Contributed by grey on from the apparently only Cisco can secure TCP, so pay up! News at 11 dept.
Looks like cisco is trying to bend everyone over a barrel again like they did for VRRP - except now with TCP, by hijacking the new IETF process to work on TCP issues. Good way to ensure that everyone can't implement compatible standards, since free software implementors will not be able to implement this. When will people learn that RAND == NO FREE SOFTWARE. Of course, for all we know the applied patents are for Cat Detector vans, so you have no idea if this is even relevant.
Message from good old Robert Barr at cisco is here: http://www.ietf.org/ietf/IPR/cisco-ipr-draft-ietf-tcpm-tcpsecure.txt
An additional write up with responses from Theo de Raadt can be found at at KernelTrap here: http://kerneltrap.org/node/view/3085
The complete statement from Cisco reads:
Title: Cisco's Statement about IPR Claimed in draft-ietf-tcpm-tcpsecure Received: April 26, 2004 From: Robert Barr
Cisco is the owner of one or more pending patent applications relating to the subject matter of "Transmission Control Protocol security considerations" . If technology in this document is included in a standard adopted by IETF and any claims of any Cisco patents are necessary for practicing the standard, any party will be able to obtain a license from Cisco to use any such patent claims under reasonable, non-discriminatory terms, with reciprocity, to implement and fully comply with the standard. For information contact: Robert Barr Worldwide Patent Counsel Cisco Systems 408-525-9706 firstname.lastname@example.org
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