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Network Working Group                                      J. Chroboczek
Internet-Draft                          PPS, University of Paris-Diderot
Updates: 6126 (if approved)                                June 30, 2014
Intended status: Experimental
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           Extension Mechanism for the Babel Routing Protocol
             draft-chroboczek-babel-extension-mechanism-01

Abstract

   This document defines the encoding of extensions to the Babel routing
   protocol [BABEL].

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Table of Contents

   1.  Extending the Babel routing protocol  . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
   2.  Mechanisms for extending the Babel protocol . . . . . . . . .   3
     2.1.  New versions of the Babel protocol  . . . . . . . . . . .   3
     2.2.  New TLVs  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
     2.3.  Sub-TLVs  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
     2.4.  The Flags field . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
     2.5.  Packet trailer  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
   3.  Choosing between extension mechanisms . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
   4.  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
   5.  References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
   Author's Address  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8

1.  Extending the Babel routing protocol

   A Babel packet [BABEL] contains a header followed by a sequence of
   TLVs, each of which is a sequence of octets having an explicit type
   and length.  The original Babel protocol has the following provisions
   for including extension data:

   o  a Babel packet with a version number different from 2 MUST be
      silently ignored ([BABEL], Section 4.2);

   o  an unknown TLV MUST be silently ignored ([BABEL], Section 4.3);

   o  except for Pad1 and PadN, all TLVs are self-terminating, and any
      extra data included in a TLV MUST be silently ignored ([BABEL],
      Section 4.2);

   o  the Flags field of the Update TLV contains 6 undefined bits that
      MUST be silently ignored ([BABEL], Section 4.4.9);

   o  any data following the last TLV of a Babel packet MUST be silently
      ignored ([BABEL], Section 4.2).

   Each of these provisions provides a place to store data needed by
   extensions of the Babel protocol.  However, in the absence of any
   further conventions, independently developed extensions to the Babel
   protocol might make conflicting uses of the available space, and
   therefore lead to implementations that would fail to interoperate.
   This memo formalises the set of rules for extending the Babel
   protocol that are designed to ensure that no such incompatibilities
   arise, and that are currently respected by a number of deployed
   extensions.

   In the rest of this document, we call "original protocol" the
   protocol defined in RFC 6126, and "extended protocol" any extension



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   of the Babel protocol that follows the rules set out in this
   document.

2.  Mechanisms for extending the Babel protocol

2.1.  New versions of the Babel protocol

   The header of a Babel packet contains an eight-bit protocol version.
   The currently deployed version of Babel is version 2; any packets
   containing a version number different from 2 MUST be silently
   ignored.

   Versions 0 and 1 were experimental versions of the Babel protocol
   that have seen some modest deployment; these version numbers SHOULD
   NOT be reused by future versions of the Babel protocol.  Version
   numbers larger than 2 might be used by a future incompatible
   protocol.

2.2.  New TLVs

   An extension may carry its data in a new TLV type.  Such new TLVs
   will be silently ignored by implementations of the original Babel
   protocol, as well as by other extended implementations of the Babel
   protocol, as long as the TLV types do not collide.

   All new TLVs MUST have the format defined in RFC 6126, Section 4.3.
   New TLVs SHOULD be self-terminating, in the sense defined in the next
   section, and any data found after the main data section of the TLV
   SHOULD be treated as a series of sub-TLVs.

2.3.  Sub-TLVs

   With the exception of the Pad1 TLV, all Babel TLVs carry an explicit
   length.  With the exception of Pad1 and PadN, all TLVs defined by the
   original protocol are self-terminating, in the sense that the length
   of the meaningful data that they contain (the "natural length") can
   be determined without reference to the explicitly encoded length.  In
   some cases, the natural length is trivial to determine: for example,
   a HELLO TLV always has a natural length of 2 (4 including the Type
   and Length fields).  In other cases, determining the natural length
   is not that easy, but needs to be done in any case by an
   implementation that interprets the given TLV: for example, the
   natural length of an Update TLV depends on both the prefix length and
   the amount of prefix compression being performed.

