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Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                     M. Westerlund
Request for Comments: 6679                                  I. Johansson
Category: Standards Track                                       Ericsson
ISSN: 2070-1721                                               C. Perkins
                                                   University of Glasgow
                                                             P. O'Hanlon
                                                    University of Oxford
                                                             K. Carlberg
                                                             August 2012

        Explicit Congestion Notification (ECN) for RTP over UDP


   This memo specifies how Explicit Congestion Notification (ECN) can be
   used with the Real-time Transport Protocol (RTP) running over UDP,
   using the RTP Control Protocol (RTCP) as a feedback mechanism.  It
   defines a new RTCP Extended Report (XR) block for periodic ECN
   feedback, a new RTCP transport feedback message for timely reporting
   of congestion events, and a Session Traversal Utilities for NAT
   (STUN) extension used in the optional initialisation method using
   Interactive Connectivity Establishment (ICE).  Signalling and
   procedures for negotiation of capabilities and initialisation methods
   are also defined.

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Table of Contents

   1. Introduction ....................................................4
   2. Conventions, Definitions, and Acronyms ..........................5
   3. Discussion, Requirements, and Design Rationale ..................6
      3.1. Requirements ...............................................8
      3.2. Applicability ..............................................8
      3.3. Interoperability ..........................................12
   4. Overview of Use of ECN with RTP/UDP/IP .........................13
   5. RTCP Extensions for ECN Feedback ...............................16
      5.1. RTP/AVPF Transport-Layer ECN Feedback Packet ..............16
      5.2. RTCP XR Report Block for ECN Summary Information ..........19
   6. SDP Signalling Extensions for ECN ..............................21
      6.1. Signalling ECN Capability Using SDP .......................21
      6.2. RTCP ECN Feedback SDP Parameter ...........................26
      6.3. XR Block ECN SDP Parameter ................................26
      6.4. ICE Parameter to Signal ECN Capability ....................27
   7. Use of ECN with RTP/UDP/IP .....................................27
      7.1. Negotiation of ECN Capability .............................27
      7.2. Initiation of ECN Use in an RTP Session ...................28
      7.3. Ongoing Use of ECN within an RTP Session ..................35
      7.4. Detecting Failures ........................................38
   8. Processing ECN in RTP Translators and Mixers ...................42
      8.1. Transport Translators .....................................42
      8.2. Fragmentation and Reassembly in Translators ...............43
      8.3. Generating RTCP ECN Feedback in Media Transcoders .........45
      8.4. Generating RTCP ECN Feedback in Mixers ....................46
   9. Implementation Considerations ..................................47
   10. IANA Considerations ...........................................47
      10.1. SDP Attribute Registration ...............................47
      10.2. RTP/AVPF Transport-Layer Feedback Message ................47
      10.3. RTCP Feedback SDP Parameter ..............................48
      10.4. RTCP XR Report Blocks ....................................48
      10.5. RTCP XR SDP Parameter ....................................48
      10.6. STUN Attribute ...........................................48
      10.7. ICE Option ...............................................48
   11. Security Considerations .......................................48
   12. Examples of SDP Signalling ....................................51
      12.1. Basic SDP Offer/Answer ...................................52
      12.2. Declarative Multicast SDP ................................54
   13. Acknowledgments ...............................................54
   14. References ....................................................55
      14.1. Normative References .....................................55
      14.2. Informative References ...................................56

1.  Introduction

   This memo outlines how Explicit Congestion Notification (ECN)
   [RFC3168] can be used for Real-time Transport Protocol (RTP)
   [RFC3550] flows running over UDP/IP that use the RTP Control Protocol
   (RTCP) as a feedback mechanism.  The solution consists of feedback of
   ECN congestion experienced markings to the sender using RTCP,
   verification of ECN functionality end-to-end, and procedures for how
   to initiate ECN usage.  Since the initiation process has some
   dependencies on the signalling mechanism used to establish the RTP
   session, a specification for signalling mechanisms using the Session
   Description Protocol (SDP) [RFC4566] is included.

   ECN can be used to minimise the impact of congestion on real-time
   multimedia traffic.  The use of ECN provides a way for the network to
   send congestion control signals to the media transport without having
   to impair the media.  Unlike packet loss, ECN signals unambiguously
   indicate congestion to the transport as quickly as feedback delays
   allow and without confusing congestion with losses that might have
   occurred for other reasons such as transmission errors, packet-size
   errors, routing errors, badly implemented middleboxes, policy
   violations, and so forth.

   The introduction of ECN into the Internet requires changes to both
   the network and transport layers.  At the network layer, IP
   forwarding has to be updated to allow routers to mark packets, rather
   than discarding them in times of congestion [RFC3168].  In addition,
   transport protocols have to be modified to inform the sender that
   ECN-marked packets are being received, so it can respond to the
   congestion.  The Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) [RFC3168],
   Stream Control Transmission Protocol (SCTP) [RFC4960], and Datagram
   Congestion Control Protocol (DCCP) [RFC4340] have been updated to
   support ECN, but to date, there is no specification describing how
   UDP-based transports, such as RTP [RFC3550], can use ECN.  This is
   due to the lack of feedback mechanisms in UDP.  Instead, the
   signalling control protocol on top of UDP needs to provide that
   feedback.  For RTP, that feedback is provided by RTCP.

   The remainder of this memo is structured as follows.  We start by
   describing the conventions, definitions, and acronyms used in this
   memo in Section 2 and the design rationale and applicability in
   Section 3.  Section 4 gives an overview of how ECN is used with RTP
   over UDP.  RTCP extensions for ECN feedback are defined in Section 5
   and SDP signalling extensions in Section 6.  The details of how ECN
   is used with RTP over UDP are defined in Section 7.  In Section 8, we
   describe how ECN is handled in RTP translators and mixers.  Section 9
   discusses some implementation considerations; Section 10 lists IANA
   considerations; and Section 11 discusses security considerations.

   Finally, Section 12 provides some examples of SDP signalling for ECN

2.  Conventions, Definitions, and Acronyms

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

   Definitions and Abbreviations:

   Sender:  A sender of RTP packets carrying an encoded media stream.
      The sender can change how the media transmission is performed by
      varying the media coding or packetisation.  It is one endpoint of
      the ECN control loop.

   Receiver:  A receiver of RTP packets with the intention to consume
      the media stream.  It sends RTCP feedback on the received stream.
      It is the other endpoint of the ECN control loop.

   ECN-Capable Host:  A sender or receiver of a media stream that is
      capable of setting and/or processing ECN marks.

   ECN-Capable Transport (ECT):  A transport flow where both sender and
      receiver are ECN-capable hosts.  Packets sent by an ECN-capable
      transport will be marked as ECT(0) or ECT(1) on transmission.  See
      [RFC3168] for the definition of the ECT(0) and ECT(1) marks.

   ECN-CE:  ECN Congestion Experienced mark (see [RFC3168]).

   ECN-Capable Packets:  Packets with ECN mark set to either ECT(0),
      ECT(1), or ECN-CE.

   Not-ECT packets:  Packets that are not sent by an ECN-capable
      transport and are not ECN-CE marked.

   ECN-Capable Queue:  A queue that supports ECN-CE marking of ECN-
      capable packets to indicate congestion.

   ECN-Blocking Middlebox:  A middlebox that discards ECN-capable

   ECN-Reverting Middlebox:  A middlebox that changes ECN-capable
      packets to not-ECT packets by removing the ECN mark.

   Note that RTP mixers or translators that operate in such a manner
   that they terminate or split the ECN control loop will take on the
   role of receivers or senders.  This is further discussed in
   Section 3.2.

3.  Discussion, Requirements, and Design Rationale

   ECN has been specified for use with TCP [RFC3168], SCTP [RFC4960],
   and DCCP [RFC4340] transports.  These are all unicast protocols that
   negotiate the use of ECN during the initial connection establishment
   handshake (supporting incremental deployment and checking if ECN-
   marked packets pass all middleboxes on the path).  ECN-CE marks are
   immediately echoed back to the sender by the receiving endpoint using
   an additional bit in feedback messages, and the sender then
   interprets the mark as equivalent to a packet loss for congestion
   control purposes.

   If RTP is run over TCP, SCTP, or DCCP, it can use the native ECN
   support provided by those protocols.  This memo does not concern
   itself further with these use cases.  However, RTP is more commonly
   run over UDP.  This combination does not currently support ECN, and
   we observe that it has significant differences from the other
   transport protocols for which ECN has been specified.  These include:

   Signalling:  RTP relies on separate signalling protocols to negotiate
      parameters before a session can be created and doesn't include an
      in-band handshake or negotiation at session setup time (i.e.,
      there is no equivalent to the TCP three-way handshake in RTP).

   Feedback:  RTP does not explicitly acknowledge receipt of datagrams.
      Instead, the RTP Control Protocol (RTCP) provides reception
      quality feedback, and other back channel communication, for RTP
      sessions.  The feedback interval is generally on the order of
      seconds, rather than once per network round-trip time (RTT)
      (although the RTP Audio-Visual Profile with Feedback (RTP/AVPF)
      profile [RFC4585] allows more rapid feedback in most cases).  RTCP
      is also very much oriented around counting packets, which makes
      byte-counting congestion algorithms difficult to utilise.

   Congestion Response:  While it is possible to adapt the transmission
      of many audio/visual streams in response to network congestion,
      and such adaptation is required by [RFC3550], the dynamics of the
      congestion response may be quite different to that of TCP or other
      transport protocols.

   Middleboxes:  The RTP framework explicitly supports the concept of
      mixers and translators, which are middleboxes that are involved in
      media transport functions.

   Multicast:  RTP is explicitly a group communication protocol and was
      designed from the start to support IP multicast (primarily Any-
      Source Multicast (ASM) [RFC1112], although a recent extension
      supports Source-Specific Multicast (SSM) [RFC3569] with unicast
      feedback [RFC5760]).

   Application Awareness:  When ECN support is provided within the
      transport protocol, the ability of the application to react to
      congestion is limited, since it has little visibility into the
      transport layer.  By adding support of ECN to RTP using RTCP
      feedback, the application is made aware of congestion, allowing a
      wider range of reactions in response to that congestion

   Counting vs. Detecting Congestion:  TCP, and the protocols derived
      from it, are mainly designed to respond in the same way whether
      they experience a burst of congestion indications within one RTT
      or just a single congestion indication, whereas real-time
      applications may be concerned with the amount of congestion
      experienced and whether it is distributed smoothly or in bursts.
      When feedback of ECN was added to TCP [RFC3168], the receiver was
      designed to flip the echo congestion experienced (ECE) flag to 1
      for a whole RTT then flop it back to zero.  ECN feedback in RTCP,
      however, will need to report a count of how much congestion has
      been experienced within an RTCP reporting period, irrespective of
      round-trip times.

   These differences significantly alter the shape of ECN support in RTP
   over UDP compared to ECN support in TCP, SCTP, and DCCP but do not
   invalidate the need for ECN support.

   ECN support is more important for RTP sessions than, for instance, is
   the case for many applications over TCP.  This is because the impact
   of packet loss in real-time audio-visual media flows is highly
   visible to users.  For TCP-based applications, however, TCP will
   retransmit lost packets, and while extra delay is incurred by having
   packets dropped rather than ECN-CE marked, the loss is repaired.
   Effective ECN support for RTP flows running over UDP will allow real-
   time audio-visual applications to respond to the onset of congestion
   before routers are forced to drop packets, allowing those
   applications to control how they reduce their transmission rate and
   hence media quality, rather than responding to and trying to conceal
   the effects of unpredictable packet loss.  Furthermore, widespread
   deployment for ECN and active queue management in routers, should it
   occur, can potentially reduce unnecessary queuing delays in routers,
   lowering the round-trip time and benefiting interactive applications
   of RTP, such as voice telephony.

3.1.  Requirements

   Considering ECN, transport protocols supporting ECN, and RTP-based
   applications, one can create a set of requirements that must be
   satisfied to at least some degree if ECN is to be used by RTP over

   o  REQ 1: A mechanism must exist to negotiate and initiate the use of
      ECN for RTP/UDP/IP sessions so that an RTP sender will not send
      packets with ECT in the IP header unless it knows that all
      potential receivers will understand any ECN-CE indications they
      might receive.

   o  REQ 2: A mechanism must exist to feed back the reception of any
      packets that are ECN-CE marked to the packet sender.

   o  REQ 3: The provided mechanism should minimise the possibility of
      cheating (either by the sender or receiver).

   o  REQ 4: Some detection and fallback mechanism should exist to avoid
      loss of communication due to the attempted usage of ECN in case an
      intermediate node clears ECT or drops packets that are ECT marked.

   o  REQ 5: Negotiation of ECN should not significantly increase the
      time taken to negotiate and set up the RTP session (an extra RTT
      before the media can flow is unlikely to be acceptable for some
      use cases).

   o  REQ 6: Negotiation of ECN should not cause media clipping at the
      start of a session.

   The following sections describe how these requirements can be met for
   RTP over UDP.

3.2.  Applicability

   The use of ECN with RTP over UDP is dependent on negotiation of ECN
   capability between the sender and receiver(s) and validation of ECN
   support in all elements on the network path(s) traversed.  RTP is
   used in a heterogeneous range of network environments and topologies,
   with different signalling protocols.  The mechanisms defined here
   make it possible to verify support for ECN in each of these
   environments, irrespective of the topology.

   Due to the need for each RTP sender that intends to use ECN with RTP
   to track all participants in the RTP session, the sub-sampling of the
   group membership as specified by "Sampling of the Group Membership in
   RTP" [RFC2762] MUST NOT be used.

   The use of ECN is further dependent on a capability of the RTP media
   flow to react to congestion signalled by ECN-marked packets.
   Depending on the application, media codec, and network topology, this
   adaptation can occur in various forms and at various nodes.  As an
   example, the sender can change the media encoding, the receiver can
   change the subscription to a layered encoding, or either reaction can
   be accomplished by a transcoding middlebox.  [RFC5117] identifies
   seven topologies in which RTP sessions may be configured and which
   may affect the ability to use ECN:

   Topo-Point-to-Point:  This utilises standard unicast flows.  ECN may
      be used with RTP in this topology in an analogous manner to its
      use with other unicast transport protocols, with RTCP conveying
      ECN feedback messages.

