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 Document: draft-ietf-v6ops-3gpp-analysis-04.txt draft-ietf-v6ops-3gpp-analysis-05.txt                  Nokia
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                                                              June March 2004

                                                         September 2003

                Analysis on IPv6 Transition in 3GPP Networks

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    This document analyzes the transition to IPv6 in Third Generation
    Partnership Project (3GPP) General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
    packet networks. The focus is on analyzing different transition
    scenarios, applicable transition mechanisms and finding solutions
    for those transition scenarios. In these scenarios, the User
    Equipment (UE) connects to other nodes, e.g. in the Internet, and
    IPv6/IPv4 transition mechanisms are needed.

 Table of Contents

    1. Introduction.................................................. 2 Introduction..................................................2
       1.1 Scope of this Document.................................... 3 Document....................................3
       1.2 Abbreviations............................................. 3 Abbreviations.............................................3
       1.3 Terminology............................................... 4 Terminology...............................................4
    2. Transition Mechanisms......................................... 4 Mechanisms and DNS Guidelines......................4
       2.1 Dual Stack................................................ 5 Stack................................................5
       2.2 Tunneling................................................. 5 Tunneling.................................................5
       2.3 Protocol Translators...................................... 5 Translators......................................5
       2.4 DNS Guidelines for IPv4/IPv6 Transition...................6
    3. GPRS Transition Scenarios..................................... 5 Scenarios.....................................6
       3.1 Dual Stack UE Connecting to IPv4 and IPv6 Nodes........... 6 Nodes...........6
       3.2 IPv6 UE Connecting to an IPv6 Node through an IPv4 Network 7
       3.3 IPv4 UE Connecting to an IPv4 Node through an IPv6 Network
        ............................................................ 10
       3.4 IPv6 UE Connecting to an IPv4 Node....................... 10 Node.......................10
       3.5 IPv4 UE Connecting to an IPv6 Node....................... 12 Node.......................11
    4. IMS Transition Scenarios..................................... 13 Scenarios.....................................12
       4.1 DNS Interworking in IMS.................................. 13
       4.2 UE Connecting to a Node in an IPv4 Network through IMS... 13
       4.3 IMS...12
       4.2 Two IMS Islands Connected over IPv4 Network.............. 15 Network..............14
    5. Security Considerations...................................... 16 About 3GPP UE IPv4/IPv6 Configuration........................14
    6. Security Considerations......................................15
    7. Changes from draft-ietf-v6ops-3gpp-analysis-03.txt........... 16
    7. Copyright.................................................... 16 draft-ietf-v6ops-3gpp-analysis-04.txt...........15
    8. References................................................... 17
       8.1 Normative................................................ 17
       8.2 Informative.............................................. 18 Intellectual Property Statement..............................15
    9. Copyright....................................................16
    10. References..................................................17
       10.1 Normative...............................................17
       10.2 Informative.............................................17
    11. Authors and Acknowledgements................................. 19
    10. Acknowledgements................................19
    12. Editor's Contact Information................................ 20 Information................................19

 1. Introduction

    This document describes and analyzes the process of transition to
    IPv6 in Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) General Packet
    Radio Service (GPRS) packet networks. The authors can be found in
    Authors and Acknowledgements section.

    This document analyzes the transition scenarios in 3GPP packet
    data networks that might come up in the deployment phase of IPv6.
    The transition scenarios are documented in [3GPP-SCEN] [RFC3574] and this
    document will further analyze them. The scenarios are divided into
    two categories: GPRS scenarios and IMS IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS)

    GPRS scenarios are the following:
       - Dual Stack UE connecting to IPv4 and IPv6 nodes
       - IPv6 UE connecting to an IPv6 node through an IPv4 network
       - IPv4 UE connecting to an IPv4 node through an IPv6 network
       - IPv6 UE connecting to an IPv4 node
       - IPv4 UE connecting to an IPv6 node

    IMS scenarios are the following:
       - UE connecting to a node in an IPv4 network through IMS
       - Two IMS islands connected via IPv4 network

    The focus is on analyzing different transition scenarios,
    applicable transition mechanisms and finding solutions for those
    transition scenarios. In the scenarios, the User Equipment (UE)
    connects to nodes in other networks, e.g. in the Internet and
    IPv6/IPv4 transition mechanisms are needed.

 1.1 Scope of this Document

    The scope of this informational Best Current Practices document is to analyze and
    solve the possible transition scenarios in the 3GPP defined GPRS
    network where a UE connects to, or is contacted from from, the Internet, Internet
    or another UE. The document covers scenarios with and without the
    use of the SIP based IP Multimedia Core Network Subsystem (IMS).
    This document is does not focused focus on radio interface issues; both 3GPP
    Second (GSM) and Third Generation (UMTS) radio network
    architectures will be covered by these scenarios.

    The transition mechanisms specified by the IETF Ngtrans and v6ops
    Working Groups shall be used. This document shall not specify any
    new transition mechanisms, but if a need for a new mechanism is
    found, that will be reported to the IETF v6ops Working Group.

