ISO Protocols

 

The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) defines the International Standards Organization (ISO) protocols. The ISO protocol suite is a complete, seven-layer protocol conforming to the Open System Interconnection (OSI) networking model.
The ISO protocol suite includes the following protocols:
   
ACSE Application Control Service Element
CCITT X.400 Consultative Committee Protocol.
CLNP Connectionless-mode Network Protocol
CMIP Common Management Information Protocol
ES-IS End-System to Intermediate System.
FTAM File Transfer Access and Management Protocol
IDRP Inter Domain Routing Protocol
INAP Intelligent Network Application Protocol
IS-IS Intermediate System to Intermediate System.
ISO-IP Internetworking Protocol.
ISO-PP Presentation Protocol.
ISO-SP Session Protocol.
ISO-TP Transport Protocol.
Rose Remote Operation Service Element Protocol

The ISO protocol suite is illustrated here in relation to the OSI model:
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ACSE

ITU-T Recommendation X.227

The Application Control Service Element (ACSE) protocol provides services for establishing and releasing application-associations. The ACSE protocol also includes two optional functional units. One functional unit supports the exchange of information in support of authentication during association establishment. The second functional unit supports the negotiation of application context during association establishment. The ACSE services apply to a wide range of application-process communications requirements.

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CCITT X.400 Message Handling System

The International Telegraph and Telephone Consultative Committee (known as CCITT, after its French name) produced this standard for exchange of electronic mail between computers. The CCITT recommendations X.400 through X.430 define an application layer protocol and a minimal presentation layer protocol. CCITT X.400 uses the ISO Session Layer services and protocol, documented in ISO documents IS 8326 and IS 8327, respectively.

The CCITT X.400 standard describes message transfer agents (MTAs) that are responsible for delivery of electronic mail between computers. The MTAs use a protocol known as P1 to carry out transfer of message protocol data units (MPDUs). MTAs exchange two kinds of MPDUs: User and Service. User MPDUs contain messages, while Service MPDUs supply information about message transfers. Two kinds of Service MPDUs exist: Delivery Report and Probe.

X.400 frames can be one of the following types:

[User MPDU Message] Normal mail handling system (MHS) message.
[DeliveryReport MPDU] Sent to discover status of prior message.
[Probe MPDU] Sent to discover if the message was delivered.

Each CCITT X.400 frame contains the following parameter:

Protocol P1.

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CLNP

www.ISO.org

The CLNP (Connectionless-mode network protocol) is designed to be used in the context of the internetworking protocol approach to the provision of the connectionless-mode network service defined in ISO/IEC 8648.

The protocol describes a connectionless mode network protocol and one which manages certain network layer management functions. It deals with:

  1. Procedures for the connectionless transmission of data and control information from one Network entity to a peer Network entity;
  2. The encoding of the protocol data units (PDUs) used for the transmission of data and control information, comprising a variable-length protocol header format;
  3. Procedures for the correct interpretation of protocol control information; and
  4. The functional requirements for implementations claiming conformance to this protocol standard..

It is intended for use in the Subnetwork Independent Convergence Protocol (SNICP) role. It fulfills the SNICP role and operates to construct the OSI Network service over a defined set of underlying services, performing functions which are necessary to support the uniform appearance of the OSI connectionless-mode Network service over a homogeneous or heterogeneous set of interconnected subnetworks. It accommodates variability where subnetwork dependent convergence protocols and/or subnetwork access protocols do not provide all of the functions necessary to support the connectionless-mode Network service over all or part of the path from one Network Service Access Point (NSAP) to another.
It fulfills different roles in different configurations and may therefore be used in the context of other approaches to subnetwork interconnection.

The operation of this protocol is specified with respect to an “underlying subnetwork service which is made available through the operation of other Network layer protocols or through provision of the Data Link service. This protocol provides the connectionless-mode Network service described in CCITT Rec. X.213 | ISO/IEC 8348. The protocol header structure is as follows:

8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
Octet
Network Layer Protocol Identifier
1
Length Indicator
2
CLNP Version
3
Remaining PDU Lifetime
4
SP
MS
ER
TYPE
5
Segment Length
6
7
CheckSum
8
9

Network Layer Protocol Identifier
The protocol ID (should be 129).

