multicast Addresses ..........9
5. Router Requirements ............................................10
5.1. Packet Forwarding .........................................10
5.2. Protocols .................................................10
6. Link-Layer Transmission of Datagrams ...........................11
7. Security Considerations ........................................12
7.1. IPsec and SSM .............................................12
7.2. SSM and RFC 2401 IPsec Caveats ............................12
7.3. Denial of Service .........................................13
7.4. Spoofed Source Addresses ..................................13
7.5. Administrative Scoping ....................................14
8. Transition Considerations ......................................14
9. IANA Considerations ............................................15
10. Acknowledgements ..............................................15
11. Normative References ..........................................16
12. Informative References ........................................17
The Internet Protocol (IP) multicast service model is defined in RFC
1112 [RFC1112]. RFC 1112 specifies that a datagram sent to an IP
multicast address (184.108.40.206 through 220.127.116.11) G is delivered
to each "upper-layer protocol module" that has requested reception of
datagrams sent to address G. RFC 1112 calls the network service
identified by a multicast destination address G a "host group". This
model supports both one-to-many and many-to-many group communication.
This document uses the term "Any-Source Multicast" (ASM) to refer to
model of multicast defined in RFC 1112. RFC 3513 [RFC3513] specifies
the form of IPv6 multicast addresses with ASM semantics.
IPv4 addresses in the 232/8 (18.104.22.168 to 22.214.171.124) range are
currently designated as source-specific multicast (SSM) destination
addresses and are reserved for use by source-specific applications
and protocols [IANA-ALLOC].
For IPv6, the address prefix FF3x::/32 is reserved for source-
specific multicast use, where 'x' is any valid scope identifier, by
[IPv6-UBM]. Using the terminology of [IPv6-UBM], all SSM addresses
must have P=1, T=1, and plen=0. [IPv6-MALLOC] mandates that the
network prefix field of an SSM address also be set to zero, hence all
SSM addresses fall in the FF3x::/96 range. Future documents may
allow a non-zero network prefix field if, for instance, a new IP-
address-to-MAC-address mapping is defined. Thus, address allocation
should occur within the FF3x::/96 range, but a system should treat
all of FF3x::/32 as SSM addresses, to allow for compatibility with
possible future uses of the network prefix field.
Addresses in the range FF3x::4000:0001 through FF3x::7FFF:FFFF are
reserved in [IPv6-MALLOC] for allocation by IANA. Addresses in the
range FF3x::8000:0000 through FF3x::FFFF:FFFF are allowed for dynamic
allocation by a host, as described in [IPv6-MALLOC]. Addresses in
the range FF3x::0000:0000 through FF3x::3FFF:FFFF are invalid IPv6
SSM addresses. ([IPv6-MALLOC] indicates that FF3x::0000:0001 to
FF3x::3FFF:FFFF must set P=0 and T=0, but for SSM, [IPv6-UBM]
mandates that P=1 and T=1, hence their designation as invalid.) The
treatment of a packet sent to such an invalid address is undefined --
a router or host MAY choose to drop such a packet.
Source-specific multicast delivery semantics are provided for a
datagram sent to an SSM address. That is, a datagram with source IP
address S and SSM destination address G is delivered to each upper-
layer "socket" that has specifically requested the reception of
datagrams sent to address G by source S, and only to those sockets.
The network service identified by (S,G), for SSM address G and source
host address S, is referred to as a "channel". In contrast to the
ASM model of RFC 1112, SSM provides network-layer support for one-
to-many delivery only.
The benefits of source-specific multicast include:
Elimination of cross-delivery of traffic when two sources
simultaneously use the same source-specific destination address.
The simultaneous use of an SSM destination address by multiple
sources and different applications is explicitly supported.
Avoidance of the need for inter-host coordination when choosing
source-specific addresses, as a consequence of the above.
Avoidance of many of the router protocols and algorithms that are
needed to provide the ASM service model. For instance, the
"shared trees" and Rendezvous Points of the PIM - Sparse Mode
(PIM-SM) protocol [PIM-SM] are not necessary to support the
source-specific model. The router mechanisms required to support
SSM are in fact largely a subset of those that are used to support
ASM. For example, the shortest-path tree mechanism of the PIM-SM
protocol can be adapted to provide SSM semantics.