   Topo-Multicast:  This is either an Any-Source Multicast (ASM) group
      [RFC3569] with potentially several active senders and multicast
      RTCP feedback or a Source-Specific Multicast (SSM) group [RFC4607]
      with a single distribution source and unicast RTCP feedback from
      receivers.  RTCP is designed to scale to large group sizes while
      avoiding feedback implosion (see Section 6.2 of [RFC3550],
      [RFC4585], and [RFC5760]) and can be used by a sender to determine
      if all its receivers, and the network paths to those receivers,
      support ECN (see Section 7.2).  It is somewhat more difficult to
      determine if all network paths from all senders to all receivers
      support ECN.  Accordingly, we allow ECN to be used by an RTP
      sender using multicast UDP provided the sender has verified that
      the paths to all its known receivers support ECN, irrespective of
      whether the paths from other senders to their receivers support
      ECN ("all its known receivers" are all the synchronisation sources
      (SSRCs) from which the RTP sender has received RTP or RTCP in the
      last five reporting intervals, i.e., they have not timed out).
      Note that group membership may change during the lifetime of a
      multicast RTP session, potentially introducing new receivers that
      are not ECN capable or have a path that doesn't support ECN.
      Senders must use the mechanisms described in Section 7.4 to check
      that all receivers, and the network paths traversed to reach those
      receivers, continue to support ECN, and they need to fallback to
      non-ECN use if any receivers join that do not.

      SSM groups that use unicast RTCP feedback [RFC5760] do need a few
      extra considerations.  This topology can have multiple media
      senders that provide traffic to the distribution source (DS) and
      are separated from the DS.  There can also be multiple feedback
      targets.  The requirement for using ECN for RTP in this topology
      is that the media sender must be provided the feedback from the
      receivers.  It may be in aggregated form from the feedback
      targets.  We will not mention this SSM use case in the below text

      specifically, but when actions are required by the media source,
      they also apply to the case of SSM where the RTCP feedback goes to
      the feedback target.

      The mechanisms defined in this memo support multicast groups but
      are known to be conservative and don't scale to large groups.
      This is primarily because we require all members of the group to
      demonstrate that they can make use of ECN before the sender is
      allowed to send ECN-marked packets, since allowing some non-ECN-
      capable receivers causes fairness issues when the bottleneck link
      is shared by ECN and non-ECN flows that we have not (yet) been
      able to satisfactorily address.  The rules regarding Determination
      of ECN Support in Section 7.2.1 may be relaxed in a future version
      of this specification to improve scaling once these issues have
      been resolved.

   Topo-Translator:  An RTP translator is an RTP-level middlebox that is
      invisible to the other participants in the RTP session (although
      it is usually visible in the associated signalling session).
      There are two types of RTP translators: those that do not modify
      the media stream and are concerned with transport parameters, for
      example, a multicast to unicast gateway; and those that do modify
      the media stream, for example, transcoding between different media
      codecs.  A single RTP session traverses the translator, and the
      translator must rewrite RTCP messages passing through it to match
      the changes it makes to the RTP data packets.  A legacy, ECN-
      unaware, RTP translator is expected to ignore the ECN bits on
      received packets and to set the ECN bits to not-ECT when sending
      packets, thus causing ECN negotiation on the path containing the
      translator to fail (any new RTP translator that does not wish to
      support ECN may do so similarly).  An ECN-aware RTP translator may
      act in one of three ways:

      *  If the translator does not modify the media stream, it should
         copy the ECN bits unchanged from the incoming to the outgoing
         datagrams, unless it is overloaded and experiencing congestion,
         in which case it may mark the outgoing datagrams with an ECN-CE
         mark.  Such a translator passes RTCP feedback unchanged.  See
         Section 8.1.

      *  If the translator modifies the media stream to combine or split
         RTP packets but does not otherwise transcode the media, it must
         manage the ECN bits in a way analogous to that described in
         Section 5.3 of [RFC3168].  See Section 8.2 for details.

      *  If the translator is a media transcoder, or otherwise modifies
         the content of the media stream, the output RTP media stream
         may have radically different characteristics than the input RTP

         media stream.  Each side of the translator must then be
         considered as a separate transport connection, with its own ECN
         processing.  This requires the translator to interpose itself
         into the ECN negotiation process, effectively splitting the
         connection into two parts with their own negotiation.  Once
         negotiation has been completed, the translator must generate
         RTCP ECN feedback back to the source based on its own reception
         and must respond to RTCP ECN feedback received from the
         receiver(s) (see Section 8.3).

      It is recognised that ECN and RTCP processing in an RTP translator
      that modifies the media stream is non-trivial.

   Topo-Mixer:  A mixer is an RTP-level middlebox that aggregates
      multiple RTP streams, mixing them together to generate a new RTP
      stream.  The mixer is visible to the other participants in the RTP
      session and is also usually visible in the associated signalling
      session.  The RTP flows on each side of the mixer are treated
      independently for ECN purposes, with the mixer generating its own
      RTCP ECN feedback and responding to ECN feedback for data it
      sends.  Since unicast transport between the mixer and any endpoint
      are treated independently, it would seem reasonable to allow the
      transport on one side of the mixer to use ECN, while the transport
      on the other side of the mixer is not ECN capable, if this is
      desired.  See Section 8.4 for details on how mixers should process

   Topo-Video-switch-MCU:  A video-switching Multipoint Control Unit
      (MCU) receives several RTP flows, but forwards only one of those
      flows onwards to the other participants at a time.  The flow that
      is forwarded changes during the session, often based on voice
      activity.  Since only a subset of the RTP packets generated by a
      sender are forwarded to the receivers, a video-switching MCU can
      break ECN negotiation (the success of the ECN negotiation may
      depend on the voice activity of the participant at the instant the
      negotiation takes place - shout if you want ECN).  It also breaks
      congestion feedback and response, since RTP packets are dropped by
      the MCU depending on voice activity rather than network
      congestion.  This topology is widely used in legacy products but
      is NOT RECOMMENDED for new implementations and SHALL NOT be used
      with ECN.

   Topo-RTCP-terminating-MCU:  In this scenario, each participant runs
      an RTP point-to-point session between itself and the MCU.  Each of
      these sessions is treated independently for the purposes of ECN
      and RTCP feedback, potentially with some using ECN and some not.

   Topo-Asymmetric:  It is theoretically possible to build a middlebox
      that is a combination of an RTP mixer in one direction and an RTP
      translator in the other.  To quote [RFC5117], "This topology is so
      problematic and it is so easy to get the RTCP processing wrong,
      that it is NOT RECOMMENDED to implement this topology".

   These topologies may be combined within a single RTP session.

   The ECN mechanism defined in this memo is applicable to both sender-
   and receiver-controlled congestion algorithms.  The mechanism ensures
   that both senders and receivers will know about ECN-CE markings and
   any packet losses.  Thus, the actual decision point for the
   congestion control is not relevant.  This is a great benefit as the
   rate of an RTP session can be varied in a number of ways, for
   example, a unicast media sender might use TCP Friendly Rate Control
   (TFRC) [RFC5348] or some other algorithm, while a multicast session
   could use a sender-based scheme adapting to the lowest common
   supported rate or a receiver-driven mechanism using layered coding to
   support more heterogeneous paths.

   To ensure timely feedback of ECN-CE-marked packets when needed, this
   mechanism requires support for the RTP/AVPF profile [RFC4585] or any
   of its derivatives, such as RTP/SAVPF [RFC5124].  The standard RTP/
   AVP profile [RFC3551] does not allow any early or immediate
   transmission of RTCP feedback and has a minimal RTCP interval whose
   default value (5 seconds) is many times the normal RTT between sender
   and receiver.

3.3.  Interoperability

   To ensure interoperability for this specification, there is need for
   at least one common initialisation method for all implementations.
   Since initialisation using RTP and RTCP (Section 7.2.1) is the one
   method that works in all cases, although it is not optimal for all
   uses, it is selected as the mandatory-to-implement initialisation
   method.  This method requires both the RTCP XR extension and the ECN
   feedback format, which require the RTP/AVPF profile to ensure timely

   When one considers all the uses of ECN for RTP, it is clear that
   congestion control mechanisms exist that are receiver driven only
   (Section 7.3.3).  These congestion control mechanisms do not require
   timely feedback of congestion events to the sender.  If such a
   congestion control mechanism is combined with an initialisation
   method that also doesn't require timely feedback using RTCP, like the
   leap-of-faith method (Section 7.2.3) or the ICE-based method
   (Section 7.2.2), then neither the ECN feedback format nor the RTP/
   AVPF profile would appear to be needed.  However, fault detection can

   be greatly improved by using receiver-side detection (Section 7.4.1)
   and early reporting of such cases using the ECN feedback mechanism.

   For interoperability, we mandate the implementation of the RTP/AVPF
   profile, with both RTCP extensions and the necessary signalling to
   support a common operations mode.  This specification recommends the
   use of RTP/AVPF in all cases as negotiation of the common
   interoperability point requires RTP/AVPF, mixed negotiation of RTP/
   AVP and RTP/AVPF depending on other SDP attributes in the same media
   block is difficult, and the fact that fault detection can be improved
   when using RTP/AVPF.

   The use of the ECN feedback format is also recommended, but cases
   exist where its use is not required because timely feedback is not
   needed.  These will be explicitly noted using the phrase "no timely
   feedback required" and generally occur in combination with receiver-
   driven congestion control and with the leap-of-faith and ICE-based
   initialisation methods.  We also note that any receiver-driven
   congestion control solution that still requires RTCP for signalling
   of any adaptation information to the sender will still require RTP/
   AVPF for timeliness.

4.  Overview of Use of ECN with RTP/UDP/IP

   The solution for using ECN with RTP over UDP/IP consists of four
   different pieces that together make the solution work:

   1.  Negotiation of the capability to use ECN with RTP/UDP/IP

   2.  Initiation and initial verification of ECN-capable transport

   3.  Ongoing use of ECN within an RTP session

   4.  Handling of dynamic behaviour through failure detection,
       verification, and fallback

   Before an RTP session can be created, a signalling protocol is used
   to negotiate or at least configure session parameters (see
   Section 7.1).  In some topologies, the signalling protocol can also
   be used to discover the other participants.  One of the parameters
   that must be agreed is the capability of a participant to support
   ECN.  Note that all participants having the capability of supporting
   ECN does not necessarily imply that ECN is usable in an RTP session,
   since there may be middleboxes on the path between the participants
   that don't pass ECN-marked packets (for example, a firewall that
   blocks traffic with the ECN bits set).  This document defines the
   information that needs to be negotiated and provides a mapping to SDP
   for use in both declarative and offer/answer contexts.

   When a sender joins a session for which all participants claim to
   support ECN, it needs to verify that the ECN support is usable.
   There are three ways in which this verification can be done:

   o  The sender may generate a (small) subset of its RTP data packets
      with the ECN field of the IP header set to ECT(0) or ECT(1).  Each
      receiver will then send an RTCP feedback packet indicating the
      reception of the ECT-marked RTP packets.  Upon reception of this
      feedback from each receiver it knows of, the sender can consider
      ECN functional for its traffic.  Each sender does this
      verification independently.  When a new receiver joins an existing
      RTP session, it will send RTCP reports in the usual manner.  If
      those RTCP reports include ECN information, verification will have
      succeeded, and sources can continue to send ECT packets.  If not,
      verification fails, and each sender MUST stop using ECN (see
      Section 7.2.1 for details).

   o  Alternatively, ECN support can be verified during an initial end-
      to-end STUN exchange (for example, as part of ICE connection
      establishment).  After having verified connectivity without ECN
      capability, an extra STUN exchange, this time with the ECN field
      set to ECT(0) or ECT(1), is performed on the candidate path that
      is about to be used.  If successful, the path's capability to
      convey ECN-marked packets is verified.  A new STUN attribute is
      defined to convey feedback that the ECT-marked STUN request was
      received (see Section 7.2.2), along with an ICE signalling option
      (Section 6.4) to indicate that the check is to be performed.

   o  Thirdly, the sender may make a leap of faith that ECN will work.
      This is only recommended for applications that know they are
      running in controlled environments where ECN functionality has
      been verified through other means.  In this mode, it is assumed
      that ECN works, and the system reacts to failure indicators if the
      assumption proved wrong.  The use of this method relies on a high
      confidence that ECN operation will be successful or an application
      where failure is not serious.  The impact on the network and other
      users must be considered when making a leap of faith, so there are
      limitations on when this method is allowed (see Section 7.2.3).

   The first mechanism, using RTP with RTCP feedback, has the advantage
   of working for all RTP sessions, but the disadvantages of potential
   clipping if ECN-marked RTP packets are discarded by middleboxes and
   slow verification of ECN support.  The STUN-based mechanism is faster
   to verify ECN support but only works in those scenarios supported by
   end-to-end STUN, such as within an ICE exchange.  The third one, leap
   of faith, has the advantage of avoiding additional tests or
   complexities and enabling ECN usage from the first media packet.  The
   downside is that if the end-to-end path contains middleboxes that do

   not pass ECN, the impact on the application can be severe: in the
   worst case, all media could be lost if a middlebox that discards ECN-
   marked packets is present.  A less severe effect, but still requiring
   reaction, is the presence of a middlebox that re-marks ECT-marked
   packets to not-ECT, possibly marking packets with an ECN-CE mark as
   not-ECT.  This could result in increased levels of congestion due to
   non-responsiveness and impact media quality as applications end up
   relying on packet loss as an indication of congestion.

   Once ECN support has been verified (or assumed) to work for all
   receivers, a sender marks all its RTP packets as ECT packets, while
   receivers rapidly feed back reports on any ECN-CE marks to the sender
   using RTCP in RTP/AVPF immediate or early feedback mode, unless no
   timely feedback is required.  Each feedback report indicates the
   receipt of new ECN-CE marks since the last ECN feedback packet and
   also counts the total number of ECN-CE-marked packets as a cumulative
   sum.  This is the mechanism to provide the fastest possible feedback
   to senders about ECN-CE marks.  On receipt of an ECN-CE-marked
   packet, the system must react to congestion as if packet loss has
   been reported.  Section 7.3 describes the ongoing use of ECN within
   an RTP session.

   This rapid feedback is not optimised for reliability, so another
   mechanism, RTCP XR ECN Summary Reports, is used to ensure more
   reliable, but less timely, reporting of the ECN information.  The ECN
   Summary Report contains the same information as the ECN feedback
   format, only packed differently for better efficiency with reports
   for many sources.  It is sent in a compound RTCP packet, along with
   regular RTCP reception reports.  By using cumulative counters for
   observed ECN-CE, ECT, not-ECT, packet duplication, and packet loss,
   the sender can determine what events have happened since the last
   report, independently of any RTCP packets having been lost.

