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SubjectRe: ECN: Clearing the air (fwd)
James Sutherland wrote:

> On Sun, 28 Jan 2001, Ben Ford wrote:
> > James Sutherland wrote:
> >
> > > I'm sure we all know what the IETF is, and where ECN came from. I haven't
> > > seen anyone suggesting ignoring RST, either: DM just imagined that,
> > > AFAICS.
> > >
> > > The one point I would like to make, though, is that firewalls are NOT
> > > "brain-damaged" for blocking ECN: according to the RFCs governing
> > > firewalls, and the logic behind their design, blocking packets in an
> > > unknown format (i.e. with reserved bits set) is perfectly legitimate. Yes,
> > > those firewalls should be updated to allow ECN-enabled packets
> > > through. However, to break connectivity to such sites deliberately just
> > > because they are not supporting an *experimental* extension to the current
> > > protocols is rather silly.
> >
> > Do keep in mind, we aren't breaking connectivity, they are.
> Let me guess: you're a lawyer? :-)
> This is a very strange definition: if someone makes a change such that
> their machine can no longer communicate with existing systems, I would say
> the person making the incompatible change is the one who broke it.
> Maybe my mains sockets should be waterproof: it's still my fault when
> pouring water over them causes problems, even if the standards say the
> socket should be waterproof!

Bad analogy. Try this. Jim-Bob down at your local Post Office starts rejecting
all your mail that has the 4 digit zip code extension (Not in wide use, but a
"proposed standard") because he's old school and doesn't know what it is -- maybe
its secret spy communications!!!

(Although this would have the side benefit of really reducing the amount of junk
mail received . . . . . . )

And no, I'm not a lawyer.


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