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Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                         H. Asaeda
Request for Comments: 8487                                          NICT
Category: Standards Track                                       K. Meyer
ISSN: 2070-1721                                                 Dell EMC
                                                             W. Lee, Ed.
                                                            October 2018


         Mtrace Version 2: Traceroute Facility for IP Multicast

Abstract

   This document describes the IP multicast traceroute facility, named
   Mtrace version 2 (Mtrace2).  Unlike unicast traceroute, Mtrace2
   requires special implementations on the part of routers.  This
   specification describes the required functionality in multicast
   routers, as well as how an Mtrace2 client invokes a Query and
   receives a Reply.

Status of This Memo

   This is an Internet Standards Track document.

   This document is a product of the Internet Engineering Task Force
   (IETF).  It represents the consensus of the IETF community.  It has
   received public review and has been approved for publication by the
   Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG).  Further information on
   Internet Standards is available in Section 2 of RFC 7841.

   Information about the current status of this document, any errata,
   and how to provide feedback on it may be obtained at
   https://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc8487.



















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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
   2.  Terminology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
     2.1.  Definitions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
   3.  Packet Formats  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
     3.1.  Mtrace2 TLV Format  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
     3.2.  Defined TLVs  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
       3.2.1.  Mtrace2 Query . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
       3.2.2.  Mtrace2 Request . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  12
       3.2.3.  Mtrace2 Reply . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  12
       3.2.4.  IPv4 Mtrace2 Standard Response Block  . . . . . . . .  13
       3.2.5.  IPv6 Mtrace2 Standard Response Block  . . . . . . . .  18
       3.2.6.  Mtrace2 Augmented Response Block  . . . . . . . . . .  20
       3.2.7.  Mtrace2 Extended Query Block  . . . . . . . . . . . .  21
   4.  Router Behavior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  22
     4.1.  Receiving an Mtrace2 Query  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  22
       4.1.1.  Query Packet Verification . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  22
       4.1.2.  Query Normal Processing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  23
     4.2.  Receiving an Mtrace2 Request  . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  23
       4.2.1.  Request Packet Verification . . . . . . . . . . . . .  24
       4.2.2.  Request Normal Processing . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  24
     4.3.  Forwarding Mtrace2 Request  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  26
       4.3.1.  Destination Address . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  26
       4.3.2.  Source Address  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  26
       4.3.3.  Appending Standard Response Block . . . . . . . . . .  26
     4.4.  Sending Mtrace2 Reply . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  27
       4.4.1.  Destination Address . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  27
       4.4.2.  Source Address  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  27
       4.4.3.  Appending Standard Response Block . . . . . . . . . .  27
     4.5.  Proxying Mtrace2 Query  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  28
     4.6.  Hiding Information  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  28
   5.  Client Behavior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  29
     5.1.  Sending Mtrace2 Query . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  29
       5.1.1.  Destination Address . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  29
       5.1.2.  Source Address  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  29
     5.2.  Determining the Path  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  29
     5.3.  Collecting Statistics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  29
     5.4.  Last-Hop Router (LHR) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  30
     5.5.  First-Hop Router (FHR)  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  30
     5.6.  Broken Intermediate Router  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  30
     5.7.  Non-supported Router  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  30
     5.8.  Mtrace2 Termination . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  31
       5.8.1.  Arriving at Source  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  31
       5.8.2.  Fatal Error . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  31
       5.8.3.  No Upstream Router  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  31
       5.8.4.  Reply Timeout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  31
     5.9.  Continuing after an Error . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  31



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   6.  Protocol-Specific Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  32
     6.1.  PIM-SM  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  32
     6.2.  Bidirectional PIM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  32
     6.3.  PIM-DM  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  32
     6.4.  IGMP/MLD Proxy  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  33
   7.  Problem Diagnosis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  33
     7.1.  Forwarding Inconsistencies  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  33
     7.2.  TTL or Hop-Limit Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  33
     7.3.  Packet Loss . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  33
     7.4.  Link Utilization  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  34
     7.5.  Time Delay  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  34
   8.  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  34
     8.1.  "Mtrace2 Forwarding Codes" Registry . . . . . . . . . . .  35
     8.2.  "Mtrace2 TLV Types" Registry  . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  35
     8.3.  UDP Destination Port  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  35
   9.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  35
     9.1.  Addresses in Mtrace2 Header . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  35
     9.2.  Verification of Clients and Peers . . . . . . . . . . . .  35
     9.3.  Topology Discovery  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  36
     9.4.  Characteristics of Multicast Channel  . . . . . . . . . .  36
     9.5.  Limiting Query/Request Rates  . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  37
     9.6.  Limiting Reply Rates  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  37
     9.7.  Specific Security Concerns  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  37
       9.7.1.  Request and Response Bombardment  . . . . . . . . . .  37
       9.7.2.  Amplification Attack  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  37
       9.7.3.  Leaking of Confidential Topology Details  . . . . . .  38
       9.7.4.  Delivery of False Information (Forged Reply Messages)  38
   10. References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  39
     10.1.  Normative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  39
     10.2.  Informative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  40
   Acknowledgements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  41
   Authors' Addresses  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  41



















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1.  Introduction

   Given a multicast distribution tree, tracing hop-by-hop downstream
   from a multicast source to a given multicast receiver is difficult
   because there is no efficient and deterministic way to determine the
   branch of the multicast routing tree on which that receiver lies.  On
   the other hand, walking up the tree from a receiver to a source is
   easy, as most existing multicast routing protocols know the upstream
   router for each source.  Tracing from a receiver to a source can
   involve only the routers on the direct path.

   This document specifies the multicast traceroute facility named
   Mtrace version 2 or Mtrace2, which allows the tracing of an IP
   multicast routing path.  Mtrace2 is usually initiated from an Mtrace2
   client by sending an Mtrace2 Query to a Last-Hop Router (LHR) or to a
   Rendezvous Point (RP).  The RP is a special router where sources and
   receivers meet in Protocol Independent Multicast - Sparse Mode
   (PIM-SM) [5].  From the LHR/RP receiving the Query, the tracing is
   directed towards a specified source if a source address is specified
   and a source-specific state exists on the receiving router.  If no
   source address is specified or if no source-specific state exists on
   a receiving LHR, the tracing is directed toward the RP for the
   specified group address.  Moreover, Mtrace2 provides additional
   information such as the packet rates and losses, as well as other
   diagnostic information.  Mtrace2 is primarily intended for the
   following purposes:

   o  To trace the path that a packet would take from a source to a
      receiver.

   o  To isolate packet-loss problems (e.g., congestion).

   o  To isolate configuration problems (e.g., Time to live (TTL)
      threshold).

   The following figure shows a typical case of how Mtrace2 is used.
   FHR represents the first-hop router, LHR represents the last-hop
   router, and the arrow lines represent the Mtrace2 messages that are
   sent from one node to another.  The numbers before the Mtrace2
   messages represent the sequence of the messages that would happen.
   The source, receiver, and Mtrace2 client are typically hosts.










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                  2. Request                 2. Request
                    +----+                    +----+
                    |    |                    |    |
                    v    |                    v    |
   +--------+    +-----+                        +-----+    +----------+
   | Source |----| FHR |----- The Internet -----| LHR |----| Receiver |
   +--------+    +-----+            |           +-----+    +----------+
                     \              |             ^
                      \             |            /
                       \            |           /
                        \           |          /
                3. Reply \          |         / 1. Query
                          \         |        /
                           \        |       /
                            \  +---------+ /
                             v | Mtrace2 |/
                               | Client  |
                               +---------+

   When an Mtrace2 client initiates a multicast trace, it sends an
   Mtrace2 Query packet to an LHR or RP for a multicast group and,
   optionally, a source address.  The LHR/RP turns the Query packet into
   a Request.  The Request message type enables each of the upstream
   routers processing the message to apply different packet and message
   validation rules than those required for the handling of a Query
   message.  The LHR/RP then appends a Standard Response Block
   containing its interface addresses and packet statistics to the
   Request packet, then forwards the packet towards the source/RP.  The
   Request packet is either unicasted to its upstream router towards the
   source/RP or multicasted to the group if the upstream router's IP
   address is not known.  In a similar fashion, each router along the
   path to the source/RP appends a Standard Response Block to the end of
   the Request packet before forwarding it to its upstream router.  When
   the FHR receives the Request packet, it appends its own Standard
   Response Block, turns the Request packet into a Reply, and unicasts
   the Reply back to the Mtrace2 client.

   The Mtrace2 Reply may be returned before reaching the FHR under some
   circumstances.  This can happen if a Request packet is received at an
   RP or gateway, or when any of several types of error or exception
   conditions occur that prevent the sending of a Request to the next
   upstream router.

