Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                         A. Durand
Request for Comments: 6302                              Juniper Networks
BCP: 162                                                    I. Gashinsky
Category: Best Current Practice                              Yahoo! Inc.
ISSN: 2070-1721                                                   D. Lee
                                                          Facebook, Inc.
                                                             S. Sheppard
                                                                ATT Labs
                                                               June 2011
          Logging Recommendations for Internet-Facing Servers



In the wake of IPv4 exhaustion and deployment of IP address sharing techniques, this document recommends that Internet-facing servers log port number and accurate timestamps in addition to the incoming IP address.


Status of This Memo


This memo documents an Internet Best Current Practice.


This document is a product of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). It represents the consensus of the IETF community. It has received public review and has been approved for publication by the Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG). Further information on BCPs is available in Section 2 of RFC 5741.

このドキュメントはインターネットエンジニアリングタスクフォース(IETF)の製品です。これは、IETFコミュニティの総意を表しています。これは、公開レビューを受けており、インターネットエンジニアリング運営グループ(IESG)によって公表のために承認されています。 BCPの詳細については、RFC 5741のセクション2で利用可能です。

Information about the current status of this document, any errata, and how to provide feedback on it may be obtained at


Copyright Notice


Copyright (c) 2011 IETF Trust and the persons identified as the document authors. All rights reserved.

著作権(C)2011 IETF信託とドキュメントの作成者として特定の人物。全著作権所有。

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この文書では、BCP 78と、この文書の発行日に有効なIETFドキュメント(に関連IETFトラストの法律の規定に従うものとします。彼らは、この文書に関してあなたの権利と制限を説明するように、慎重にこれらの文書を確認してください。コードコンポーネントは、トラスト法規定のセクションで説明4.eおよび簡体BSDライセンスで説明したように、保証なしで提供されているよう簡体BSDライセンスのテキストを含める必要があり、この文書から抽出されました。

Table of Contents


   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
   2.  Recommendations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
   3.  ISP Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
   4.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
   5.  References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
     5.1.  Normative references  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
     5.2.  Informative references  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
1. Introduction
1. はじめに

The global IPv4 address free pool at IANA was exhausted in February 2011. Service providers will now have a hard time finding enough IPv4 global addresses to sustain product and subscriber growth. Due to the huge existing global infrastructure, both hardware and software, vendors, and service providers must continue to support IPv4 technologies for the foreseeable future. As legacy applications and hardware are retired, the reliance on IPv4 will diminish; however, this is a process that will take years, perhaps decades.


To maintain legacy IPv4 address support, service providers will have little choice but to share IPv4 global addresses among multiple customers. Techniques to do so are outside of the scope of this document. All include some form of address translation/address sharing, being NAT44 [RFC3022], NAT64 [RFC6146] or DS-Lite [DS-LITE].

従来のIPv4アドレスのサポートを維持するために、サービスプロバイダは、複数の顧客の間でIPv4グローバルアドレスを共有するが、選択の余地を持っています。そうする技術は、この文書の範囲外です。すべては、NAT44 [RFC3022]、NAT64 [RFC6146]またはDS-Liteの[DS-LITE]が、アドレス変換/アドレス共有のいくつかのフォームが含まれています。

The effects on the Internet of the introduction of those address sharing techniques have been documented in [RFC6269].


Address sharing techniques come with their own logging infrastructure to track the relation between which original IP address and source port(s) were associated with which user and external IPv4 address at any given point in time. In the past, to support abuse mitigation or public safety requests, the knowledge of the external global IP address was enough to identify a subscriber of interest. With address sharing technologies, only providing information about the external public address associated with a session to a service provider is no longer sufficient information to unambiguously identify customers.


Note: This document provides recommendations for Internet-facing servers logging incoming connections. It does not provide any recommendations about logging on carrier-grade NAT or other address sharing tools.


2. Recommendations

The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT", "SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "MAY", and "OPTIONAL" in this document are to be interpreted as described in RFC 2119 [RFC2119].

この文書のキーワード "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT", "SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "MAY", および "OPTIONAL" はRFC 2119 [RFC2119]に記載されているように解釈されます。

It is RECOMMENDED as best current practice that Internet-facing servers logging incoming IP addresses from inbound IP traffic also log:


o The source port number.


o A timestamp, RECOMMENDED in UTC, accurate to the second, from a traceable time source (e.g., NTP [RFC5905]).

追跡可能な時刻源(例えば、NTP [RFC5905])から第二の正確なUTCで推奨タイムスタンプ、、、O。

o The transport protocol (usually TCP or UDP) and destination port number, when the server application is defined to use multiple transports or multiple ports.


Discussion: Carrier-grade NATs may have different policies to recycle ports; some implementations may decide to reuse ports almost immediately, some may wait several minutes before marking the port ready for reuse. As a result, servers have no idea how fast the ports will be reused and, thus, should log timestamps using a reasonably accurate clock. At this point, the RECOMMENDED accuracy for timestamps is to the second or better. Representation of timestamps in UTC is preferred to local time with UTC-offset or time zone, as this extra information can be lost in the reporting chain.


