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Network Working Group                                       IJ. Wijnands
Internet-Draft                                                 S. Venaas
Intended status: Experimental                        Cisco Systems, Inc.
Expires: June 23, 2018                                           M. Brig
                                                Aegis BMD Program Office
                                                             A. Jonasson
                           Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV)
                                                       December 20, 2017


              PIM flooding mechanism and source discovery
                 draft-ietf-pim-source-discovery-bsr-07

Abstract

   PIM Sparse-Mode uses a Rendezvous Point and shared trees to forward
   multicast packets from new sources.  Once last hop routers receive
   packets from a new source, they may join the Shortest Path Tree for
   the source for optimal forwarding.  This draft defines a new
   mechanism that provides a way to support PIM Sparse Mode (SM) without
   the need for PIM registers, RPs or shared trees.  Multicast source
   information is flooded throughout the multicast domain using a new
   generic PIM flooding mechanism.  This allows last hop routers to
   learn about new sources without receiving initial data packets.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
     1.1.  Conventions used in this document . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
     1.2.  Terminology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   2.  Testing and deployment experiences  . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
   3.  A generic PIM flooding mechanism  . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
     3.1.  PFM message format  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
     3.2.  Administrative boundaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
     3.3.  Originating PFM messages  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
     3.4.  Processing PFM messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
       3.4.1.  Initial checks  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
       3.4.2.  Processing and forwarding of PFM messages . . . . . .   9
   4.  Distributing Source Group Mappings  . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
     4.1.  Group Source Holdtime TLV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
     4.2.  Originating Group Source Holdtime TLVs  . . . . . . . . .  11
     4.3.  Processing GSH TLVs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  11
     4.4.  The first packets and bursty sources  . . . . . . . . . .  12
     4.5.  Resiliency to network partitioning  . . . . . . . . . . .  13
   5.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  13
   6.  IANA considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  14
   7.  Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  14
   8.  References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  14
     8.1.  Normative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  14
     8.2.  Informative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  15
   Authors' Addresses  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  15

1.  Introduction

   PIM Sparse-Mode uses a Rendezvous Point (RP) and shared trees to
   forward multicast packets to Last Hop Routers (LHR).  After the first
   packet is received by a LHR, the source of the multicast stream is
   learned and the Shortest Path Tree (SPT) can be joined.  This draft
   defines a new mechanism that provides a way to support PIM Sparse
   Mode (SM) without the need for PIM registers, RPs or shared trees.
   Multicast source information is flooded throughout the multicast
   domain using a new generic PIM flooding mechanism.  By removing the
   need for RPs and shared trees, the PIM-SM procedures are simplified,



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   improving router operations, management and making the protocol more
   robust.  Also the data packets are only sent on the SPTs, providing
   optimal forwarding.

   This document defines a generic flooding mechanism for distributing
   information throughout a PIM domain.  While the forwarding rules are
   largely similar to Bootstrap Router mechanism (BSR) [RFC5059], any
   router can originate information, and it allows for flooding of any
   kind of information.  Each message contains one or more pieces of
   information encoded as TLVs (type, length and value).  This document
   defines one TLV used for distributing information about active
   multicast sources.  Other documents may define additional TLVs.

   Note that this document is experimental.  While the flooding
   mechanism is largely similar to BSR, there are some concerns about
   scale as there can be multiple routers distributing information, and
   potentially larger amount of data that needs to be processed and
   stored.  Distributing knowledge of active sources in this way is new,
   and there are some concerns, mainly regarding potentially large
   amounts of source states that need to be distributed.  While there
   has been some testing in the field, we need to learn more about the
   forwarding efficiency, both the amount of processing per router, and
   propagation delay, and the amount of state that can be distributed.
   In particular, how many active sources one can support without
   consuming too many resources.  There are also parameters that can be
   tuned regarding how frequently information is distributed, and it is
   not clear what parameters are useful for different types of networks.

1.1.  Conventions used in this document

   The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT",
   "SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "MAY", and "OPTIONAL" in this
   document are to be interpreted as described in RFC 2119 [RFC2119].