Like ASM, the set of receivers is unknown to an SSM sender. An SSM
source is provided with neither the identity of receivers nor their
SSM is particularly well-suited to dissemination-style applications
with one or more senders whose identities are known before the
application begins. For instance, a data dissemination application
that desires to provide a secondary data source in case the primary
source fails over might implement this by using one channel for each
source and advertising both of them to receivers. SSM can be used to
build multi-source applications where all participants' identities
are not known in advance, but the multi-source "rendezvous"
functionality does not occur in the network layer in this case. Just
like in an application that uses unicast as the underlying transport,
this functionality can be implemented by the application or by an
Multicast resource discovery of the form in which a client sends a
multicast query directly to a "service location group" to which
servers listen is not directly supported by SSM.
The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT",
"SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "MAY", and "OPTIONAL" in this
document are to be interpreted as described in RFC 2119 [RFC2119].
This document defines the semantics of source-specific multicast
addresses and specifies the policies governing their use. In
particular, it defines an extension to the Internet network service
that applies to datagrams sent to SSM addresses and defines host
extensions to support the network service. Hosts, routers,
applications, and protocols that use these addresses MUST comply with
the policies outlined in this document. Failure of a host to comply
may prevent that host or other hosts on the same LAN from receiving
traffic sent to an SSM channel. Failure of a router to comply may
cause SSM traffic to be delivered to parts of the network where it is
unwanted, unnecessarily burdening the network.
2. Semantics of Source-Specific Multicast Addresses
The source-specific multicast service is defined as follows:
A datagram sent with source IP address S and destination IP
address G in the SSM range is delivered to each host socket that
has specifically requested delivery of datagrams sent by S to G,
and only to those sockets.
Where, using the terminology of [IGMPv3],
"socket" is an implementation-specific parameter used to
distinguish among different requesting entities (e.g., programs or
processes or communication end-points within a program or process)
within the requesting host; the socket parameter of BSD Unix
system calls is a specific example.
Any host may send a datagram to any SSM address, and delivery is
provided according to the above semantics.
The IP module interface to upper-layer protocols is extended to allow
a socket to "Subscribe" to or "Unsubscribe" from a particular channel
identified by an SSM destination address and a source IP address.
The extended interface is defined in Section 4.1. It is meaningless
for an application or host to request reception of datagrams sent to
an SSM destination address G, as is supported in the any-source
multicast model, without also specifying a corresponding source
address, and routers MUST ignore any such request.
Multiple source applications on different hosts can use the same SSM
destination address G without conflict because datagrams sent by each
source host Si are delivered only to those sockets that requested
delivery of datagrams sent to G specifically by Si.
The key distinguishing property of the model is that a channel is
identified (addressed) by the combination of a unicast source address
and a multicast destination address in the SSM range. So, for
example, the channel
S,G = (192.0.2.1, 126.96.36.199)
S,G = (192.0.2.2, 188.8.131.52),
even though they have the same destination address portion.
Similarly, for IPv6,
S,G = (2001:3618::1, FF33::1234)
S,G = (2001:3618::2, FF33::1234)
are different channels.
To reduce confusion when talking about the any-source and source-
specific multicast models, we use different terminology when
We use the term "channel" to refer to the service associated with an
SSM address. A channel is identified by the combination of an SSM
destination address and a specific source, e.g., an (S,G) pair.
We use the term "host group" (used in RFC 1112) to refer to the
service associated with "regular" ASM multicast addresses (excluding
those in the SSM range). A host group is identified by a single
Any host can send to a host group, and similarly, any host can send
to an SSM destination address. A packet sent by a host S to an ASM
destination address G is delivered to the host group identified by G.
A packet sent by host S to an SSM destination address G is delivered
to the channel identified by (S,G). The receiver operations allowed
on a host group are called "join(G)" and "leave(G)" (as per RFC
1112). The receiver operations allowed on a channel are called
"Subscribe(S,G)" and "Unsubscribe(S,G)".
