Wireshark-dev: Re: [Wireshark-dev] How to avoid dissection based on port defined by a different
From: Jeff Morriss <[email protected]>
Date: Thu, 16 Dec 2010 14:41:53 -0500
Guy Harris wrote:
On Dec 15, 2010, at 8:26 PM, Chris Maynard wrote:

Guy Harris <[email protected]> writes:

SHOULD in some RFC - or even a MUST - but I don't know offhand what RFC that is)
Sorry, I didn't make it clear that "what RFC that is" is "what RFC - if 
any - says that ephemeral ports should be handed out by default", not 
"what RFC explains what SHOULD and MUST mean".  *Is* there an RFC that 
describes well-known, registered, and ephemeral ports?  The first two of 
them are mentioned in the IANA port number assignment list:

but that doesn't mention ephemeral ports.
There's been a lot of discussion about port assignment/registration on 
the IETF tsvwg mailing list of late.  There's a draft floating around 
which describes the port number ranges in section 6:

and then goes on to say, in section 8.1.1:

   o  Ports in the Dynamic Ports range (49152-65535) have been
      specifically set aside for local and dynamic use and cannot be
      assigned through IANA.  Application software may simply use any
      dynamic port that is available on the local host, without any sort
      of assignment.  On the other hand, application software MUST NOT
      assume that a specific port number in the Dynamic Ports range will
      always be available for communication at all times, and a port
      number in that range hence MUST NOT be used as a service