1.2.  Terminology

   RP:  Rendezvous Point

   BSR:  Bootstrap Router

   RPF:  Reverse Path Forwarding

   SPT:  Shortest Path Tree

   FHR:  First Hop Router, directly connected to the source

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   PFM:  PIM Flooding Mechanism

   PFM-SA:  PFM Source Announcement

   SG Mapping:  Multicast source group mapping

2.  Testing and deployment experiences

   A prototype of this specification has been implemented and there has
   been some limited testing in the field.  The prototype was tested in
   a network with low bandwidth radio links.  The network has frequent
   topology changes, including frequest link or router failures.
   Previously existing mechanisms like PIM-SM and PIM-DM were tested.

   With PIM-SM the existing RP election mechanisms were found to be too
   slow.  With PIM-DM, issues were observed with new multicast sources
   starving low bandwidth links even when there are no receivers, in
   some cases such that there was no bandwidth left for prune message.

   For the PFM-SA prototype tests, all routers were configured to send
   PFM-SA for directly connected source and to cache received
   announcements.  Applications such as SIP with multicast subscriber
   discovery, multicast voice conferencing, position tracking and NTP
   were successfully tested.  The tests went quite well.  Packets were
   rerouted as needed and there were no unnecessary forwarding of
   packets.  Ease of configuration was seen as a plus.

3.  A generic PIM flooding mechanism

   The Bootstrap Router mechanism (BSR) [RFC5059] is a commonly used
   mechanism for distributing dynamic Group to RP mappings in PIM.  It
   is responsible for flooding information about such mappings
   throughout a PIM domain, so that all routers in the domain can have
   the same information.  BSR as defined, is only able to distribute
   Group to RP mappings.  This document defines a more generic mechanism
   that can flood any kind of information.  Administrative boundaries
   Section 3.2 may be configured to limit to which parts of a network
   the information is flooded.

   The forwarding rules are identical to BSR, except that one can
   control whether routers should forward unsupported data types.  For
   some types of information it is quite useful that it can be
   distributed without all routers having to support the particular
   type, while there may also be types where it is necessary for every
   single router to support it.  The mechanism includes an originator
   address which is used for RPF checking to restrict the flooding, and
   prevent loops, just like BSR.  Like BSR, messages are forwarded hop
   by hop.  Note that there is no equivalent to the BSR election



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   mechanism;, there can be multiple originators.  This mechanism is
   named the PIM Flooding Mechanism (PFM).

















































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3.1.  PFM message format

       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
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
      |PIM Ver| Type  |N|  Reserved   |           Checksum            |
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
      |            Originator Address (Encoded-Unicast format)        |
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
      |          Type 1               |          Length 1             |
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
      |                            Value 1                            |
      |                               .                               |
      |                               .                               |
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
      |                               .                               |
      |                               .                               |
      |          Type n               |          Length n             |
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
      |                            Value n                            |
      |                               .                               |
      |                               .                               |
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+

   PIM Version, Reserved and Checksum:   As specified in [RFC7761].

   Type:   PIM Message Type.  Value (pending IANA) for a PFM message.

   [N]o-Forward bit:   When set, this bit means that the PFM message is
      not to be forwarded.  This bit is defined to prevent Bootstrap
      message forwarding in [RFC5059].

   Originator Address:   The address of the router that originated the
      message.  This can be any address assigned to the originating
      router, but MUST be routable in the domain to allow successful
      forwarding.  The format for this address is given in the Encoded-
      Unicast address in [RFC7761].

   Type 1..n:   A message contains one or more TLVs, in this case n
      TLVs.  The Type specifies what kind of information is in the
      Value.  The type range is from 0 to 65535.  A TLV with a type in
      the range from 32768 to 65535 is never to be forwarded by an
      implementation not supporting the type, see Section 3.4.2.

   Length 1..n:   The length of the the value field in octets.

   Value 1..n:   The value associated with the type and of the specified
      length.



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3.2.  Administrative boundaries