   If the explicit length of a TLV is larger than its natural length,
   the extra space present in the TLV is silently ignored by an
   implementation of the original protocol; extended implementations MAY



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   use it to store arbitrary data, and SHOULD structure the additional
   data as a sequence of sub-TLVs.  Unlike TLVs, the sub-TLVs themselves
   need not be self-terminating.

   An extension may be assigned one or more sub-TLV types.  Sub-TLV
   types are assigned independently from TLV types: the same numeric
   type can be assigned to a TLV and a sub-TLV used by different
   extensions.  Sub-TLV types are assigned globally: once an extension
   is assigned a given sub-TLV number, it may use this number within any
   TLV; however, the interpretation of a given sub-TLV type may depend
   on which particular TLV it is embedded within.

2.3.1.  Format of sub-TLVs

   A sub-TLV has exactly the same structure as a TLV.  Except for Pad1
   (see below), all sub-TLVs have the following structure:

   0                   1                   2                   3
   0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1
   +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
   |     Type      |    Length     |     Body...
   +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-

   Fields :

   Type      The type of the sub-TLV.

   Length    The length of the body, exclusive of the Type and Length
             fields.

   Body      The sub-TLV body, the interpretation of which depends on
             both the type of the sub-TLV and the type of the TLV within
             which it is embedded.

2.3.2.  Standard sub-TLVs

   This document defines two types of sub-TLVs, Pad1 and PadN.  These
   two sub-TLVs MUST be correctly parsed and ignored by any extended
   implementation of the Babel protocol that uses sub-TLVs.

2.3.2.1.  Pad1

   0
   0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
   +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
   |   Type = 0    |
   +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+




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   Fields :

   Type      Set to 0 to indicate a Pad1 sub-TLV.

   This sub-TLV is silently ignored on reception.

2.3.2.2.  PadN

   0                   1                   2                   3
   0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1
   +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
   |    Type = 1   |    Length     |      MBZ...
   +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-

   Fields :

   Type      Set to 1 to indicate a PadN sub-TLV.

   Length    The length of the body, exclusive of the Type and Length
             fields.

   MBZ       Set to 0 on transmission.

   This sub-TLV is silently ignored on reception.

2.3.3.  Unknown sub-TLVs

   Any unknown sub-TLV MUST be silently ignored by an extended
   implementation that uses sub-TLVs.

2.4.  The Flags field

   The Flags field is an eight-bit field in the Update TLV.  Bits with
   values 80 and 40 hexadecimal are defined by the original protocol,
   and MUST be recognised and used by every implementation.  The
   remaining six bits are not currently used, and are silently ignored
   by existing implementations.

   Extensions to the Babel protocol MAY use the six unused bits of the
   Flags field.  However, due to the small size of the Flags field, they
   SHOULD use a sub-TLV in preference to a new flag.  No registry of
   flag assignments is currently being defined.

2.5.  Packet trailer

   A Babel packet carries an explicit length in its header.  A Babel
   packet is carried by a UDP datagram, which in turn contains an
   explicit length in its header.



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   It is possible for a UDP datagram carrying a Babel packet to be
   larger than the size of the Babel packet.  In that case, the extra
   space after the Babel packet, known as the packet trailer, is
   silently ignored by an implementation of the original protocol.

   The packet trailer was originally intended to be used as a
   cryptographic trailer.  However, the authentication extension to
   Babel [AUTH] ended up using a pair of new TLVs, and no currently
   deployed extension of Babel uses the packet trailer.  The format and
   purpose of the packet trailer is therefore currently left undefined.

3.  Choosing between extension mechanisms

   New versions of the Babel protocol should only be defined if the new
   version is not backwards compatible with the original protocol.