 1.2 Abbreviations

    2G          Second Generation Mobile Telecommunications, for
                 example GSM and GPRS technologies.
    3G          Third Generation Mobile Telecommunications, for example
                 UMTS technology.
    3GPP        Third Generation Partnership Project
    ALG         Application Level Gateway
    APN         Access Point Name. The APN is a logical name referring
                 to a GGSN and an external network.
    CSCF        Call Session Control Function (in 3GPP Release 5 IMS)
    DNS         Domain Name System
    EGP         Exterior Gateway Protocol
    GGSN        Gateway GPRS Support Node (a default router for 3GPP
                 User Equipment)
    GPRS        General Packet Radio Service
    GSM         Global System for Mobile Communications
    HLR         Home Location Register
    IGP         Interior Gateway Protocol
    IMS         IP Multimedia (Core Network) Subsystem, 3GPP Release 5
                 IPv6-only part of the network
    ISP         Internet Service Provider
    NAT         Network Address Translator
    NAPT-PT     Network Address Port Translation - Protocol Translation
    NAT-PT      Network Address Translation - Protocol Translation
    OTA         Over The Air
    PCO-IE      Protocol Configuration Options Information Element
    PDP         Packet Data Protocol
    PPP         Point-to-Point Protocol
    SGSN        Serving GPRS Support Node
    SIIT        Stateless IP/ICMP Translation Algorithm
    SIP         Session Initiation Protocol
    UE          User Equipment, for example a UMTS mobile handset
    UMTS        Universal Mobile Telecommunications System

 1.3 Terminology

    Some terms used in 3GPP transition scenarios and analysis documents
    are briefly defined here.

    Dual Stack UE  Dual Stack UE is a 3GPP mobile handset having dual
                   stack implemented. both
                   IPv4 and IPv6 stacks. It is capable of activating
                   both IPv4 and IPv6 PDP Packet Data Protocol (PDP)
                   contexts. Dual stack UE may be capable of tunneling.

    IPv6 UE        IPv6 UE is an IPv6-only 3GPP mobile handset. It is
                   only capable of activating IPv6 PDP contexts.

    IPv4 UE        IPv4 UE is an IPv4-only 3GPP mobile handset. It is
                   only capable of activating IPv4 PDP contexts.

    IPv4 node      IPv4 node is here defined to be IPv4 capable node
                   the UE is communicating with. The IPv4 node can
                   be, for example, an application server or another

    IPv6 node      IPv6 node is here defined to be IPv6 capable node
                   the UE is communicating with. The IPv6 node can
                   be, for example, an application server or another

 2. Transition Mechanisms and DNS Guidelines

    This chapter briefly introduces some transition mechanisms
    specified by the IETF. Applicability The applicability of different transition
    mechanisms to 3GPP networks is discussed in chapters 3 and 4. DNS
    recommendations related to IPv4/IPv6 transition are briefly
    summarized in section 2.4.

    The IPv4/IPv6 transition methods can be divided to:

       - dual IPv4/IPv6 stack
       - tunneling
       - protocol translators

 2.1 Dual Stack

    The dual IPv4/IPv6 stack is specified in [RFC2893]. If we consider
    the 3GPP GPRS core network, dual stack implementation in the GGSN
    enables support for IPv4 and IPv6 PDP contexts. UEs with dual stack
    and public (global) IP addresses can often access both IPv4 and
    IPv6 services without additional translators in the network.

 2.2 Tunneling

    Tunneling is a transition mechanism that requires dual IPv4/IPv6
    stack functionality in the encapsulating and decapsulating nodes.
    Basic tunneling alternatives are IPv6-in-IPv4 and IPv4-in-IPv6.

    Tunneling can be static or dynamic. Static (configured) tunnels are
    fixed IPv6 links over IPv4, and they are specified in [RFC2893].
    Dynamic (automatic) tunnels are virtual IPv6 links over IPv4 where
    the tunnel endpoints are not configured, i.e. the links are created

 2.3 Protocol Translators

    A translator can be defined as an intermediate component between a
    native IPv4 node and a native IPv6 node to enable direct
    communication between them without requiring any modifications to
    the end nodes.

    Header conversion is a translation mechanism. In header conversion,
    IPv6 packet headers are converted to IPv4 packet headers, or vice
    versa, and checksums are adjusted or recalculated if necessary.
    NAT-PT (Network Address Translator / Protocol Translator) [RFC2766]
    using SIIT [RFC2765] is an example of such a mechanism.

    Translators are typically may be needed in some cases when the two communicating
    nodes do not share the same IP version. version; in others, it may be
    possible to avoid such communication altogether. Translation can
    actually happen at Layer 3 (using NAT-like techniques), Layer 4
    (using a TCP/UDP proxy) or Layer 7 (using application relays).

 2.4 DNS Guidelines for IPv4/IPv6 Transition

    [DNStrans] provides guidelines to operate DNS in a mixed world of
    IPv4 and IPv6 transport. The recommended administrative policies
    are the following:
       - every recursive DNS server SHOULD be either IPv4-only or dual
       - every single DNS zone SHOULD be served by at least one IPv4
         reachable DNS server.

    This rules out IPv6-only DNS servers performing full recursion and
    DNS zones served only by IPv6-only DNS servers.  This approach
    could be revisited if/when translation techniques between IPv4 and
    IPv6 were to be widely deployed.

 3. GPRS Transition Scenarios

    This section discusses the scenarios that might occur when a GPRS
    UE contacts services or other nodes, e.g. a web server in the

    The following scenarios described by [3GPP-SCEN] [RFC3574] are analyzed here.
    In all of the scenarios, the UE is part of a network where there is
    at least one router of the same IP version, i.e. the GGSN, and it the
    UE is connecting to a node in a different network.

    1) Dual Stack UE connecting to IPv4 and IPv6 nodes
    2) IPv6 UE connecting to an IPv6 node through an IPv4 network
    3) IPv4 UE connecting to an IPv4 node through an IPv6 network
    4) IPv6 UE connecting to an IPv4 node
    5) IPv4 UE connecting to an IPv6 node

 3.1 Dual Stack UE Connecting to IPv4 and IPv6 Nodes

    In this scenario, the dual stack UE is capable of communicating
    with both IPv4 and IPv6 nodes. It is recommended to activate an
    IPv6 PDP context when communicating with an IPv6 peer node and an
    IPv4 PDP context when communicating with an IPv4 peer node. If the
    3GPP network supports both IPv4 and IPv6 PDP contexts, the UE
    activates the appropriate PDP context depending on the type of
    application it has started or depending on the address of the peer
    host it needs to communicate with. If IPv6 PDP contexts are
    available and "IPv6 in IPv4" tunneling is needed, it is recommended
    to activate an IPv6 PDP context and perform tunneling in the
    network. This case is described in more detail in section 3.2.

