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Re: HTTP 1.1 --> 2.0 Upgrade

From: James M Snell <jasnell@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2012 09:42:27 -0700
Message-ID: <CABP7RbdMFY9O7Ssjm5X25TZoZ35PqdEMMyTc-AWZt62ktxTdAQ@mail.gmail.com>
To: Eliot Lear <lear@cisco.com>
Cc: ietf-http-wg@w3.org
While I completely understand (and agree) with the various arguments in
favor of reusing port 80 for general HTTP traffic over existing Internet
infrastructure, there are countless perfectly valid cases where such
discovery simply is not even remotely necessary. My concern is just in
making sure that I won't have to do a bootstrap dance on every connection
that I make. Perhaps a http2 URL scheme would be appropriate as an
orthogonal component to the work on the basic 2.0 protocol; and certainly
whatever the bootstrapping/upgrade mechanism ends up being, it should be
entirely optional on the part of the client... especially in cases where I
know in advance that it's 2.0 all the way down the line.

- James

On Tue, Aug 21, 2012 at 12:21 AM, Eliot Lear <lear@cisco.com> wrote:

>  James,
>
> IMHO upgrade discovery is an absolute requirement for anything using the
> http: scheme.  Otherwise how do you get to 2.0?  Also, nobody has proposed
> an alternate scheme, and I suspect such a proposal would be contentious, to
> say the least.
>
> Eliot
>
>
> On 8/21/12 6:59 AM, James M Snell wrote:
>
> So, I've been catching up on this thread and there's just one thing that I
> just want to clarify: the upgrade mechanism that's being discussed is not
> going to be a mandatory component of HTTP/2.0, correct? That is, I as an
> implementor am not going to be required to do this upgrade dance with every
> new connection, regardless of how it actually happens... right? I'm just
> saying because there are a vast array of use cases where such a dance is
> going to be wholly unnecessary... I would even argue that, in MANY cases,
> having something as simple as http2://www.example.com that operates on a
> different default port is going to be more than sufficient if the
> environment is fairly controlled and predictable on both ends. Throughout
> this discussion, there seems to be an implicit assumption that upgrade
> discoverability is an absolute requirement.
>
>  - James
>
> On Mon, Aug 20, 2012 at 9:23 PM, Amos Jeffries <squid3@treenet.co.nz>wrote:
>
>> On 21.08.2012 10:43, Roberto Peon wrote:
>>
>>>  On Mon, Aug 20, 2012 at 2:27 PM, Willy Tarreau <w@1wt.eu> wrote:
>>>
>>>   On Mon, Aug 20, 2012 at 01:55:46PM -0700, Roberto Peon wrote:
>>>> >
>>>>
>>>>  > For this to work, it also mandates some annoying interaction
>>>> between the
>>>> > HTTP/1.1 code and whatever follows it.
>>>>
>>>> Yes, that's what I find a bit annoying eventhough it's not terribly
>>>> complex as long as we support GET requests over URIs with the same
>>>> headers as the first one.
>>>>
>>>> > > > Having the data in DNS could short-circuit this, but shouldn't be
>>>> a
>>>> > > > dependency.
>>>> > >
>>>> > > The DNS requires a round trip anyway and it currently where time is
>>>> wasted
>>>> > > in mobile environments.
>>>> > >
>>>> >
>>>> > This is an unavoidable round-trip, though. If you don't know where to
>>>> go,
>>>> > one must figure that out.
>>>>
>>>> Not necessarily (eg: explicit proxies). Eventhough the proxy knows it
>>>> can
>>>> talk 2.0 with the server, how does the client know it can talk 2.0 to
>>>> the
>>>> proxy ?
>>>>
>>>>
>>> Good question. I'd assume proxy.pac or equivalent configuration would
>>> have
>>> to spell it out.
>>> In any case, the cost of getting it wrong with most explicit proxy setups
>>> is fairly small because the proxy is generally close.
>>> We need to worry about avoiding additional RTTs when RTTs are big, not so
>>> much when they're small.
>>>
>>
>> .. .for values of "small" which can reach more than 20 seconds:
>> http://www.potaroo.net/ispcol/2012-05/notquite.html
>>
>> Since a failed connection attempt is a full TCP handshake connection.
>> Doing one failure for HTTP/2 and a second attempt for HTTP/1 would be
>> worst-case around 45 seconds to *start* the request process.
>>
>>
>>
>>>
>>>> Also, you can still have /etc/hosts pre-filled with some of your
>>>> operator's
>>>> important services (login portal or whatever helps you troubleshoot your
>>>> connection settings). One might even imagine that common DNS entries
>>>> could
>>>> regularly be pushed in multicast to end users to save a few round
>>>> trips. Or
>>>> these entries might have been advertised in HTTP response headers as you
>>>> once
>>>> explained to me :-)
>>>>
>>>>
>>> Agreed, in the cases where you've replaced DNS, DNS is irrelevant. :)
>>>
>>>
>>  +1.
>>
>>
>>
>>>
>>>> In fact there are plenty of ways to access services over HTTP and I
>>>> tend to
>>>> find it akwards to increase dependency on DNS.
>>>>
>>>>
>>> The idea as I understood it wasn't to add any dependency-- merely a way
>>> of
>>> advertising what protocol can be spoken next during what is (for all but
>>> those who ignore DNS). In these cases, the client would attempt the new
>>> protocol first, likely get an error quickly, and downgrade immediately.
>>> With a local proxy, this should not at all be costly as, well, it has a
>>> small RTT to the user.
>>>
>>>
>>  Consider the pathway scenario, which is more common:
>>   A->B->C->D
>>
>> DNS can tell A what D's capabilities are. But A is not connecting there.
>> Depending on those capability advertisements when available would be a
>> costly mistake.
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>>
>>>> > > Maybe this could still be done over the established connection
>>>> using an
>>>> > > Upgrade ? However, I'd hope we avoid announcing IP and ports in
>>>> exchanges,
>>>> > > as it will cause the NAT mess we managed to avoid for years with
>>>> HTTP
>>>> and
>>>> > > which made other protocols disappear.
>>>> >
>>>> > I'm not understanding how this would cause NAT messes? I'd guess that
>>>> most
>>>> > external sites would just continue to use :80 and :443.
>>>>
>>>> There should be a single reliable way of getting a host IP and a port.
>>>> Right
>>>> now it works well. If you change your /etc/hosts to access your
>>>> development
>>>> site, you reach it without any issue and everything works well. If you
>>>> want
>>>> to install a reverse-proxy-cache in front of it, you can have this cache
>>>> use the hard-coded IP address and have it work fine.
>>>>
>>>
>>  Swap "host" with "recipient" and you have the requirements lined up
>> correctly. Final end-server in the chain does not matter in the
>> architecture like HTTP where proxy has  existence, the host being connected
>> to is all that matters. Any overlap between the two is just a convenience.
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>>> At the moment you start exchanging IP addresses in the protocol, you're
>>>> getting
>>>> into trouble. Sometimes the IP is valid, sometimes it doesn't mean
>>>> anything and
>>>> must be rewritten by *someone* along the chain, but most often, this
>>>> *someone*
>>>> doesn't care or is not the same as the one which translates the
>>>> address. I
>>>> guess
>>>> everyone here has already been involved in helping any admin to rewrite
>>>> Location
>>>> headers that were improperly set by a customer application that had no
>>>> clue
>>>> about the valid host name or IP from the outside. This is typically the
>>>> situation we should try to avoid.
>>>>
>>>>
>>> Everything which doesn't handle this already is significantly broken--
>>> sometimes links have IP addresses in 'em. This is expected and valid for
>>> the web...
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>> In my opinion, once an IP address and a port are known, whatever the
>>>> means,
>>>> whether they're entered by hand in a URL bar of a browser, configured in
>>>> /etc/hosts, are specified in a config file as the address of a web
>>>> service
>>>> or as a next hop for a reverse-proxy, we shouldn't care how that address
>>>> was
>>>> learned, we should be able to use HTTP/2 over it if desired.
>>>>
>>>>
>>> Wouldn't the proxy be doing the DNS resolutions here to figure this out?
>>>
>>
>>  *sometimes*. There is a lack of MUT NOT clause in the specs to prevent
>> clients doing for example; same-origin validation.
>>
>>
>>  The client would likely have to do UPGRADE or alternate-protocol or NPN
>>> to
>>> the proxy to figure out what it'd be using, but that'd be normal...
>>>
>>
>>  Exactly why, IMHO, alternatives to those are a waste of time considering
>> unless they can provide the same guarantee for handling transit over
>> middleware (both explicit and interceptors) safely.
>>
>> SRV is a non-starter due to end-host servers not being aware of the
>> details to emit for intermediaries.
>>
>> I think we should be taking Upgrade: and defining ways to optimize it.
>> Willy had some proposals for merging multiple requests and defining
>> 1.1->2.0 mapping in the headers of request #1. Figuring out how much of
>> that is useful and where it could be improved would be a good way to
>> progress the bootstrapping.
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>>> > Some internal sites
>>>> > wouldn't, and the network there is controlled well enough that this
>>>> should
>>>> > cause no problem. In any case, sites are incented to be sure that
>>>> users
>>>> can
>>>> > connect to them, and will quickly decide to simply keep using :80 and
>>>> :443.
>>>> > When one has an inspecting intermediary, it probably won't like to see
>>>> the
>>>> > upgrade, but probably would be perfectly fine with a different
>>>> connection
>>>> > (e.g. TLS on :443). There is simply less complexity there, imho.
>>>>
>>>> Possibly, but this doesn't require relying on a side-band registry to
>>>> know
>>>> the address and ports. After all, you have enumerated the well-known
>>>> ports
>>>> above. It could be mandated that if an http connection to :80 fails, a
>>>> browser
>>>> should automatically retry on 443 for instance, without having to deal
>>>> with
>>>> registries such as DNS which are OK on the internet and never
>>>> maintainable
>>>> internally, nor with IP addresses advertised in headers.
>>>>
>>>>
>>> Agreed. I don't think anyone is yet suggesting *mandating* DNS schemes...
>>>
>>
>>
>>  I think we should be doing a twofold definition:
>> * port 80 Upgrade: from 1.x to 2.0
>>    - long term plans to obsolete HTTP/1.x
>>
>> * port 80 Upgrade: from HTTP to HTTPS/2
>>    - long term plans to obsolete port 443 usage and make the http://scheme TLS-enabled/secure whenever possible.
>>
>>
>> Amos
>>
>>
>
>
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