From: email@example.com Date: Mon, 22 Feb 1999 11:43:04 PST To: Ben Laurie <firstname.lastname@example.org> Cc: email@example.com Message-Id: <99Feb22.114317pst."834550"@idea.parc.xerox.com> Subject: Re: Drafting mux WG charter > Firewalls rely on knowing where traffic is > going. A MUXed protocol is likely to require inspection of every byte to > do this, or at least, reconstruction of the stream, if it is to be > noticably different from using multiple connections. This will make > firewalling almost impossible in hardware, and resource-intensive in all > circumstances. My vision of the solution is essentially another layer of packetization. That is, fixed-length headers that include payload byte counts. This is the same story as appears at lower layers in the IP stack, and so should be no more difficult for a firewall to handle.