Subject: Re: Setting ipv6 default router without getting a MAC-based ipv6 addr
To: der Mouse <mouse@Rodents.Montreal.QC.CA>
From: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 02/26/2000 18:35:59
>Dynamic DNS just papers over the problem. Why should the DNS even have
>occasion to care when I change network cards? In IPv4, this is what
>ARP was all about (at least for Ethernets; analogous remarks apply for
talking about ARP...
In IPv4 it was required to implement link-layer address lookup for
different medium. IPv6 tried to solve it by implementing link-layer
address lookup into ICMPv6.
>> I believe this problem is is not just for IPv6, it just made it
>Well, if providing less of a solution for it that IPv4 did counts as
>"just ma[king] it visible", perhaps. With IPv4, I can shut down a
>machine on my house LAN and bring it up again with a different MAC
>address (change network cards, or move the disk to another machine, or
>whatever), and the only difference will be that the ARP caches will
>look slightly different. I don't have to bash the DNS, I don't have to
>frob the router, I don't have to retrain my fingers (which know the
>addresses of my house machines fairly well), nobody off-segment can
>even *tell*, never mind *care*...it all Just Works. It sounds as
>though this is not true under IPv6, in which case I can't see it as a
>step any direction but backwards.
it is not required to use MAC address as source of link-layer address.
you can swap them with some other number as you like.
if you prefer to configure it manually, that's okay. please replace
link-layer address and you are covered. (we need to check if the
code is working or not)
if you want it to be automatically configured, we need some number:
- that is unlikely to conflict with other node
- and do not change over time/reboot/hardware swap
there's not that many values with this property.
- MAC address? - if you change ethernet card you lose.
- Pentium333 CPU ID? - if you change CPU you lose.
- MD5(hostname)? - chance of conflict? many novice guys leave it
- MD5(ROM BIOS)? - chance of conflict is very high.
the default behavior described in the document is to use MAC address.
I think it was not that bad choice.
BTW privacy concern adds more interesting issues...