The following table summarizes the terminology:
Service Model: any-source source-specific
Network Abstraction: group channel
Identifier: G S,G
Receiver Operations: Join, Leave Subscribe, Unsubscribe
We note that, although this document specifies a new service model
available to applications, the protocols and techniques necessary to
support the service model are largely a subset of those used to
4. Host Requirements
This section describes requirements on hosts that support source-
specific multicast, including:
- Extensions to the IP Module Interface
- Extensions to the IP Module
- Allocation of SSM Addresses
4.1. Extensions to the IP Module Interface
The IP module interface to upper-layer protocols is extended to allow
protocols to request reception of all datagrams sent to a particular
Subscribe ( socket, source-address, group-address, interface )
Unsubscribe ( socket, source-address, group-address, interface )
"socket" is as previously defined in Section 2,
and, paraphrasing [IGMPv3],
"interface" is a local identifier of the network interface on
which reception of the channel identified by the (source-
address,group-address) pair is to be enabled or disabled. A
special value may be used to indicate a "default" interface. If
reception of the same channel is desired on multiple interfaces,
Subscribe is invoked once for each.
The above are strictly abstract functional interfaces -- the
functionality can be provided in an implementation-specific way. On
a host that supports the multicast source filtering application
programming interface of [MSFAPI], for instance, the Subscribe and
Unsubscribe interfaces may be supported via that API. When a host
has been configured to know the SSM address range (whether the
configuration mechanism is manual or through a protocol), the host's
operating system SHOULD return an error to an application that makes
a non-source-specific request to receive multicast sent to an SSM
A host that does not support these IP module interfaces (e.g., ASM-
only hosts) and their underlying protocols cannot expect to reliably
receive traffic sent on an SSM channel. As specified below in
Section 5.2, routers will not set up SSM forwarding state or forward
datagrams in response to an ASM join request.
Widespread implementations of the IP packet reception interface
(e.g., the recvfrom() system call in BSD Unix) do not allow a
receiver to determine the destination address to which a datagram was
sent. On a host with such an implementation, the destination address
of a datagram cannot be inferred when the socket on which the
datagram is received is Subscribed to multiple channels. Host
operating systems SHOULD provide a way for a host to determine both
the source and the destination address to which a datagram was sent.
(As one example, the Linux operating system provides the destination
of a packet as part of the response to the recvmsg() system call.)
Until this capability is present, applications may be forced to use
higher-layer mechanisms to identify the channel to which a datagram
4.2. Requirements on the Host IP Module
An incoming datagram destined to an SSM address MUST be delivered by
the IP module to all sockets that have indicated (via Subscribe) a
desire to receive data that matches the datagram's source address,
destination address, and arriving interface. It MUST NOT be
delivered to other sockets.
When the first socket on host H subscribes to a channel (S,G) on
interface I, the host IP module on H sends a request on interface I
to indicate to neighboring routers that the host wishes to receive
traffic sent by source S to source-specific multicast destination G.
Similarly, when the last socket on a host unsubscribes from a channel
on interface I, the host IP module sends an unsubscription request
for that channel to interface I.
These requests will typically be Internet Group Management Protocol
version 3 (IGMPv3) messages for IPv4, or Multicast Listener Discovery
Version 2 (MLDv2) messages for IPv6 [IGMPv3,MLDv2]. A host that
supports the SSM service model MUST implement the host portion of
[IGMPv3] for IPv4 and [MLDv2] for IPv6. It MUST also conform to the
IGMPv3/MLDv2 behavior described in [GMP-SSM].
4.3. Allocation of Source-Specific Multicast Addresses
The SSM destination address 184.108.40.206 is reserved, and it must not be
used as a destination address. Similarly, FF3x::4000:0000 is also
reserved. The goal of reserving these two addresses is to preserve
one invalid SSM destination for IPv4 and IPv6, which can be useful in
an implementation as a null value. The address range 220.127.116.11 -
18.104.22.168 is currently reserved for allocation by IANA. SSM
destination addresses in the range FF3x::4000:0001 through
FF3x::7FFF:FFFF are similarly reserved for IANA allocation
[IPv6-MALLOC]. The motivation to reserve these addresses is outlined
below in Section 9, "IANA Considerations".
