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Re: Last Call: <draft-ietf-tsvwg-iana-ports-09.txt> (Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) Procedures for the Management of the Service Name and Transport Protocol Port Number Registry) to BCP

2011-01-31 10:28:14

On 1/31/11 5:13 PM, Cullen Jennings wrote:
Hmm ... I don't agree that solves the issue. 

Well lets say the request was coming from 3GPP for a protocol they designed - 
why should IANA be able to tell them no but IETF yes. 

Who, ultimately, is the steward of this precious resource?  If it is not
the IANA and it is not the IETF, then who?  To say that it is everyone's
responsibility is to avoid responsibility entirely.  Who gets to say
which standards organizations are stewards and which are not?

I think the policy issue here is fairly clear. We do not have consensus that 
in all cases that one should not have a second port for security (I'm basing 
this assertion on Magnus read of WG consensus and my read of IETF LC 
consensus). Therefore that should not be a ground for the expert reviewer (or 
IANA) to reject the registration. The document needs to be updated to make 
that clear or it does not reflect consensus. If the authors of the draft want 
to propose text for conditions when it would be ok to reject a second port 
for security purposes and see if they can get consensus for that text, that 
seems perfectly reasonable. 

This is a VERY VERY dangerous approach you propose, Cullen.  It is akin
to saying, "you can think about security later, because we'll have to
give you a port for it later."  We don't want to be saying that.

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