Length Indicator
The header length.

CLNP Version
The CLNP Version

Remaining PDU Lifetime
The Remaining PDU lifetime.

SP
Segmentation permission. The following values are possible:
0   Segmentation Not Permitted
1   Segmentation Permitted

MS
The following values are possible:
0   Last Octet Of Data Part Is The Last Octet Of The NSDU
1   Last Octet Of NSDU Is Not Contained In This PDU

E/R
0   Discard Of Data PDU W'ont Cause Error Report PDU
1   Error Report PDU May Be Generated

PDU Type
The following PDU types are available
0x1f   Echo-Reply
0x1e   Echo-Request
0x1c   Data PDU
0x01   Error Report PDU

Segment Length Octets
The segment length in octets.

Checksum
The checksum value.

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CMIP

ISO 8571-4 1/92 x.227 4/9

Access to managed information in the managed objects is provided by the Common Management Information Service Element (CMISE) that uses CMIP (Common Management Information Protocol) to issue requests for management services. The management services provided by CMIP/CMISE can be organized into two distinct groups, management operation services initiated by a manager to request that an agent provide certain services or information, and notification services, used by the management agents to inform the managers that some event or set of events have occurred. Operations initiated by the manager include:

CMIP Protocol Service Elements
M-CREATE - directs the agent to create new instance(s) of a managed object class or attributes within a managed object
M-DELETE - directs the agent to delete existing instances of managed object class(es) or attributes within a set contained in a managed object
M-GET - directs the agent to return attribute values from managed objects
M-SET - directs the agent to change the value of managed object attribute(s)
M-ACTION - directs the agent to cause one or more managed objects to execute an action
M-EVENT_REPORT - service is issued by an agent to send a notification to managers
CMIP is an ASN.1 based protocol, whose PDUs (Protocol Data Units) are based on ROSE. Each service element has its PDUs which are part of the ROSE user data.

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ES-IS

ISO(9542) http://www.iso.ch/cate/d17285.html

The End System to Intermediate System (ES-IS) protocol distributes routing information among ISO hosts.

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FTAM

www.ISO.org

The File Transfer Access and Management protocol (FTAM) offers several user facilities that operate on any combination of files on your system (local files) and on files on other systems with FTAM applications (remote files). These facilities include:

  • FTAM appending facility - This facility enables you to append files by using the APPEND/APPLICATION_PROTOCOL=FTAM command. The facility allows the appending of one or more input files to a single output file, within or between FTAM applications.
  • FTAM copying facility - This facility enables you to copy files by using the COPY/APPLICATION_PROTOCOL=FTAM command. The facility allows the copying of one or more input files to a single output file, within or between FTAM applications.
  • FTAM deletion facility - This facility enables you to delete files by using the DELETE/APPLICATION_PROTOCOL=FTAM command.
  • FTAM directory facility - This facility enables you to display file attributes for one or more files by using the DIRECTORY/APPLICATION_PROTOCOL=FTAM command.
  • FTAM renaming facility - This facility enables you to rename files by using the RENAME/APPLICATION_PROTOCOL=FTAM command.
    All commands are in the format of ASN.1 messages.

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IDRP

http://www.acm.org/sigcomm/standards/iso_stds/IDRP/10747.TXT

The Inter Domain Routing Protocol (IDRP) is one of a set of International Standards, which facilitate the interconnection of open systems. They cover the services and protocols required to achieve such interconnection.
This protocol is positioned with respect to other related standards by the layered structure defined in ISO 7498, and by the Network layer organization defined in ISO 8648. It is located at the top of the Network layer and relies on the services of ISO 8473. IDRP permits a routing domain to exchange information with other routing domains to facilitate the operation of the routing and relaying functions of the Network Layer. It applies to the following categories of routing, which are described in ISO TR 9575, making no distinction between them:

  • Intra-Administrative Domain routing between routing domains
  • Inter-Administrative Domain routing between routing domains.

