[ntp:questions] Is a packet with stratum 1 allowed to contain a KoD code?

Danny Mayer mayer at ntp.org
Sun Jul 25 02:48:39 UTC 2010

On 7/19/2010 8:43 AM, Christer Eriksson wrote:
> Hi,
> Is an NTP packet with stratum set to 1 ever allowed to contain a kiss of
> death code? I got a server (NTPv4) that sends NTP packets with stratum 1 and
> KoD codes like INIT or STEP and I fail to find a confirmation in any RFC
> relating to version 4 of NTP whether this is allowed or not.

See RFC5905 Section 7.4 for KOD packets. This has nothing to do with
Stratum. Why would you assume that Stratum 1 is somehow exempt? INIT and
STEP are just states of the server and it is instructing the client that
it is not yet ready to deliver accurate timestamps.


> Thanks & Best Regards
> Christer Eriksson

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