   In many cases, an extension could be implemented either by defining a
   new TLV, or by adding a new sub-TLV to an existing TLV.  For example,
   an extension whose purpose is to attach additional data to route
   updates can be implemented either by creating a new "enriched" Update
   TLV, or by adding a sub-TLV to the Update TLV.

   The two encodings are treated differently by implementations that do
   not understand the extension.  In the case of a new TLV, the whole
   unknown TLV is ignored by an implementation of the original protocol,
   while in the case of a new sub-TLV, the TLV is parsed and acted upon,
   and the unknown sub-TLV is silently ignored.  Therefore, a sub-TLV
   should be used by extensions that extend the Update in a compatible
   manner (the extension data may be silently ignored), while a new TLV
   must be used by extensions that make incompatible extensions to the
   meaning of the TLV (the whole TLV must be thrown away if the
   extension data is not understood).

   Using a new bit in the Flags field is equivalent to defining a new
   sub-TLV while using less space in the Babel packet.  Due to the high
   risk of collision in the limited Flags space, and the doubtful space
   savings, we do not recommend the use of the Flags field in future
   extensions.

   This document refrains from making any recommendations about the
   usage of the packet trailer due to the lack of implementation
   experience.

4.  IANA Considerations

   IANA is to create two new registries, called "Babel TLV types" and
   "Babel sub-TLV types".




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     The initial value of the Babel TLV types registry is as follows:

           +------+-------------------------------+-----------+
           | Type | Name                          | Reference |
           +------+-------------------------------+-----------+
           | 0    | Pad1                          | [BABEL]   |
           |      |                               |           |
           | 1    | PadN                          | [BABEL]   |
           |      |                               |           |
           | 2    | Acknowledgment Request        | [BABEL]   |
           |      |                               |           |
           | 3    | Acknowledgment                | [BABEL]   |
           |      |                               |           |
           | 4    | Hello                         | [BABEL]   |
           |      |                               |           |
           | 5    | IHU                           | [BABEL]   |
           |      |                               |           |
           | 6    | Router-Id                     | [BABEL]   |
           |      |                               |           |
           | 7    | Next Hop                      | [BABEL]   |
           |      |                               |           |
           | 8    | Update                        | [BABEL]   |
           |      |                               |           |
           | 9    | Route Request                 | [BABEL]   |
           |      |                               |           |
           | 10   | Seqno Request                 | [BABEL]   |
           |      |                               |           |
           | 11   | TS/PC                         | [AUTH]    |
           |      |                               |           |
           | 12   | HMAC                          | [AUTH]    |
           |      |                               |           |
           | 13   | Source-specific Update        | (Boutier) |
           |      |                               |           |
           | 14   | Source-specific Request       | (Boutier) |
           |      |                               |           |
           | 15   | Source-specific Seqno Request | (Boutier) |
           +------+-------------------------------+-----------+














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   The initial value of the Babel sub-TLV types registry is as follows:

                  +------+-----------+-----------------+
                  | Type | Name      | Reference       |
                  +------+-----------+-----------------+
                  | 0    | Pad1      | (this document) |
                  |      |           |                 |
                  | 1    | PadN      | (this document) |
                  |      |           |                 |
                  | 2    | Diversity | (Chroboczek)    |
                  |      |           |                 |
                  | 3    | Timestamp | (Jonglez)       |
                  +------+-----------+-----------------+

5.  References

   [AUTH]     Ovsienko, D., "Babel HMAC Cryptographic Authentication",
              Internet Draft draft-ovsienko-babel-hmac-
              authentication-09, April 2014.

   [BABEL]    Chroboczek, J., "The Babel Routing Protocol", RFC 6126,
              February 2011.

Author's Address

   Juliusz Chroboczek
   PPS, University of Paris-Diderot
   Case 7014
   75205 Paris Cedex 13
   France

   Email: jch@pps.univ-paris-diderot.fr



















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