Within the hierarchical relations between routing protocols, as described in ISO TR 9575, this protocol is situated above the intra-domain routing protocols. That is, this Inter-domain IS-IS protocol:

  • Maintains information about the interconnections between routing domains, but does not require detailed information about their internal structures
  • Calculates path segments on a hop-by-hop basis

IDRP calculates path segments, which consist of Boundary Intermediate systems and the links that interconnect them. An NPDU destined for an end system in another routing domain will be routed via Intra-domain routing to a Boundary Intermediate system (BIS) in the source routing domain. Then, the BIS, using the IDRP methods will calculate a path to a Boundary Intermediate system in an adjacent routing domain lying on a path to the destination. After arriving at the next routing domain, the NPDU may also travel within that domain on its way towards a BIS located in the next domain along its path. This process will continue on a hop-by-hop basis until the NPDU arrives at a BIS in the routing domain which contains the destination End system. The Boundary IS in this routing domain will hand the incoming NPDU over to the domain's intra-domain routing protocol, which will construct a path to the destination end system.

The structure of the IDRP header is shown in the following illustration.

8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
Octet
Inter-domain Routing Protocol Identifier
1
BISPDU Length
2-3
BISPDU Type
4
Sequence
5-8

IDRP ID
The Inter-domain Routing Protocol Identifier.

BISPDU Length
The total length in octets of this BISPDU, including both header and data portions.

BISPDU Type
The specific PDU type, the following types exist:
1   OPEN
2   UPDATE
3   IDRP ERROR
4   KEEPALIVE
5   CEASE
6   RIB_REFRESH


Sequence
The sequence number of this PDU.

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INAP

www.itu.int/ITU-T
INAP 300 374/1 09-1994 Q.1218


INAP (Intelligent Network Application Protocol) specifies the information flows to be exchanged between the different entities of the IN functional model in terms of protocol data units (PDUs) described by ASN.1 (Abstract Syntax Notation #1). The PDUs themselves represent Remote Operations in the scope of the Transaction Capability Application Part (TCAP). INAP allows applications to communicate between various nodes/functional entities of an intelligent network. The protocol defines the operations required to be performed between nodes/functional entities for providing intelligent network services. INAP handles number of services such as number translator, time of day, follow me, etc.

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IS-IS (ISO 10589)

http://www.iso.ch/cate/d18673.html

IS-IS (Intermediate System to Intermediate System) is a protocol of the network layer. It permits intermediate systems within a routing domain to exchange configuration and routing information to facilitate the operation of the routing and relaying functions of the network layer. IS-IS is designed to operate in close conjunction with ES-IS (ISO 9542) and CLNS (ISO 8473).

The format of the IS-IS header which is common to all PDUs is as follows:

8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
Octet
Intradomain routing protocol discriminator
1
Length indicator
2
Version/protocol ID extension
3
ID length
4
R
R
R
PDU type
5
Version
6
Reserved
7
Maximum area addresses
8
IS-IS header structure

Intradomain routing protocol discriminator
Network layer protocol identifier assigned to this protocol (= 83 decimal).

Length indicator
Length of the fixed header in octets.

Version/protocol ID extension
Equal to 1.

ID length
Length of the ID field of NSAP addresses and NETs used in this routing domain.

R
Reserved bits.

PDU type
Type of PDU. Bits 6, 7 and 8 are reserved.

Version
Equal to 1.

Maximum area addresses
Number of area addresses permitted for this intermediate system’s area.

IS-IS decode

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ISO-IP

RFC1575 http://info.internet.isi.edu:80/in-notes/rfc/files/rfc1575.txt
ISO 8473 http://www.iso.ch/cate/d20790.html

The ISO documents IS 8473 and IS 8348 define the ISO Internetworking Protocol (ISO-IP) or CLNP which includes built-in error signaling to aid in routing management. ISO-IP is intended to facilitate the interconnection of open systems. It is used in the network layer and provides connectionless-mode network service.

