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Network Working Group                                              X. Xu
Internet-Draft                                                     K. Bi
Intended status: Standards Track                                  Huawei
Expires: September 13, 2017                                  J. Tantsura
                                                              Individual
                                                          March 12, 2017


                       BGP Neighbor Autodiscovery
                 draft-xu-idr-neighbor-autodiscovery-01

Abstract

   BGP has been used as the routing protocol in many hyper-scale data
   centers.  This document proposes a BGP neighbor autodiscovery
   mechanism which can be used to simplify the BGP deployment greatly.
   This mechanism is very useful for those hyper-scale data centers
   where BGP is used as the routing protocol.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
     1.1.  Requirements Language . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   2.  Terminology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   3.  BGP Hello Message Format  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   4.  Hello Message Procedure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
   5.  HELLO Message Error Handling  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
   6.  Acknowledgements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
   7.  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
     7.1.  BGP Hello Message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
     7.2.  TLVs of BGP Hello Message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
   8.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
   9.  References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
     9.1.  Normative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
     9.2.  Informative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
   Authors' Addresses  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8

1.  Introduction

   BGP has been used as the routing protocol instead of IGP in many
   hyper-scale data centers [RFC7938].  Furthermore, there is an attempt
   to leverages BGP Link-State distribution and the Shortest Path First
   algorithm similar to Internal Gateway Protocols (IGPs) such as OSPF
   [I-D.keyupate-idr-bgp-spf].  In a word, there is a strong motivation
   to replace IGP by BGP in hyper-scale data centers.

   However, BGP is not good as IGP from the perspective of deployment
   automation and simplicity.  For instance, the IP address and
   Autonomous System Number (ASN) of each BGP neighbor have to be
   manually configured on BGP routers although these BGP peers are
   directly connected.  In addition, for those directly connected BGP
   routers, it's usually not ideal to establish BGP sessions over their
   directly connected interface addresses due to the following reasons:
   1) it's not convient to do trouble-shooting; 2) the BGP update volume
   is unnecessarily increased when there are multiple physical links
   between them and those links couldn't be configured as a Link
   Aggregtion Group (LAG) due to whatever reason (e.g., diffferent link
   type or speed).  As a result, it's more common that loopback
   interface addresses of those directly connected BGP peers are used
   for BGP session establishment.  To make those loopback addresses of
   directly connected BGP peers reachable from one another, either
   static routes have to be configured or some kind of IGP has to be
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   while the latter is in conflict with the original intention of using
   BGP as IGP.

   This draft specifies a BGP neighbor autodiscovery mechanism by
   borrowing some ideas from the Label Distribution Protocol (LDP)
   [RFC5036] . More specifically, directly connected BGP routers could
   automatically discovery the loopback address and the ASN of one other
   through the exchange of the to-be-defined BGP HELLO messages.  The
   BGP session establishment process as defined in [RFC4271] is
   triggered once directly connected BGP neighbors are discovered from
   one another.  Note that the BGP session should be established over
   the discovered loopback address of the BGP neighbor.  In addition, to
   elimnate the need of configing static routes or enabling IGP for the
   loopback addresses, a certain type of routes towards the BGP
   neighbor's loopback addresses are dymatically created once the BGP
   neighbor has been discovered.  The administritive distance of such
   type of routes MUST be smaller than their equivalents which are
   learnt via the normal BGP update messages . Otherwise, circular
   dependency problem would occur once these loopback addresses are
   advertised via the normal BGP update messages as well.

1.1.  Requirements Language

   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].

2.  Terminology

   This memo makes use of the terms defined in [RFC4271].

3.  BGP Hello Message Format

   To automatically discover directly connected BGP neighbors, a BGP
   router periodically sends BGP HELLO messages out those interfaces on
   which BGP neighbor autodiscovery are enabled.  The BGP HELLO message
   is a new BGP message which has the same fixed-size BGP header as the
   exiting BGP messages.  However, the HELLO message MUST sent as UDP
   packets addressed to the to-be-assigned BGP discovery port (179 is
   the suggested port value) for the "all routers on this subnet" group
   multicast address (i.e., 224.0.0.2 in the IPv4 case and FF02::2 in
   the IPv6 case).  The IP source address is set to the address of the
   interface over which the message is sent out.

   In addition to the fixed-size BGP header, the HELLO message contains
   the following fields:





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        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
       +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
       |     Version   |   Hold Time   |      Message Length           |
       +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
       |                             TLVs                              |
       +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
                         Figure 1: BGP Hello Message

      Version: This 1-octet unsigned integer indicates the protocol
      version number of the message.  The current BGP version number is
      4.

      Hold Time: Hello hold timer in seconds.  Hello Hold Time specifies
      the time the sending BGP peer will maintain its record of Hellos
      from the receiving BGP peer without receipt of another Hello.  A
      pair of BGP peers negotiates the hold times they use for Hellos
      from each other.  Each proposes a hold time.  The hold time used
      is the minimum of the hold times proposed in their Hellos.  A
      value of 0 means use the default 15 seconds.

      Message Length: This 2-octet unsigned integer specifies the length
      in octects of the ASN TLV, Connection Address TLV and other TLVs.

      TLVs: This field contains ASN TLV, Connection Address TLV and
      other TLVs.

   The ASN TLV format is show as follows:

        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=TBD2            |      Length                   |
       +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
       |             AS Number (2-octet or 4-octet)                    |
       +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
                    Figure 2: ASN TLV

      Type: TBD2.

      Length: Specifies the length of the Value field in octets.

      AS Number: This variable-length field indicates the 2-octet or
      4-octet ASN of the sender.