   RTCP reports MUST NOT be ECT marked, since ECT-marked traffic may be
   dropped if the path is not ECN compliant.  RTCP is used to provide
   feedback about what has been transmitted and what ECN markings that
   are received, so it is important that it is received in cases when
   ECT-marked traffic is not getting through.

   There are numerous reasons why the path the RTP packets take from the
   sender to the receiver may change, e.g., mobility and link failure
   followed by re-routing around it.  Such an event may result in the
   packet being sent through a node that is ECN non-compliant, thus
   re-marking or dropping packets with ECT set.  To prevent this from
   impacting the application for longer than necessary, the operation of
   ECN is constantly monitored by all senders (Section 7.4).  Both the
   RTCP XR ECN Summary Reports and the ECN feedback packets allow the
   sender to compare the number of ECT(0), ECT(1), and not-ECT-marked

   packets received with the number that were sent, while also reporting
   ECN-CE-marked and lost packets.  If these numbers do not agree, it
   can be inferred that the path does not reliably pass ECN-marked
   packets.  A sender detecting a possible ECN non-compliance issue
   should then stop sending ECT-marked packets to determine if that
   allows the packets to be correctly delivered.  If the issues can be
   connected to ECN, then ECN usage is suspended.

5.  RTCP Extensions for ECN Feedback

   This memo defines two new RTCP extensions: one RTP/AVPF [RFC4585]
   transport-layer feedback format for reporting urgent ECN information
   and one RTCP XR [RFC3611] ECN Summary Report block type for regular
   reporting of the ECN marking information.

5.1.  RTP/AVPF Transport-Layer ECN Feedback Packet

   This RTP/AVPF transport-layer feedback format is intended for use in
   RTP/AVPF early or immediate feedback modes when information needs to
   urgently reach the sender.  Thus, its main use is to report reception
   of an ECN-CE-marked RTP packet so that the sender may perform
   congestion control or to speed up the initiation procedures by
   rapidly reporting that the path can support ECN-marked traffic.  The
   feedback format is also defined with reduced-size RTCP [RFC5506] in
   mind, where RTCP feedback packets may be sent without accompanying
   Sender or Receiver Reports that would contain the extended highest
   sequence number and the accumulated number of packet losses.  Both
   are important for ECN to verify functionality and keep track of when
   CE marking does occur.

   The RTP/AVPF transport-layer feedback packet starts with the common
   header defined by the RTP/AVPF profile [RFC4585], which is reproduced
   in Figure 1.  The FMT field takes the value 8 to indicate that the
   Feedback Control Information (FCI) contains an ECN Feedback Report,
   as defined in Figure 2.

    0                   1                   2                   3
    0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1
   |V=2|P|  FMT=8  |  PT=RTPFB=205 |          length               |
   |                  SSRC of packet sender                        |
   |                  SSRC of media source                         |
   :            Feedback Control Information (FCI)                 :
   :                                                               :

       Figure 1: RTP/AVPF Common Packet Format for Feedback Messages

    0                   1                   2                   3
    0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1
   | Extended Highest Sequence Number                              |
   | ECT (0) Counter                                               |
   | ECT (1) Counter                                               |
   | ECN-CE Counter                | not-ECT Counter               |
   | Lost Packets Counter          | Duplication Counter           |

                   Figure 2: ECN Feedback Report Format

   The ECN Feedback Report contains the following fields:

   Extended Highest Sequence Number:  The 32-bit extended highest
      sequence number received, as defined by [RFC3550].  Indicates the
      highest RTP sequence number to which this report relates.

   ECT(0) Counter:  The 32-bit cumulative number of RTP packets with
      ECT(0) received from this SSRC.

   ECT(1) Counter:  The 32-bit cumulative number of RTP packets with
      ECT(1) received from this SSRC.

   ECN-CE Counter:  The cumulative number of RTP packets received from
      this SSRC since the receiver joined the RTP session that were
      ECN-CE marked, including ECN-CE marks in any duplicate packets.
      The receiver should keep track of this value using a local
      representation that is at least 32 bits and only include the 16

      bits with least significance.  In other words, the field will wrap
      if more than 65535 ECN-CE-marked packets have been received.

   not-ECT Counter:  The cumulative number of RTP packets received from
      this SSRC since the receiver joined the RTP session that had an
      ECN field value of not-ECT.  The receiver should keep track of
      this value using a local representation that is at least 32 bits
      and only include the 16 bits with least significance.  In other
      words, the field will wrap if more than 65535 not-ECT packets have
      been received.

   Lost Packets Counter:  The cumulative number of RTP packets that the
      receiver expected to receive minus the number of packets it
      actually received that are not a duplicate of an already received
      packet, from this SSRC since the receiver joined the RTP session.
      Note that packets that arrive late are not counted as lost.  The
      receiver should keep track of this value using a local
      representation that is at least 32 bits and only include the 16
      bits with least significance.  In other words, the field will wrap
      if more than 65535 packets are lost.

   Duplication Counter:  The cumulative number of RTP packets received
      that are a duplicate of an already received packet from this SSRC
      since the receiver joined the RTP session.  The receiver should
      keep track of this value using a local representation that is at
      least 32 bits and only include the 16 bits with least
      significance.  In other words, the field will wrap if more than
      65535 duplicate packets have been received.

   All fields in the ECN Feedback Report are unsigned integers in
   network byte order.  Each ECN Feedback Report corresponds to a single
   RTP source (SSRC).  Multiple sources can be reported by including
   multiple ECN Feedback Report packets in an compound RTCP packet.

   The counters SHALL be initiated to 0 for each new SSRC received.
   This enables detection of ECN-CE marks or packet loss on the initial
   report from a specific participant.

   The use of at least 32-bit counters allows even extremely high packet
   volume applications to not have wrapping of counters within any
   timescale close to the RTCP reporting intervals.  However, 32 bits
   are not sufficiently large to disregard the fact that wrappings may
   happen during the lifetime of a long-lived RTP session, and
   implementations need to be written to handle wrapping of the
   counters.  It is recommended that implementations use local
   representation of these counters that are longer than 32 bits to
   enable easy handling of wraps.

   There is a difference in packet duplication reports between the
   packet loss counter that is defined in the Receiver Report Block
   [RFC3550] and that defined here.  To avoid holding state for what RTP
   sequence numbers have been received, [RFC3550] specifies that one can
   count packet loss by counting the number of received packets and
   comparing that to the number of packets expected.  As a result, a
   packet duplication can hide a packet loss.  However, when populating
   the ECN Feedback Report, a receiver needs to track the sequence
   numbers actually received and count duplicates and packet loss
   separately to provide a more reliable indication.  Reordering may,
   however, still result in packet loss being reported in one report and
   then removed in the next.

   The ECN-CE counter is robust for packet duplication.  Adding each
   received ECN-CE-marked packet to the counter is not an issue; in
   fact, it is required to ensure complete tracking of the ECN state.
   If one of the clones was ECN-CE marked, that is still an indication
   of congestion.  Packet duplication has a potential impact on the ECN
   verification, and there is thus a need to count the duplicates.

5.2.  RTCP XR Report Block for ECN Summary Information

   This unilateral XR report block combined with RTCP SR or RR report
   blocks carries the same information as the ECN Feedback Report and is
   based on the same underlying information.  However, the ECN Feedback
   Report is intended to report an ECN-CE mark as soon as possible,
   while this extended report is for the regular RTCP reporting and
   continuous verification of the ECN functionality end-to-end.

   The ECN Summary Report block consists of one RTCP XR report block
   header, shown in Figure 3 followed by one or more ECN Summary Report
   data blocks, as defined in Figure 4.

    0                   1                   2                   3
    0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1
   |     BT=13     | Reserved      |         Block Length          |

                      Figure 3: RTCP XR Report Header

    0                   1                   2                   3
    0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1
   | SSRC of Media Sender                                          |
   | ECT (0) Counter                                               |
   | ECT (1) Counter                                               |
   | ECN-CE Counter                | not-ECT Counter               |
   | Lost Packets Counter          | Duplication Counter           |

                   Figure 4: RTCP XR ECN Summary Report

   The RTCP XR ECN Summary Report contains the following fields:

   BT:  Block Type identifying the ECN Summary Report block.  Value is

   Reserved:  All bits SHALL be set to 0 on transmission and ignored on

   Block Length:  The length of this XR report block, including the
      header, in 32-bit words minus one.  Used to indicate the number of
      ECN Summary Report data blocks present in the ECN Summary Report.
      This length will be 5*n, where n is the number of ECN Summary
      Report blocks, since blocks are a fixed size.  The block length
      MAY be zero if there is nothing to report.  Receivers MUST discard
      reports where the block length is not a multiple of five, since
      these cannot be valid.

   SSRC of Media Sender:  The SSRC identifying the media sender this
      report is for.

   ECT(0) Counter:  as in Section 5.1.

   ECT(1) Counter:  as in Section 5.1.

   ECN-CE Counter:  as in Section 5.1.

   not-ECT Counter:  as in Section 5.1.

   Lost Packets Counter:  as in Section 5.1.

   Duplication Counter:  as in Section 5.1.

   The extended highest sequence number counter for each SSRC is not
   present in an RTCP XR report, in contrast to the feedback version.
   The reason is that this summary report will rely on the information
   sent in the Sender Report (SR) or Receiver Report (RR) blocks part of
   the same RTCP compound packet.  The extended highest sequence number
   is available from the SR or RR.

   All the SSRCs that are present in the SR or RR SHOULD also be
   included in the RTCP XR ECN Summary Report.  In cases where the
   number of senders are so large that the combination of SR/RR and the
   ECN summary for all the senders exceed the MTU, then only a subset of
   the senders SHOULD be included so that the reports for the subset
   fits within the MTU.  The subsets SHOULD be selected round-robin
   across multiple intervals so that all sources are periodically
   reported.  In case there are no SSRCs that currently are counted as
   senders in the session, the report block SHALL still be sent with no
   report block entry and a zero report block length to continuously
   indicate to the other participants the receiver capability to report
   ECN information.

6.  SDP Signalling Extensions for ECN

   This section defines a number of SDP signalling extensions used in
   the negotiation of the ECN for RTP support when using SDP.  This
   includes one SDP attribute "a=ecn-capable-rtp:" that negotiates the
   actual operation of ECN for RTP.  Two SDP signalling parameters are
   defined to indicate the use of the RTCP XR ECN summary block and the
   RTP/AVPF feedback format for ECN.  One ICE option SDP representation
   is also defined.

6.1.  Signalling ECN Capability Using SDP

   One new SDP attribute, "a=ecn-capable-rtp:", is defined.  This is a
   media-level attribute and MUST NOT be used at the session level.  It
   is not subject to the character set chosen.  The aim of this
   signalling is to indicate the capability of the sender and receivers
   to support ECN, and to negotiate the method of ECN initiation to be
   used in the session.  The attribute takes a list of initiation
   methods, ordered in decreasing preference.  The defined values for
   the initiation method are:

   rtp:  Using RTP and RTCP as defined in Section 7.2.1.

   ice:  Using STUN within ICE as defined in Section 7.2.2.

   leap:  Using the leap-of-faith method as defined in Section 7.2.3.

   Further methods may be specified in the future, so unknown methods
   MUST be ignored upon reception.

   In addition, a number of OPTIONAL parameters may be included in the
   "a=ecn-capable-rtp:" attribute as follows:

   mode:  This parameter signals the endpoint's capability to set and
      read ECN marks in UDP packets.  An examination of various
      operating systems has shown that end-system support for ECN
      marking of UDP packets may be symmetric or asymmetric.  By this,
      we mean that some systems may allow endpoints to set the ECN bits
      in an outgoing UDP packet but not read them, while others may
      allow applications to read the ECN bits but not set them.  This
      either/or case may produce an asymmetric support for ECN and thus
      should be conveyed in the SDP signalling.  The "mode=setread"
      state is the ideal condition where an endpoint can both set and
      read ECN bits in UDP packets.  The "mode=setonly" state indicates
      that an endpoint can set the ECT bit but cannot read the ECN bits
      from received UDP packets to determine if upstream congestion
      occurred.  The "mode=readonly" state indicates that the endpoint
      can read the ECN bits to determine if congestion has occurred for
      incoming packets, but it cannot set the ECT bits in outgoing UDP
      packets.  When the "mode=" parameter is omitted, it is assumed
      that the node has "setread" capabilities.  This option can provide
      for an early indication that ECN cannot be used in a session.
      This would be the case when both the offerer and answerer set the
      "mode=" parameter to "setonly" or both set it to "readonly".

   ect:  This parameter makes it possible to express the preferred ECT
      marking.  This is either "random", "0", or "1", with "0" being
      implied if not specified.  The "ect" parameter describes a
      receiver preference and is useful in the case where the receiver
      knows it is behind a link using IP header compression, the
      efficiency of which would be seriously disrupted if it were to
      receive packets with randomly chosen ECT marks.  It is RECOMMENDED
      that ECT(0) marking be used.

   The ABNF [RFC5234] grammar for the "a=ecn-capable-rtp:" attribute is
   shown in Figure 5.

      ecn-attribute  = "a=ecn-capable-rtp:" SP init-list [SP parm-list]
      init-list      = init-value *("," init-value)
      init-value     = "rtp" / "ice" / "leap" / init-ext
      init-ext       = token
      parm-list      = parm-value *(";" SP parm-value)
      parm-value     = mode / ect / parm-ext
      mode           = "mode=" ("setonly" / "setread" / "readonly")
      ect            = "ect=" ("0" / "1" / "random")
      parm-ext       = parm-name "=" parm-value-ext
      parm-name      = token
      parm-value-ext = token / quoted-string
      quoted-string = ( DQUOTE *qdtext DQUOTE )
      qdtext = %x20-21 / %x23-5B / %x5D-7E / quoted-pair / UTF8-NONASCII
         ; No DQUOTE and no "\"
      quoted-pair = "\\" / ( "\" DQUOTE )
      UTF8-NONASCII = UTF8-1 / UTF8-2 / UTF8-3 / UTF8-4

      ; external references:
        ; token from RFC 4566
        ; SP and DQUOTE from RFC 5234
        ; UTF8-1, UTF8-2, UTF8-3, and UTF8-4 from RFC 3629

       Figure 5: ABNF Grammar for the "a=ecn-capable-rtp:" Attribute

   Note the above quoted string construct has an escaping mechanism for
   strings containing ".  This uses \ (backslash) as an escaping
   mechanism, i.e., a " is replaced by \" (backslash double quote) and
   any \ (backslash) is replaced by \\ (backslash backslash) when put
   into the double quotes as defined by the above syntax.  The string in
   a quoted string is UTF-8 [RFC3629].