    However, the UE may attach to a 3GPP network, in which the SGSN
    (Serving Serving
    GPRS Support Node), Node (SGSN), the GGSN and the HLR (Home Home Location
    Register) Register
    (HLR) support IPv4 PDP contexts by default, contexts, but may not support IPv6 PDP
    contexts. If the 3GPP network does not support IPv6 PDP contexts,
    and an application on the UE needs to communicate with an
    IPv6(-only) IPv6(-
    only) node, the UE may activate an IPv4 PDP context and encapsulate
    IPv6 packets in IPv4 packets using a tunneling mechanism. This
    might happen in very early phases of IPv6
    deployment, or deployment. To generally
    solve this problem (IPv6 not available in the 3GPP network), this
    document strongly recommends the 3GPP operators to deploy basic
    IPv6 demonstrations and trials.

    The UE may support in their GPRS networks, which can in most cases be assigned
    handled by making software upgrades in the network elements.

    As a private general guideline, IPv6 communication (native or public IPv4 address when tunneled from
    IPv4 PDP context has been activated, although it is more likely
    that it will receive a private address (due to the lack of public
    IPv4 addresses). The use of private IPv4 addresses in the UE
    depends on the support of these addresses by the tunneling
    mechanism and the deployment scenario. In some cases, public IPv4
    addresses are required (one example is 6to4 [RFC3056]), but if the
    tunnel endpoints are in the same private domain or the tunneling
    mechanism works through IPv4 NAT (Network Address Translator),
    private IPv4 addresses can be used (examples are [ISATAP] and
    [TEREDO]). In general, if tunneling from the host is needed, ISATAP
    and 6to4 are preferred and TEREDO is a mechanism of last resort
    when neither of these are applicable.

    One deployment scenario example is using laptop computer and a UMTS
    UE as a modem. IPv6 packets are encapsulated in IPv4 packets in the
    laptop computer and an IPv4 PDP context is activated. Although
    "IPv6 in IPv4" tunneling can be either automatic or configured (by
    the user), the first alternative is favored, because it is expected
    that most UE users just want to use an application in their UE;
    they might not even care, whether the network connection is IPv4 or

    As a general guideline, IPv6 communication (native or tunneled from
    the UE) UE) is preferred to IPv4 communication going through IPv4 NATs
    to the same dual stack peer node. In this scenario, the UE talks to
    the DNS resolver using the IP version that is available via the
    activated PDP context.

    When analyzing a dual stack UE behavior, an application running on
    a UE can identify whether the endpoint required is an IPv4 or IPv6
    capable node by examining the address to discover what address
    family category it falls into. Alternatively, if a user supplies a name to
    be resolved, the DNS may contain records sufficient to identify
    which protocol should be used to initiate the connection with the
    endpoint. Since the UE is capable of native communication with both
    protocols, one of the main concerns of an operator is the correct
    address space and routing management. The operator must maintain
    address spaces for both protocols. Public IPv4 addresses are often
    a scarce resource for the operator and typically it is not possible
    for a UE to have a globally unique IPv4 address continuously
    allocated for its use. Use of private IPv4 addresses means use of
    NATs when communicating with a peer node outside the operator's
    network. In large networks, NAT systems can become very complex,
    expensive and difficult to maintain.

    Keeping the Internet name space unfragmented is another important
    issue for both IPv4 and IPv6. It means that any record in the
    public Internet should be available unmodified

    For DNS recommendations, we refer to any nodes, section 2.4.

 3.2 IPv6 UE Connecting to an IPv6 Node through an IPv4
    or IPv6, regardless of the transport being used. Network

    The recommended
    approach is the following: every recursive DNS server should be
    either IPv4-only or dual stack and every single DNS zone should be
    served by at least an IPv4 reachable DNS server. This
    recommendation rules out IPv6-only recursive DNS servers and DNS
    zones served by IPv6-only DNS servers, and this approach could be
    revisited if translation techniques between IPv4 and IPv6 were to
    be widely deployed [DNStrans].

 3.2 IPv6 UE Connecting to an IPv6 Node through an IPv4 Network

    The best solution for this scenario best solution for this scenario is obtained with tunneling,
    i.e. "IPv6 in IPv4" tunneling is a requirement. An IPv6 PDP context
    is activated between the UE and the GGSN. Tunneling is handled in
    the network, because IPv6 UE is not capable of tunneling (it does
    not have the dual stack functionality needed for tunneling). The
    encapsulating node can be the GGSN, the edge router between the
    border of the operator's IPv6 network and the public Internet, or
    any other dual stack node within the operator's IP network. The
    encapsulation (uplink) and decapsulation (downlink) can be handled
    by the same network element. Typically the tunneling handled by the
    network elements is transparent to the UEs and IP traffic looks
    like native IPv6 traffic to them. For the applications, tunneling
    enables end-to-end IPv6 connectivity. Note that this scenario is
    comparable to 6bone [6BONE] network operation.

    "IPv6 in IPv4" tunnels between IPv6 islands can be either static or
    dynamic. The selection of the type of tunneling mechanism is up to
    the operator / ISP deployment scenario and only generic
    recommendations can be given in this document.