The policy for allocating the rest of the SSM addresses to sending
applications is strictly locally determined by the sending host.
When allocating SSM addresses dynamically, a host or host operating
system MUST NOT allocate sequentially starting at the first allowed
address. It is RECOMMENDED to allocate SSM addresses to applications
randomly, while ensuring that allocated addresses are not given
simultaneously to multiple applications (and avoiding the reserved
addresses). For IPv6, the randomization should apply to the lowest
31 bits of the address.
As described in Section 6, the mapping of an IP packet with SSM
destination address onto a link-layer multicast address does not take
into account the datagram's source IP address (on commonly-used link
layers like Ethernet). If all hosts started at the first allowed
address, then with high probability, many source-specific channels on
shared-medium local area networks would use the same link-layer
multicast address. As a result, traffic destined for one channel
subscriber would be delivered to another's IP module, which would
then have to discard the datagram.
A host operating system SHOULD provide an interface to allow an
application to request a unique allocation of a channel destination
address in advance of a session's commencement, and this allocation
database SHOULD persist across host reboots. By providing persistent
allocations, a host application can advertise the session in advance
of its start time on a web page or in another directory. (We note
that this issue is not specific to SSM applications -- the same
problem arises for ASM.)
This document neither defines the interfaces for requesting or
returning addresses nor specifies the host algorithms for storing
those allocations. One plausible abstract API is defined in RFC 2771
[RFC2771]. Note that RFC 2771 allows an application to request an
address within a specific range of addresses. If this interface is
used, the starting address of the range SHOULD be selected at random
by the application.
For IPv6, administratively scoped SSM channel addresses are created
by choosing an appropriate scope identifier for the SSM destination
address. Normal IPv6 multicast scope boundaries [SCOPINGv6] are
applied to traffic sent to an SSM destination address, including any
relevant boundaries applied to both the source and destination
No globally agreed-upon administratively-scoped address range
[ADMIN-SCOPE] is currently defined for IPv4 source-specific
multicast. For IPv4, administrative scoping of SSM addresses can be
implemented within an administrative domain by filtering outgoing SSM
traffic sent to a scoped address at the domain's boundary routers.
5. Router Requirements
5.1. Packet Forwarding
A router that receives an IP datagram with a source-specific
destination address MUST silently drop it unless a neighboring host
or router has communicated a desire to receive packets sent from the
source and to the destination address of the received packet.
Certain IP multicast routing protocols already have the ability to
communicate source-specific joins to neighboring routers (in
particular, PIM-SM [PIM-SM]), and these protocols can, with slight
modifications, be used to provide source-specific semantics. A
router that supports the SSM service model MUST implement the PIM-SSM
subset of the PIM-SM protocol from [PIM-SM] and MUST implement the
router portion of [IGMPv3] for IPv4 and [MLDv2] for IPv6. An SSM
router MUST also conform to the IGMPv3/MLDv2 behavior described in
With PIM-SSM, successful establishment of an (S,G) forwarding path
from the source S to any receiver depends on hop-by-hop forwarding of
the explicit join request from the receiver toward the source. The
protocol(s) and algorithms that are used to select the forwarding
path for this explicit join must provide a loop-free path. When
using PIM-SSM, the PIM-SSM implementation MUST (at least) support the
ability to use the unicast topology database for this purpose.