   PFM messages are generally forwarded hop by hop to all PIM routers.
   However, similar to BSR, one may configure administrative boundaries
   to limit the information to certain domains or parts of the network.
   Implementations MUST have a way of defining a set of interfaces on a
   router as administrative boundaries for all PFM messages, or
   optionally for certain TLVs, allowing for different boundaries for
   different TLVs.  Usually one wants boundaries to be bidirectional,
   but an implementation MAY also provide unidirectional boundaries.
   When forwarding a message, a router MUST NOT send it out an interface
   that is an outgoing boundary, including bidirectional boundary, for
   all PFM messages.  If an interface is an outgoing boundary for
   certain TLVs, the message MUST NOT be sent out the interface if it is
   a boundary for all the TLVs in the message.  Otherwise the router
   MUST remove all the boundary TLVs from the message and send the
   message with the remaining TLVs.  Also, when receiving a PFM message
   on an interface, the message MUST be discarded if the interface is an
   incoming boundary, including bidirectional boundary, for all PFM
   messages.  If the interface is an incoming boundary for certain TLVs,
   the router MUST ignore all boundary TLVs.  If all the TLVs in the
   message are boundary TLVs, then the message is effectively ignored.
   Note that when forwarding an incoming message, the boundary is
   applied before forwarding.  If the message was discarded or all the
   TLVs were ignored, then no message is forwarded.  When a message is
   forwarded, it MUST NOT contain any TLVs for which the incoming
   interface is an incoming, or bidirectional, boundary.

3.3.  Originating PFM messages

   A router originates a PFM message when it needs to distribute
   information using a PFM message to other routers in the network.
   When a message is originated depends on what information is
   distributed.  For instance this document defines a TLV to distribute
   information about active sources.  When a router has a new active
   source, a PFM message should be sent as soon as possible.  Hence a
   PFM message should be sent every time there is a new active source.
   However, the TLV also contains a holdtime and PFM messages need to be
   sent periodically.  Generally speaking, a PFM message would typically
   be sent when there is a local state change, causing information to be
   distributed with PFM to change.  Also, some information may need to
   be sent periodically.  These messages are called triggered and
   periodic messages, respectively.  Each TLV definition will need to
   define when a triggered PFM message needs to be originated, and also
   whether to send periodic messages, and how frequent.

   Unless otherwise specified by the TLV definitions, there is no
   relationship between different TLVs, and an implementation can choose



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   whether to combine TLVs in one message or across separate messages.
   It is RECOMMENDED to combine multiple TLVs in one message, to reduce
   the number of messages, but it is also RECOMMENDED that the message
   is small enough to avoid fragmentation at the IP layer.  When a
   triggered PFM message needs to be sent due to a state change, a
   router MAY send a message containing only the information that
   changed.  If there are many changes occuring at about the same time,
   it might be possible to combine multiple changes in one message.  In
   the case where periodic messages are also needed, an implementation
   MAY include periodic PFM information in a triggered PFM.  E.g., if
   some information needs to be sent every 60 seconds and a triggered
   PFM is about to be sent 20 seconds before the next periodic PFM was
   scheduled, the triggered PFM might include the periodic information
   and the next periodic PFM can then be scheduled 60 seconds after
   that, rather than 20 seconds later.

   When a router originates a PFM message, it puts one of its own
   addresses in the originator field.  An implementation MUST allow an
   administrator to configure which address is used.  For a message to
   be received by all routers in a domain, all the routers need to have
   a route for this address due to the RPF based forwarding.  Hence an
   administrator needs to be careful which address to choose.  When this
   is not configured, an implementation MUST NOT use a link-local
   address.  It is RECOMMENDED to use an address of a virtual interface
   such that the originator can remain unchanged and routable
   independent of which physical interfaces or links may go down.

   The No-Forward bit MUST NOT be set, except for the case when a router
   receives a PIM Hello from a new neighbor, or a PIM Hello with a new
   GenID is received from an existing neighbor.  In that case an
   implementation MAY send PFM messages containing relevant information
   so that the neighbor can quickly get the correct state.  The
   definition of the different PFM message TLVs need to specify what, if
   anything, needs to be sent in this case.  If such a PFM message is
   sent, the No-Forward bit MUST be set, and the message must be sent
   within 60 seconds after the neighbor state change.  The processing
   rules for PFM messages will ensure that any other neighbors on the
   same link ignores the message.

3.4.  Processing PFM messages

   A router that receives a PFM message MUST perform the initial checks
   specified here.  If the checks fail, the message MUST be dropped.  An
   error MAY be logged, but otherwise the message MUST be dropped
   silently.  If the checks pass, the contents is processed according to
   the processing rules of the included TLVs.