    The following subsections are focused on the usage of different
    tunneling mechanisms when the peer node is in the operator's
    network or outside the operator's network. The authors note that
    where the actual 3GPP network ends and which parts of the network
    belong to the ISP(s) also depends on the deployment scenario. The
    authors are not commenting how many ISP functions the 3GPP operator
    should perform. However, many 3GPP operators are ISPs of some sort
    themselves. ISP transition scenarios are documented and analyzed in
    [ISP-scen], [ISP-analysis] and their future updates. [ISP-scen].

 3.2.1 Tunneling inside the 3GPP Operator's Network

    Many GPRS operators already have IPv4 backbone networks deployed
    and they are gradually migrating them while introducing IPv6
    islands. IPv6 backbones can be considered quite rare in the first
    phases of the transition. If the 3GPP operator already has IPv6
    widely deployed in its network, this subsection is not so relevant.

    In initial, smaller scale initial IPv6 deployment, where a small number of IPv6 in IPv4
    tunnels are required to connect the IPv6 islands over the 3GPP
    operator's IPv4 network, manually configured tunnels can be used.
    In a 3GPP network, one IPv6 island could can contain the GGSN while
    another island contains can contain the operator's IPv6 application servers.
    However, manually configured tunnels can be an administrative
    burden when the number of islands and therefore tunnels rises. In
    that case, upgrading parts of the backbone to dual stack may be the
    simplest choice. The administrative burden could also be mitigated
    by using automated management tools which are typically necessary
    to manage large networks anyway.

    Even a dynamic tunneling mechanism, such as "6to4" [RFC3056] mechanism or an IGP/EGP routing protocol
    based tunneling mechanism [BGP][IGP],
    could can be used considered if other methods are
    not suitable. Routing protocol
    based mechanisms such as [BGP] consist of running BGP between the
    neighboring router tunnel endpoints and using multi-protocol BGP
    extensions to exchange reachability information of IPv6 prefixes.

    The routers use this information to create IPv6 in IPv4 tunnel
    interfaces and route IPv6 packets over the IPv4 network. It is
    possible to combine this with different types of tunnels.

    Connection redundancy should also be noted as an important
    requirement in 3GPP networks. Static tunnels on their own don't
    provide a routing recovery solution for all scenarios where an IPv6
    route goes down. However, they may provide an adequate solution
    depending on the design of the network and in presence of other
    router redundancy mechanisms. On the other hand, IGP/EGP based
    mechanisms can provide redundancy.

    "6to4" nodes use special IPv6 addresses with a "6to4" prefix
    containing the IPv4 address of the corresponding "IPv6 in IPv4"
    tunnel endpoint ("6to4" router) which performs encapsulation /
    decapsulation. When connecting two nodes with "6to4" addresses, the
    corresponding "6to4" routers use the IPv4 addresses specified in
    the "6to4" prefixes to tunnel IPv6 packets through the IPv4
    network. But if only one of them has a "6to4" address, a "6to4"
    relay must be present to perform the missing "6to4" router
    functionality for the native-IPv6 node. If we consider the "6to4"
    tunneling mechanism and the 3GPP addressing model (a unique /64
    prefix allocated for each primary PDP context), a /48 "6to4" prefix
    would only be enough for approximately 65000 UEs. Thus, a few
    public IPv4 addresses would be needed depending on the size of the

 3.2.2 Tunneling outside the 3GPP Operator's Network

    This subsection includes the case when the peer node is outside the
    operator's network. In that case the "IPv6 in IPv4" tunnel starting
    point can be in the operator's network - encapsulating node can be
    e.g. the GGSN or the edge router.

    The case is pretty straightforward if the upstream ISP provides
    native IPv6 connectivity to the Internet. If there is no native
    IPv6 connectivity available in the 3GPP network, an "IPv6 in IPv4"
    tunnel should be configured from e.g. the GGSN to the dual stack
    border gateway in order to access the upstream ISP.

    If the ISP only provides IPv4 connectivity, then the IPv6 traffic
    initiated from the 3GPP network should be transported tunneled in
    IPv4 to the ISP. Defining the tunnel endpoint depends on the
    deployment scenario. The authors want to avoid duplicating work and
    note here that the ISP transition scenarios are analyzed in [ISP-
    scen] and [ISP-analysis].

    Usage of manually configured "IPv6 in IPv4" tunneling is sensible
    if recommended. As the
    number of the tunnels can be kept limited. It is assumed
    that a maximum outside of 10-15 configured "IPv6 in IPv4" tunnels from the 3GPP network towards the ISP / Internet should be sufficient.

    On the other hand, usage of dynamic tunneling, such as "6to4", can
    also be considered, but scalability problems arise when thinking
    about the great number of UEs in the 3GPP networks. The specific
    limitation when applying "6to4" in 3GPP networks should also be
    taken into account, as commented in 3.2.1. Other issues to keep in
    mind with respect to the "6to4" mechanism are that reverse DNS is
    not yet completely solved and there are some security
    considerations associated with the use of "6to4" relay routers (see
    [6to4SEC]). Moreover, in limited, no
    more than a later phase couple of the transition period,
    there will tunnels should be a need for assigning new, native IPv6 addresses to
    all "6to4" nodes needed.

    ISP transition scenarios are described in order to enable native IPv6 connectivity. [ISP-scen].

 3.3 IPv4 UE Connecting to an IPv4 Node through an IPv6 Network

    3GPP networks are expected to support both IPv4 and IPv6 for a long
    time, on the UE-GGSN link and between the GGSN and external
    networks. For this scenario scenario, it is useful to split the end-to-end
    IPv4 UE to IPv4 node communication into UE-to-GGSN and GGSN-to-
    v4NODE. An IPv6-capable GGSN is expected to support both IPv6 and
    IPv4 UEs. Therefore an IPv4-only UE will be able to use an IPv4
    link (PDP context) to connect to the GGSN without the need to
    communicate over an IPv6 network.