   The Mtrace2 client waits for the Mtrace2 Reply message and displays
   the results.  When not receiving an Mtrace2 Reply message due to
   network congestion, a broken router (see Section 5.6), or a non-
   responding router (see Section 5.7), the Mtrace2 client may resend
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   repeat the process until it receives an Mtrace2 Reply message.  The
   details are specific to the Mtrace2 client and outside the scope of
   this document.

   Note that when a router's control plane and forwarding plane are out
   of sync, the Mtrace2 Requests might be forwarded based on the control
   states instead.  In this case, the traced path might not represent
   the real path the data packets would follow.

   Mtrace2 supports both IPv4 and IPv6.  Unlike the previous version of
   Mtrace, which implements its query and response as Internet Group
   Management Protocol (IGMP) messages [10], all Mtrace2 messages are
   UDP based.  Although the packet formats of IPv4 and IPv6 Mtrace2 are
   different because of the address families, the syntax between them is
   similar.

   This document describes the base specification of Mtrace2 that can
   serve as a basis for future proposals such as Mtrace2 for Automatic
   Multicast Tunneling (AMT) [16] and Mtrace2 for Multicast in MPLS/BGP
   IP VPNs (known as Multicast VPN (MVPN)) [15].  They are, therefore,
   out of the scope of this document.

2.  Terminology

   The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT",
   "SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "NOT RECOMMENDED", "MAY", and
   "OPTIONAL" in this document are to be interpreted as described in
   BCP 14 [1] [7] when, and only when, they appear in all capitals, as
   shown here.  The key words indicate requirement levels for compliant
   Mtrace2 implementations.

2.1.  Definitions

   Since Mtrace2 Queries and Requests flow in the opposite direction to
   the data flow, we refer to "upstream" and "downstream" with respect
   to data, unless explicitly specified.

   Incoming Interface:
      The interface on which data is expected to arrive from the
      specified source and group.

   Outgoing Interface:
      This is one of the interfaces to which data from the source or RP
      is expected to be transmitted for the specified source and group.
      It is also the interface on which the Mtrace2 Request was
      received.





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   Upstream router:
      The router, connecting to the Incoming Interface of the current
      router, which is responsible for forwarding data for the specified
      source and group to the current router.

   First-Hop Router (FHR):
      The router that is directly connected to the source the Mtrace2
      Query specifies.

   Last-Hop Router (LHR):
      A router that is directly connected to a receiver.  It is also the
      router that receives the Mtrace2 Query from an Mtrace2 client.

   Group state:
      The state a shared-tree protocol, such as Protocol Independent
      Multicast - Sparse Mode (PIM-SM) [5], uses to choose the upstream
      router towards the RP for the specified group.  In this state,
      source-specific state is not available for the corresponding group
      address on the router.

   Source-specific state:
      The state that is used to choose the path towards the source for
      the specified source and group.

   ALL-[protocol]-ROUTERS group:
      Link-local multicast address for multicast routers to communicate
      with their adjacent routers that are running the same routing
      protocol.  For instance, the IPv4 'ALL-PIM-ROUTERS' group is
      '224.0.0.13', and the IPv6 'ALL-PIM-ROUTERS' group is 'ff02::d'
      [5].

3.  Packet Formats

   This section describes the details of the packet formats for Mtrace2
   messages.

   All Mtrace2 messages are encoded in the Type/Length/Value (TLV)
   format (see Section 3.1).  The first TLV of a message is a message
   header TLV specifying the type of message and additional context
   information required for processing of the message and for parsing of
   subsequent TLVs in the message.  Subsequent TLVs in a message,
   referred to as Blocks, are appended after the header TLV to provide
   additional information associated with the message.  If an
   implementation receives an unknown TLV Type for any TLV in a message,
   it SHOULD ignore and silently discard the entire packet.  If the
   length of a TLV exceeds the available space in the containing packet,
   the implementation MUST ignore and silently discard the TLV and any
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   All Mtrace2 messages are UDP packets.  For IPv4, Mtrace2
   Query/Request/Reply messages MUST NOT be fragmented.  Therefore,
   Mtrace2 clients and LHRs/RPs MUST set the IP header do-not-fragment
   (DF) bit for all Mtrace2 messages.  For IPv6, the packet size for the
   Mtrace2 messages MUST NOT exceed 1280 bytes, which is the smallest
   Maximum Transmission Unit (MTU) for an IPv6 interface [8].  The
   source port is uniquely selected by the local host operating system.
   The destination port is the IANA-reserved Mtrace2 port number (see
   Section 8).  All Mtrace2 messages MUST have a valid UDP checksum.

   Additionally, Mtrace2 supports both IPv4 and IPv6, but not when
   mixed.  For example, if an Mtrace2 Query or Request message arrives
   as an IPv4 packet, all addresses specified in the Mtrace2 messages
   MUST be IPv4 as well.  The same rule applies to IPv6 Mtrace2
   messages.

3.1.  Mtrace2 TLV 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
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |     Type      |           Length              |   Value ....  |
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+

   Type: 8 bits

      Describes the format of the Value field.  For all the available
      types, please see Section 3.2.

   Length: 16 bits

      Length of Type, Length, and Value fields in octets.  Minimum
      length required is 4 octets.  The length MUST be a multiple of 4
      octets.  The maximum TLV length is not defined; however, the
      entire Mtrace2 packet length MUST NOT exceed the available MTU.

   Value: variable length

      The format is based on the Type value.  The length of the Value
      field is the Length field minus 3.  All reserved fields in the
      Value field MUST be transmitted as zeros and ignored on receipt.










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3.2.  Defined TLVs

   The following TLV Types are defined:

         Code         Type
         ====         ================================
         0x00         Reserved
         0x01         Mtrace2 Query
         0x02         Mtrace2 Request
         0x03         Mtrace2 Reply
         0x04         Mtrace2 Standard Response Block
         0x05         Mtrace2 Augmented Response Block
         0x06         Mtrace2 Extended Query Block

   Each Mtrace2 message MUST begin with either a Query, a Request, or a
   Reply TLV.  The first TLV determines the type of each Mtrace2
   message.  Following a Query TLV, there can be a sequence of optional
   Extended Query Blocks.  In the case of a Request or a Reply TLV, it
   is then followed by a sequence of Standard Response Blocks, each from
   a multicast router on the path towards the source or the RP.  In the
   case where more information is needed, a Standard Response Block can
   be followed by one or multiple Augmented Response Blocks.

   We will describe each message type in detail in the next few
   sections.

3.2.1.  Mtrace2 Query

   An Mtrace2 Query is originated by an Mtrace2 client, which sends an
   Mtrace2 Query message to the LHR.  The LHR modifies only the Type
   field of the Query TLV (to turn it into a "Request") before appending
   a Standard Response Block and forwarding it upstream.  The LHR and
   intermediate routers handling the Mtrace2 message when tracing
   upstream MUST NOT modify any other fields within the Query/Request
   TLV.  Additionally, intermediate routers handling the message after
   the LHR has converted the Query into a Request MUST NOT modify the
   Type field of the Request TLV.  If the actual number of hops is not
   known, an Mtrace2 client could send an initial Query message with a
   large # Hops (e.g., 0xff), in order to try to trace the full path.












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   An Mtrace2 Query message 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      |           Length              |    # Hops     |
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |                                                               |
     |                      Multicast Address                        |
     |                                                               |
     +=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+
     |                                                               |
     |                        Source Address                         |
     |                                                               |
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |                                                               |
     |                    Mtrace2 Client Address                     |
     |                                                               |
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |            Query ID           |         Client Port #         |
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+

   Length: 16 bits
      The Length field MUST be either 20 (i.e., 8 + 3 * 4 (IPv4
      addresses)) or 56 (i.e., 8 + 3 * 16 (IPv6 addresses)); if the
      length is 20, then IPv4 addresses MUST be assumed, and if the
      length is 56, then IPv6 addresses MUST be assumed.

   # Hops: 8 bits
      This field specifies the maximum number of hops that the Mtrace2
      client wants to trace.  If there are some error conditions in the
      middle of the path that prevent an Mtrace2 Reply from being
      received by the client, the client MAY issue another Mtrace2 Query
      with a lower number of hops until it receives a Reply.

   Multicast Address: 32 bits or 128 bits
      This field specifies an IPv4 or IPv6 address, which can be either:

      m-1:  a multicast group address to be traced or

      m-2:  all ones in case of IPv4 or the unspecified address (::) in
            case of IPv6 if no group-specific information is desired.









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   Source Address: 32 bits or 128 bits
      This field specifies an IPv4 or IPv6 address, which can be either:

      s-1:  a unicast address of the source to be traced or

      s-2:  all ones in case of IPv4 or the unspecified address (::) in
            case of IPv6 if no source-specific information is desired.
            For example, the client is tracing a (*,g) group state.