6.1.1.  Use of "a=ecn-capable-rtp:" with the Offer/Answer Model

   When SDP is used with the offer/answer model [RFC3264], the party
   generating the SDP offer MUST insert an "a=ecn-capable-rtp:"
   attribute into the media section of the SDP offer of each RTP session
   for which it wishes to use ECN.  The attribute includes one or more
   ECN initiation methods in a comma-separated list in decreasing order
   of preference, with any number of optional parameters following.  The
   answering party compares the list of initiation methods in the offer
   with those it supports in order of preference.  If there is a match
   and if the receiver wishes to attempt to use ECN in the session, it
   includes an "a=ecn-capable-rtp:" attribute containing its single
   preferred choice of initiation method, and any optional parameters,
   in the media sections of the answer.  If there is no matching

   initiation method capability, or if the receiver does not wish to
   attempt to use ECN in the session, it does not include an "a=ecn--
   capable-rtp:" attribute in its answer.  If the attribute is removed
   in the answer, then ECN MUST NOT be used in any direction for that
   media flow.  If there are initialisation methods that are unknown,
   they MUST be ignored on reception and MUST NOT be included in an

   The endpoints' capability to set and read ECN marks, as expressed by
   the optional "mode=" parameter, determines whether ECN support can be
   negotiated for flows in one or both directions:

   o  If the "mode=setonly" parameter is present in the "a=ecn-capable-
      rtp:" attribute of the offer and the answering party is also
      "mode=setonly", then there is no common ECN capability, and the
      answer MUST NOT include the "a=ecn-capable-rtp:" attribute.
      Otherwise, if the offer is "mode=setonly", then ECN may only be
      initiated in the direction from the offering party to the
      answering party.

   o  If the "mode=readonly" parameter is present in the "a=ecn-capable-
      rtp:" attribute of the offer and the answering party is
      "mode=readonly", then there is no common ECN capability, and the
      answer MUST NOT include the "a=ecn-capable-rtp:" attribute.
      Otherwise, if the offer is "mode=readonly", then ECN may only be
      initiated in the direction from the answering party to the
      offering party.

   o  If the "mode=setread" parameter is present in the "a=ecn-capable-
      rtp:" attribute of the offer and the answering party is "setonly",
      then ECN may only be initiated in the direction from the answering
      party to the offering party.  If the offering party is
      "mode=setread" but the answering party is "mode=readonly", then
      ECN may only be initiated in the direction from the offering party
      to the answering party.  If both offer and answer are
      "mode=setread", then ECN may be initiated in both directions.
      Note that "mode=setread" is implied by the absence of a "mode="
      parameter in the offer or the answer.

   o  An offer that does not include a "mode=" parameter MUST be treated
      as if a "mode=setread" parameter had been included.

   In an RTP session using multicast and ECN, participants that intend
   to send RTP packets SHOULD support setting ECT marks in RTP packets
   (i.e., should be "mode=setonly" or "mode=setread").  Participants
   receiving data need the capability to read ECN marks on incoming
   packets.  It is important that receivers can read ECN marks
   ("mode=readonly" or "mode=setread"), since otherwise no sender in the

   multicast session would be able to enable ECN.  Accordingly,
   receivers that are "mode=setonly" SHOULD NOT join multicast RTP
   sessions that use ECN.  If session participants that are not aware of
   the ECN for RTP signalling are invited to a multicast session and
   simply ignore the signalling attribute, the other party in the offer/
   answer exchange SHOULD terminate the SDP dialogue so that the
   participant leaves the session.

   The "ect=" parameter in the "a=ecn-capable-rtp:" attribute is set
   independently in the offer and the answer.  Its value in the offer
   indicates a preference for the sending behaviour of the answering
   party, and its value in the answer indicates a sending preference for
   the behaviour of the offering party.  It will be the sender's choice
   to honour the receiver's preference for what to receive or not.  In
   multicast sessions, all senders SHOULD set the ECT marks using the
   value declared in the "ect=" parameter.

   Unknown optional parameters MUST be ignored on reception and MUST NOT
   be included in the answer.  That way, a new parameter may be
   introduced and verified as supported by the other endpoint by having
   the endpoint include it in any answer.

6.1.2.  Use of "a=ecn-capable-rtp:" with Declarative SDP

   When SDP is used in a declarative manner, for example, in a multicast
   session using the Session Announcement Protocol (SAP) [RFC2974],
   negotiation of session description parameters is not possible.  The
   "a=ecn-capable-rtp:" attribute MAY be added to the session
   description to indicate that the sender will use ECN in the RTP
   session.  The attribute MUST include a single method of initiation.
   Participants MUST NOT join such a session unless they have the
   capability to receive ECN-marked UDP packets, implement the method of
   initiation, and generate RTCP ECN feedback.  The mode parameter MAY
   also be included in declarative usage, to indicate the minimal
   capability is required by the consumer of the SDP.  So, for example,
   in an SSM session, the participants configured with a particular SDP
   will all be in a media receive-only mode; thus, "mode=readonly" may
   be used as the receiver only needs to be able to report on the ECN
   markings.  In ASM sessions, using "mode=readonly" is also reasonable,
   unless all senders are required to attempt to use ECN for their
   outgoing RTP data traffic, in which case the mode needs to be set to

6.1.3.  General Use of the "a=ecn-capable-rtp:" Attribute

   The "a=ecn-capable-rtp:" attribute MAY be used with RTP media
   sessions using UDP/IP transport.  It MUST NOT be used for RTP
   sessions using TCP, SCTP, or DCCP transport or for non-RTP sessions.

   As described in Section 7.3.3, RTP sessions using ECN require rapid
   RTCP ECN feedback, unless timely feedback is not required due to a
   receiver-driven congestion control.  To ensure that the sender can
   react to ECN-CE-marked packets, timely feedback is usually required.
   Thus, the use of the Extended RTP Profile for RTCP-Based Feedback
   (RTP/AVPF) [RFC4585] or another profile that inherits RTP/AVPF's
   signalling rules MUST be signalled unless timely feedback is not
   required.  If timely feedback is not required, it is still
   RECOMMENDED to use RTP/AVPF.  The signalling of an RTP/AVPF-based
   profile is likely to be required even if the preferred method of
   initialisation and the congestion control do not require timely
   feedback, as the common interoperable method is likely to be
   signalled or the improved fault reaction is desired.

6.2.  RTCP ECN Feedback SDP Parameter

   A new "nack" feedback parameter "ecn" is defined to indicate the
   usage of the RTCP ECN feedback packet format (Section 5.1).  The ABNF
   [RFC5234] definition of the SDP parameter extension is:

   rtcp-fb-nack-param  =  <See Section 4.2 of [RFC4585]>
   rtcp-fb-nack-param  =/ ecn-fb-par
   ecn-fb-par          =  SP "ecn"

   The offer/answer rules for these SDP feedback parameters are
   specified in the RTP/AVPF profile [RFC4585].

6.3.  XR Block ECN SDP Parameter

   A new unilateral RTCP XR block for ECN summary information is
   specified; thus, the XR block SDP signalling also needs to be
   extended with a parameter.  This is done in the same way as for the
   other XR blocks.  The XR block SDP attribute as defined in Section
   5.1 of the RTCP XR specification [RFC3611] is defined to be
   extensible.  As no parameter values are needed for this ECN summary
   block, this parameter extension consists of a simple parameter name
   used to indicate support and intent to use the XR block.

   xr-format       =  <See Section 5.1 of [RFC3611]>
   xr-format       =/ ecn-summary-par
   ecn-summary-par =  "ecn-sum"

   For SDP declarative and offer/answer usage, see the RTCP XR
   specification [RFC3611] and its description of how to handle
   unilateral parameters.

6.4.  ICE Parameter to Signal ECN Capability

   One new ICE [RFC5245] option, "rtp+ecn", is defined.  This is used
   with the SDP session level "a=ice-options" attribute in an SDP offer
   to indicate that the initiator of the ICE exchange has the capability
   to support ECN for RTP-over-UDP flows (via "a=ice-options: rtp+ecn").
   The answering party includes this same attribute at the session level
   in the SDP answer if it also has the capability and removes the
   attribute if it does not wish to use ECN or doesn't have the
   capability to use ECN.  If the ICE initiation method (Section 7.2.2)
   is actually going to be used, it is also needs to be explicitly
   negotiated using the "a=ecn-capable-rtp:" attribute.  This ICE option
   SHALL be included when the ICE initiation method is offered or
   declared in the SDP.

      Note: This signalling mechanism is not strictly needed as long as
      the STUN ECN testing capability is used within the context of this
      document.  It may, however, be useful if the ECN verification
      capability is used in additional contexts.

7.  Use of ECN with RTP/UDP/IP

   In the detailed specification of the behaviour below, the different
   functions in the general case will first be discussed.  In case
   special considerations are needed for middleboxes, multicast usage,
   etc., those will be specially discussed in related subsections.

7.1.  Negotiation of ECN Capability

   The first stage of ECN negotiation for RTP over UDP is to signal the
   capability to use ECN.  An RTP system that supports ECN and uses SDP
   for its signalling MUST implement the SDP extension to signal ECN
   capability as described in Section 6.1, the RTCP ECN feedback SDP
   parameter defined in Section 6.2, and the XR Block ECN SDP parameter
   defined in Section 6.3.  It MAY also implement alternative ECN
   capability negotiation schemes, such as the ICE extension described
   in Section 6.4.  Other signalling systems will need to define
   signalling parameters corresponding to those defined for SDP.

   The "ecn-capable-rtp:" SDP attribute MUST be used when employing ECN
   for RTP according to this specification in systems using SDP.  As the
   RTCP XR ECN Summary Report is required independently of the
   initialisation method or congestion control scheme, the "rtcp-xr"
   attribute with the "ecn-sum" parameter MUST also be used.  The
   "rtcp-fb" attribute with the "nack" parameter "ecn" MUST be used
   whenever the initialisation method or a congestion control algorithm

   requires timely sender-side knowledge of received CE markings.  If
   the congestion control scheme requires additional signalling, this
   should be indicated as appropriate.

7.2.  Initiation of ECN Use in an RTP Session

   Once the sender and the receiver(s) have agreed that they have the
   capability to use ECN within a session, they may attempt to initiate
   ECN use.  All session participants connected over the same transport
   MUST use the same initiation method.  RTP mixers or translators can
   use different initiation methods to different participants that are
   connected over different underlying transports.  The mixer or
   translator will need to do individual signalling with each
   participant to ensure it is consistent with the ECN support in those
   cases where it does not function as one endpoint for the ECN control

   At the start of the RTP session, when the first few packets with ECT
   are sent, it is important to verify that IP packets with ECN field
   values of ECT or ECN-CE will reach their destination(s).  There is
   some risk that the use of ECN will result in either reset of the ECN
   field or loss of all packets with ECT or ECN-CE markings.  If the
   path between the sender and the receivers exhibits either of these
   behaviours, the sender needs to stop using ECN immediately to protect
   both the network and the application.

   The RTP senders and receivers SHALL NOT ECT mark their RTCP traffic
   at any time.  This is to ensure that packet loss due to ECN marking
   will not effect the RTCP traffic and the necessary feedback
   information it carries.

   An RTP system that supports ECN MUST implement the initiation of ECN
   using in-band RTP and RTCP described in Section 7.2.1.  It MAY also
   implement other mechanisms to initiate ECN support, for example, the
   STUN-based mechanism described in Section 7.2.2, or use the leap-of-
   faith option if the session supports the limitations provided in
   Section 7.2.3.  If support for both in-band and out-of-band
   mechanisms is signalled, the sender when negotiating SHOULD offer
   detection of ECT using STUN with ICE with higher priority than
   detection of ECT using RTP and RTCP.

   No matter how ECN usage is initiated, the sender MUST continually
   monitor the ability of the network, and all its receivers, to support
   ECN, following the mechanisms described in Section 7.4.  This is
   necessary because path changes or changes in the receiver population
   may invalidate the ability of the system to use ECN.

7.2.1.  Detection of ECT Using RTP and RTCP

   The ECN initiation phase using RTP and RTCP to detect if the network
   path supports ECN comprises three stages.  First, the RTP sender
   generates some small fraction of its traffic with ECT marks to act as
   a probe for ECN support.  Then, on receipt of these ECT-marked
   packets, the receivers send RTCP ECN feedback packets and RTCP ECN
   Summary Reports to inform the sender that their path supports ECN.
   Finally, the RTP sender makes the decision to use ECN or not, based
   on whether the paths to all RTP receivers have been verified to
   support ECN.

   Generating ECN Probe Packets:  During the ECN initiation phase, an
      RTP sender SHALL mark a small fraction of its RTP traffic as ECT,
      while leaving the reminder of the packets unmarked.  The main
      reason for only marking some packets is to maintain usable media
      delivery during the ECN initiation phase in those cases where ECN
      is not supported by the network path.  A secondary reason to send
      some not-ECT packets is to ensure that the receivers will send
      RTCP reports on this sender, even if all ECT-marked packets are
      lost in transit.  The not-ECT packets also provide a baseline to
      compare performance parameters against.  Another reason for only
      probing with a small number of packets is to reduce the risk that
      significant numbers of congestion markings might be lost if ECT is
      cleared to not-ECT by an ECN-reverting Middlebox.  Then, any
      resulting lack of congestion response is likely to have little
      damaging effect on others.  An RTP sender is RECOMMENDED to send a
      minimum of two packets with ECT markings per RTCP reporting
      interval.  In case a random ECT pattern is intended to be used, at
      least one packet with ECT(0) and one with ECT(1) should be sent
      per reporting interval; in case a single ECT marking is to be
      used, only that ECT value SHOULD be sent.  The RTP sender SHALL
      continue to send some ECT-marked traffic as long as the ECN
      initiation phase continues.  The sender SHOULD NOT mark all RTP
      packets as ECT during the ECN initiation phase.