    Regarding the GGSN-to-v4NODE communication, typically the transport
    network between the GGSN and external networks will support only
    IPv4 in the early stages and migrate to dual stack, since these
    networks are already deployed. Therefore it is not envisaged that
    tunneling of IPv4 in IPv6 will be required from the GGSN to
    external IPv4 networks either. In the longer run, 3GPP operators
    may need to phase out IPv4 UEs and the IPv4 transport network. This
    would leave only IPv6 UEs. Therefore, overall, the transition
    scenario involving an IPv4 UE communicating with an IPv4 peer
    through an IPv6 network is not considered very likely in 3GPP

 3.4 IPv6 UE Connecting to an IPv4 Node


    IPv6(-only) nodes can communicate with IPv4 hosts IPv4(-only) nodes by making
    use of a translator (SIIT (e.g. SIIT [RFC2765], NAT-PT [RFC2766]) within
    the local network. For some many applications, application proxies can
    be appropriate (e.g. HTTP, email relays, etc.). Such applications
    will not be transparent to the UE. Hence, a flexible mechanism with
    minimal manual intervention should be used to configure these
    proxies on IPv6 UEs. Within the 3GPP architecture, application
    proxies can be placed on the GGSN external interface (Gi), or
    inside the service network.

    However, since it is difficult to anticipate all the possible
    applications, there is can be a need for translators that can
    translate headers independent of the type of application being
    used. This section describes a solution based on the use of
    translators, but does not strongly recommend using translators as a
    general solution. The authors note that NAT-PT applicability
    statement work is being done in the v6ops wg and that document will
    be used as a reference in this document.

    Due to the significant lack of IPv4 addresses in some domains, port
    multiplexing is likely to be a necessary feature for translators
    (i.e. NAPT-PT).

    When If NA(P)T-PT is used, it needs to be placed on the
    GGSN external (Gi) interface, typically separate from the GGSN.
    NA(P)T-PT can be installed, for example, on the edge of the
    operator's network and the public Internet. NA(P)T-PT will
    intercept DNS requests and other applications that include IP
    addresses in their payloads, translate the IP header (and payload
    for some applications if necessary) and forward packets through its
    IPv4 interface.

    NA(P)T-PT introduces limitations that are expected to be magnified
    within the 3GPP architecture. Some of these limitations are listed
    below (notice that some of them are also relevant for IPv4 NAT). We
    note here that [v4v6trans] analyzes the issues when translating
    between IPv4 and IPv6. However, the NAT-PT issues should be clearly
    documented in an RFC applicability statement document
    (currently being written in the v6ops Working Group and a decision
    should wg) will also be made, whether revisiting the NAT-PT RFC is necessary /
    what kind of update is needed. used as a
    reference in this document.

       1. NA(P)T-PT is a single point of failure for all ongoing

       2. Additional There are additional forwarding delays due to further
         processing, when compared to normal IP forwarding.

       3. Problems There are problems with source address selection due to the
         inclusion of a DNS ALG on the same node [NATPT-DNS].

       4. NA(P)T-PT does not work (without application level gateways)
         for applications that embed  IP addresses in their payload.

       5. NA(P)T-PT breaks DNSSEC.

       6. NA(P)T-PT does not scale very well in large networks.

    3GPP networks are expected to handle a very large number of
    subscribers on a single GGSN (default router). Each GGSN is
    expected to handle hundreds of thousands of connections.
    Furthermore, high reliability is expected for 3GPP networks.
    Consequently, a single point of failure on the GGSN external
    interface would raise concerns on the overall network reliability.
    In addition, IPv6 users are expected to use delay-sensitive
    applications provided by IMS. Hence, there is a need to minimize
    forwarding delays within the IP backbone. Furthermore, due to the
    unprecedented number of connections handled by the default routers
    (GGSN) in 3GPP networks, a network design that forces traffic to go
    through a single node at the edge of the network (typical NA(P)T-PT
    configuration) is not likely to scale. Translation mechanisms
    should allow for multiple translators, for load sharing and
    redundancy purposes.

    To minimize the problems associated with NA(P)T-PT, the following
    actions can be recommended:

         1. Separate the DNS ALG from the NA(P)T-PT node (in the "IPv6
            to IPv4" case).

         2. Ensure (if possible) that NA(P)T-PT does not become a
            single point of failure.

         3. Allow for load sharing between different translators. That
            is, it should be possible for different connections to go
            through different translators. Note that load sharing alone
            does not prevent NA(P)T-PT from becoming a single point of

    There are some ways to fix the problems with NA(P)T-PT, one
    suggestion is [NAT64].

    When thinking the DNS issues, the IPv6 UE needs to find the IPv4
    address in the DNS [DNStrans]. Note that DNSSEC is broken if
    NA(P)T-PT is used.

 3.5 IPv4 UE Connecting to an IPv6 Node

    The legacy IPv4 nodes are mostly nodes that support the
    applications that are popular today in the IPv4 Internet: mostly e-
    mail and web-browsing. These applications will, of course, be
    supported in the IPv6 Internet of the future. However, the legacy
    IPv4 UEs are not going to be updated to support the future
    applications. As these application applications are designed for IPv6, and to
    use the advantages of newer platforms, the legacy IPv4 nodes will
    not be able to profit from them. Thus, they will continue to
    support the legacy services.

    Taking the above into account, the traffic to and from the legacy
    IPv4 UE is restricted to a few applications. These applications
    already today mostly rely on proxies or local servers to communicate
    between private address space networks and the Internet. The same
    methods and technology can be used for IPv4 to IPv6 transition.

    An alternative solution could be a general network address
    translation mechanisms such as NAT46 [NAT64].