      Note that it is invalid to have a source-group combination of
      (s-2, m-2).  If a router receives such combination in an Mtrace2
      Query, it MUST silently discard the Query.

   Mtrace2 Client Address: 32 bits or 128 bits
      This field specifies the Mtrace2 client's IPv4 address or IPv6
      global address.  This address MUST be a valid unicast address;
      therefore, it MUST NOT be all ones or an unspecified address.  The
      Mtrace2 Reply will be sent to this address.

   Query ID: 16 bits
      This field is used as a unique identifier for this Mtrace2 Query
      so that duplicate or delayed Reply messages may be detected.

   Client Port #: 16 bits
      This field specifies the destination UDP port number for receiving
      the Mtrace2 Reply packet.

3.2.2.  Mtrace2 Request

   The Mtrace2 Request TLV is exactly the same as an Mtrace2 Query
   except for identifying the Type field of 0x02.

   When an LHR receives an Mtrace2 Query message, it turns the Query
   into a Request by changing the Type field of the Query from 0x01 to
   0x02.  The LHR then appends an Mtrace2 Standard Response Block (see
   Section 3.2.4) of its own to the Request message before sending it
   upstream.  The upstream routers do the same without changing the Type
   field until one of them is ready to send a Reply.

3.2.3.  Mtrace2 Reply

   The Mtrace2 Reply TLV is exactly the same as an Mtrace2 Query except
   for identifying the Type field of 0x03.

   When an FHR or an RP receives an Mtrace2 Request message that is
   destined to itself, it appends an Mtrace2 Standard Response Block
   (see Section 3.2.4) of its own to the Request message.  Next, it
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   the Request from 0x02 to 0x03 and by changing the UDP destination
   port to the port number specified in the Client Port Number field in
   the Request.  It then unicasts the Reply message to the Mtrace2
   client specified in the Mtrace2 Client Address field.

   There are a number of cases in which an intermediate router might
   return a Reply before a Request reaches the FHR or the RP.  See
   Sections 4.1.1, 4.2.2, 4.3.3, and 4.5 for more details.

3.2.4.  IPv4 Mtrace2 Standard Response Block

   This section describes the message format of an IPv4 Mtrace2 Standard
   Response Block.  The Type field is 0x04.

      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              |      MBZ      |
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |                      Query Arrival Time                       |
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |                  Incoming Interface Address                   |
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |                  Outgoing Interface Address                   |
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |                   Upstream Router Address                     |
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |                                                               |
     .           Input packet count on Incoming Interface            .
     |                                                               |
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |                                                               |
     .           Output packet count on Outgoing Interface           .
     |                                                               |
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |                                                               |
     .      Total number of packets for this source-group pair       .
     |                                                               |
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |          Rtg Protocol         |    Multicast Rtg Protocol     |
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |    Fwd TTL    |      MBZ      |S|   Src Mask  |Forwarding Code|
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+

   MBZ: 8 bits
      This field MUST be zeroed on transmission and ignored on
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   Query Arrival Time: 32 bits
      The Query Arrival Time is a 32-bit Network Time Protocol (NTP)
      timestamp specifying the arrival time of the Mtrace2 Query or
      Request packet at this router.  The 32-bit form of an NTP
      timestamp consists of the middle 32 bits of the full 64-bit form;
      that is, the low 16 bits of the integer part and the high 16 bits
      of the fractional part.

      The following formula converts from a timespec (fractional part in
      nanoseconds) to a 32-bit NTP timestamp:

         query_arrival_time
         = ((tv.tv_sec + 32384) << 16) + ((tv.tv_nsec << 7) / 1953125)

      The constant 32384 is the number of seconds from Jan 1, 1900 to
      Jan 1, 1970 truncated to 16 bits.  ((tv.tv_nsec << 7) / 1953125)
      is a reduction of ((tv.tv_nsec / 1000000000) << 16), where "<<"
      denotes a logical left shift.

      Note that synchronized clocks are required on the traced routers
      to estimate propagation and queuing delays between successive
      hops.  Nevertheless, even without this synchronization, an
      application can still estimate an upper bound on cumulative one-
      way latency by measuring the time between sending a Query and
      receiving a Reply.

      Additionally, Query Arrival Time is useful for measuring the
      packet rate.  For example, suppose that a client issues two
      Queries, and the corresponding Requests R1 and R2 arrive at router
      X at time T1 and T2, then the client would be able to compute the
      packet rate on router X by using the packet-count information
      stored in the R1 and R2 and using the time T1 and T2.

   Incoming Interface Address: 32 bits
      This field specifies the address of the interface on which packets
      from the source or the RP are expected to arrive, or 0 if unknown
      or unnumbered.

   Outgoing Interface Address: 32 bits
      This field specifies the address of the interface on which packets
      from the source or the RP are expected to transmit towards the
      receiver, or 0 if unknown or unnumbered.  This is also the address
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   Upstream Router Address: 32 bits
      This field specifies the address of the upstream router from which
      this router expects packets from this source.  This MAY be a
      multicast group (e.g., ALL-[protocol]-ROUTERS group) if the
      upstream router is not known because of the workings of the
      multicast routing protocol.  However, it MUST be 0 if the Incoming
      Interface address is unknown or unnumbered.

   Input packet count on Incoming Interface: 64 bits
      This field contains the number of multicast packets received for
      all groups and sources on the Incoming Interface, or all ones if
      no count can be reported.  This counter may have the same value as
      ifHCInMulticastPkts from the Interfaces Group MIB (IF-MIB) [9] for
      this interface.

   Output packet count on Outgoing Interface: 64 bits
      This field contains the number of multicast packets that have been
      transmitted or queued for transmission for all groups and sources
      on the Outgoing Interface, or all ones if no count can be
      reported.  This counter may have the same value as
      ifHCOutMulticastPkts from the IF-MIB [9] for this interface.

   Total number of packets for this source-group pair: 64 bits
      This field counts the number of packets from the specified source
      forwarded by the router to the specified group, or all ones if no
      count can be reported.  If the S bit is set (see below), the count
      is for the source network, as specified by the Src Mask field (see
      below).  If the S bit is set and the Src Mask field is 127,
      indicating no source-specific state, the count is for all sources
      sending to this group.  This counter should have the same value as
      ipMcastRoutePkts from the IP Multicast MIB [14] for this
      forwarding entry.

   Rtg Protocol: 16 bits
      This field describes the unicast routing protocol running between
      this router and the upstream router, and it is used to determine
      the Reverse Path Forwarding (RPF) interface for the specified
      source or RP.  This value should have the same value as
      ipMcastRouteRtProtocol from the IP Multicast MIB [14] for this
      entry.  If the router is not able to obtain this value, all 0's
      must be specified.

   Multicast Rtg Protocol: 16 bits
      This field describes the multicast routing protocol in use between
      the router and the upstream router.  This value should have the
      same value as ipMcastRouteProtocol from the IP Multicast MIB [14]
      for this entry.  If the router cannot obtain this value, all 0's
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   Fwd TTL: 8 bits
      This field contains the configured multicast TTL threshold, if
      any, of the Outgoing Interface.

   S: 1 bit
      If this bit is set, it indicates that the packet count for the
      source-group pair is for the source network, as determined by
      masking the source address with the Src Mask field.

   Src Mask: 7 bits
      This field contains the number of 1's in the netmask the router
      has for the source (i.e., a value of 24 means the netmask is
      0xffffff00).  If the router is forwarding solely on group state,
      this field is set to 127 (0x7f).

   Forwarding Code: 8 bits
      This field contains a forwarding information/error code.  Values
      with the high-order bit set (0x80-0xff) are intended for use with
      conditions that are transitory or automatically recovered.  Other
      Forwarding Code values indicate a need to fix a problem in the
      Query or a need to redirect the Query.  Sections 4.1 and 4.2
      explain how and when the Forwarding Code is filled.  Defined
      values are as follows:




























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   Value  Name            Description
   -----  --------------  ----------------------------------------------
   0x00   NO_ERROR        No error.
   0x01   WRONG_IF        Mtrace2 Request arrived on an interface
                          for which this router does not perform
                          forwarding for the specified group to the
                          source or RP.
   0x02   PRUNE_SENT      This router has sent a prune upstream that
                          applies to the source and group in the
                          Mtrace2 Request.
   0x03   PRUNE_RCVD      This router has stopped forwarding for this
                          source and group in response to a Request
                          from the downstream router.
   0x04   SCOPED          The group is subject to administrative
                          scoping at this router.
   0x05   NO_ROUTE        This router has no route for the source or
                          group and no way to determine a potential
                          route.
   0x06   WRONG_LAST_HOP  This router is not the proper LHR.
   0x07   NOT_FORWARDING  This router is not forwarding this source and
                          group out the Outgoing Interface for an
                          unspecified reason.
   0x08   REACHED_RP      Reached the Rendezvous Point.
   0x09   RPF_IF          Mtrace2 Request arrived on the expected
                          RPF interface for this source and group.
   0x0A   NO_MULTICAST    Mtrace2 Request arrived on an interface
                          that is not enabled for multicast.
   0x0B   INFO_HIDDEN     One or more hops have been hidden from this
                          trace.
   0x0C   REACHED_GW      Mtrace2 Request arrived on a gateway (e.g.,
                          a NAT or firewall) that hides the
                          information between this router and the
                          Mtrace2 client.
   0x0D   UNKNOWN_QUERY   A non-transitive Extended Query Type was
                          received by a router that does not support
                          the type.
   0x80   FATAL_ERROR     A fatal error is one where the router may
                          know the upstream router but cannot forward
                          the message to it.
   0x81   NO_SPACE        There was not enough room to insert another
                          Standard Response Block in the packet.
   0x83   ADMIN_PROHIB    Mtrace2 is administratively prohibited.