A network can concurrently support SSM in the SSM address range and
any-source multicast in the rest of the multicast address space, and
it is expected that this will be commonplace. In such a network, a
router may receive a non-source-specific, or "(*,G)" in conventional
terminology, request for delivery of traffic in the SSM range from a
neighbor that does not implement source-specific multicast in a
manner compliant with this document. A router that receives such a
non-source-specific request for data in the SSM range MUST NOT use
the request to establish forwarding state and MUST NOT propagate the
request to other neighboring routers. A router MAY log an error in
such a case. This applies both to any request received from a host
(e.g., an IGMPv1 or IGMPv2 [IGMPv2] host report) and to any request
received from a routing protocol (e.g., a PIM-SM (*,G) join). The
inter-router case is further discussed in Section 8, "Transition
It is essential that all routers in the network give source-specific
semantics to the same range of addresses in order to achieve the full
benefit of SSM. To comply with this specification, a router MUST
treat ALL IANA-allocated SSM addresses with source-specific
6. Link-Layer Transmission of Datagrams
Source-specific multicast packets are transmitted on link-layer
networks as specified in RFC 1112 for IPv4 and as in [ETHERv6] for
IPv6. On most shared-medium link-layer networks that support
multicast (e.g., Ethernet), the IP source address is not used in the
selection of the link-layer destination address. Consequently, on
such a network, all packets sent to destination address G will be
delivered to any host that has subscribed to any channel (S,G),
regardless of S. Therefore, the IP module MUST filter packets it
receives from the link layer before delivering them to the socket
7. Security Considerations
This section outlines security issues pertaining to SSM. The
following topics are addressed: IPsec, denial-of-service attacks,
source spoofing, and security issues related to administrative
7.1. IPsec and SSM
The IPsec Authentication Header (AH) and Encapsulating Security
Payload (ESP) can be used to secure SSM traffic, if a multicast-
capable implementation of IPsec (as required in [RFC4301]) is used by
7.2. SSM and RFC 2401 IPsec Caveats
For existing implementations of RFC 2401 IPsec (now superseded by
[RFC4301]), there are a few caveats related to SSM. They are listed
here. In RFC 2401 IPsec, the source address is not used as part of
the key in the SAD lookup. As a result, two senders that happen to
use the same SSM destination address and the same Security Parameter
Index (SPI) will "collide" in the SAD at any host that is receiving
both channels. Because the channel addresses and SPIs are both
allocated autonomously by the senders, there is no reasonable means
to ensure that each sender uses a unique destination address or SPI.
A problem arises if a receiver subscribes simultaneously to two
unrelated channels using IPsec whose sources happen to be using the
same IP destination address (IPDA) and the same IPsec SPI. Because
the channel destination addresses are allocated autonomously by the
senders, any two hosts can simultaneously use the same destination
address, and there is no reasonable means to ensure that this does
not happen. The <IPDA,SPI> tuple, however, consists of 56 bits that
are generally randomly chosen (24 bits of the IP destination and 32
bits of the SPI), and a conflict is unlikely to occur through random
If such a collision occurs, a receiver will not be able to
simultaneously receive IPsec-protected traffic from the two colliding
sources. A receiver can detect this condition by noticing that it is
receiving traffic from two different sources with the same SPI and
the same SSM destination address.
7.3. Denial of Service
A subscription request creates (S,G) state in a router to record the
subscription, invokes processing on that router, and possibly causes
processing at neighboring routers. A host can mount a denial-of-
service attack by requesting a large number of subscriptions. Denial
of service can result if:
- a large amount of traffic arrives when it was otherwise
undesired, consuming network resources to deliver it and host
resources to drop it;
- a large amount of source-specific multicast state is created in
network routers, using router memory and CPU resources to store
and process the state; or
- a large amount of control traffic is generated to manage the
source-specific state, using router CPU and network bandwidth.
To reduce the damage from such an attack, a router MAY have
configuration options to limit, for example, the following items:
- The total rate at which all hosts on any one interface are
allowed to initiate subscriptions (to limit the damage caused by
forged source-address attacks).
- The total number of subscriptions that can be initiated from any
single interface or host.
Any decision by an implementor to artificially limit the rate or
number of subscriptions should be taken carefully, however, as future
applications may use large numbers of channels. Tight limits on the
rate or number of channel subscriptions would inhibit the deployment
of such applications.
A router SHOULD verify that the source of a subscription request is a
valid address for the interface on which it was received. Failure to
do so would exacerbate a spoofed-source address attack.
We note that these attacks are not unique to SSM -- they are also
present for any-source multicast.
7.4. Spoofed Source Addresses
By forging the source address in a datagram, an attacker can
potentially violate the SSM service model by transmitting datagrams
on a channel belonging to another host. Thus, an application
requiring strong authentication should not assume that all packets
that arrive on a channel were sent by the requested source without
higher-layer authentication mechanisms. The IPSEC Authentication
Header [RFC2401, RFC4301] may be used to authenticate the source of
an SSM transmission, for instance.