    When thinking the DNS issues, the

    For DNS zones containing AAAA records
    for the IPv6 nodes need recommendations, we refer to be served by at least one IPv4
    accessible DNS server [DNStrans]. section 2.4.

 4. IMS Transition Scenarios

    As the IMS is exclusively IPv6, the number of possible transition
    scenarios is reduced dramatically. In the following, the The possible
    transition scenarios are listed. Those IMS scenarios are
    listed below and analyzed in sections 4.2 4.1 and 4.3. 4.2.

       1) UE connecting to a node in an IPv4 network through IMS
       2) Two IMS islands connected over IPv4 network

 4.1 DNS Interworking in IMS

    The recommended approach (as documented in [DNStrans]) currently is
    that every recursive DNS server should be either IPv4-only or dual
    stack and every single DNS zone should be served by at least an
    IPv4 reachable DNS server. The recommendation rules out IPv6-only
    recursive DNS servers and DNS zones served by IPv6-only DNS

    To perform DNS resolution in the IMS, the UE can be configured as a
    stub resolver pointing to a recursive DNS resolver. This
    communication can happen over IPv6. However, in the process to find
    the IPv6 address of a SIP server, the recursive DNS resolver may
    need to access data that is available only on some IPv4

    For DNS
    servers, see [DNStrans]. One way to achieve this is recommendations, we refer to make the DNS
    resolver be dual stack. section 2.4. As DNS traffic is
    not directly related to the IMS functionality, this is the recommendations
    are not in contradiction with the IPv6-
    only IPv6-only nature of the IMS.


 4.1 UE Connecting to a Node in an IPv4 Network through IMS

    This scenario occurs when an IMS UE (IPv6) connects to a node in
    the IPv4 Internet through the IMS, or vice versa. This happens when
    the other node is a part of a different system than 3GPP, e.g. a
    fixed PC, with only IPv4 capabilities.

    There will probably be few legacy IPv4 nodes in the Internet that
    will communicate with the IMS UEs. It is assumed that the solution
    described here is used for limited cases, in which communications
    with a small number of legacy IPv4 SIP equipment are needed. As the
    IMS is exclusively IPv6 [3GPP 23.221], translators have to be used
    in the communication between the IPv6 IMS and legacy IPv4 hosts,
    i.e. making a dual stack based solution is not feasible. This
    section aims to give a brief overview on how that interworking can
    be handled.

    This section presents higher level details of a solution based on
    the use of a translator and SIP ALG. [3GPPtr] provides additional
    information and presents a bit different solution proposal based on
    SIP Edge Proxy and IP Address/Port Mapper. The authors recommend to
    solve the general SIP/SDP IPv4/IPv6 transition problem in the IETF
    SIP wg(s).

    As control (or signaling) and user (or data) traffic are separated
    in SIP, and thus, the IMS, the translation of the IMS traffic has
    to be done on two levels - Session Initiation Protocol (SIP)
    [RFC3261], and Session Description Protocol (SDP) [RFC2327]
    [RFC3266] on the one hand (Mm-interface), and on the actual user
    data traffic level on the other (Mb-interface).

    SIP and SDP transition has to be made in an SIP/SDP Application
    Level Gateway. The ALG has to change the IP addresses transported
    in the SIP messages and the SDP payload of those messages to the
    appropriate version. In addition, there has to be interoperability
    for DNS queries; see section 4.1 2.4 for details.

    On the user data transport level, the translation is IPv4-IPv6
    protocol translation, where the user data traffic transported is
    translated from IPv6 to IPv4, and vice versa.

    The legacy IPv4 host's address can be mapped to an IPv6 address for
    the IMS, and this address is then used within the IMS to route the
    traffic to the appropriate user traffic translator. This mapping
    can be done by the SIP/SDP ALG for the SIP traffic. The user
    traffic translator would do the similar mapping for the user
    traffic. However, in order to have an IPv4 address for the IMS UE,
    and to be able to route the user traffic within the legacy IPv4
    network to the correct translator, there has to be an IPv4 address
    allocated for the duration of the session from the user traffic
    translator. The allocation of this address from the user traffic
    translator has to be done by the SIP/SDP ALG in order for the
    SIP/SDP ALG to know the correct IPv4 address. This can be achieved
    by using a protocol for the ALG to do the allocation.

          +-------------------------------+ +------------+
          |                      +------+ | | +--------+ |
          |                      |S-CSCF|---| |SIP ALG | |\
       |  |                      +------+ | | +--------+ | \ --------
     +-|+ |                       /       | |     |      |  |        |
     |  | | +------+        +------+      | |     +      |   -|    |-
     |  |-|-|P-CSCF|--------|I-CSCF|      | |     |      |    | () |
     |  |   +------+        +------+      | |+----------+| /  ------
     |  |-----------------------------------||Translator||/
     +--+ |            IPv6               | |+----------+|     IPv4
      UE  |                               | |Interworking|
          |  IP Multimedia CN Subsystem   | |Unit        |
          +-------------------------------+ +------------+

           Figure 1: UE using IMS to contact a legacy phone

    Figure 1 shows a possible configuration scenario where the SIP ALG
    is separate to separated from the CSCFs. The translator can either be set up in
    a single device with both SIP translation and media translation, or
    those functionalities can be divided to two different entities with
    an interface in between. We call the combined network element on
    the edge of the IPv6-only IMS an "Interworking Unit" in this
    document. One alternative is to use a suitable subset of NAT-PT
    [RFC2766] in this network element to take care of the media (user
    data) IPv4/IPv6 translation. The problems related to NAT-PT are
    documented in section 3.4.

    The authors notify that work is being done on analyzing 3GPP
    IPv4/IPv6 translators related to IMS scenario 1, and a personal
    draft is expected shortly.