      This memo does not mandate which RTP packets are marked with ECT
      during the ECN initiation phase.  An implementation should insert
      ECT marks in RTP packets in a way that minimises the impact on
      media quality if those packets are lost.  The choice of packets to
      mark is very media dependent.  For audio formats, it would make
      sense for the sender to mark comfort noise packets or similar.
      For video formats, packets containing P- or B-frames (rather than
      I-frames) would be an appropriate choice.  No matter which RTP
      packets are marked, those packets MUST NOT be sent in duplicate,
      with and without ECT, since the RTP sequence number is used to
      identify packets that are received with ECN markings.

   Generating RTCP ECN Feedback:  If ECN capability has been negotiated
      in an RTP session, the receivers in the session MUST listen for
      ECT or ECN-CE-marked RTP packets and generate RTCP ECN feedback
      packets (Section 5.1) to mark their receipt.  An immediate or
      early (depending on the RTP/AVPF mode) ECN feedback packet SHOULD
      be generated on receipt of the first ECT- or ECN-CE-marked packet
      from a sender that has not previously sent any ECT traffic.  Each
      regular RTCP report MUST also contain an ECN Summary Report
      (Section 5.2).  Reception of subsequent ECN-CE-marked packets MUST
      result in additional early or immediate ECN feedback packets being
      sent unless no timely feedback is required.

   Determination of ECN Support:  RTP is a group communication protocol,
      where members can join and leave the group at any time.  This
      complicates the ECN initiation phase, since the sender must wait
      until it believes the group membership has stabilised before it
      can determine if the paths to all receivers support ECN (group
      membership changes after the ECN initiation phase has completed
      are discussed in Section 7.3).

      An RTP sender shall consider the group membership to be stable
      after it has been in the session and sending ECT-marked probe
      packets for at least three RTCP reporting intervals (i.e., after
      sending its third regularly scheduled RTCP packet) and when a
      complete RTCP reporting interval has passed without changes to the
      group membership.  ECN initiation is considered successful when
      the group membership is stable and all known participants have
      sent one or more RTCP ECN feedback packets or RTCP XR ECN Summary
      Reports indicating correct receipt of the ECT-marked RTP packets
      generated by the sender.

      As an optimisation, if an RTP sender is initiating ECN usage
      towards a unicast address, then it MAY treat the ECN initiation as
      provisionally successful if it receives an RTCP ECN Feedback
      Report or an RTCP XR ECN Summary Report indicating successful
      receipt of the ECT-marked packets, with no negative indications,
      from a single RTP receiver (where a single RTP receiver is
      considered as all SSRCs used by a single RTCP CNAME).  After
      declaring provisional success, the sender MAY generate ECT-marked
      packets as described in Section 7.3, provided it continues to
      monitor the RTCP reports for a period of three RTCP reporting
      intervals from the time the ECN initiation started, to check if
      there are any other participants in the session.  Thus, as long as
      any additional SSRC that report on the ECN usage are using the
      same RTCP CNAME as the previous reports and they are all
      indicating functional ECN, the sender may continue.  If other
      participants are detected, i.e., other RTCP CNAMEs, the sender
      MUST fallback to only ECT-marking a small fraction of its RTP

      packets, while it determines if ECN can be supported following the
      full procedure described above.  Different RTCP CNAMEs received
      over a unicast transport may occur when using translators in a
      multi-party RTP session (e.g., when using a centralised conference

         Note: The above optimisation supports peer-to-peer unicast
         transport with several SSRCs multiplexed onto the same flow
         (e.g., a single participant with two video cameras or SSRC
         multiplexed RTP retransmission [RFC4588]).  It is desirable to
         be able to rapidly negotiate ECN support for such a session,
         but the optimisation above can fail if there are
         implementations that use the same CNAME for different parts of
         a distributed implementation that have different transport
         characteristics (e.g., if a single logical endpoint is split
         across multiple hosts).

      ECN initiation is considered to have failed at the instant the
      initiating RTP sender received an RTCP packet that doesn't contain
      an RTCP ECN Feedback Report or ECN Summary Report from any RTP
      session participant that has an RTCP RR with an extended RTP
      sequence number field that indicates that it should have received
      multiple (>3) ECT-marked RTP packets.  This can be due to failure
      to support the ECN feedback format by the receiver or some
      middlebox or the loss of all ECT-marked packets.  Both indicate a
      lack of ECN support.

   If the ECN negotiation succeeds, this indicates that the path can
   pass some ECN-marked traffic and that the receivers support ECN
   feedback.  This does not necessarily imply that the path can robustly
   convey ECN feedback; Section 7.3 describes the ongoing monitoring
   that must be performed to ensure the path continues to robustly
   support ECN.

   When a sender or receiver detects ECN failures on paths, they should
   log these to enable follow up and statistics gathering regarding
   broken paths.  The logging mechanism used is implementation

7.2.2.  Detection of ECT Using STUN with ICE

   This section describes an OPTIONAL method that can be used to avoid
   media impact and also ensure an ECN-capable path prior to media
   transmission.  This method is considered in the context where the
   session participants are using ICE [RFC5245] to find working
   connectivity.  We need to use ICE rather than STUN only, as the
   verification needs to happen from the media sender to the address and
   port on which the receiver is listening.

   Note that this method is only applicable to sessions when the remote
   destinations are unicast addresses.  In addition, transport
   translators that do not terminate the ECN control loop and may
   distribute received packets to more than one other receiver must
   either disallow this method (and use the RTP/RTCP method instead) or
   implement additional handling as discussed below.  This is because
   the ICE initialisation method verifies the underlying transport to
   one particular address and port.  If the receiver at that address and
   port intends to use the received packets in a multi-point session,
   then the tested capabilities and the actual session behaviour are not

   To minimise the impact of setup delay, and to prioritise the fact
   that one has working connectivity rather than necessarily finding the
   best ECN-capable network path, this procedure is applied after having
   performed a successful connectivity check for a candidate, which is
   nominated for usage.  At that point, an additional connectivity check
   is performed, sending the "ECN-CHECK" attribute in a STUN packet that
   is ECT marked.  On reception of the packet, a STUN server supporting
   this extension will note the received ECN field value and send a
   STUN/UDP/IP packet in reply with the ECN field set to not-ECT and an
   ECN-CHECK attribute included.  A STUN server that doesn't understand
   the extension, or is incapable of reading the ECN values on incoming
   STUN packets, should follow the rule in the STUN specification for
   unknown comprehension-optional attributes and ignore the attribute,
   resulting in the sender receiving a STUN response without the ECN-
   CHECK STUN attribute.

   The ECN STUN checks can be lost on the path, for example, due to the
   ECT marking but also due to various other non ECN-related reasons
   causing packet loss.  The goal is to detect when the ECT markings are
   rewritten or if it is the ECT marking that causes packet loss so that
   the path can be determined as not-ECT.  Other reasons for packet loss
   should not result in a failure to verify the path as ECT.  Therefore,
   a number of retransmissions should be attempted.  But, the sender of
   ECN STUN checks will also have to set a criteria for when it gives up
   testing for ECN capability on the path.  Since the ICE agent has
   successfully verified the path, an RTT measurement for this path can
   be performed.  To have a high probability of successfully verifying
   the path, it is RECOMMENDED that the client retransmit the ECN STUN
   check at least 4 times.  The transmission for that flow is stopped
   when an ECN-CHECK STUN response has been received, which doesn't
   indicate a retransmission of the request due to a temporary error, or
   the maximum number of retransmissions has been sent.  The ICE agent
   is recommended to give up on the ECN verification MAX(1.5*RTT, 20 ms)
   after the last ECN STUN check was sent.

   The transmission of the ECT-marked STUN connectivity checks
   containing the ECN-CHECK attribute can be done prior as well in
   parallel to actual media transmission.  Both cases are supported,
   where the main difference is how aggressively the transmission of the
   STUN checks are done.  The reason for this is to avoid adding
   additional startup delay until media can flow.  If media is required
   immediately after nomination has occurred, the STUN checks SHALL be
   done in parallel.  If the application does not require media
   transmission immediately, the verification of ECT SHOULD start using
   the aggressive mode.  At any point in the process until ECT has been
   verified or found to not work, media transmission MAY be started, and
   the ICE agent SHALL transition from the aggressive mode to the
   parallel mode.

   The aggressive mode uses an interval between the retransmissions
   based on the Ta timer as defined in Section 16.1 for RTP Media
   Streams in ICE [RFC5245].  The number of ECN STUN checks needing to
   be sent will depend on the number of ECN-capable flows (N) that is to
   be established.  The interval between each transmission of an ECN-
   CHECK packet MUST be Ta.  In other words, for a given flow being
   verified for ECT, the retransmission timeout (RTO) is set to Ta*N.

   The parallel mode uses transmission intervals in order to prevent the
   ECT verification checks from increasing the total bitrate more than
   10%.  As ICE's regular transmission schedule is mimicking a common
   voice call in amount, to meet that goal for most media flows, setting
   the retransmission interval to Ta*N*k where k=10 fulfills that goal.
   Thus, the default behaviour SHALL be to use k=10 when in parallel
   mode.  In cases where the bitrate of the STUN connectivity checks can
   be determined, they MAY be sent with smaller values of k, but k MUST
   NOT be smaller than 1, as long as the total bitrate for the
   connectivity checks are less than 10% of the used media bitrate.  The
   RTP media packets being sent in parallel mode SHALL NOT be ECT marked
   prior to verification of the path as ECT.

   The STUN ECN-CHECK attribute contains one field and a flag, as shown
   in Figure 6.  The flag indicates whether the echo field contains a
   valid value or not.  The field is the ECN echo field and, when valid,
   contains the two ECN bits from the packet it echoes back.  The ECN-
   CHECK attribute is a comprehension optional attribute.

    0                   1                   2                   3
    0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1
    |         Type                  |            Length             |
    |           Reserved                                      |ECF|V|

                    Figure 6: ECN-CHECK STUN Attribute

   V: Valid (1 bit) ECN Echo value field is valid when set to 1 and
      invalid when set 0.

   ECF:  ECN Echo value field (2 bits) contains the ECN field value of
      the STUN packet it echoes back when the field is valid.  If
      invalid, the content is arbitrary.

   Reserved:  Reserved bits (29 bits) SHALL be set to 0 on transmission
      and SHALL be ignored on reception.

   This attribute MAY be included in any STUN request to request the ECN
   field to be echoed back.  In STUN requests, the V bit SHALL be set to
   0.  A compliant STUN server receiving a request with the ECN-CHECK
   attribute SHALL read the ECN field value of the IP/UDP packet in
   which the request was received.  Upon forming the response, the
   server SHALL include the ECN-CHECK attribute setting the V bit to
   valid and include the read value of the ECN field into the ECF field.
   If the STUN responder was unable to ascertain, due to temporary
   errors, the ECN value of the STUN request, it SHALL set the V bit in
   the response to 0.  The STUN client may retry immediately.

   The ICE-based initialisation method does require some special
   consideration when used by a translator.  This is especially for
   transport translators and translators that fragment or reassemble
   packets, since they do not separate the ECN control loops between the
   endpoints and the translator.  When using ICE-based initiation, such
   a translator must ensure that any participants joining an RTP session
   for which ECN has been negotiated are successfully verified in the
   direction from the translator to the joining participant.
   Alternatively, it must correctly handle remarking of ECT RTP packets
   towards that participant.  When a new participant joins the session,
   the translator will perform a check towards the new participant.  If
   that is successfully completed, the ECT properties of the session are
   maintained for the other senders in the session.  If the check fails,
   then the existing senders will now see a participant that fails to
   receive ECT.  Thus, the failure detection in those senders will
   eventually detect this.  However, to avoid misusing the network on
   the path from the translator to the new participant, the translator

   SHALL remark the traffic intended to be forwarded from ECT to not-
   ECT.  Any packets intended to be forwarded that are ECN-CE marked
   SHALL be discarded and not sent.  In cases where the path from a new
   participant to the translator fails the ECT check, then only that
   sender will not contribute any ECT-marked traffic towards the

7.2.3.  Leap-of-Faith ECT Initiation Method

   This method for initiating ECN usage is a leap of faith that assumes
   that ECN will work on the used path(s).  The method is to go directly
   to "ongoing use of ECN" as defined in Section 7.3.  Thus, all RTP
   packets MAY be marked as ECT, and the failure detection MUST be used
   to detect any case when the assumption that the path is ECT capable
   is wrong.  This method is only recommended for controlled
   environments where the whole path(s) between sender and receiver(s)
   has been built and verified to be ECT.

   If the sender marks all packets as ECT while transmitting on a path
   that contains an ECN-blocking middlebox, then receivers downstream of
   that middlebox will not receive any RTP data packets from the sender
   and hence will not consider it to be an active RTP SSRC.  The sender
   can detect this and revert to sending packets without ECT marks,
   since RTCP SR/RR packets from such receivers will either not include
   a report for the sender's SSRC or will report that no packets have
   been received, but this takes at least one RTCP reporting interval.
   It should be noted that a receiver might generate its first RTCP
   packet immediately on joining a unicast session, or very shortly
   after joining an RTP/AVPF session, before it has had chance to
   receive any data packets.  A sender that receives an RTCP SR/RR
   packet indicating lack of reception by a receiver SHOULD therefore
   wait for a second RTCP report from that receiver to be sure that the
   lack of reception is due to ECT-marking.  Since this recovery process
   can take several tens of seconds, during which time the RTP session
   is unusable for media, it is NOT RECOMMENDED that the leap-of-faith
   ECT initiation method be used in environments where ECN-blocking
   middleboxes are likely to be present.

7.3.  Ongoing Use of ECN within an RTP Session

   Once ECN has been successfully initiated for an RTP sender, that
   sender begins sending all RTP data packets as ECT-marked, and its
   receivers send ECN feedback information via RTCP packets.  This
   section describes procedures for sending ECT-marked data, providing
   ECN feedback information via RTCP, and responding to ECN feedback

7.3.1.  Transmission of ECT-Marked RTP Packets

   After a sender has successfully initiated ECN use, it SHOULD mark all
   the RTP data packets it sends as ECT.  The sender SHOULD mark packets
   as ECT(0) unless the receiver expresses a preference for ECT(1) or
   for a random ECT value using the "ect" parameter in the "a=ecn--
   capable-rtp:" attribute.

   The sender SHALL NOT include ECT marks on outgoing RTCP packets and
   SHOULD NOT include ECT marks on any other outgoing control messages
   (e.g., STUN [RFC5389] packets, Datagram Transport Layer Security
   (DTLS) [RFC6347] handshake packets, or ZRTP [RFC6189] control
   packets) that are multiplexed on the same UDP port.  For control
   packets there might be exceptions, like the STUN-based ECN-CHECK
   defined in Section 7.2.2.

