Host Identity Protocol
The Host Identity Protocol (HIP) is a host identification technology for use on Internet Protocol (IP) networks, such as the Internet. The Internet has two main name spaces, IP addresses and the Domain Name System. HIP separates the end-point identifier and locator roles of IP addresses. It introduces a Host Identity (HI) name space, based on a public key security infrastructure.
In networks that implement the Host Identity Protocol, all occurrences of IP addresses in applications are eliminated and replaced with cryptographic host identifiers. The cryptographic keys are typically, but not necessarily, self-generated.
The working group is chartered to produce Requests for Comments on the "Experimental" track, but it is understood that their quality and security properties should match the standards track requirements. The main purpose for producing Experimental documents instead of standards track ones are the unknown effects that the mechanisms may have on applications and on the Internet in the large.
- RFC 4423 - Host Identity Protocol (HIP) Architecture (early "informational" snapshot)
- RFC 5201 - Host Identity Protocol base
- RFC 5202 - Using the Encapsulating Security Payload (ESP) Transport Format with the Host Identity Protocol (HIP)
- RFC 5203 - Host Identity Protocol (HIP) Registration Extension
- RFC 5204 - Host Identity Protocol (HIP) Rendezvous Extension
- RFC 5205 - Host Identity Protocol (HIP) Domain Name System (DNS) Extension
- RFC 5206 - End-Host Mobility and Multihoming with the Host Identity Protocol
- RFC 5207 - NAT and Firewall Traversal Issues of Host Identity Protocol (HIP) Communication
- RFC 6092 - Basic Requirements for IPv6 Customer Edge Routers
- RFC 4423, Host Identity Protocol (HIP) Architecture, Section 4.1
- IETF HIP working group
- IRTF HIP research group
- OpenHIP Wiki
- How HIP works - from InfraHIP site
- HIP simulation framework for OMNeT++
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