 4.2 Two IMS Islands Connected over IPv4 Network

    At the early stages of IMS deployment, there may be cases where two
    IMS islands are separated by an IPv4 network such as the legacy
    Internet. Here both the UEs and the IMS islands are IPv6-only.
    However, the IPv6 islands are not native IPv6 connected.

    In this scenario, the end-to-end SIP connections are based on IPv6.
    The only issue is to make connection between two IPv6-only IMS
    islands over IPv4 network. This scenario is closely related to GPRS
    scenario represented in section 3.2. and similar tunneling
    solutions are applicable also in this scenario.

 5. Security Considerations

         1. NAT-PT DNS ALG problems are described in [NATPT-DNS] and

         2. The About 3GPP specifications UE IPv4/IPv6 Configuration

    This informative section aims to give a brief overview on the
    configuration needed in the UE in order to access IP based
    services. There can also be other application specific settings in
    the UE that are not described here.

    To be able to access IPv6 or IPv4 based services, settings need to
    be done in the UE. The GGSN Access Point has to be defined when
    using, for example, the web browsing application. One possibility
    is to use Over The Air (OTA) configuration to configure the GPRS
    settings. The user can visit the operator WWW page and subscribe
    the GPRS Access Point settings to his/her UE and receive the
    settings via Short Message Service (SMS). After the user has
    accepted the settings and a PDP context has been activated, the
    user can start browsing. The Access Point settings can also be
    typed in manually or be pre-configured by the operator or the UE

    DNS server addresses typically also need to be configured in the
    UE. In the case of IPv4 type PDP context, the (IPv4) DNS server
    addresses can be received in the PDP context activation (a control
    plane mechanism). Same kind of mechanism is also available for
    IPv6: so-called Protocol Configuration Options Information Element
    (PCO-IE) specified by the 3GPP [3GPP-24.008]. It is also possible
    to use [DHCPv6-SL] or [RFC3315] and [DHCP-DNS] for receiving DNS
    server addresses. The authors note that the general IPv6 DNS
    discovery problem is being solved by the IETF dnsop Working Group.
    The DNS server addresses can also be received using OTA
    configuration, or typed in manually in the UE.

    When accessing IMS services, the UE needs to know the P-CSCF IPv6
    address. 3GPP-specific PCO-IE mechanism, or DHCPv6-based mechanism
    ([DHCPv6-SL] or [RFC3315] and [RFC3319]) can be used. OTA or manual
    configuration can also be possible. IMS subscriber authentication
    and registration to the IMS and SIP integrity protection are not
    discussed here.

 6. Security Considerations

    Editor's note: This section may need updating.

         1. NAT-PT DNS ALG problems are described in [NATPT-DNS] and

         2. The 3GPP specifications do not currently define the usage
            of DNS Security. They neither disallow the usage of DNSSEC,
            nor do they mandate it.

         3. NAT-PT breaks DNSSEC.


 7. Changes from draft-ietf-v6ops-3gpp-analysis-03.txt draft-ietf-v6ops-3gpp-analysis-04.txt

       - Tunneling text in 2.2 shortened (Major part of) The issues handled:
       - Text changes The only DNS reference now is draft-ietf-dnsop-ipv6-transport-
         guidelines-00.txt, all DNS discussion is now in 3.1 section 2.4
       - Text changes in 3.2 Section 5 "About 3GPP UE IPv4/IPv6 Configuration" added
       - Text changes draft-elmalki-v6ops-3gpp-translator put as an informational
         reference in 4.2 section 4.1; a recommendation has been added to
         solve the general SIP/SDP transition problem in SIP wg(s)
       - NAT64 reference removed
       - 6to4 references removed
       - IGP and BGP references removed (expired drafts)
       - Some abbreviations added
       - Intellectual Property Statement added
       - Editorial changes in some many sections


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 10. References


 10.1 Normative

    [RFC2026] Bradner, S.: The Internet Standards Process -- Revision
    3, RFC 2026, October 1996.

    [RFC2327] Handley, M., Jacobson, V.: SDP: Session Description
    Protocol, RFC 2327, April 1998.

    [RFC2663] Srisuresh, P., Holdrege, M.: IP Network Address
    Translator (NAT) Terminology and Considerations, RFC 2663, August

    [RFC2765] Nordmark, E.: Stateless IP/ICMP Translation Algorithm
    (SIIT), RFC 2765, February 2000.

    [RFC2766] Tsirtsis, G., Srisuresh, P.: Network Address Translation
    - Protocol Translation (NAT-PT), RFC 2766, February 2000.

    [RFC2893] Gilligan, R., Nordmark, E.: Transition Mechanisms for
    IPv6 Hosts and Routers, RFC 2893, August 2000.

    [RFC3056] Carpenter, B., Moore, K.: Connection of IPv6 Domains via
    IPv4 Clouds, RFC 3056, February 2001.

    [RFC3261] Rosenberg, J., et al.: SIP: Session Initiation Protocol,
    RFC 3261, June 2002.

    [RFC3266] Olson, S., Camarillo, G., Roach, A. B.: Support for IPv6
    in Session Description Protocol (SDP), June 2002.


    [RFC3574] Soininen, J. (editor): "Transition Transition Scenarios for 3GPP
    Networks", March 2003, draft-ietf-v6ops-3gpp-cases-03.txt, work in
    Networks, RFC 3574, August 2003.

    [3GPP-23.060] 3GPP TS 23.060 V5.4.0, "General Packet Radio Service
    (GPRS); Service description; Stage 2 (Release 5)", December 2002.

    [3GPP 23.221] 3GPP TS 23.221 V5.7.0, "Architectural requirements
    (Release 5)", December 2002.

    [3GPP-23.228] 3GPP TS 23.228 V5.7.0, "IP Multimedia Subsystem
    (IMS); Stage 2 (Release 5)", December 2002.