   The Connection Address TLV format is shown as follows:





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        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=TBD3            |      Length                   |
       +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
       |      Connection Address (4-octet or 16-octet)                 |
       +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
                    Figure 3: Connection Address TLV

      Type: TBD3

      Length:Specifies the length of the Value field in octets.

      Connection Address: This variable-length field indicates the IPv4
      or IPv6 loopback address which is used for establishing BGP
      sessions.

   The Router ID TLV format is shown as follows:

        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=TBD4            |      Length                   |
       +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
       |               Router ID (4-octet or 16-octet)                 |
       +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
                    Figure 4: Router ID TLV

      Type: TBD3

      Length:Specifies the length of the Value field in octets and it's
      set to 4 for the IPv4-address-formatted BGP Router ID.

      Router ID: This variable-length field indicates the BGP router ID
      which is used for performing the BGP-SPF algorithm as described in
      [I-D.keyupate-idr-bgp-spf].

4.  Hello Message Procedure

   A BGP peer receiving Hellos from another peer maintains a Hello
   adjacency corresponding to the Hellos.  The peer maintains a hold
   timer with the Hello adjacency, which it restarts whenever it
   receives a Hello that matches the Hello adjacency.  If the hold timer
   for a Hello adjacency expires the peer discards the Hello adjacency.

   We recommend that the interval between Hello transmissions be at most
   one third of the Hello hold time.




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   A BGP session with a peer has one or more Hello adjacencies.

   A BGP session has multiple Hello adjacencies when a pair of BGP peers
   is connected by multiple links that have the same connection address;
   for example, multiple PPP links between a pair of routers.  In this
   situation, the Hellos a BGP peer sends on each such link carry the
   same Connection Address.  In addition, to elimnate the need of
   configing static routes or enabling IGP for the loopback addresses, a
   certain type of routes towards the BGP neighbor's loopback addresses
   (e.g., carried in the Connection Address TLV) are dymatically created
   once the BGP neighbor has been discovered.  The administritive
   distance of such type of routes MUST be smaller than their
   equivalents which are learnt via the normal BGP update messages.
   Otherwise, circular dependency problem would occur once these
   loopback addresses are advertised via the normal BGP update messages
   as well.

   BGP uses the regular receipt of BGP Discovery Hellos to indicate a
   peer's intent to keep BGP session identified by the Hello.  A BGP
   peer maintains a hold timer with each Hello adjacency that it
   restarts when it receives a Hello that matches the adjacency.  If the
   timer expires without receipt of a matching Hello from the peer, BGP
   concludes that the peer no longer wishes to keep BGP session for that
   link or that the peer has failed.  The BGP peer then deletes the
   Hello adjacency.  When the last Hello adjacency for an BGP session is
   deleted, the BGP peer terminates the BGP session by sending a
   Notification message and closing the transport connection.

5.  HELLO Message Error Handling

   TBD

6.  Acknowledgements

   The authors would like to thank

7.  IANA Considerations

7.1.  BGP Hello Message

   This document requests IANA to allocate a new UDP port for BGP Hello
   message.









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    Value   TLV Name                               Reference
    -----   ------------------------------------   -------------
    Service Name: BGP-HELLO
    Transport Protocol(s): UDP
    Assignee: IESG <iesg@ietf.org>
    Contact: IETF Chair <chair@ietf.org>.
    Description: BGP Hello Message.
    Reference: This document -- draft-xu-idr-neighbor-autodiscovery.
    Port Number: TBD1 (179 is the suggested value) -- To be assigned by IANA.

7.2.  TLVs of BGP Hello Message

   This document requests IANA to create a new registry "TLVs of BGP
   Hello Message" with the following registration procedure:

              Registry Name: TLVs of BGP Hello Message.

    Value      TLV Name                                     Reference
    -------    ------------------------------------------   -------------
          0    Reserved                                     This document
          1    ASN                                          This document
          2    Connection Address                           This document
          3    Router ID                                    This document
    4-65500    Unassigned
65501-65534    Experimental                                 This document
      65535    Reserved                                     This document

8.  Security Considerations

   For security purposes, BGP speakers usually only accept TCP
   connection attempts to port 179 from the specified BGP peers or those
   within the configured address range.  With the BGP auto-discovery
   mechanism, it's configurable to enable or disable sending/receiving
   BGP hello messages on the per-interface basis and BGP hello messages
   are only exchanged between physically connected peers that are
   trustworthy.  Therefore, the BGP auto-discovery mechanism doesn't
   introduce additional security risks associated with BGP.

9.  References

9.1.  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,
              <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc2119>.





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   [RFC4271]  Rekhter, Y., Ed., Li, T., Ed., and S. Hares, Ed., "A
              Border Gateway Protocol 4 (BGP-4)", RFC 4271,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC4271, January 2006,
              <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc4271>.

9.2.  Informative References

   [I-D.keyupate-idr-bgp-spf]
              Patel, K., Lindem, A., Zandi, S., and G. Velde, "Shortest
              Path Routing Extensions for BGP Protocol", draft-keyupate-
              idr-bgp-spf-02 (work in progress), December 2016.

   [RFC5036]  Andersson, L., Ed., Minei, I., Ed., and B. Thomas, Ed.,
              "LDP Specification", RFC 5036, DOI 10.17487/RFC5036,
              October 2007, <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc5036>.

   [RFC7938]  Lapukhov, P., Premji, A., and J. Mitchell, Ed., "Use of
              BGP for Routing in Large-Scale Data Centers", RFC 7938,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC7938, August 2016,
              <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc7938>.

Authors' Addresses

   Xiaohu Xu
   Huawei

   Email: xuxiaohu@huawei.com


   Kunyang Bi
   Huawei

   Email: bikunyang@huawei.com


   Jeff Tantsura
   Individual

   Email: jefftant@gmail.com












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