7.3.2.  Reporting ECN Feedback via RTCP

   An RTP receiver that receives a packet with an ECN-CE mark, or that
   detects a packet loss, MUST schedule the transmission of an RTCP ECN
   feedback packet as soon as possible (subject to the constraints of
   [RFC4585] and [RFC3550]) to report this back to the sender unless no
   timely feedback is required.  The feedback RTCP packet SHALL consist
   of at least one ECN feedback packet (Section 5.1) reporting on the
   packets received since the last ECN feedback packet and will contain
   (at least) an RTCP SR/RR packet and an SDES packet, unless reduced-
   size RTCP [RFC5506] is used.  The RTP/AVPF profile in early or
   immediate feedback mode SHOULD be used where possible, to reduce the
   interval before feedback can be sent.  To reduce the size of the
   feedback message, reduced-size RTCP [RFC5506] MAY be used if
   supported by the endpoints.  Both RTP/AVPF and reduced-size RTCP MUST
   be negotiated in the session setup signalling before they can be

   Every time a regular compound RTCP packet is to be transmitted, an
   ECN-capable RTP receiver MUST include an RTCP XR ECN Summary Report
   as described in Section 5.2 as part of the compound packet.

   The multicast feedback implosion problem, which occurs when many
   receivers simultaneously send feedback to a single sender, must be
   considered.  The RTP/AVPF transmission rules will limit the amount of
   feedback that can be sent, avoiding the implosion problem but also
   delaying feedback by varying degrees from nothing up to a full RTCP
   reporting interval.  As a result, the full extent of a congestion
   situation may take some time to reach the sender, although some
   feedback should arrive in a reasonably timely manner, allowing the
   sender to react on a single or a few reports.

7.3.3.  Response to Congestion Notifications

   The reception of RTP packets with ECN-CE marks in the IP header is a
   notification that congestion is being experienced.  The default
   reaction on the reception of these ECN-CE-marked packets MUST be to
   provide the congestion control algorithm with a congestion
   notification that triggers the algorithm to react as if packet loss
   had occurred.  There should be no difference in congestion response
   if ECN-CE marks or packet drops are detected.

   Other reactions to ECN-CE may be specified in the future, following
   IETF Review.  Detailed designs of such alternative reactions MUST be
   specified in a Standards Track RFC and be reviewed to ensure they are
   safe for deployment under any restrictions specified.  A potential
   example for an alternative reaction could be emergency communications
   (such as that generated by first responders, as opposed to the
   general public) in networks where the user has been authorised.  A
   more detailed description of these other reactions, as well as the
   types of congestion control algorithms used by end-nodes, is outside
   the scope of this document.

   Depending on the media format, type of session, and RTP topology
   used, there are several different types of congestion control that
   can be used:

   Sender-Driven Congestion Control:  The sender is responsible for
      adapting the transmitted bitrate in response to RTCP ECN feedback.
      When the sender receives the ECN feedback data, it feeds this
      information into its congestion control or bitrate adaptation
      mechanism so that it can react as if packet loss was reported.
      The congestion control algorithm to be used is not specified here,
      although TFRC [RFC5348] is one example that might be used.

   Receiver-Driven Congestion Control:  In a receiver-driven congestion
      control mechanism, the receivers can react to the ECN-CE marks
      themselves without providing ECN-CE feedback to the sender.  This
      may allow faster response than sender-driven congestion control in
      some circumstances and also scale to large number of receivers and
      multicast usage.  One example of receiver-driven congestion
      control is implemented by providing the content in a layered way,
      with each layer providing improved media quality but also
      increased bandwidth usage.  The receiver locally monitors the
      ECN-CE marks on received packets to check if it experiences
      congestion with the current number of layers.  If congestion is
      experienced, the receiver drops one layer, thus reducing the
      resource consumption on the path towards itself.  For example, if
      a layered media encoding scheme such as H.264 Scalable Video
      Coding (SVC) is used, the receiver may change its layer

      subscription and so reduce the bitrate it receives.  The receiver
      MUST still send an RTCP XR ECN Summary to the sender, even if it
      can adapt without contact with the sender, so that the sender can
      determine if ECN is supported on the network path.  The timeliness
      of RTCP feedback is less of a concern with receiver-driven
      congestion control, and regular RTCP reporting of ECN summary
      information is sufficient (without using RTP/AVPF immediate or
      early feedback).

   Hybrid:  There might be mechanisms that utilise both some receiver
      behaviours and some sender-side monitoring, thus requiring both
      feedback of congestion events to the sender and taking receiver
      decisions and possible signalling to the sender.  In this case,
      the congestion control algorithm needs to use the signalling to
      indicate which features of ECN for RTP are required.

   Responding to congestion indication in the case of multicast traffic
   is a more complex problem than for unicast traffic.  The fundamental
   problem is diverse paths, i.e., when different receivers don't see
   the same path and thus have different bottlenecks, so the receivers
   may get ECN-CE-marked packets due to congestion at different points
   in the network.  This is problematic for sender-driven congestion
   control, since when receivers are heterogeneous in regards to
   capacity, the sender is limited to transmitting at the rate the
   slowest receiver can support.  This often becomes a significant
   limitation as group size grows.  Also, as group size increases, the
   frequency of reports from each receiver decreases, which further
   reduces the responsiveness of the mechanism.  Receiver-driven
   congestion control has the advantage that each receiver can choose
   the appropriate rate for its network path, rather than all receivers
   having to settle for the lowest common rate.

   We note that ECN support is not a silver bullet to improving
   performance.  The use of ECN gives the chance to respond to
   congestion before packets are dropped in the network, improving the
   user experience by allowing the RTP application to control how the
   quality is reduced.  An application that ignores ECN Congestion
   Experienced feedback is not immune to congestion: the network will
   eventually begin to discard packets if traffic doesn't respond.  To
   avoid packet loss, it is in the best interest of an application to
   respond to ECN congestion feedback promptly.

7.4.  Detecting Failures

   Senders and receivers can deliberately ignore ECN-CE and thus get a
   benefit over behaving flows (cheating).  The ECN nonce [RFC3540] is
   an addition to TCP that attempts to solve this issue as long as the
   sender acts on behalf of the network.  The assumption that senders

   act on behalf of the network may be false due to the nature of peer-
   to-peer use of RTP.  Still, a significant portion of RTP senders are
   infrastructure devices (for example, streaming media servers) that do
   have an interest in protecting both service quality and the network.
   Even though there may be cases where the nonce may be applicable for
   RTP, it is not included in this specification.  This is because a
   receiver interested in cheating would simply claim to not support the
   nonce, or even ECN itself.  It is, however, worth mentioning that, as
   real-time media is commonly sensitive to increased delay and packet
   loss, it will be in the interest of both the media sender and
   receivers to minimise the number and duration of any congestion
   events as they will adversely affect media quality.

   RTP sessions can also suffer from path changes resulting in a non-
   ECN-compliant node becoming part of the path.  That node may perform
   either of two actions that has an effect on the ECN and application
   functionality.  The gravest is if the node drops packets with the ECN
   field set to ECT(0), ECT(1), or ECN-CE.  This can be detected by the
   receiver when it receives an RTCP SR packet indicating that a sender
   has sent a number of packets that it has not received.  The sender
   may also detect such a middlebox based on the receiver's RTCP RR
   packet, when the extended sequence number is not advanced due to the
   failure to receive packets.  If the packet loss is less than 100%,
   then packet loss reporting in either the ECN feedback information or
   RTCP RR will indicate the situation.  The other action is to re-mark
   a packet from ECT or ECN-CE to not-ECT.  That has less dire results;
   however, it should be detected so that ECN usage can be suspended to
   prevent misusing the network.

   The RTCP XR ECN summary packet and the ECN feedback packet allow the
   sender to compare the number of ECT-marked packets of different types
   received with the number it actually sent.  The number of ECT packets
   received, plus the number of ECN-CE-marked and lost packets, should
   correspond to the number of sent ECT-marked packets plus the number
   of received duplicates.  If these numbers don't agree, there are two
   likely reasons: a translator changing the stream or not carrying the
   ECN markings forward or some node re-marking the packets.  In both
   cases, the usage of ECN is broken on the path.  By tracking all the
   different possible ECN field values, a sender can quickly detect if
   some non-compliant behaviour is happening on the path.

   Thus, packet losses and non-matching ECN field value statistics are
   possible indications of issues with using ECN over the path.  The
   next section defines both sender and receiver reactions to these

7.4.1.  Fallback Mechanisms

   Upon the detection of a potential failure, both the sender and the
   receiver can react to mitigate the situation.

   A receiver that detects a packet loss burst MAY schedule an early
   feedback packet that includes at least the RTCP RR and the ECN
   feedback message to report this to the sender.  This will speed up
   the detection of the loss at the sender, thus triggering sender-side

   A sender that detects high packet loss rates for ECT-marked packets
   SHOULD immediately switch to sending packets as not-ECT to determine
   if the losses are potentially due to the ECT markings.  If the losses
   disappear when the ECT-marking is discontinued, the RTP sender should
   go back to initiation procedures to attempt to verify the apparent
   loss of ECN capability of the used path.  If a re-initiation fails,
   then two possible actions exist:

   1.  Periodically retry the ECN initiation to detect if a path change
       occurs to a path that is ECN capable.

   2.  Renegotiate the session to disable ECN support.  This is a choice
       that is suitable if the impact of ECT probing on the media
       quality is noticeable.  If multiple initiations have been
       successful, but the following full usage of ECN has resulted in
       the fallback procedures, then disabling of the ECN support is

   We foresee the possibility of flapping ECN capability due to several
   reasons: video-switching MCU or similar middleboxes that select to
   deliver media from the sender only intermittently; load-balancing
   devices that may in worst case result in some packets taking a
   different network path than the others; mobility solutions that
   switch the underlying network path in a transparent way for the
   sender or receiver; and membership changes in a multicast group.  It
   is, however, appropriate to mention that there are also issues such
   as re-routing of traffic due to a flappy route table or excessive
   reordering and other issues that are not directly ECN related but
   nevertheless may cause problems for ECN.

7.4.2.  Interpretation of ECN Summary Information

   This section contains discussion on how the ECN Summary Report
   information can be used to detect various types of ECN path issues.
   We first review the information the RTCP reports provide on a per-
   source (SSRC) basis:

   ECN-CE Counter:  The number of RTP packets received so far in the
      session with an ECN field set to CE.

   ECT (0/1) Counters:  The number of RTP packets received so far in the
      session with an ECN field set to ECT (0) and ECT (1) respectively.

   not-ECT Counter:  The number of RTP packets received so far in the
      session with an ECN field set to not-ECT.

   Lost Packets Counter:  The number of RTP packets that where expected
      based on sequence numbers but never received.

   Duplication Counter:  The number of received RTP packets that are
      duplicates of already received ones.

   Extended Highest Sequence number:  The highest sequence number seen
      when sending this report, but with additional bits, to handle
      disambiguation when wrapping the RTP sequence number field.

   The counters will be initialised to zero to provide values for the
   RTP stream sender from the first report.  After the first report, the
   changes between the last received report and the previous report are
   determined by simply taking the values of the latest minus the
   previous, taking wrapping into account.  This definition is also
   robust to packet losses, since if one report is missing, the
   reporting interval becomes longer, but is otherwise equally valid.

   In a perfect world, the number of not-ECT packets received should be
   equal to the number sent minus the Lost Packets Counter, and the sum
   of the ECT(0), ECT(1), and ECN-CE counters should be equal to the
   number of ECT-marked packet sent.  Two issues may cause a mismatch in
   these statistics: severe network congestion or unresponsive
   congestion control might cause some ECT-marked packets to be lost,
   and packet duplication might result in some packets being received
   and counted in the statistics multiple times (potentially with a
   different ECN-mark on each copy of the duplicate).

   The rate of packet duplication is tracked, allowing one to take the
   duplication into account.  The value of the ECN field for duplicates
   will also be counted, and when comparing the figures, one needs to
   take into account in the calculation that some fraction of packet
   duplicates are not-ECT and some are ECT.  Thus, when only sending
   not-ECT, the number of sent packets plus reported duplicates equals
   the number of received not-ECT.  When sending only ECT, the number of
   sent ECT packets plus duplicates will equal ECT(0), ECT(1), ECN-CE,
   and packet loss.  When sending a mix of not-ECT and ECT, there is an
   uncertainty if any duplicate or packet loss was an not-ECT or ECT.
   If the packet duplication is completely independent of the usage of

   ECN, then the fraction of packet duplicates should be in relation to
   the number of not-ECT vs. ECT packets sent during the period of
   comparison.  This relation does not hold for packet loss, where
   higher rates of packet loss for not-ECT is expected than for ECT

   Detecting clearing of ECN field: If the ratio between ECT and not-ECT
   transmitted in the reports has become all not-ECT, or has
   substantially changed towards not-ECT, then this is clearly an
   indication that the path results in clearing of the ECT field.

   Dropping of ECT packets: To determine if the packet-drop ratio is
   different between not-ECT and ECT-marked transmission requires a mix
   of transmitted traffic.  The sender should compare if the delivery
   percentage (delivered/transmitted) between ECT and not-ECT is
   significantly different.  Care must be taken if the number of packets
   is low in either of the categories.  One must also take into account
   the level of CE marking.  A CE-marked packet would have been dropped
   unless it was ECT marked.  Thus, the packet loss level for not-ECT
   should be approximately equal to the loss rate for ECT when counting
   the CE-marked packets as lost ones.  A sender performing this
   calculation needs to ensure that the difference is statistically

   If erroneous behaviour is detected, it should be logged to enable
   follow up and statistics gathering.

8.  Processing ECN in RTP Translators and Mixers

   RTP translators and mixers that support ECN for RTP are required to
   process and potentially modify or generate ECN marking in RTP
   packets.  They also need to process and potentially modify or
   generate RTCP ECN feedback packets for the translated and/or mixed
   streams.  This includes both downstream RTCP reports generated by the
   media sender and also reports generated by the receivers, flowing
   upstream back towards the sender.

8.1.  Transport Translators

   Some translators only perform transport-level translations, such as
   copying packets from one address domain, like from unicast to
   multicast.  They may also perform relaying like copying an incoming
   packet to a number of unicast receivers.  This section details the
   ECN-related actions for RTP and RTCP.