    [3GPP 24.228] 3GPP TS 24.228 V5.3.0, "Signalling flows for the IP
    multimedia call control based on SIP and SDP; Stage 3 (Release 5)",
    December 2002.

    [3GPP 24.229] 3GPP TS 24.229 V5.3.0, "IP Multimedia Call Control
    Protocol based on SIP and SDP; Stage 3 (Release 5)", December 2002.


 10.2 Informative

    [RFC2283] Bates, T., Chandra, R., Katz, D., Rekhter, Y.:
    Multiprotocol Extensions for BGP-4, RFC 2283, February 1998.

    [RFC2327] Handley, M., Jacobson, V.: SDP: Session Description
    Protocol, RFC 2327, April 1998.

    [RFC3266] Olson, S., Camarillo, G., Roach, A. B.: Support for IPv6
    in Session Description Protocol (SDP), June 2002.

    [RFC3314] Wasserman, M. (editor): "Recommendations Recommendations for IPv6 in 3GPP
    Standards, September 2002.

    [6to4SEC] Savola, P.: "Security Considerations

    [RFC3315] Droms, R. et al.: Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol for 6to4", January
    IPv6 (DHCPv6), July 2003.

    [RFC3319] Schulzrinne, H., Volz, B.: Dynamic Host Configuration
    Protocol (DHCPv6) Options for Session Initiation Protocol (SIP)
    Servers, July 2003.

    [3GPPtr] El Malki K., et al.: "IPv6-IPv4 Translators in 3GPP
    Networks", June 2003, draft-savola-v6ops-6to4-security-02.txt, draft-elmalki-v6ops-3gpp-translator-00.txt,
    work in progress.

    [BGP] De Clercq, J., Gastaud, G., Ooms, D., Prevost, S., Le
    Faucheur, F.: "Connecting IPv6 Islands across IPv4 Clouds with
    BGP", October 2002, draft-ooms-v6ops-bgp-tunnel-00.txt,

    [DHCP-DNS] Droms, R. (ed.): "DNS Configuration options for DHCPv6",
    August 2003, draft-ietf-dhc-dhcpv6-opt-dnsconfig-04.txt, work in
    progress, the draft has expired.

    [DHCP-SL] Droms, R.: "A Guide to Implementing Stateless DHCPv6
    Service", April 2003, draft-ietf-dhc-dhcpv6-stateless-00.txt, work
    in progress.

    [DNStrans] Durand, A. and Ihren, J.: "IPv6 DNS transition issues",
    February 2003, draft-ietf-dnsop-ipv6-dns-issues-02.txt, work in

    [IGP] Cristallo, G., Gastaud, G., Ooms, D., Galand, D., Preguica,
    C., Baudot, A., Diribarne, G.: "Connecting "DNS IPv6 islands within an
    IPv4 AS", February 2002, draft-many-ngtrans-connect-ipv6-igp-
    02.txt, work in progress, the draft has expired.

    [ISATAP] Templin, F., et al.: "Intra-Site Automatic Tunnel
    Addressing Protocol (ISATAP)", March transport
    operational guidelines", June 2003, draft-ietf-ngtrans-
    isatap-13.txt, draft-ietf-dnsop-ipv6-
    transport-guidelines-00.txt, work in progress.

    [ISP-scen] Mickles, C. (Editor): "Transition Scenarios for ISP
    Networks", March 2003, draft-mickles-v6ops-isp-cases-05.txt, work
    in progress.

    [ISP-analysis] Mickles, C. Lind, M. (Editor): "Transition  Analysis "Scenarios for Introducing IPv6 into
    ISP Networks", February June 2003, draft-mickles-v6ops-isp-analysis-00.txt, draft-lind-v6ops-isp-scenarios-00.txt,
    work in progress.

    [NAT64] Durand, A.: "NAT64 - NAT46", June 2002, draft-durand-
    ngtrans-nat64-nat46-00.txt, work in progress, the draft has

    [NATPT-DNS] Durand, A.: "Issues with NAT-PT DNS ALG in RFC2766",
    January 2003, draft-durand-v6ops-natpt-dns-alg-issues-00.txt, work
    in progress.

    [TEREDO] Huitema, C.: "Teredo: Tunneling IPv6 over UDP through
    NATs", June 2003, draft-huitema-v6ops-teredo-00.txt, work in
    progress. progress, the draft has expired.

    [v4v6trans] van der Pol, R., Satapati, S., Sivakumar, S.:
    "Issues when translating between IPv4 and IPv6", January 2003,
    draft-vanderpol-v6ops-translation-issues-00.txt, work in progress. progress,
    the draft has expired.

    [3GPP-24.008] 3GPP TS 24.008 V5.8.0, "Mobile radio interface Layer
    3 specification; Core network protocols; Stage 3 (Release 5)", June


 11. Authors and Acknowledgements

    This document is written by:

       Alain Durand, Sun Microsystems

       Karim El-Malki, Ericsson Radio Systems

       Niall Richard Murphy, Enigma Consulting Limited

       Hugh Shieh, AT&T Wireless

       Jonne Soininen, Nokia

       Hesham Soliman, Flarion

       Margaret Wasserman, Wind River

       Juha Wiljakka, Nokia

    The authors would like to thank Heikki Almay, Gabor Bajko, Ajay
    Jain, Jarkko Jouppi, Ivan Laloux, Janne Rinne, Pekka Savola, Pedro
    Serna, Fred Templin, Anand Thakur and Rod Van Meter for their
    valuable input.


 12. Editor's Contact Information

    Comments or questions regarding this document should be sent to the
    v6ops mailing list or directly to the document editor:

    Juha Wiljakka
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