Examples of Internet-facing servers include, but are not limited to, web servers and email servers.


Although the deployment of address sharing techniques is not foreseen in IPv6, the above recommendations apply to both IPv4 and IPv6, if only for consistency and code simplification reasons.


Discussions about data-retention policies are out of scope for this document. Server security and transport security are important for the protection of logs for Internet-facing systems. The operator of the Internet-facing server must consider the risks, including the data and services on the server, to determine the appropriate measures. The protection of logs is critical in incident investigations. If logs are tampered with, evidence could be destroyed.


The above recommendations also apply to devices such as load-balancers logging incoming connections on behalf of actual servers.


The above recommendations apply to current logging practices. They do not require any changes in the way logging is performed; e.g., which packets are examined and logged.


3. ISP Considerations
3. ISPの考慮事項

ISP deploying IP address sharing techniques should also deploy a corresponding logging architecture to maintain records of the relation between a customer's identity and IP/port resources utilized. However, recommendations on this topic are out of scope for this document.

IPアドレス共有技術を導入するISPは、顧客のIDと利用IP /ポートリソースとの間の関係の記録を維持するために、対応するログアーキテクチャを展開する必要があります。しかし、このトピックに関する推奨事項は、この文書の範囲外です。

4. Security Considerations

In the absence of the source port number and accurate timestamp information, operators deploying any address sharing techniques will not be able to identify unambiguously customers when dealing with abuse or public safety queries.


5. References
5.1. Normative references
5.1. 引用規格

[RFC2119] Bradner, S., "Key words for use in RFCs to Indicate Requirement Levels", BCP 14, RFC 2119, March 1997.

[RFC2119]ブラドナーの、S.、 "要件レベルを示すためにRFCsにおける使用のためのキーワード"、BCP 14、RFC 2119、1997年3月。

5.2. Informative references
5.2. 有益な参考文献

[DS-LITE] Durand, A., Droms, R., Woodyatt, J., and Y. Lee, "Dual-Stack Lite Broadband Deployments Following IPv4 Exhaustion", Work in Progress, May 2011.

[DS-LITE]デュラン、A.、Droms、R.、Woodyatt、J.、およびY.リー、 "デュアルスタックLiteのブロードバンドの展開に続いてIPv4の枯渇"、進歩、2011年5月での作業。

[RFC3022] Srisuresh, P. and K. Egevang, "Traditional IP Network Address Translator (Traditional NAT)", RFC 3022, January 2001.

[RFC3022] Srisuresh、P.とK. Egevang、 "伝統的なIPネットワークアドレス変換(NAT繁体字)"、RFC 3022、2001年1月。

[RFC5905] Mills, D., Martin, J., Burbank, J., and W. Kasch, "Network Time Protocol Version 4: Protocol and Algorithms Specification", RFC 5905, June 2010.

[RFC5905]ミルズ、D.、マーティン、J.、バーバンク、J.、およびW. Kasch、 "ネットワークタイムプロトコルバージョン4:プロトコルとアルゴリズムの仕様"、RFC 5905、2010年6月。

[RFC6146] Bagnulo, M., Matthews, P., and I. van Beijnum, "Stateful NAT64: Network Address and Protocol Translation from IPv6 Clients to IPv4 Servers", RFC 6146, April 2011.

[RFC6146] Bagnulo、M.、マシューズ、P.、およびI.バンBeijnum、 "ステートフルNAT64:IPv4のサーバーへのIPv6クライアントからのネットワークアドレスとプロトコル変換"、RFC 6146、2011年4月。

[RFC6269] Ford, M., Ed., Boucadair, M., Durand, A., Levis, P., and P. Roberts, "Issues with IP Address Sharing", RFC 6269, June 2011.

[RFC6269]フォード、M.、エド。、Boucadair、M.、デュラン、A.、リーバイス、P.、およびP.ロバーツ、RFC 6269、2011年6月、 "IPアドレスの共有に関する問題"。

Authors' Addresses


Alain Durand Juniper Networks 1194 North Mathilda Avenue Sunnyvale, CA 94089-1206 USA

アラン・デュランジュニパーネットワークスの1194北マチルダアベニューサニーベール、CA 94089から1206 USA



Igor Gashinsky Yahoo! Inc. 45 West 18th St. New York, NY 10011 USA

イゴールGashinskyヤフー(株)45西18セントニューヨーク、NY 10011 USA



Donn Lee Facebook, Inc. 1601 S. California Ave. Palo Alto, CA 94304 USA

DonnリーのFacebook、Inc.の1601 S.カリフォルニアアベニューパロアルト、CA 94304 USA



Scott Sheppard ATT Labs 575 Morosgo Ave, 4d57 Atlanta, GA 30324 USA

スコット・シェパードラボ575 Morosgoアベニュー、4d57アトランタ、GA 30324米国