   For RTP data packets, the translator, which does not modify the media
   stream, SHOULD copy the ECN bits unchanged from the incoming to the
   outgoing datagrams, unless the translator itself is overloaded and
   experiencing congestion, in which case it may mark the outgoing
   datagrams with an ECN-CE mark.

   A transport translator does not modify RTCP packets.  However, it
   MUST perform the corresponding transport translation of the RTCP
   packets as it does with RTP packets being sent from the same source/

8.2.  Fragmentation and Reassembly in Translators

   An RTP translator may fragment or reassemble RTP data packets without
   changing the media encoding and without reference to the congestion
   state of the networks it bridges.  An example of this might be to
   combine packets of a voice-over-IP stream coded with one 20 ms frame
   per RTP packet into new RTP packets with two 20 ms frames per packet,
   thereby reducing the header overhead and thus stream bandwidth, at
   the expense of an increase in latency.  If multiple data packets are
   re-encoded into one, or vice versa, the RTP translator MUST assign
   new sequence numbers to the outgoing packets.  Losses in the incoming
   RTP packet stream may also induce corresponding gaps in the outgoing
   RTP sequence numbers.  An RTP translator MUST rewrite RTCP packets to
   make the corresponding changes to their sequence numbers and to
   reflect the impact of the fragmentation or reassembly.  This section
   describes how that rewriting is to be done for RTCP ECN feedback
   packets.  Section 7.2 of [RFC3550] describes general procedures for
   other RTCP packet types.

   The processing of arriving RTP packets for this case is as follows.
   If an ECN-marked packet is split into two, then both the outgoing
   packets MUST be ECN marked identically to the original; if several
   ECN-marked packets are combined into one, the outgoing packet MUST be
   either ECN-CE marked or dropped if any of the incoming packets are
   ECN-CE marked.  If the outgoing combined packet is not ECN-CE marked,
   then it MUST be ECT marked if any of the incoming packets were ECT

   RTCP ECN feedback packets (Section 5.1) contain seven fields that are
   rewritten in an RTP translator that fragments or reassembles packets:
   the extended highest sequence number, the duplication counter, the
   Lost Packets Counter, the ECN-CE counter, and not-ECT counter, the
   ECT(0) counter, and the ECT(1) counter.  The RTCP XR report block for
   ECN summary information (Section 5.2) includes all of these fields
   except the extended highest sequence number, which is present in the

   report block in an SR or RR packet.  The procedures for rewriting
   these fields are the same for both the RTCP ECN feedback packet and
   the RTCP XR ECN summary packet.

   When receiving an RTCP ECN feedback packet for the translated stream,
   an RTP translator first determines the range of packets to which the
   report corresponds.  The extended highest sequence number in the RTCP
   ECN feedback packet (or in the RTCP SR/RR packet contained within the
   compound packet, in the case of RTCP XR ECN Summary Reports)
   specifies the end sequence number of the range.  For the first RTCP
   ECN feedback packet received, the initial extended sequence number of
   the range may be determined by subtracting the sum of the Lost
   Packets Counter, the ECN-CE counter, the not-ECT counter, the ECT(0)
   counter and the ECT(1) counter minus the duplication counter, from
   the extended highest sequence number.  For subsequent RTCP ECN
   feedback packets, the starting sequence number may be determined as
   being one after the extended highest sequence number of the previous
   RTCP ECN feedback packet received from the same SSRC.  These values
   are in the sequence number space of the translated packets.

   Based on its knowledge of the translation process, the translator
   determines the sequence number range for the corresponding original,
   pre-translation, packets.  The extended highest sequence number in
   the RTCP ECN feedback packet is rewritten to match the final sequence
   number in the pre-translation sequence number range.

   The translator then determines the ratio, R, of the number of packets
   in the translated sequence number space (numTrans) to the number of
   packets in the pre-translation sequence number space (numOrig) such
   that R = numTrans / numOrig.  The counter values in the RTCP ECN
   Feedback Report are then scaled by dividing each of them by R.  For
   example, if the translation process combines two RTP packets into
   one, then numOrig will be twice numTrans, giving R=0.5, and the
   counters in the translated RTCP ECN feedback packet will be twice
   those in the original.

   The ratio, R, may have a value that leads to non-integer multiples of
   the counters when translating the RTCP packet.  For example, a Voice
   over IP (VoIP) translator that combines two adjacent RTP packets into
   one if they contain active speech data, but passes comfort noise
   packets unchanged, would have an R value of between 0.5 and 1.0
   depending on the amount of active speech.  Since the counter values
   in the translated RTCP report are integer values, rounding will be
   necessary in this case.

   When rounding counter values in the translated RTCP packet, the
   translator should try to ensure that they sum to the number of RTP
   packets in the pre-translation sequence number space (numOrig).  The

   translator should also try to ensure that no non-zero counter is
   rounded to a zero value, unless the pre-translated values are zero,
   since that will lose information that a particular type of event has
   occurred.  It is recognised that it may be impossible to satisfy both
   of these constraints; in such cases, it is better to ensure that no
   non-zero counter is mapped to a zero value, since this preserves
   congestion adaptation and helps the RTCP-based ECN initiation

   One should be aware of the impact this type of translator has on the
   measurement of packet duplication.  A translator performing
   aggregation and most likely also an fragmenting translator will
   suppress any duplication happening prior to itself.  Thus, the
   reports and what is being scaled will only represent packet
   duplication happening from the translator to the receiver reporting
   on the flow.

   It should be noted that scaling the RTCP counter values in this way
   is meaningful only on the assumption that the level of congestion in
   the network is related to the number of packets being sent.  This is
   likely to be a reasonable assumption in the type of environment where
   RTP translators that fragment or reassemble packets are deployed, as
   their entire purpose is to change the number of packets being sent to
   adapt to known limitations of the network, but is not necessarily
   valid in general.

   The rewritten RTCP ECN Feedback Report is sent from the other side of
   the translator to that from which it arrived (as part of a compound
   RTCP packet containing other translated RTCP packets, where

8.3.  Generating RTCP ECN Feedback in Media Transcoders

   An RTP translator that acts as a media transcoder cannot directly
   forward RTCP packets corresponding to the transcoded stream, since
   those packets will relate to the non-transcoded stream and will not
   be useful in relation to the transcoded RTP flow.  Such a transcoder
   will need to interpose itself into the RTCP flow, acting as a proxy
   for the receiver to generate RTCP feedback in the direction of the
   sender relating to the pre-transcoded stream and acting in place of
   the sender to generate RTCP relating to the transcoded stream to be
   sent towards the receiver.  This section describes how this proxying
   is to be done for RTCP ECN feedback packets.  Section 7.2 of
   [RFC3550] describes general procedures for other RTCP packet types.

   An RTP translator acting as a media transcoder in this manner does
   not have its own SSRC and hence is not visible to other entities at
   the RTP layer.  RTCP ECN feedback packets and RTCP XR report blocks

   for ECN summary information that are received from downstream relate
   to the translated stream and so must be processed by the translator
   as if they were the original media source.  These reports drive the
   congestion control loop and media adaptation between the translator
   and the downstream receiver.  If there are multiple downstream
   receivers, a logically separate transcoder instance must be used for
   each receiver and must process RTCP ECN Feedback and Summary Reports
   independently of the other transcoder instances.  An RTP translator
   acting as a media transcoder in this manner MUST NOT forward RTCP ECN
   feedback packets or RTCP XR ECN Summary Reports from downstream
   receivers in the upstream direction.

   An RTP translator acting as a media transcoder will generate RTCP
   reports upstream towards the original media sender, based on the
   reception quality of the original media stream at the translator.
   The translator will run a separate congestion control loop and media
   adaptation between itself and the media sender for each of its
   downstream receivers and must generate RTCP ECN feedback packets and
   RTCP XR ECN Summary Reports for that congestion control loop using
   the SSRC of that downstream receiver.

8.4.  Generating RTCP ECN Feedback in Mixers

   An RTP mixer terminates one-or-more RTP flows, combines them into a
   single outgoing media stream, and transmits that new stream as a
   separate RTP flow.  A mixer has its own SSRC and is visible to other
   participants in the session at the RTP layer.

   An ECN-aware RTP mixer must generate RTCP ECN feedback packets and
   RTCP XR report blocks for ECN summary information relating to the RTP
   flows it terminates, in exactly the same way it would if it were an
   RTP receiver.  These reports form part of the congestion control loop
   between the mixer and the media senders generating the streams it is
   mixing.  A separate control loop runs between each sender and the

   An ECN-aware RTP mixer will negotiate and initiate the use of ECN on
   the mixed RTP flows it generates and will accept and process RTCP ECN
   Feedback Reports and RTCP XR report blocks for ECN relating to those
   mixed flows as if it were a standard media sender.  A congestion
   control loop runs between the mixer and its receivers, driven in part
   by the ECN reports received.

   An RTP mixer MUST NOT forward RTCP ECN feedback packets or RTCP XR
   ECN Summary Reports from downstream receivers in the upstream

9.  Implementation Considerations

   To allow the use of ECN with RTP over UDP, an RTP implementation
   desiring to support receiving ECN-controlled media streams must
   support reading the value of the ECT bits on received UDP datagrams,
   and an RTP implementation desiring to support sending ECN-controlled
   media streams must support setting the ECT bits in outgoing UDP
   datagrams.  The standard Berkeley sockets API pre-dates the
   specification of ECN and does not provide the functionality that is
   required for this mechanism to be used with UDP flows, making this
   specification difficult to implement portably.

10.  IANA Considerations

10.1.  SDP Attribute Registration

   Following the guidelines in [RFC4566], the IANA has registered one
   new media-level SDP attribute:

   o  Contact name, email address and telephone number: Authors of RFC

   o  Attribute-name: ecn-capable-rtp

   o  Type of attribute: media-level

   o  Subject to charset: no

   This attribute defines the ability to negotiate the use of ECT (ECN-
   capable transport) for RTP flows running over UDP/IP.  This attribute
   is put in the SDP offer if the offering party wishes to receive an
   ECT flow.  The answering party then includes the attribute in the
   answer if it wishes to receive an ECT flow.  If the answerer does not
   include the attribute, then ECT MUST be disabled in both directions.

10.2.  RTP/AVPF Transport-Layer Feedback Message

   The IANA has registered one new RTP/AVPF Transport-Layer Feedback
   Message in the table of FMT values for RTPFB Payload Types [RFC4585]
   as defined in Section 5.1:

      Name:          RTCP-ECN-FB
      Long name:     RTCP ECN Feedback
      Value:         8
      Reference:     RFC 6679

10.3.  RTCP Feedback SDP Parameter

   The IANA has registered one new SDP "rtcp-fb" attribute "nack"
   parameter "ecn" in the SDP ("ack" and "nack" Attribute Values)

      Value name:     ecn
      Long name:      Explicit Congestion Notification
      Usable with:    nack
      Reference:      RFC 6679

10.4.  RTCP XR Report Blocks

   The IANA has registered one new RTCP XR Block Type as defined in
   Section 5.2:

      Block Type: 13
      Name:       ECN Summary Report
      Reference:  RFC 6679

10.5.  RTCP XR SDP Parameter

   The IANA has registered one new RTCP XR SDP Parameter "ecn-sum" in
   the "RTCP XR SDP Parameters" registry.

      Parameter name      XR block (block type and name)
      --------------      ------------------------------------
      ecn-sum             13  ECN Summary Report

10.6.  STUN Attribute

   A new STUN [RFC5389] attribute in the comprehension-optional range
   under IETF Review (0x8000-0xFFFF) has been assigned to the ECN-CHECK
   STUN attribute (0x802D) defined in Section 7.2.2.  The STUN attribute
   registry can currently be found at:

10.7.  ICE Option

   A new ICE option "rtp+ecn" has been registered in the "ICE Options"
   registry created by [RFC6336].

11.  Security Considerations

   The use of ECN with RTP over UDP as specified in this document has
   the following known security issues that need to be considered.

   External threats to the RTP and RTCP traffic:

   Denial of Service affecting RTCP:  An attacker that can modify the
      traffic between the media sender and a receiver can achieve either
      of two things: 1) report a lot of packets as being congestion
      experience marked, thus forcing the sender into a congestion
      response; or 2) ensure that the sender disables the usage of ECN
      by reporting failures to receive ECN by changing the counter
      fields.  This can also be accomplished by injecting false RTCP
      packets to the media sender.  Reporting a lot of ECN-CE-marked
      traffic is likely the more efficient denial-of-service tool as
      that may likely force the application to use the lowest possible
      bitrates.  The prevention against an external threat is to
      integrity protect the RTCP feedback information and authenticate
      the sender.

   Information leakage:  The ECN feedback mechanism exposes the
      receiver's perceived packet loss and the packets it considers to
      be ECN-CE marked.  This is mostly not considered sensitive
      information.  If it is considered sensitive, the RTCP feedback
      should be encrypted.

   Changing the ECN bits:  An on-path attacker that sees the RTP packet
      flow from sender to receiver and who has the capability to change
      the packets can rewrite ECT into ECN-CE, thus leading to erroneous
      congestion response in the sender or receiver.  This denial of
      service against the media quality in the RTP session is impossible
      for an endpoint to protect itself against.  Only network
      infrastructure nodes can detect this illicit re-marking.  It will
      be mitigated by turning off ECN; however, if the attacker can
      modify its response to drop packets, the same vulnerability exist.

   Denial of Service affecting the session setup signalling:  If an
      attacker can modify the session signalling, it can prevent the
      usage of ECN by removing the signalling attributes used to
      indicate that the initiator is capable and willing to use ECN with
      RTP/UDP.  This attack can be prevented by authentication and
      integrity protection of the signalling.  We do note that any
      attacker that can modify the signalling has more interesting
      attacks they can perform than prevent the usage of ECN, like
      inserting itself as a middleman in the media flows enabling wire-
      tapping also for an off-path attacker.

   Threats that exist from misbehaving senders or receivers:

   Receivers cheating:  A receiver may attempt to cheat and fail to
      report reception of ECN-CE-marked packets.  The benefit for a
      receiver cheating in its reporting would be to get an unfair

      bitrate share across the resource bottleneck.  It is far from
      certain that a receiver would be able to get a significant larger
      share of the resources.  That assumes a high enough level of
      aggregation that there are flows to acquire shares from.  The risk
      of cheating is that failure to react to congestion results in
      packet loss and increased path delay.