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3.4.1.  Initial checks

   In order to do further processing, a message MUST meet the following
   requirements.  The message MUST be from a directly connected PIM
   neighbor, the destination address MUST be ALL-PIM-ROUTERS.  Also, the
   interface MUST NOT be an incoming, nor bidirectional, administrative
   boundary for PFM messages Section 3.2.  If No-Forward is not set, the
   message MUST be from the RPF neighbor of the originator address.  If
   No-Forward is set, this system, the router doing these checks, MUST
   have restarted within 60 seconds.  In pseudo-code the algorithm is as
   follows:

               if ((DirectlyConnected(PFM.src_ip_address) == FALSE) OR
                   (PFM.src_ip_address is not a PIM neighbor) OR
                   (PFM.dst_ip_address != ALL-PIM-ROUTERS) OR
                   (Incoming interface is admin boundary for PFM)) {
                    drop the message silently, optionally log error.
               }
               if (PFM.no_forward_bit == 0) {
                   if (PFM.src_ip_address !=
                       RPF_neighbor(PFM.originator_ip_address)) {
                       drop the message silently, optionally log error.
                   }
               } else if (more than 60 seconds elapsed since startup)) {
                   drop the message silently, optionally log error.
               }

   Note that src_ip_address is the source address in the IP header of
   the PFM message.  Originator is the originator field inside the PFM
   message, and is the router that originated the message.  When the
   message is forwarded hop by hop, the originator address never
   changes, while the source address will be an address belonging to the
   router that last forwarded the message.

3.4.2.  Processing and forwarding of PFM messages

   When the message is received, the initial checks above must be
   performed.  If it passes the checks, then for each included TLV,
   perform processing according to the specification for that TLV.

   After processing, the messsage is forwarded.  Unless otherwise
   specified by the type specification, the TLVs in the forwarded
   message are identical to the TLVs in the received message.  However,
   if the most significant bit in the type field is set (the type value
   is larger than 32767) and this system does not support the type, then
   that particular type should be omitted from the forwarded messages.
   The message is forwarded out of all interfaces with PIM neighbors
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4.  Distributing Source Group Mappings

   The generic flooding mechanism (PFM) defined in the previous section
   can be used for distributing source group mappings about active
   multicast sources throughout a PIM domain.  A Group Source Holtime
   (GSH) TLV is defined for this purpose.

4.1.  Group Source Holdtime TLV

       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 = 0               |          Length             |
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
      |              Group Address (Encoded-Group format)             |
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
      |            Src Count          |        Src Holdtime           |
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
      |            Src Address 1 (Encoded-Unicast format)             |
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
      |            Src Address 2 (Encoded-Unicast format)             |
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
      |                               .                               |
      |                               .                               |
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
      |            Src Address m (Encoded-Unicast format)             |
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+

   Type:   This TLV has type 0.

   Length:   The length of the value in octets.

   Group Address:   The group that sources are to be announced for.  The
      format for this address is given in the Encoded-Group format in
      [RFC7761].

   Src Count:   How many unicast encoded sources address encodings
      follow.

   Src Holdtime:   The Holdtime (in seconds) for the corresponding
      source(s).

   Src Address:   The source address for the corresponding group.  The
      format for these addresses is given in the Encoded-Unicast address
      in [RFC7761].






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4.2.  Originating Group Source Holdtime TLVs

   A PFM message MAY contain one or more Group Source Holdtime (GSH)
   TLVs.  This is used to flood information about active multicast
   sources.  Each FHR that is directly connected to an active multicast
   source originates PFM messages containing GSH TLVs.  How a multicast
   router discovers the source of the multicast packet and when it
   considers itself the FHR follows the same procedures as the
   registering process described in [RFC7761].  When a FHR has decided
   that a register needs to be sent per [RFC7761], the SG is not
   registered via the PIM SM register procedures, but the SG mapping is
   included in an GSH TLV in a PFM message.  Note, only the SG mapping
   is distributed in the message, not the entire packet as would have
   been done with a PIM register.  The PFM messages containing the GSH
   TLV are periodically sent for as long as the multicast source is
   active, similar to how PIM registers are periodically sent.  The
   default announcement period is 60 seconds, which means that as long
   as the source is active, it is included in a PFM message originated
   every 60 seconds.  The holdtime for the source is by default 210
   seconds.  Other values MAY be configured, but the holdtime MUST be
   either zero, or larger than the announcement period.  It is
   RECOMMENDED to be 3.5 times the announcement period.  A source MAY be
   announced with a holdtime of zero to indicate that the source is no
   longer active.

