Subject: Re: CVS commit: src/sys/netinet
To: Steven M. Bellovin <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: John Hawkinson <jhawk@MIT.EDU>
Date: 09/10/2003 21:51:48
Steven M. Bellovin <email@example.com> wrote on Tue, 9 Sep 2003
at 07:40:55 -0400 in <20030909114055.1D4007B44@berkshire.research.att.com>:
> >Without wanting to advocate change for the sake of change, how much
> >sense does it make to go a step further and use a constant value in
> >the ID field (say 0?) for all "do not fragment" packets ?
> It makes a lot of sense, though it gives away some fingerprinting info.
> In fact, I believe that some Linux distributions already do just that.
> (At least one brand of router uses 0 for link-local OSPF packets, which
> it knows can't be fragmented, and a counter for TCP.)
I'm curious if it really buys us very much. Having consistently
increasing ip IDs (and even different IP IDs) can be a valuable