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RE: Strawman RADIUSEXT WG charter - Take Two
Nelson, David <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> I don't know how to judge whether it's a contradiction, but (IMHO) it
> certainly isn't a conflict of interest. The latter would imply that
> actions and decisions in one WG would be adversely influenced by the
> best interests of another. That's not the way in which I view the
> proposed RADIUSEXT WG.
The _existence_ of the radiusext WG would adversely effect the work of
the aaa WG, as well as the deployment of Diameter; I think that to
suggest otherwise is na´ve at best. To use your example of IPv6 vs.
IPv4, do you think that if someone proposed a backward-compatible way to
extend the v4 address space to 128 bits that that would be a boon to
> Yes, Diameter is intended to replace RADIUS, much in the same way
> that same way that IPv6 is intended to replace IPv4. Recently,
> however, the Internet community has been speaking about IPv4 / IPv6
> co-existence more than it is speaking about transition or
> replacement. I think we can take this approach with RADIUS. RADIUS
> will likely continue to be used in problem spaces where it is
> sufficiently useful. When the problem space requires the additional
> flexibility and features of Diameter, that's what will likely be
If that was true, we wouldn't be having this conversation: the only
justification for this WG would be that RADIUS in its present form is
_not_ sufficiently useful in problem spaces where people want or need to
> The only question that I think needs to be answered here is whether
> there is a valid need for a limited set of extensions to RADIUS, in
> the existing protocol framework, that will not substantially
> duplicate the features of Diameter.
Too late. In my mind the real question whether we will have two broken,
inadequate AAA protocols (as now) or only one. I really don't care
which one gets fixed, but given the IESG's ongoing & steadfast
opposition to Diameter maybe RADIUS is the best choice.
> -- Dave
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