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3.2.5.  IPv6 Mtrace2 Standard Response Block

   This section describes the message format of an IPv6 Mtrace2 Standard
   Response Block.  The Type field is also 0x04.

      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              |      MBZ      |
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |                      Query Arrival Time                       |
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |                     Incoming Interface ID                     |
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |                     Outgoing Interface ID                     |
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |                                                               |
     *                         Local Address                         *
     |                                                               |
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |                                                               |
     *                         Remote Address                        *
     |                                                               |
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |                                                               |
     .           Input packet count on Incoming Interface            .
     |                                                               |
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |                                                               |
     .           Output packet count on Outgoing Interface           .
     |                                                               |
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |                                                               |
     .      Total number of packets for this source-group pair       .
     |                                                               |
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |          Rtg Protocol         |    Multicast Rtg Protocol     |
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |              MBZ 2          |S|Src Prefix Len |Forwarding Code|
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+

   MBZ: 8 bits
      This field MUST be zeroed on transmission and ignored on
      reception.

   Query Arrival Time: 32 bits
      Same definition as in IPv4.




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   Incoming Interface ID: 32 bits
      This field specifies the interface ID on which packets from the
      source or RP are expected to arrive, or 0 if unknown.  This ID
      should be the value taken from InterfaceIndex of the IF-MIB [9]
      for this interface.

   Outgoing Interface ID: 32 bits
      This field specifies the interface ID to which packets from the
      source or RP are expected to transmit, or 0 if unknown.  This ID
      should be the value taken from InterfaceIndex of the IF-MIB [9]
      for this interface.

   Local Address: 128 bits
      This field specifies a global IPv6 address that uniquely
      identifies the router.  A unique local unicast address [12] SHOULD
      NOT be used unless the router is only assigned link-local and
      unique local addresses.  If the router is only assigned link-local
      addresses, its link-local address can be specified in this field.

   Remote Address: 128 bits
      This field specifies the address of the upstream router, which, in
      most cases, is a link-local unicast address for the upstream
      router.

      Although a link-local address does not have enough information to
      identify a node, it is possible to detect the upstream router with
      the assistance of the Incoming Interface ID and the current router
      address (i.e., Local Address).

      Note that this may be a multicast group (e.g., ALL-[protocol]-
      ROUTERS group) if the upstream router is not known because of the
      workings of a multicast routing protocol.  However, it should be
      the unspecified address (::) if the Incoming Interface address is
      unknown.

   Input packet count on Incoming Interface: 64 bits
      Same definition as in IPv4.

   Output packet count on Outgoing Interface: 64 bits
      Same definition as in IPv4.

   Total number of packets for this source-group pair: 64 bits
      Same definition as in IPv4, except if the S bit is set (see
      below), the count is for the source network, as specified by the
      Src Prefix Len field.  If the S bit is set and the Src Prefix Len
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      for all sources sending to this group.  This counter should have
      the same value as ipMcastRoutePkts from the IP Multicast MIB [14]
      for this forwarding entry.

   Rtg Protocol: 16 bits
      Same definition as in IPv4.

   Multicast Rtg Protocol: 16 bits

      Same definition as in IPv4.

   MBZ 2: 15 bits
      This field MUST be zeroed on transmission and ignored on
      reception.

   S: 1 bit
      Same definition as in IPv4, except the Src Prefix Len field is
      used to mask the source address.

   Src Prefix Len: 8 bits
      This field contains the prefix length this router has for the
      source.  If the router is forwarding solely on group state, this
      field is set to 255 (0xff).

   Forwarding Code: 8 bits
      Same definition as in IPv4.

3.2.6.  Mtrace2 Augmented Response Block

   In addition to the Standard Response Block, a multicast router on the
   traced path can optionally add one or multiple Augmented Response
   Blocks before sending the Request to its upstream router.

   The Augmented Response Block is flexible for various purposes such as
   providing diagnosis information (see Section 7) and protocol
   verification.  Its Type field is 0x05, and its format is 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      |           Length              |      MBZ      |
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |    Augmented Response Type    |           Value ....          |
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+

   MBZ: 8 bits
      This field MUST be zeroed on transmission and ignored on
      reception.



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   Augmented Response Type: 16 bits
      This field specifies the type of various responses from a
      multicast router that might need to communicate back to the
      Mtrace2 client as well as the multicast routers on the traced
      path.

      The Augmented Response Type is defined as follows:

         Code      Type
         ======    ==============================================
         0x0001    # of the returned Standard Response Blocks

      When the NO_SPACE error occurs on a router, the router should send
      the original Mtrace2 Request received from the downstream router
      as a Reply back to the Mtrace2 client and continue with a new
      Mtrace2 Request.  In the new Request, the router adds a Standard
      Response Block followed by an Augmented Response Block with 0x01
      as the Augmented Response Type, and the number of the returned
      Mtrace2 Standard Response Blocks as the Value.

      Each upstream router recognizes the total number of hops the
      Request has traced so far by adding this number and the number of
      the Standard Response Block in the current Request message.

      This document only defines one Augmented Response Type in the
      Augmented Response Block.  The description on how to provide
      diagnosis information using the Augmented Response Block is out of
      the scope of this document and will be addressed in separate
      documents.

   Value: variable length
      The format is based on the Augmented Response Type value.  The
      length of the Value field is Length field minus 6.

3.2.7.  Mtrace2 Extended Query Block

   There may be a sequence of optional Extended Query Blocks that follow
   an Mtrace2 Query to further specify any information needed for the
   Query.  For example, an Mtrace2 client might be interested in tracing
   the path the specified source and group would take based on a certain
   topology.  In this case, the client can pass in the multi-topology ID
   as the value for an Extended Query Type (see below).  The Extended
   Query Type is extensible, and the behavior of the new types will be
   addressed by separate documents.







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   The Mtrace2 Extended Query Block's Type field is 0x06 and is
   formatted 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      |           Length              |      MBZ    |T|
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |      Extended Query Type      |           Value ....          |
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+

   MBZ: 7 bits
      This field MUST be zeroed on transmission and ignored on
      reception.

   T-bit (Transitive Attribute): 1 bit
      If the TLV Type is unrecognized by the receiving router, then this
      TLV is either discarded or forwarded along with the Query,
      depending on the value of this bit.  If this bit is set, then the
      router MUST forward this TLV.  If this bit is clear, the router
      MUST send an Mtrace2 Reply with an UNKNOWN_QUERY error.

   Extended Query Type: 16 bits
      This field specifies the type of the Extended Query Block.

   Value: 16 bits
      This field specifies the value of this Extended Query.

4.  Router Behavior

   This section describes the router behavior in the context of Mtrace2
   in detail.

4.1.  Receiving an Mtrace2 Query

   An Mtrace2 Query message is an Mtrace2 message with no response
   blocks filled in and uses a TLV Type of 0x01.

4.1.1.  Query Packet Verification

   Upon receiving an Mtrace2 Query message, a router MUST examine
   whether the Multicast Address and the Source Address are a valid
   combination as specified in Section 3.2.1, and whether the Mtrace2
   Client Address is a valid IP unicast address.  If either one is
   invalid, the Query MUST be silently ignored.






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   Mtrace2 supports a non-local client to the LHR/RP.  A router MUST,
   however, support a mechanism to drop Queries from clients beyond a
   specified administrative boundary.  The potential approaches are
   described in Section 9.2.

   In the case where a local LHR client is required, the router must
   then examine the Query to see if it is the proper LHR/RP for the
   destination address in the packet.  It is the proper local LHR if it
   has a multicast-capable interface on the same subnet as the Mtrace2
   Client Address and is the router that would forward traffic from the
   given (S,G) or (*,G) onto that subnet.  It is the proper RP if the
   multicast group address specified in the Query is 0 and if the IP
   header destination address is a valid RP address on this router.