   Receivers misbehaving:  A receiver may prevent the usage of ECN in an
      RTP session by reporting itself as non-ECN capable, forcing the
      sender to turn off usage of ECN.  In a point-to-point scenario,
      there is little incentive to do this as it will only affect the
      receiver, thus failing to utilise an optimisation.  For multi-
      party sessions, some motivation exists for why a receiver would
      misbehave as it can prevent the other receivers from using ECN.
      As an insider into the session, it is difficult to determine if a
      receiver is misbehaving or simply incapable, making it basically
      impossible in the incremental deployment phase of ECN for RTP
      usage to determine this.  If additional information about the
      receivers and the network is known, it might be possible to deduce
      that a receiver is misbehaving.  If it can be determined that a
      receiver is misbehaving, the only response is to exclude it from
      the RTP session and ensure that it no longer has any valid
      security context to affect the session.

   Misbehaving senders:  The enabling of ECN gives the media packets a
      higher degree of probability to reach the receiver compared to
      not-ECT-marked ones on an ECN-capable path.  However, this is no
      magic bullet, and failure to react to congestion will most likely
      only slightly delay a network buffer over-run, in which its
      session also will experience packet loss and increased delay.
      There is some possibility that the media sender's traffic will
      push other traffic out of the way without being affected too
      negatively.  However, we do note that a media sender still needs
      to implement congestion control functions to prevent the media
      from being badly affected by congestion events.  Thus, the
      misbehaving sender is getting an unfair share.  This can only be
      detected and potentially prevented by network monitoring and
      administrative entities.  See Section 7 of [RFC3168] for more
      discussion of this issue.

   We note that the endpoint security functions needed to prevent an
   external attacker from interfering with the signalling are source
   authentication and integrity protection.  To prevent information
   leakage from the feedback packets, encryption of the RTCP is also
   needed.  For RTP, multiple possible solutions exist depending on the
   application context.  Secure RTP (SRTP) [RFC3711] does satisfy the
   requirement to protect this mechanism.  Note, however, that when
   using SRTP in group communication scenarios, different parties might

   share the same security context; in this case, the authentication
   mechanism only shows that one of those parties is involved, not
   necessarily which one.  IPsec [RFC4301] and DTLS [RFC6347] can also
   provide the necessary security functions.

   The signalling protocols used to initiate an RTP session also need to
   be source authenticated and integrity protected to prevent an
   external attacker from modifying any signalling.  An appropriate
   mechanism to protect the used signalling needs to be used.  For SIP/
   SDP, ideally Secure MIME (S/MIME) [RFC5751] would be used.  However,
   with the limited deployment, a minimal mitigation strategy is to
   require use of SIPS (SIP over TLS) [RFC3261] [RFC5630] to at least
   accomplish hop-by-hop protection.

   We do note that certain mitigation methods will require network

12.  Examples of SDP Signalling

   This section contains a few different examples of the signalling
   mechanism defined in this specification in an SDP context.  If there
   are discrepancies between these examples and the specification text,
   the specification text is definitive.

12.1.  Basic SDP Offer/Answer

EID 3586 (Verified) is as follows:

Section: 12.1

Original Text:

   The Offer:

      a=ecn-capable-rtp: ice rtp ect=0 mode=setread

   The Answer:
      a=ecn-capable-rtp: ice ect=0 mode=readonly

Corrected Text:

   The Offer:

      a=ecn-capable-rtp: ice,rtp ect=0; mode=setread

   The Answer:
      a=ecn-capable-rtp: ice ect=0; mode=readonly
The examples does not match the ABNF rules for the a=ecn-capaable-rtp attribute. Two issues are present, first the init method list must be comma separated with no spaces, secondly any additional parameters shall be semi colon plus space separated. Therefore both a=ecn-capable-rtp lines have been corrected.

This is primarily an editorial issues but people needs to aware of the errors in the example.
This example is a basic offer/answer SDP exchange, assumed done by SIP (not shown). The intention is to establish a basic audio session point-to-point between two users. The Offer: v=0 o=jdoe 3502844782 3502844782 IN IP4 s=VoIP call i=SDP offer for VoIP call with ICE and ECN for RTP b=AS:128 b=RR:2000 b=RS:2500 a=ice-pwd:YH75Fviy6338Vbrhrlp8Yh a=ice-ufrag:9uB6 a=ice-options:rtp+ecn t=0 0 m=audio 45664 RTP/AVPF 97 98 99 c=IN IP4 a=rtpmap:97 G719/48000/1 a=fmtp:97 maxred=160 a=rtpmap:98 AMR-WB/16000/1 a=fmtp:98 octet-align=1; mode-change-capability=2 a=rtpmap:99 PCMA/8000/1 a=maxptime:160 a=ptime:20 a=ecn-capable-rtp: ice rtp ect=0 mode=setread a=rtcp-fb:* nack ecn a=rtcp-fb:* trr-int 1000 a=rtcp-xr:ecn-sum a=rtcp-rsize a=candidate:1 1 UDP 2130706431 8998 typ host a=candidate:2 1 UDP 1694498815 45664 typ srflx raddr rport 8998 This SDP offer presents a single media stream with 3 media payload types. It proposes to use ECN with RTP, with the ICE-based initialisation being preferred over the RTP/RTCP one. Leap of faith is not suggested to be used. The offerer is capable of both setting and reading the ECN bits. In addition, the use of both the RTCP ECN feedback packet and the RTCP XR ECN Summary Report are supported. ICE is also proposed with two candidates. It also supports reduced- size RTCP and can use it. The Answer: v=0 o=jdoe 3502844783 3502844783 IN IP4 s=VoIP call i=SDP offer for VoIP call with ICE and ECN for RTP b=AS:128 b=RR:2000 b=RS:2500 a=ice-pwd:asd88fgpdd777uzjYhagZg a=ice-ufrag:8hhY a=ice-options:rtp+ecn t=0 0 m=audio 53879 RTP/AVPF 97 99 c=IN IP4 a=rtpmap:97 G719/48000/1 a=fmtp:97 maxred=160 a=rtpmap:99 PCMA/8000/1 a=maxptime:160 a=ptime:20 a=ecn-capable-rtp: ice ect=0 mode=readonly a=rtcp-fb:* nack ecn a=rtcp-fb:* trr-int 1000 a=rtcp-xr:ecn-sum a=candidate:1 1 UDP 2130706431 53879 typ host The answer confirms that only one media stream will be used. One RTP payload type was removed. ECN capability was confirmed, and the initialisation method will be ICE. However, the answerer is only capable of reading the ECN bits, which means that ECN can only be used for RTP flowing from the offerer to the answerer. ECT always set to 0 will be used in both directions. Both the RTCP ECN feedback packet and the RTCP XR ECN Summary Report will be used. Reduced-size RTCP will not be used as the answerer has not indicated support for it in the answer. 12.2. Declarative Multicast SDP The session below describes an Any-Source Multicast using a session with a single media stream. v=0 o=jdoe 3502844782 3502844782 IN IP4 s=Multicast SDP session using ECN for RTP i=Multicasted audio chat using ECN for RTP b=AS:128 t=3502892703 3502910700 m=audio 56144 RTP/AVPF 97 c=IN IP4 a=rtpmap:97 g719/48000/1 a=fmtp:97 maxred=160 a=maxptime:160 a=ptime:20 a=ecn-capable-rtp: rtp mode=readonly; ect=0 a=rtcp-fb:* nack ecn a=rtcp-fb:* trr-int 1500 a=rtcp-xr:ecn-sum This is a declarative SDP example and indicates required functionality in the consumer of the SDP. The initialisation method required is the RTP/RTCP-based one, indicated by the "a=ecn-capable- rtp: rtp ..." line. Receivers are required to be able to read ECN marks ("mode=readonly"), and the ECT value is recommended to be set to 0 always ("ect=0"). The ECN usage in this session requires both ECN feedback and RTCP XR ECN Summary Reports, and their use is indicated through the "a=rtcp-fb:" and "a=rtcp-xr:ecn-sum" lines. 13. Acknowledgments The authors wish to thank the following individuals for their reviews and comments: Thomas Belling, Bob Briscoe, Roni Even, Kevin P. Flemming, Tomas Frankkila, Christian Groves, Christer Holmgren, Cullen Jennings, Tom Van Caenegem, Simo Veikkolainen, Bill Ver Steeg, Dan Wing, Qin Wu, and Lei Zhu. 14. References 14.1. Normative References [RFC2119] Bradner, S., "Key words for use in RFCs to Indicate Requirement Levels", BCP 14, RFC 2119, March 1997. [RFC3168] Ramakrishnan, K., Floyd, S., and D. Black, "The Addition of Explicit Congestion Notification (ECN) to IP", RFC 3168, September 2001. [RFC3550] Schulzrinne, H., Casner, S., Frederick, R., and V. Jacobson, "RTP: A Transport Protocol for Real-Time Applications", STD 64, RFC 3550, July 2003. [RFC3611] Friedman, T., Caceres, R., and A. Clark, "RTP Control Protocol Extended Reports (RTCP XR)", RFC 3611, November 2003. [RFC3629] Yergeau, F., "UTF-8, a transformation format of ISO 10646", STD 63, RFC 3629, November 2003. [RFC4566] Handley, M., Jacobson, V., and C. Perkins, "SDP: Session Description Protocol", RFC 4566, July 2006. [RFC5234] Crocker, D. and P. Overell, "Augmented BNF for Syntax Specifications: ABNF", STD 68, RFC 5234, January 2008. [RFC5245] Rosenberg, J., "Interactive Connectivity Establishment (ICE): A Protocol for Network Address Translator (NAT) Traversal for Offer/Answer Protocols", RFC 5245, April 2010. [RFC5348] Floyd, S., Handley, M., Padhye, J., and J. Widmer, "TCP Friendly Rate Control (TFRC): Protocol Specification", RFC 5348, September 2008. [RFC5389] Rosenberg, J., Mahy, R., Matthews, P., and D. Wing, "Session Traversal Utilities for NAT (STUN)", RFC 5389, October 2008. [RFC6336] Westerlund, M. and C. Perkins, "IANA Registry for Interactive Connectivity Establishment (ICE) Options", RFC 6336, July 2011. 14.2. Informative References [RFC1112] Deering, S., "Host extensions for IP multicasting", STD 5, RFC 1112, August 1989. [RFC2762] Rosenberg, J. and H. Schulzrinne, "Sampling of the Group Membership in RTP", RFC 2762, February 2000. [RFC2974] Handley, M., Perkins, C., and E. Whelan, "Session Announcement Protocol", RFC 2974, October 2000. [RFC3261] Rosenberg, J., Schulzrinne, H., Camarillo, G., Johnston, A., Peterson, J., Sparks, R., Handley, M., and E. Schooler, "SIP: Session Initiation Protocol", RFC 3261, June 2002. [RFC3264] Rosenberg, J. and H. Schulzrinne, "An Offer/Answer Model with Session Description Protocol (SDP)", RFC 3264, June 2002. [RFC3540] Spring, N., Wetherall, D., and D. Ely, "Robust Explicit Congestion Notification (ECN) Signaling with Nonces", RFC 3540, June 2003. [RFC3551] Schulzrinne, H. and S. Casner, "RTP Profile for Audio and Video Conferences with Minimal Control", STD 65, RFC 3551, July 2003. [RFC3569] Bhattacharyya, S., "An Overview of Source-Specific Multicast (SSM)", RFC 3569, July 2003. [RFC3711] Baugher, M., McGrew, D., Naslund, M., Carrara, E., and K. Norrman, "The Secure Real-time Transport Protocol (SRTP)", RFC 3711, March 2004. [RFC4301] Kent, S. and K. Seo, "Security Architecture for the Internet Protocol", RFC 4301, December 2005. [RFC4340] Kohler, E., Handley, M., and S. Floyd, "Datagram Congestion Control Protocol (DCCP)", RFC 4340, March 2006. [RFC4585] Ott, J., Wenger, S., Sato, N., Burmeister, C., and J. Rey, "Extended RTP Profile for Real-time Transport Control Protocol (RTCP)-Based Feedback (RTP/AVPF)", RFC 4585, July 2006. [RFC4588] Rey, J., Leon, D., Miyazaki, A., Varsa, V., and R. Hakenberg, "RTP Retransmission Payload Format", RFC 4588, July 2006. [RFC4607] Holbrook, H. and B. Cain, "Source-Specific Multicast for IP", RFC 4607, August 2006. [RFC4960] Stewart, R., "Stream Control Transmission Protocol", RFC 4960, September 2007. [RFC5117] Westerlund, M. and S. Wenger, "RTP Topologies", RFC 5117, January 2008. [RFC5124] Ott, J. and E. Carrara, "Extended Secure RTP Profile for Real-time Transport Control Protocol (RTCP)-Based Feedback (RTP/SAVPF)", RFC 5124, February 2008. [RFC5506] Johansson, I. and M. Westerlund, "Support for Reduced-Size Real-Time Transport Control Protocol (RTCP): Opportunities and Consequences", RFC 5506, April 2009. [RFC5630] Audet, F., "The Use of the SIPS URI Scheme in the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP)", RFC 5630, October 2009. [RFC5751] Ramsdell, B. and S. Turner, "Secure/Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (S/MIME) Version 3.2 Message Specification", RFC 5751, January 2010. [RFC5760] Ott, J., Chesterfield, J., and E. Schooler, "RTP Control Protocol (RTCP) Extensions for Single-Source Multicast Sessions with Unicast Feedback", RFC 5760, February 2010. [RFC6189] Zimmermann, P., Johnston, A., and J. Callas, "ZRTP: Media Path Key Agreement for Unicast Secure RTP", RFC 6189, April 2011. [RFC6347] Rescorla, E. and N. Modadugu, "Datagram Transport Layer Security Version 1.2", RFC 6347, January 2012. Authors' Addresses Magnus Westerlund Ericsson Farogatan 6 SE-164 80 Kista Sweden Phone: +46 10 714 82 87 EMail: Ingemar Johansson Ericsson Laboratoriegrand 11 SE-971 28 Lulea Sweden Phone: +46 73 0783289 EMail: Colin Perkins University of Glasgow School of Computing Science Glasgow G12 8QQ United Kingdom EMail: Piers O'Hanlon University of Oxford Oxford Internet Institute 1 St Giles Oxford OX1 3JS United Kingdom EMail: Ken Carlberg G11 1600 Clarendon Blvd Arlington, VA USA EMail: