← Back to team overview

rohc team mailing list archive

Re: [Question #675656]: c_rtp_decide_FO_packet


Question #675656 on rohc changed:

    Status: Open => Answered

Didier Barvaux proposed the following answer:

According to the code snippet that you included in your question, you
seem to use a 1.7.x version of the ROHC library. The 1.7.x releases were
released in 2014. They are very outdated. Please upgrade to  the latest
version 2.2.0.

Back on your problem. You are right. The code is incomplete. It should
count the number of IPv4 headers with value(RND) = 0 and decide which
UOR-2* packet to use in consequence. Such a code is available a few
lines later : https://github.com/didier-
barvaux/rohc/blob/1.7.x/src/comp/c_rtp.c#L571  . Newer versions up to
2.2.0 contain the very same mistake.

I was surprised not to have found such a bug since ages despite a large corpus of network flow for testing and fuzzing. So I analyzed the code further and I discovered that that code is in fact dead code :
 * The only STATIC field for the RFC3095-based profiles is the IPv4 Protocol or IPv6 Next Header field. A change of value requires an IR, IR-DYN or UOR-2 packet.
 * The Protocol/NH field is however part of the definition of one ROHC context, so a change of value would cause a change of context. A given context can never see a change of Protocol or NH.
 * The code that checks for Protocol/NH changes and forces an IR, IR-DYN or UOR-2 packet is therefore never used. This is dead code. It can be removed safely.

So, I removed the related code on the master branch (it will be released
in the next 2.3.0 release): https://github.com/didier-


You received this question notification because your team ROHC Team is
an answer contact for rohc.