(IETF RFC1069)

Each PDU contains the following, according to this order:

  1. Fixed part
  2. Address part
  3. Segmentation part, if present
  4. Options part, if present
  5. Data part, if present

The ISO-IP PDU has the following format:

8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
Octet
 
Network layer protocol identifier
1
Length indicator
2
Version/protocol ID extension
3
Fixed
Lifetime
4
SP
MS
E/R
Type
5
Segment length
6-7
Checksum
8-9
Destination address length
10
Destination address (variable)
 
address
Source address length indicator (1 byte)
 
Source address (variable)
 
Data unit identifier (2 bytes)
 
Segment offset (2 bytes)
 
Segmentation
Total length (2 bytes)
 
Options (variable)
 
Options
Data (variable)
 
Data
ISO-IP PDU - fixed part
 

Fixed Part

The ISO-IP fixed part contains the following fields:

Network layer protocol identifier
Set to binary 1000 0001 to identify this network layer as CLNP. A value of 0000 0000 identifies the inactive network layer protocol subset.

Length indicator
Length of the header in octets.

Version/protocol ID extension
Value of binary 0000 0001 identifies the ISO 8473 standard.

Lifetime
Remaining lifetime of the PDU in units of 500 milliseconds.

SP
Segmentation permitted flag. Value of 1 indicates that segmentation is permitted. The value is determined by the originator of the PDU and cannot be changed by any other network entity for the lifetime of the initial PDU and any derived PDUs.

MS
More segments flag. Value of 1 indicates that segmentation has occurred and the last octet of the NSDU is not contained in this PDU.

E/R
Error report flag. A value of 1 indicates to generate an error report PDU according to the standard.

Type
Type code identifies the type of the protocol data unit: DT or ER.

Segment length
Length in octets of the PDU, including header and data.

Checksum
Checksum value computed on the entire PDU header. A value of 0 indicates that the checksum is to be ignored.

Address Part

The address part has the following parameters:

Destination
Destination network service access point address.

Source
Source network service access point address.

Segmentation Part

When the segmentation permitted flag (SP) is set, ISO-IP frames also include the following fields:

Data unit identifier
The sequence number used to identify the order of segments when fragmentation is enabled.

Segment offset
The offset in the original data unit where the segment is located.

Total length
The total length of the initial data unit before fragmentation.

Frame Options

The following options can be present in ISO-IP frames:

Source routing
Specifies the network path by providing a set of addresses that the frame must travel. The following parameters are present in frames with the source route option:

Type of routing: Represented as complete or partial.
NextNET: Next network entity title in the route list that is to be processed.

Record route
Causes each node encountered by the frame to record its network entity title in the frame. The following parameters are present in frames with the record route option:

Type of routing: Represented as complete or partial.
#NETs: Number of network entity titles currently in the route listing.

Priority
Requested priority ranging from 0 to 14 with priority 14 being highest.

Padding
Number of pad bytes used to produce the desired frame alignment.

Security
A security format code and parameters which are displayed as (Code) Parameters. The parameters that follow the code indicate the security level.

1   Source address specific.
2   Destination address specific.
3   Globally unique.

QoS
Quality of Service requested for the connection as (Code) parameters. The parameters that follow the code indicate the Quality of Service.

1   Source address specific.
2   Destination address specific.
3   Globally unique.

Frame Error Messages

The following are possible error messages for ISO-IP frames:

Error Message Description
{not specified} Unknown error.
{protocol error} Protocol procedure error.
{bad checksum} Checksum is invalid.
{too congested} Frame discarded due to congestion.
{bad PDU header} PDU header syntax error.
{fragment needed} Segmentation needed, but not permitted.
{incomplete PDU} Incomplete PDU received.
{duplicate option} Option already implemented.
{dest unreachable} Destination IP address unreachable.
{destinat unknown} Destination IP address unknown.
{unknown SR error} Unknown source routing error.
{SR syntax error} Syntax error in source routing field.
{bad SR address} Unknown address in source routing field.
{bad SR path} Source route path not acceptable.
{TTL expired} Lifetime expired while in transit.
{reasmbly expired} Lifetime expired during reassembly.
{bad option} Specified option not supported.
{bad protocol ver} Specified protocol version not supported.
{bad security opt} Specified security option not supported.
{bad SR option} Source routing option not supported.
{bad RR option} Record routing option not supported.
{reassmbly failed} Reassembly failed due to interference.

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ISO-PP

ITU X.226 http://www.itu.ch/itudoc/itu-t/rec/x/x200-499/x226_25241.html

ISO document IS 8823 defines the ISO Presentation Protocol (PP) which performs context negotiation and management between open systems.