Some degree of protection against spoofed source addresses in
multicast is already fairly widespread, because the commonly deployed
IP multicast routing protocols [PIM-DM, PIM-SM, DVMRP] incorporate a
"reverse-path forwarding check" that validates that a multicast
packet arrived on the expected interface for its source address.
Routing protocols used for SSM SHOULD incorporate such a check.
Source Routing [RFC791] (both Loose and Strict) in combination with
source address spoofing may be used to allow an impostor of the true
channel source to inject packets onto an SSM channel. An SSM router
SHOULD by default disallow source routing to an SSM destination
address. A router MAY have a configuration option to allow source
routing. Anti-source spoofing mechanisms, such as source address
filtering at the edges of the network, are also strongly encouraged.
7.5. Administrative Scoping
Administrative scoping should not be relied upon as a security
measure [ADMIN-SCOPE]; however, in some cases it is part of a
security solution. It should be noted that no administrative scoping
exists for IPv4 source-specific multicast. An alternative approach
is to manually configure traffic filters to create such scoping if
Furthermore, for IPv6, neither source nor destination address scoping
should be used as a security measure. In some currently-deployed
IPv6 routers (those that do not conform to [SCOPINGv6]), scope
boundaries are not always applied to all source address (for
instance, an implementation may filter link-local addresses but
nothing else). Such a router may incorrectly forward an SSM channel
(S,G) through a scope boundary for S.
8. Transition Considerations
A host that complies with this document will send ONLY source-
specific host reports for addresses in the SSM range. As stated
above, a router that receives a non-source-specific (e.g., IGMPv1 or
IGMPv2 or MLDv1 [RFC2710]) host report for a source-specific
multicast destination address MUST ignore these reports. Failure to
do so would violate the SSM service model promised to the sender:
that a packet sent to (S,G) would only be delivered to hosts that
specifically requested delivery of packets sent to G by S.
During a transition period, it would be possible to deliver SSM
datagrams in a domain where the routers do not support SSM semantics
by simply forwarding any packet destined to G to all hosts that have
requested subscription of (S,G) for any S. However, this
implementation risks unduly burdening the network infrastructure by
delivering (S,G) datagrams to hosts that did not request them. Such
an implementation for addresses in the SSM range is specifically not
compliant with Section 5.2 of this document.
9. IANA Considerations
IANA allocates IPv4 addresses in the range 22.214.171.124 through
126.96.36.199 and IPv6 addresses in the range FF3x:4000:0001 to
FF3x::7FFF:FFFF. These addresses are allocated according to IETF
Consensus [IANA-CONSID]. These address ranges are reserved for
services with wide applicability that either require that or would
strongly benefit if all hosts use a well-known SSM destination
address for that service. Any proposal for allocation must consider
the fact that, on an Ethernet network, all datagrams sent to any SSM
destination address will be transmitted with the same link-layer
destination address, regardless of the source. Furthermore, the fact
that SSM destinations in 188.8.131.52/24 and 184.108.40.206/24 use the same
link-layer addresses as the reserved IP multicast group range
220.127.116.11/24 must also be considered. Similar consideration should
be given to the IPv6 reserved multicast addresses. 18.104.22.168 and
FF3x::4000:0000 should not be allocated, as suggested above.
Except for the aforementioned addresses, IANA SHALL NOT allocate any
SSM destination address to a particular entity or application. To do
so would compromise one of the important benefits of the source-
specific model: the ability for a host to simply and autonomously
allocate a source-specific multicast address from a large flat
The SSM service model draws on a variety of prior work on alternative
approaches to IP multicast, including the EXPRESS multicast model of
Holbrook and Cheriton [EXPRESS], Green's [SMRP], and the Simple
Multicast proposal of Perlman, et al. [SIMPLE]. We would also like
to thank Jon Postel and David Cheriton for their support in
reassigning the 232/8 address range to SSM. Brian Haberman
contributed to the IPv6 portion of this document. Thanks to Pekka
Savola for a careful review.
11. Normative References
[ETHERv6] Crawford, M., "Transmission of IPv6 Packets over
Ethernet Networks", RFC 2464, December 1998.