   If the router determines that it is not the proper LHR/RP, or it
   cannot make that determination, it does one of two things depending
   on whether the Query was received via multicast or unicast.  If the
   Query was received via multicast, then it MUST be silently discarded.
   If it was received via unicast, the router turns the Query into a
   Reply message by changing the TLV Type to 0x03 and appending a
   Standard Response Block with a Forwarding Code of WRONG_LAST_HOP.
   The rest of the fields in the Standard Response Block MUST be zeroed.
   The router then sends the Reply message to the Mtrace2 Client Address
   on the Client Port # as specified in the Mtrace2 Query.

   Duplicate Query messages as identified by the tuple (Mtrace2 Client
   Address, Query ID) SHOULD be ignored.  This MAY be implemented using
   a cache of previously processed Queries keyed by the Mtrace2 Client
   Address and Query ID pair.  The duration of the cached entries is
   implementation specific.  Duplicate Request messages MUST NOT be
   ignored in this manner.

4.1.2.  Query Normal Processing

   When a router receives an Mtrace2 Query and it determines that it is
   the proper LHR/RP, it turns the Query to a Request by changing the
   TLV Type from 0x01 to 0x02, and it performs the steps listed in
   Section 4.2.

4.2.  Receiving an Mtrace2 Request

   An Mtrace2 Request is an Mtrace2 message that uses the TLV Type of
   0x02.  With the exception of the LHR, whose Request was just
   converted from a Query, each Request received by a router should have
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4.2.1.  Request Packet Verification

   If the Mtrace2 Request does not come from an adjacent router, or if
   the Request is not addressed to this router, or if the Request is
   addressed to a multicast group that is not a link-scoped group (i.e.,
   224.0.0.0/24 for IPv4 and FFx2::/16 for IPv6 [2]), it MUST be
   silently ignored.  The Generalized TTL Security Mechanism (GTSM) [13]
   SHOULD be used by the router to determine whether the router is
   adjacent or not.  Source verification specified in Section 9.2 is
   also considered.

   If the sum of the number of the Standard Response Blocks in the
   received Mtrace2 Request and the value of the Augmented Response Type
   of 0x01, if any, is equal or more than the # Hops in the Mtrace2
   Request, it MUST be silently ignored.

4.2.2.  Request Normal Processing

   When a router receives an Mtrace2 Request message, it performs the
   following steps.  Note that it is possible to have multiple
   situations covered by the Forwarding Codes.  The first one
   encountered is the one that is reported, i.e., all "note Forwarding
   Code N" should be interpreted as "if Forwarding Code is not already
   set, set Forwarding Code to N".  Note that in the steps described
   below, the "Outgoing Interface" is the one on which the Mtrace2
   Request message arrives.

   1.   Prepare a Standard Response Block to be appended to the packet,
        setting all fields to an initial default value of zero.

   2.   If Mtrace2 is administratively prohibited, note the Forwarding
        Code of ADMIN_PROHIB and skip to step 4.

   3.   In the Standard Response Block, fill in the Query Arrival Time,
        Outgoing Interface Address (for IPv4) or Outgoing Interface ID
        (for IPv6), Output Packet Count, and Fwd TTL (for IPv4).

   4.   Attempt to determine the forwarding information for the
        specified source and group, using the same mechanisms as would
        be used when a packet is received from the source destined for
        the group.  A state need not be instantiated, it can be a
        "phantom" state created only for the purpose of the trace, such
        as "dry-run".

        If using a shared-tree protocol and there is no source-specific
        state, or if no source-specific information is desired (i.e.,
        all ones for IPv4 or an unspecified address (::) for IPv6),
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        group-specific information is desired, potential source state
        (i.e., the path that would be followed for a source-specific
        "join") should be used.

   5.   If no forwarding information can be determined, the router notes
        a Forwarding Code of NO_ROUTE, sets the remaining fields that
        have not yet been filled in to zero, and then sends an Mtrace2
        Reply back to the Mtrace2 client.

   6.   If a Forwarding Code of ADMIN_PROHIB has been set, skip to step
        7.  Otherwise, fill in the Incoming Interface Address (or
        Incoming Interface ID and Local Address for IPv6), Upstream
        Router Address (or Remote Address for IPv6), Input Packet Count,
        Total Number of Packets, Routing Protocol, S, and Src Mask (or
        Src Prefix Len for IPv6) using the forwarding information
        determined in step 4.

   7.   If the Outgoing Interface is not enabled for multicast, note
        Forwarding Code of NO_MULTICAST.  If the Outgoing Interface is
        the interface from which the router would expect data to arrive
        from the source, note Forwarding Code RPF_IF.  If the Outgoing
        Interface is not one to which the router would forward data from
        the source or RP to the group, a Forwarding Code of WRONG_IF is
        noted.  In the above three cases, the router will return an
        Mtrace2 Reply and terminate the trace.

   8.   If the group is subject to administrative scoping on either the
        Outgoing or Incoming Interfaces, a Forwarding Code of SCOPED is
        noted.

   9.   If this router is the RP for the group for a non-source-specific
        Query, note a Forwarding Code of REACHED_RP.  The router will
        send an Mtrace2 Reply and terminate the trace.

   10.  If this router is directly connected to the specified source or
        source network on the Incoming Interface, it sets the Upstream
        Router Address (for IPv4) or the Remote Address (for IPv6) of
        the response block to zero.  The router will send an Mtrace2
        Reply and terminate the trace.

   11.  If this router has sent a prune upstream that applies to the
        source and group in the Mtrace2 Request, it notes a Forwarding
        Code of PRUNE_SENT.  If the router has stopped forwarding
        downstream in response to a prune sent by the downstream router,
        it notes a Forwarding Code of PRUNE_RCVD.  If the router should
        normally forward traffic downstream for this source and group
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   12.  If this router is a gateway (e.g., a NAT or firewall) that hides
        the information between this router and the Mtrace2 client, it
        notes a Forwarding Code of REACHED_GW.  The router continues the
        processing as described in Section 4.5.

   13.  If the total number of the Standard Response Blocks, including
        the newly prepared one, and the value of the Augmented Response
        Type of 0x01, if any, is less than the # Hops in the Request,
        the packet is then forwarded to the upstream router as described
        in Section 4.3; otherwise, the packet is sent as an Mtrace2
        Reply to the Mtrace2 client as described in Section 4.4.

4.3.  Forwarding Mtrace2 Request

   This section describes how an Mtrace2 Request should be forwarded.

4.3.1.  Destination Address

   If the upstream router for the Mtrace2 Request is known for this
   Request, the Mtrace2 Request is sent to that router.  If the Incoming
   Interface is known but the upstream router is not, the Mtrace2
   Request is sent to an appropriate multicast address on the Incoming
   Interface.  The multicast address SHOULD depend on the multicast
   routing protocol in use, such as ALL-[protocol]-ROUTERS group.  It
   MUST be a link-scoped group (i.e., 224.0.0.0/24 for IPv4 and
   FF02::/16 for IPv6) and MUST NOT be the all-systems multicast group
   (224.0.0.1) for IPv4 and All Nodes Address (FF02::1) for IPv6.  It
   MAY also be the all-routers multicast group (224.0.0.2) for IPv4 or
   All Routers Address (FF02::2) for IPv6 if the routing protocol in use
   does not define a more appropriate multicast address.

4.3.2.  Source Address

   An Mtrace2 Request should be sent with the address of the Incoming
   Interface.  However, if the Incoming Interface is unnumbered, the
   router can use one of its numbered interface addresses as the source
   address.

4.3.3.  Appending Standard Response Block

   An Mtrace2 Request MUST be sent upstream towards the source or the RP
   after appending a Standard Response Block to the end of the received
   Mtrace2 Request.  The Standard Response Block includes the multicast
   states and statistics information of the router described in
   Section 3.2.4.






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   If appending the Standard Response Block would make the Mtrace2
   Request packet longer than the MTU of the Incoming Interface, or, in
   the case of IPv6, longer than 1280 bytes, the router MUST change the
   Forwarding Code in the last Standard Response Block of the received
   Mtrace2 Request into NO_SPACE.  The router then turns the Request
   into a Reply and sends the Reply as described in Section 4.4.

   The router will continue with a new Request by copying the old
   Request, excluding all the response blocks, followed by the
   previously prepared Standard Response Block and an Augmented Response
   Block with 0x01 as the Augmented Response Type, and the number of the
   returned Standard Response Blocks as the Value.

4.4.  Sending Mtrace2 Reply

   An Mtrace2 Reply MUST be returned to the client by a router if any of
   the following conditions occur:

   1.  The total number of the traced routers are equal to the # Hops in
       the Request (including the one just added) plus the number of the
       returned blocks, if any.