Frames
PP frames may be one of the following commands:

[Connect Presentation] Requests a presentation layer connection.
[Connect Presentation Accept] Acknowledges the presentation connection.

Parameters
PP frames can contain the following parameter:

X.410 Mode {1984 X.400}
This frame is based on the CCITT Recommendation X.410. This usually means that the application is a CCITT 1984 X.400 Message Handling System.

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ISO-SP

ITU X.225 http://www.itu.ch/itudoc/itu-t/rec/x/x200-499/x225_32038.html

The ISO-SP protocol specifies procedures for a single protocol for the transfer of data and control information from one session entity to a peer session entity.
(Compliant with ISO/IEC 8327-1 09-1996 ITU-T X.225.)

The Session protocol data units are transferred using the Transport Data Transfer Service. The TSDU (Transport Service Data Unit) is comprised of a number of SPDU’s (Session protocol data units). There can be up to 4 SPDUs depending on the concatenation method that is being used (basic or extended) and on the SPDU type.

Each SPDU contains one or more octets. The SPDU structure is as follows.

SI

LI

Parameter field

User information field

SPDU structure

SI
SPDU indicator. This field indicates the type of SPDU.

LI
The length indicator signifies the length of the associated parameter field.

Parameter field
In the SPDU the parameter field contains the PGI or PI units defined for the SPDU.
The structure of a PGI unit is shown in the following illustration.

PGI

LI

Parameter field

Parameter field: PGI structure

The structure of the PI units is shown in the following illustration.

PI

LI

Parameter field

Parameter field: PI structure

PGI Parameter group identifier. Identifies the parameter group.
PI Parameter identifier. Indicates the type of information contained in the parameter field.
Parameter field In the PGI, the parameter field contains a single parameter value or one or more PI units. In the PI, the parameter field contains the parameter value.

User information field
This contains segments of a segmented SSDU.

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ISO-TP (ISO 8073)

ITU X.224 http://www.itu.ch/itudoc/itu-t/rec/x/x200-499/x224_36579.html

ISO-TP describes the TP (Transport Protocol). This protocol is intended to be simple but general enough to cater to the entire range of Network Service qualities possible, without restricting future extensions. It is structured to give rise to classes of protocol which are designed to minimize possible incompatibilities and implementation costs.

The format of the ISO-TP header is as follows:

LI

Fixed part

Variable part

ISO-TP header structure

LI is the length indicator field providing the length of the header in bytes. The format of the fixed part of non-data PDUs is as follows:

1 byte

2 bytes

2 bytes

1 byte

PDU type

DST-REF

SRC-REF

Variable

ISO-TP non-data PDU: fixed part

The PDU types are listed above. The meanings of DST-REF, SRC-REF and the last byte are related to the type of PDU. Refer to the ISO-TP standard for the exact structure for each PDU type.

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Rose

http://www.itu.int/ITU-T/

Remote operations (ROS) is a paradigm for interactive communication between objects. As such it can be used in the design and specification of distributed applications. The basic interaction involved is the invocation of an operation by one object (the invoker), its performance by another (the performer), possibly followed by a report of the outcome of the operation being returned to the invoker.

ROSE (Remote Opertaion Service Element) protocol is implemented using ASN.1 syntax, therefore the data being transfered is packed using one of the ASN.1 encoding rules – “BER” in this case. The following protocol messages are available.

  Field ... Specifies ...
ROSEapdus   A choice between 4 apdu’s
ROIVapdu invokeID INTEGER
  linked-ID INTEGER
  operation-value Specifies the way the decode the argument
  argument payload
RORSapdu invokeID INTEGER
  operation-value Specifies the way to decode the result
  result payload
ROERapdu invokeID INTEGER
  error-value Specifies the error type and the way to decode the parameter
  parameter Payload
RORJapdu invokeID INTEGER
  problem Specifies the error (general, invoke, result or error)

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ISO Protocols Information
ACSE | CCITT X.400 | CLNP | CMIP | ES-IS | FTAM | IDRP | INAP | IS-IS | ISO-IP | ISO-PP | ISO-SP | ISO-TP | Rose

 
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