One more down: RFC8116 on Security Threats to OLSRv2 just out

By | May 29, 2017

The long-in-the-process RFC 8116 finally hit the repositories last Friday. The abstract of this document goes:

This document analyzes common security threats to the Optimized Link
State Routing Protocol version 2 (OLSRv2) and describes their
potential impacts on Mobile Ad Hoc Network (MANET) operations.  It
also analyzes which of these security vulnerabilities can be
mitigated when using the mandatory-to-implement security mechanisms
for OLSRv2 and how the vulnerabilities are mitigated.

MPR Flooding – a core OLSR(v2) concept

This document is part of the wrap-up of the OLSRv2 suite of documents. With the protocol being long completed (& implemented & deployed, of course), what remains in the pipeline are documents such as this (reflecting on security), some experimental extension for multi-path routing (which is winding its way through the IESG right now), and a document specifying how to properly use RFC5444 – one of the OLSRv2 constituent parts – in protocols or protocol extensions, so as to avoid interoperability problems and avoid impeding extensibility. This document is currently in AD Evaluation, to hopefully hit the IESG shortly.

Have a look at the OLSR(v2) webpage – and at this new RFC.

Category: IETF MANET Master-ACN OLSR Paris-Saclay Protocols Research RFCs Standardization

About Thomas Heide Clausen

A graduate of Aalborg University, Denmark (M.Sc., PhD – civilingeniør, cand.polyt), Thomas has, since 2004 been on faculty at Ecole Polytechnique, France’s premiere technical and scientific university, where he holds the Cisco “Internet of Everything” academic chaire. At Ecole Polytechnique, Thomas leads the computer networking research group. He has developed, and coordinates, the computer networking curriculum, and co-coordinates the Masters program in “Advanced Communication Networks” (ACN). He has published more than 70 peer-reviewed academic publications (which have attracted more than 10000 citations) and has authored and edited 20 IETF, Standards, has consulted for the development of IEEE 802.11s, and has contributed the routing portions of the recently ratified ITU-T G.9903 standard for G3-PLC networks – upon which, e.g., the current SmartGrid & ConnectedEnergy initiatives are built. He serves on the scientific council of ThinkSmartGrids (formerly: SmartGridsFrance).