   2.  Appending the Standard Response Block would make the Mtrace2
       Request packet longer than the MTU of the Incoming Interface.
       (In case of IPv6, not more than 1280 bytes; see Section 4.3.3 for
       additional details on the handling of this case.)

   3.  The Request has reached the RP for a non-source-specific Query or
       has reached the first-hop router for a source-specific Query (see
       Section 4.2.2, items 9 and 10, for additional details).

4.4.1.  Destination Address

   An Mtrace2 Reply MUST be sent to the address specified in the Mtrace2
   Client Address field in the Mtrace2 Request.

4.4.2.  Source Address

   An Mtrace2 Reply SHOULD be sent with the address of the router's
   Outgoing Interface.  However, if the Outgoing Interface address is
   unnumbered, the router can use one of its numbered interface
   addresses as the source address.

4.4.3.  Appending Standard Response Block

   An Mtrace2 Reply MUST be sent with the prepared Standard Response
   Block appended at the end of the received Mtrace2 Request except in
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4.5.  Proxying Mtrace2 Query

   When a gateway (e.g., a NAT or firewall), which needs to block
   unicast packets to the Mtrace2 client, or hide information between
   the gateway and the Mtrace2 client, receives an Mtrace2 Query from an
   adjacent host or Mtrace2 Request from an adjacent router, it appends
   a Standard Response Block with REACHED_GW as the Forwarding Code.  It
   turns the Query or Request into a Reply and sends the Reply back to
   the client.

   At the same time, the gateway originates a new Mtrace2 Query message
   by copying the original Mtrace2 header (the Query or Request without
   any of the response blocks) and making the following changes:

   o  setting the RPF interface's address as the Mtrace2 Client Address;

   o  using its own port number as the Client Port #; and,

   o  decreasing # Hops by ((number of the Standard Response Blocks that
      were just returned in a Reply) - 1).  The "- 1" in this expression
      accounts for the additional Standard Response Block appended by
      the gateway router.

   The new Mtrace2 Query message is then sent to the upstream router or
   to an appropriate multicast address on the RPF interface.

   When the gateway receives an Mtrace2 Reply whose Query ID matches the
   one in the original Mtrace2 header, it MUST relay the Mtrace2 Reply
   back to the Mtrace2 client by replacing the Reply's header with the
   original Mtrace2 header.  If the gateway does not receive the
   corresponding Mtrace2 Reply within the [Mtrace Reply Timeout] period
   (see Section 5.8.4), then it silently discards the original Mtrace2
   Query or Request message and terminates the trace.

4.6.  Hiding Information

   Information about a domain's topology and connectivity may be hidden
   from Mtrace2 Requests.  The Forwarding Code of INFO_HIDDEN may be
   used to note that.  For example, the Incoming Interface address and
   packet count on the ingress router of a domain, and the Outgoing
   Interface address and packet count on the egress router of the
   domain, can be specified as all ones.  Additionally, the source-group
   packet count (see Sections 3.2.4 and 3.2.5) within the domain may be
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5.  Client Behavior

   This section describes the behavior of an Mtrace2 client in detail.

5.1.  Sending Mtrace2 Query

   An Mtrace2 client initiates an Mtrace2 Query by sending the Query to
   the LHR of interest.

5.1.1.  Destination Address

   If an Mtrace2 client knows the proper LHR, it unicasts an Mtrace2
   Query packet to that router; otherwise, it MAY send the Mtrace2 Query
   packet to the all-routers multicast group (224.0.0.2) for IPv4 or All
   Routers Address (FF02::2) for IPv6.  This will ensure that the packet
   is received by the LHR on the subnet.

   See also Section 5.4 on determining the LHR.

5.1.2.  Source Address

   An Mtrace2 Query MUST be sent with the client's interface address,
   which is the Mtrace2 Client Address.

5.2.  Determining the Path

   An Mtrace2 client could send an initial Query message with a large #
   Hops, in order to try to trace the full path.  If this attempt fails,
   one strategy is to perform a linear search (as the traditional
   unicast traceroute program does); set the # Hops field to 1 and try
   to get a Reply, then 2, and so on.  If no Reply is received at a
   certain hop, this hop is identified as the probable cause of
   forwarding failures on the path.  Nevertheless, the sender may
   attempt to continue tracing past the non-responding hop by further
   increasing the hop count in the hope that further hops may respond.
   Each of these attempts MUST NOT be initiated before the previous
   attempt has terminated either because of successful reception of a
   Reply or because the [Mtrace Reply Timeout] timeout has occurred.

   See also Section 5.6 on receiving the results of a trace.

5.3.  Collecting Statistics

   After a client has determined that it has traced the whole path or as
   much as it can expect to (see Section 5.8), it might collect
   statistics by waiting a short time and performing a second trace.  If
   the path is the same in the two traces, statistics can be displayed
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5.4.  Last-Hop Router (LHR)

   The Mtrace2 client may not know which is the last-hop router, or that
   router may be behind a firewall that blocks unicast packets but
   passes multicast packets.  In these cases, the Mtrace2 Request should
   be multicasted to the all-routers multicast group (224.0.0.2) for
   IPv4 or All Routers Address (FF02::2) for IPv6.  All routers except
   the correct last-hop router SHOULD ignore any Mtrace2 Request
   received via multicast.

5.5.  First-Hop Router (FHR)

   The IANA assigned 224.0.1.32 as the default multicast group for old
   IPv4 mtrace (v1) responses, in order to support mtrace clients that
   are not unicast reachable from the first-hop router.  Mtrace2,
   however, does not require any IPv4/IPv6 multicast addresses for the
   Mtrace2 Replies.  Every Mtrace2 Reply is sent to the unicast address
   specified in the Mtrace2 Client Address field of the Mtrace2 Reply.

5.6.  Broken Intermediate Router

   A broken intermediate router might simply not understand Mtrace2
   packets and drop them.  The Mtrace2 client will get no Reply at all
   as a result.  It should then perform a hop-by-hop search by setting
   the # Hops field until it gets an Mtrace2 Reply.  The client may use
   linear or binary search; however, the latter is likely to be slower
   because a failure requires waiting for the [Mtrace Reply Timeout]
   period.

5.7.  Non-supported Router

   When a non-supported router receives an Mtrace2 Query or Request
   message whose destination address is a multicast address, the router
   will silently discard the message.

   When the router receives an Mtrace2 Query that is destined to itself,
   the router returns an Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP) port
   unreachable to the Mtrace2 client.  On the other hand, when the
   router receives an Mtrace2 Request that is destined to itself, the
   router returns an ICMP port unreachable to its adjacent router from
   which the Request receives.  Therefore, the Mtrace2 client needs to
   terminate the trace when the [Mtrace Reply Timeout] timeout has
   occurred, and it may then issue another Query with a lower number of
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5.8.  Mtrace2 Termination

   When performing an expanding hop-by-hop trace, it is necessary to
   determine when to stop expanding.

5.8.1.  Arriving at Source

   A trace can be determined to have arrived at the source if the
   Incoming Interface of the last router in the trace is non-zero, but
   the upstream router is zero.

5.8.2.  Fatal Error

   A trace has encountered a fatal error if the last Forwarding Error in
   the trace has the 0x80 bit set.

5.8.3.  No Upstream Router

   A trace cannot continue if the last upstream router in the trace is
   set to 0.

5.8.4.  Reply Timeout

   This document defines the [Mtrace Reply Timeout] value, which is used
   to time out an Mtrace2 Reply as seen in Sections 4.5, 5.2, and 5.7.
   The default [Mtrace Reply Timeout] value is 10 (seconds) and can be
   manually changed on the Mtrace2 client and routers.

5.9.  Continuing after an Error

   When the NO_SPACE error occurs, as described in Section 4.2, a router
   will send back an Mtrace2 Reply to the Mtrace2 client and continue
   with a new Request (see Section 4.3.3).  In this case, the Mtrace2
   client may receive multiple Mtrace2 Replies from different routers
   along the path.  When this happens, the client MUST treat them as a
   single Mtrace2 Reply message by collating the Augmented Response
   Blocks of subsequent Replies sharing the same Query ID, sequencing
   each cluster of Augmented Response Blocks based on the order in which
   they are received.

   If a trace times out, it is very likely that a router in the middle
   of the path does not support Mtrace2.  That router's address will be
   in the Upstream Router field of the last Standard Response Block in
   the last received Reply.  A client may be able to determine a list of
   neighbors of the non-responding router (e.g., by using the Simple
   Network Management Protocol (SNMP) [12] [14]).  The neighbors
   obtained in this way could then be probed (via the multicast MIB
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   neighbor) of the non-responding router.  This algorithm can identify
   the upstream neighbor because, even though there may be multiple
   neighbors, the non-responding router should only have sent a "join"
   to the one neighbor corresponding to its selected RPF path.  Because
   of this, only the RPF neighbor should contain the non-responding
   router as a multicast next hop in its MIB output list for the
   affected multicast route.