[GMP-SSM] Holbrook, H. and B. Cain, "Using Internet Group
Management Protocol Version 3 (IGMPv3) and Multicast
Listener Discovery Protocol Version 2 (MLDv2) for
Source-Specific Multicast", RFC 4604, August 2006.
[IGMPv3] Cain, B., Deering, S., Kouvelas, I., Fenner, B., and A.
Thyagarajan, "Internet Group Management Protocol,
Version 3", RFC 3376, October 2002.
[IPv6-UBM] Haberman, B. and D. Thaler, "Unicast-Prefix-based IPv6
Multicast Addresses", RFC 3306, August 2002.
[IPv6-MALLOC] Haberman, B., "Allocation Guidelines for IPv6 Multicast
Addresses", RFC 3307, August 2002.
[MLDv2] Vida, R. and L. Costa, "Multicast Listener Discovery
Version 2 (MLDv2) for IPv6", RFC 3810, June 2004.
[PIM-SM] Fenner, B., Handley, M., Holbrook, H., and I. Kouvelas.
"Protocol Independent Multicast - Sparse Mode (PIM-SM):
Protocol Specification (Revised)", RFC 4601, August
[RFC791] Postel, J., "Internet Protocol", STD 5, RFC 791,
[RFC1112] Deering, S., "Host extensions for IP multicasting", STD
5, RFC 1112, August 1989.
[RFC2401] Kent, S. and R. Atkinson, "Security Architecture for
the Internet Protocol", RFC 2401, November 1998.
[RFC3513] Hinden, R. and S. Deering, "Internet Protocol Version 6
(IPv6) Addressing Architecture", RFC 3513, April 2003.
[RFC4301] Kent, S. and K. Seo, "Security Architecture for the
Internet Protocol", RFC 4301, December 2005.
12. Informative References
[ADMIN-SCOPE] Meyer, D., "Administratively Scoped IP Multicast", BCP
23, RFC 2365, July 1998.
[DVMRP] Waitzman, D., Partridge, C., and S. Deering, "Distance
Vector Multicast Routing Protocol", RFC 1075, November
[EXPRESS] Holbrook, H., and Cheriton, D. "Explicitly Requested
Source-Specific Multicast: EXPRESS support for Large-
scale Single-source Applications." Proceedings of ACM
SIGCOMM '99, Cambridge, MA, September 1999.
[IANA-ALLOC] Internet Assigned Numbers Authority,
[IANA-CONSID] Narten, T. and H. Alvestrand, "Guidelines for Writing
an IANA Considerations Section in RFCs", BCP 26, RFC
2434, October 1998.
[IGMPv2] Fenner, W., "Internet Group Management Protocol,
Version 2", RFC 2236, November 1997.
[MSFAPI] Thaler, D., Fenner, B., and B. Quinn, "Socket Interface
Extensions for Multicast Source Filters", RFC 3678,
[PIM-DM] Adams, A., Nicholas, J., and W. Siadak, "Protocol
Independent Multicast - Dense Mode (PIM-DM): Protocol
Specification (Revised)", RFC 3973, January 2005.
[RFC2119] Bradner, S., "Key words for use in RFCs to Indicate
Requirement Levels", BCP 14, RFC 2119, March 1997.
[RFC2710] Deering, S., Fenner, W., and B. Haberman, "Multicast
Listener Discovery (MLD) for IPv6", RFC 2710, October
[RFC2771] Finlayson, R., "An Abstract API for Multicast Address
Allocation", RFC 2771, February 2000.
[SCOPINGv6] Deering, S., Haberman, B., Jinmei, T., Nordmark, E.,
and B. Zill, "IPv6 Scoped Address Architecture", RFC
4007, March 2005.
[SIMPLE] R. Perlman, C-Y. Lee, A. Ballardie, J. Crowcroft, Z.
Wang, T. Maufer, C. Diot, and M. Green, "Simple
Multicast: A Design for Simple, Low-Overhead
Multicast", Work in Progress, October 1999.
[SMRP] Green, M. "Method and System of Multicast Routing for
Groups with a Single Transmitter." United States
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