   If an implementation supports originating GSH TLVs with different
   holdtimes for different sources, it can if needed send multiple TLVs
   with the same group address.  Due to the format, all the sources in
   the same TLV have the same holdtime.

   When a new source is detected, an implementation MAY send a PFM
   message containing just that particular source.  However, it MAY also
   include information about other sources that were just detected, so
   sources that are scheduled for periodic announcement later, or other
   types of information.  See Section 3.3 for details.

   When a new PIM neighbor is detected, or an existing neighbor changes
   GenID, an implementation MAY send a triggered PFM message containing
   GSH TLVs for any Source Group mappings it has learned by receiving
   PFM GSH TLVs as well as any active directly connected sources.  See
   Section 3.3 for further details.

4.3.  Processing GSH TLVs

   A router that receives a PFM message containing GSH TLVs MUST parse
   the GSH TLVs and store each of the GSH TLVs as SG mappings with a
   holdtimer started with the advertised holdtime, unless the
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   configured to ignore GSH TLVs in general, or to ignore GSH TLVs for
   certain sources or groups.  In particular, an administrator might
   configure a router to not process GSH TLVs if the router is known to
   never have any directly connected receivers.

   For each group that has directly connected receivers, this router
   SHOULD send PIM (S,G) joins for all the SG mappings advertised in the
   message for the group.  Generally joins are sent, but there could for
   instance be administrative policy limiting which sources and groups
   to join.  The SG mappings are kept alive for as long as the holdtimer
   for the source is running.  Once the holdtimer expires a PIM router
   MAY send a PIM (S,G) prune to remove itself from the tree.  However,
   when this happens, there should be no more packets sent by the
   source, so it may be desirable to allow the state to time out rather
   than sending a prune.

   Note that a holdtime of zero has a special meaning.  It is to be
   treated as if the source just expired, and state to be removed.
   Source information MUST NOT be removed due to the source being
   omitted in a message.  For instance, if there is a large number of
   sources for a group, there may be multiple PFM messages, each message
   containing a different list of sources for the group.

4.4.  The first packets and bursty sources

   The PIM register procedure is designed to deliver Multicast packets
   to the RP in the absence of a Shortest Path Tree (SPT) from the RP to
   the source.  The register packets received on the RP are decapsulated
   and forwarded down the shared tree to the LHRs.  As soon as an SPT is
   built, multicast packets would flow natively over the SPT to the RP
   or LHR and the register process would stop.  The PIM register process
   ensures packet delivery until an SPT is in place reaching the FHR.
   If the packets were not unicast encapsulated to the RP they would be
   dropped by the FHR until the SPT is setup.  This functionality is
   important for applications where the initial packet(s) must be
   received for the application to work correctly.  Another reason would
   be for bursty sources.  If the application sends out a multicast
   packet every 4 minutes (or longer), the SPT is torn down (typically
   after 3:30 minutes of inactivity) before the next packet is forwarded
   down the tree.  This will cause no multicast packet to ever be
   forwarded.  A well behaved application should be able to deal with
   packet loss since IP is a best effort based packet delivery system.
   But in reality this is not always the case.

   With the procedures defined in this document the packet(s) received
   by the FHR will be dropped until the LHR has learned about the source
   and the SPT is built.  That means for bursty sources or applications
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   not be very applicable.  This solution is mostly useful for
   applications that don't have strong dependency on the initial
   packet(s) and have a fairly constant data rate, like video
   distribution for example.  For applications with strong dependency on
   the initial packet(s) using PIM Bidir [RFC5015] or SSM [RFC4607] is
   recommended.  The protocol operations are much simpler compared to
   PIM SM, it will cause less churn in the network and both guarantee
   best effort delivery for the initial packet(s).

4.5.  Resiliency to network partitioning

   In a PIM SM deployment where the network becomes partitioned, due to
   link or node failure, it is possible that the RP becomes unreachable
   to a certain part of the network.  New sources that become active in
   that partition will not be able to register to the RP and receivers
   within that partition are not able to receive the traffic.  Ideally
   you would want to have a candidate RP in each partition, but you
   never know in advance which routers will form a partitioned network.
   In order to be fully resilient, each router in the network may end up
   being a candidate RP.  This would increase the operational complexity
   of the network.