6.  Protocol-Specific Considerations

   This section describes the Mtrace2 behavior with the presence of
   different multicast protocols.

6.1.  PIM-SM

   When an Mtrace2 reaches a PIM-SM RP, and the RP does not forward the
   trace on, it means that the RP has not performed a source-specific
   join, so there is no more state to trace.  However, the path that
   traffic would use if the RP did perform a source-specific join can be
   traced by setting the trace destination to the RP, the trace source
   to the traffic source, and the trace group to 0.  This Mtrace2 Query
   may be unicasted to the RP, and the RP takes the same actions as an
   LHR.

6.2.  Bidirectional PIM

   Bidirectional PIM [4] is a variant of PIM-SM that builds
   bidirectional shared trees that connect multicast sources and
   receivers.  Along the bidirectional shared trees, multicast data is
   natively forwarded from the sources to the Rendezvous Point Link
   (RPL), and from which, to receivers without requiring source-specific
   state.  In contrast to PIM-SM, Bidirectional PIM always has the state
   to trace.

   A Designated Forwarder (DF) for a given Rendezvous Point Address
   (RPA) is in charge of forwarding downstream traffic onto its link and
   forwarding upstream traffic from its link towards the RPL that the
   RPA belongs to.  Hence, Mtrace2 Reply reports DF addresses or RPA
   along the path.

6.3.  PIM-DM

   Routers running PIM - Dense Mode (PIM-DM) [11] do not know the path
   packets would take unless traffic is flowing.  Without some extra
   protocol mechanism, this means that in an environment with multiple
   possible paths with branch points on shared media, Mtrace2 can only
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   possible paths but the branch points are not on shared media, the
   upstream router is known, but the LHR may not know that it is the
   appropriate last hop.

   When traffic is flowing, PIM-DM routers know whether or not they are
   the LHR for the link (because they won or lost an Assert battle) and
   know who the upstream router is (because it won an Assert battle).
   Therefore, Mtrace2 is always able to follow the proper path when
   traffic is flowing.

6.4.  IGMP/MLD Proxy

   When an IGMP or Multicast Listener Discovery (MLD) Proxy [3] receives
   an Mtrace2 Query packet on an Incoming Interface, it notes a WRONG_IF
   in the Forwarding Code of the last Standard Response Block (see
   Section 3.2.4) and sends the Mtrace2 Reply back to the Mtrace2
   client.  On the other hand, when an Mtrace2 Query packet reaches an
   Outgoing Interface of the IGMP/MLD proxy, it is forwarded onto its
   Incoming Interface towards the upstream router.

7.  Problem Diagnosis

   This section describes different scenarios in which Mtrace2 can be
   used to diagnose the multicast problems.

7.1.  Forwarding Inconsistencies

   The Forwarding Error code can tell if a group is unexpectedly pruned
   or administratively scoped.

7.2.  TTL or Hop-Limit Problems

   By taking the maximum of hops from the source and forwarding the TTL
   threshold over all hops, it is possible to discover the TTL or hop
   limit required for the source to reach the destination.

7.3.  Packet Loss

   By taking multiple traces, it is possible to find packet-loss
   information by tracking the difference between the output packet
   count for the specified source-group address pair at a given upstream
   router and the input packet count on the next-hop downstream router.
   On a point-to-point link, any steadily increasing difference in these
   counts implies packet loss.  Although the packet counts will differ
   due to Mtrace2 Request propagation delay, the difference should
   remain essentially constant (except for jitter caused by differences
   in propagation time among the trace iterations).  However, this
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   occurring.  On a shared link, the count of input packets can be
   larger than the number of output packets at the previous hop, due to
   other routers or hosts on the link injecting packets.  This appears
   as "negative loss", which may mask real packet loss.

   In addition to the counts of input and output packets for all
   multicast traffic on the interfaces, the Standard Response Block
   includes a count of the packets forwarded by a node for the specified
   source-group pair.  Taking the difference in this count between two
   traces and then comparing those differences between two hops gives a
   measure of packet loss just for traffic from the specified source to
   the specified receiver via the specified group.  This measure is not
   affected by shared links.

   On a point-to-point link that is a multicast tunnel, packet loss is
   usually due to congestion in unicast routers along the path of that
   tunnel.  On native multicast links, loss is more likely in the output
   queue of one hop, perhaps due to priority dropping, or in the input
   queue at the next hop.  The counters in the Standard Response Block
   do not allow these cases to be distinguished.  Differences in packet
   counts between the Incoming and Outgoing Interfaces on one node
   cannot generally be used to measure queue overflow in the node.

7.4.  Link Utilization

   Again, with two traces, you can divide the difference in the input or
   output packet counts at some hop by the difference in timestamps from
   the same hop to obtain the packet rate over the link.  If the average
   packet size is known, then the link utilization can also be estimated
   to see whether packet loss may be due to the rate limit or the
   physical capacity on a particular link being exceeded.

7.5.  Time Delay

   If the routers have synchronized clocks, it is possible to estimate
   propagation and queuing delay from the differences between the
   timestamps at successive hops.  However, this delay includes control
   processing overhead, so is not necessarily indicative of the delay
   that data traffic would experience.

8.  IANA Considerations

   The following registries have been created and are maintained under
   the "Specification Required" registry policy as specified in [6].







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8.1.  "Mtrace2 Forwarding Codes" Registry

   This registry holds integers in the range 0-255.  Assignment of a
   Forwarding Code requires specification of a value and a name for the
   Forwarding Code.  Initial values for the Forwarding Codes are given
   in the table at the end of Section 3.2.4.  Additional values
   (specific to IPv6) may also be specified at the end of Section 3.2.5.
   Any additions to this registry are required to fully describe the
   conditions under which the new Forwarding Code is used.

8.2.  "Mtrace2 TLV Types" Registry

   Assignment of a TLV Type requires specification of an integer value
   "Code" in the range 0-255 and a name ("Type").  Initial values for
   the TLV Types are given in the table at the beginning of Section 3.2.

8.3.  UDP Destination Port

   IANA has assigned UDP user port 33435 (mtrace) for use by this
   protocol as the Mtrace2 UDP destination port.

9.  Security Considerations

   This section addresses some of the security considerations related to
   Mtrace2.

9.1.  Addresses in Mtrace2 Header

   An Mtrace2 header includes three addresses: a source address, a
   multicast address, and an Mtrace2 Client Address.  These addresses
   MUST be congruent with the definition defined in Section 3.2.1, and
   forwarding Mtrace2 messages that have invalid addresses MUST be
   prohibited.  For instance, if the Mtrace2 Client Address specified in
   an Mtrace2 header is a multicast address, then a router that receives
   the Mtrace2 message MUST silently discard it.

9.2.  Verification of Clients and Peers

   A router providing Mtrace2 functionality MUST support a source-
   verification mechanism to drop Queries from clients and Requests from
   peer router or client addresses that are unauthorized or that are
   beyond a specified administrative boundary.  This verification could,
   for example, be specified via a list of allowed/disallowed clients
   and peer addresses or subnets for a given Mtrace2 message type sent
   to the Mtrace2 protocol port.  If a Query or Request is received from
   an unauthorized address or one beyond the specified administrative
   boundary, the Query/Request MUST NOT be processed.  The router MAY,
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   The required use of source verification on the participating routers
   minimizes the possible methods for introduction of spoofed Query/
   Request packets that would otherwise enable DoS amplification attacks
   targeting an authorized "query" host.  The source verification
   mechanisms provide this protection by allowing Query messages from an
   authorized host address to be received only by the router(s)
   connected to that host and only on the interface to which that host
   is attached.  For protection against spoofed Request messages, the
   source-verification mechanisms allow Request messages only from a
   directly connected routing peer and allow these messages to be
   received only on the interface to which that peer is attached.

   Note that the following vulnerabilities cannot be covered by the
   source verification methods described here.  These methods can,
   nevertheless, prevent attacks launched from outside the boundaries of
   a given network as well as from any hosts within the network that are
   not on the same LAN as an intended authorized query client.

   o  A server/router "B" other than the server/router "A" that actually
      "owns" a given IP address could, if it is connected to the same
      LAN, send an Mtrace2 Query or Request with the source address set
      to the address for server/router "A".  This is not a significant
      threat, however, if only trusted servers and routers are connected
      to that LAN.

   o  A malicious application running on a trusted server or router
      could send packets that might cause an amplification problem.  It
      is beyond the scope of this document to protect against a DoS
      attack launched from the same host that is the target of the
      attack or from another "on path" host, but this is not a likely
      threat scenario.  In addition, routers on the path MAY rate-limit
      the packets as specified in Sections 9.5 and 9.6.

