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Date:	Tue, 14 Oct 2014 12:50:04 -0400 (EDT)
From:	David Miller <>
Subject: Re: TCP socket receives strange packet

From: Christoph Paasch <>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 09:41:44 -0700

> there was a long discussion whether for the updated version of RFC1323 (now
> published as RFC 7323) a segment must be dropped if it does not contain a
> timestamp. The rationale (defended by Joe Touch) was that it must be there to
> protect against wrapped sequence numbers while others argued that mandating
> a drop might result in stalling connections if (for one reason or another) a
> host sends a segment without TS (or a middlebox removed it).
> The RFC now says that a host SHOULD drop segments without timestamps.

There are too many middle-boxes that drop timestamps for that to be a tenable
way to behave, especially by default.

If you want to be disconnected from various parts of the internet, feel free
to follow that RFC's recommendations.
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