   The solution described in this document does not suffer from that
   problem.  If a network becomes partitioned and new sources become
   active, the receivers in that partitioned will receive the SG
   Mappings and join the source tree.  Each partition works
   independently of the other partition(s) and will continue to have
   access to sources within that partition.  Once the network has
   healed, the periodic flooding of SG Mappings ensures that they are
   re-flooded into the other partition(s) and other receivers can join
   to the newly learned sources.

5.  Security Considerations

   When it comes to general PIM message security, see [RFC7761].  PFM
   messages MUST only be accepted from a PIM neighbor, but as discussed
   in [RFC7761], any router can become a PIM neighbor by sending a Hello
   message.  To control from where to accept PFM packets, one can limit
   which interfaces PIM is enabled, and also one can configure
   interfaces as administrative boundaries for PFM messages, see
   Section 3.2.  The implications of forged PFM messages depend on which
   TLVs they contain.  Documents defining new TLVs will need to discuss
   the security considerations for the specific TLVs.  In general
   though, the PFM messages are flooded within the network, and by
   forging a large number of PFM messages one might stress all the
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   If an attacker can forge PFM messages, then such messages may contain
   arbitrary GSH TLVs.  An issue here is that an attacker might send
   such TLVs for a huge amount of sources, potentially causing every
   router in the network to store huge amounts of source state.  Also,
   if there is receiver interest for the groups specified in the GSH
   TLVs, routers with directly connected receivers will build Shortest
   Path Trees for the announced sources, even if the sources are
   actually active.  Building such trees will consume additional
   resources on routers that the trees pass through.

6.  IANA considerations

   This document requires the assignment of a new PIM message type for
   the PIM Flooding Mechanism (PFM).  IANA is also requested to create a
   registry for PFM TLVs, with type 0 assigned to the "Source Group
   Holdtime" TLV.  Values in the range from 1 to 65535 are "Unassigned".
   Assignments for the registry are to be made according to the policy
   "IETF Review" as defined in [RFC8126].

7.  Acknowledgments

   The authors would like to thank Arjen Boers for contributing to the
   initial idea, and Yiqun Cai and Dino Farinacci for their comments on
   the draft.

8.  References

8.1.  Normative References

   [RFC2119]  Bradner, S., "Key words for use in RFCs to Indicate
              Requirement Levels", BCP 14, RFC 2119,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC2119, March 1997,
              <https://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc2119>.

   [RFC5059]  Bhaskar, N., Gall, A., Lingard, J., and S. Venaas,
              "Bootstrap Router (BSR) Mechanism for Protocol Independent
              Multicast (PIM)", RFC 5059, DOI 10.17487/RFC5059, January
              2008, <https://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc5059>.

   [RFC7761]  Fenner, B., Handley, M., Holbrook, H., Kouvelas, I.,
              Parekh, R., Zhang, Z., and L. Zheng, "Protocol Independent
              Multicast - Sparse Mode (PIM-SM): Protocol Specification
              (Revised)", STD 83, RFC 7761, DOI 10.17487/RFC7761, March
              2016, <https://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc7761>.







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   [RFC8126]  Cotton, M., Leiba, B., and T. Narten, "Guidelines for
              Writing an IANA Considerations Section in RFCs", BCP 26,
              RFC 8126, DOI 10.17487/RFC8126, June 2017,
              <https://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc8126>.

8.2.  Informative References

   [RFC4607]  Holbrook, H. and B. Cain, "Source-Specific Multicast for
              IP", RFC 4607, DOI 10.17487/RFC4607, August 2006,
              <https://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc4607>.

   [RFC5015]  Handley, M., Kouvelas, I., Speakman, T., and L. Vicisano,
              "Bidirectional Protocol Independent Multicast (BIDIR-
              PIM)", RFC 5015, DOI 10.17487/RFC5015, October 2007,
              <https://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc5015>.

Authors' Addresses

   IJsbrand Wijnands
   Cisco Systems, Inc.
   De kleetlaan 6a
   Diegem  1831
   Belgium

   Email: ice@cisco.com


   Stig Venaas
   Cisco Systems, Inc.
   Tasman Drive
   San Jose  CA  95134
   USA

   Email: stig@cisco.com


   Michael Brig
   Aegis BMD Program Office
   17211 Avenue D, Suite 160
   Dahlgren  VA 22448-5148
   USA

   Email: michael.brig@mda.mil








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   Anders Jonasson
   Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV)
   Loennvaegen 4
   Vaexjoe  35243
   Sweden

   Email: anders@jomac.se












































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