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Re: [H.323] H.323 status

At 08:39 PM 12/3/97 -0500, Adam Heath wrote:
>First, a little history.
>As I am sure we all know, Linux currently does not support masquerading of
>conferencing protocols, including H.323.  There are partial solutions using
>IPPORTFW, but none that work transparently.
>So, a few weeks ago I started research into this project.  I found that doing
>this was not going to be easy.  The initial connection is done on a
>port.  During that communication, a dynamic control channel is
netgotiated, and
>that channel is then used to allocate 'logical' channels, for video, data,
>audio, using UDP.
>Normally, this wouldn't be a BIG problem, but the first two control
channels are
>encoded with ASN.1/PER.  For those of you that don't know what that is, it
is a
>data definition language, that allows for transfer of data between disparate
>machines.  Also, it allows of OPTIONAL records in the data stream, which
>it hard to just extract addresses at specific offsets.
>In my research, I had found the ASN.1 definitions for H.323, but didn't
have a
>compiler to convert them into C header files and translation functions.
When I
>went to find one, the only good one I found was SNACC, which used BER,
>of PER.

ASN decoding, lots of fun. I once wrote one of these for an SNMP module for
an embedded print server many years back. Unfortunately, I don't have
access to that code anymore. I don't remember what the BER/PER stuff is, I
thought it was all pretty generic. I would think you could find source for
an ASN decoder in the Linux SNMP code. Might be what you are looking for.


>First, I will be making a masquerading module, which will only support
>connections.  Then, I will implement a user-mode proxy, that will comunicate
>with the kernel module, and allow incoming connections.  I also want to
make a
>device driver to allow access to the data, audio, and video in an easier way.

Sounds great!

>I plan on having a basic kernel implementation by the end of the year.
>Wish me luck+ACE-  :)

Good luck.

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