9.3.  Topology Discovery

   Mtrace2 can be used to discover any actively used topology.  If your
   network topology is a secret, Mtrace2 may be restricted at the border
   of your domain, using the ADMIN_PROHIB Forwarding Code.

9.4.  Characteristics of Multicast Channel

   Mtrace2 can be used to discover what sources are sending to what
   groups and at what rates.  If this information is a secret, Mtrace2
   may be restricted at the border of your domain, using the
   ADMIN_PROHIB Forwarding Code.






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9.5.  Limiting Query/Request Rates

   A router may limit Mtrace2 Queries and Requests by ignoring some of
   the consecutive messages.  The router MAY randomly ignore the
   received messages to minimize the processing overhead, i.e., to keep
   fairness in processing Queries or prevent traffic amplification.  The
   rate limit is left to the router's implementation.

9.6.  Limiting Reply Rates

   The proxying and NO_SPACE behaviors may result in one Query returning
   multiple Reply messages.  In order to prevent abuse, the routers in
   the traced path MAY need to rate-limit the Replies.  The rate-limit
   function is left to the router's implementation.

9.7.  Specific Security Concerns

9.7.1.  Request and Response Bombardment

   A malicious sender could generate invalid and undesirable Mtrace2
   traffic to hosts and/or routers on a network by eliciting responses
   to spoofed or multicast client addresses.  This could be done via
   forged or multicast client/source addresses in Mtrace2 Query or
   Request messages.  The recommended protections against this type of
   attack are described in Sections 9.1, 9.2, 9.5, and 9.6.

9.7.2.  Amplification Attack

   Because an Mtrace2 Query results in Mtrace2 Request and Mtrace2 Reply
   messages that are larger than the original message, the potential
   exists for an amplification attack from a malicious sender.  This
   threat is minimized by restricting the set of addresses from which
   Mtrace2 messages can be received on a given router as specified in
   Section 9.2.

   In addition, for a router running a PIM protocol (PIM-SM, PIM-DM, PIM
   - Source-Specific Multicast (PIM-SSM), or Bidirectional PIM), the
   router SHOULD drop any Mtrace2 Request or Reply message that is
   received from an IP address that does not correspond to an
   authenticated PIM neighbor on the interface from which the packet is
   received.  The intent of this text is to prevent non-router endpoints
   from injecting Request messages.  Implementations of non-PIM
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9.7.3.  Leaking of Confidential Topology Details

   Mtrace2 Queries are a potential mechanism for obtaining confidential
   topology information for a targeted network.  Sections 9.2 and 9.4
   describe required and optional methods for ensuring that information
   delivered with Mtrace2 messages is not disseminated to unauthorized
   hosts.

9.7.4.  Delivery of False Information (Forged Reply Messages)

   Forged Reply messages could potentially provide a host with invalid
   or incorrect topology information.  They could also provide invalid
   or incorrect information regarding multicast traffic statistics,
   multicast stream propagation delay between hops, multicast and
   unicast protocols in use between hops and other information used for
   analyzing multicast traffic patterns, and troubleshooting multicast
   traffic problems.  This threat is mitigated by the following factors:

   o  The required source verification of permissible source addresses
      specified in Section 9.2 eliminates the origination of forged
      Replies from addresses that have not been authorized to send
      Mtrace2 messages to routers on a given network.  This mechanism
      can block forged Reply messages sent from any "off path" source.

   o  To forge a Reply, the sender would need to somehow know (or guess)
      the associated 2-byte Query ID for an extant Query and the
      dynamically allocated source port number.  Because "off path"
      sources can be blocked by a source verification mechanism, the
      scope of this threat is limited to "on path" attackers.

   o  The required use of source verification (Section 9.2) and
      recommended use of PIM neighbor authentication (Section 9.7.2) for
      messages that are only valid when sent by a multicast routing peer
      (Request and Reply messages) eliminate the possibility of
      reception of a forged Reply from an authorized host address that
      does not belong to a multicast peer router.

   o  The use of encryption between the source of a Query and the
      endpoint of the trace would provide a method to protect the values
      of the Query ID and the dynamically allocated client (source) port
      (see Section 3.2.1).  These are the values needed to create a
      forged Reply message that would pass validity checks at the
      querying client.  This type of cryptographic protection is not
      practical, however, because the primary reason for executing an
      Mtrace2 is that the destination endpoint (and path to that
      endpoint) are not known by the querying client.  While it is not
      practical to provide cryptographic protection between a client and
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      prevent forged responses from "off path" nodes attached to any
      Mtrace2 transit LAN by devising a scheme to encrypt the critical
      portions of an Mtrace2 message between each valid sender/receiver
      pair at each hop to be used for multicast/Mtrace2 transit.  The
      use of encryption protection between nodes is, however, out of the
      scope of this document.

10.  References

10.1.  Normative References

   [1]   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>.

   [2]   Hinden, R. and S. Deering, "IP Version 6 Addressing
         Architecture", RFC 4291, DOI 10.17487/RFC4291, February 2006,
         <https://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc4291>.

   [3]   Fenner, B., He, H., Haberman, B., and H. Sandick, "Internet
         Group Management Protocol (IGMP) / Multicast Listener Discovery
         (MLD)-Based Multicast Forwarding ("IGMP/MLD Proxying")",
         RFC 4605, DOI 10.17487/RFC4605, August 2006,
         <https://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc4605>.

   [4]   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>.

   [5]   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>.

   [6]   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>.

   [7]   Leiba, B., "Ambiguity of Uppercase vs Lowercase in RFC 2119 Key
         Words", BCP 14, RFC 8174, DOI 10.17487/RFC8174, May 2017,
         <https://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc8174>.

   [8]   Deering, S. and R. Hinden, "Internet Protocol, Version 6 (IPv6)
         Specification", STD 86, RFC 8200, DOI 10.17487/RFC8200, July
         2017, <https://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc8200>.



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10.2.  Informative References

   [9]   McCloghrie, K. and F. Kastenholz, "The Interfaces Group MIB",
         RFC 2863, DOI 10.17487/RFC2863, June 2000,
         <https://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc2863>.

   [10]  Cain, B., Deering, S., Kouvelas, I., Fenner, B., and A.
         Thyagarajan, "Internet Group Management Protocol, Version 3",
         RFC 3376, DOI 10.17487/RFC3376, October 2002,
         <https://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc3376>.

   [11]  Adams, A., Nicholas, J., and W. Siadak, "Protocol Independent
         Multicast - Dense Mode (PIM-DM): Protocol Specification
         (Revised)", RFC 3973, DOI 10.17487/RFC3973, January 2005,
         <https://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc3973>.

   [12]  Draves, R. and D. Thaler, "Default Router Preferences and
         More-Specific Routes", RFC 4191, DOI 10.17487/RFC4191, November
         2005, <https://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc4191>.

   [13]  Gill, V., Heasley, J., Meyer, D., Savola, P., Ed., and C.
         Pignataro, "The Generalized TTL Security Mechanism (GTSM)",
         RFC 5082, DOI 10.17487/RFC5082, October 2007,
         <https://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc5082>.

   [14]  McWalter, D., Thaler, D., and A. Kessler, "IP Multicast MIB",
         RFC 5132, DOI 10.17487/RFC5132, December 2007,
         <https://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc5132>.

   [15]  Rosen, E., Ed. and R. Aggarwal, Ed., "Multicast in MPLS/ BGP IP
         VPNs", RFC 6513, DOI 10.17487/RFC6513, February 2012,
         <https://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc6513>.

   [16]  Bumgardner, G., "Automatic Multicast Tunneling", RFC 7450,
         DOI 10.17487/RFC7450, February 2015,
         <https://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc7450>.















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Acknowledgements

   This specification started largely as a transcription of Van
   Jacobson's slides from the 30th IETF meeting and the implementation
   in mrouted 3.3 by Ajit Thyagarajan.  Van's original slides credit
   Steve Casner, Steve Deering, Dino Farinacci, and Deb Agrawal.  The
   original multicast traceroute client, mtrace (version 1), has been
   implemented by Ajit Thyagarajan, Steve Casner, and Bill Fenner.  The
   idea of the S bit to allow statistics for a source subnet is due to
   Tom Pusateri.

   For the Mtrace version 2 specification, the authors would like to
   give special thanks to Tatsuya Jinmei, Bill Fenner, and Steve Casner.
   Also, extensive comments were received from David L. Black, Ronald
   Bonica, Yiqun Cai, Liu Hui, Bharat Joshi, Robert Kebler, John
   Kristoff, Mankamana Mishra, Heidi Ou, Eric Rescorla, Pekka Savola,
   Shinsuke Suzuki, Dave Thaler, Achmad Husni Thamrin, Stig Venaas, Cao
   Wei, and the MBONED Working Group members.

Authors' Addresses

   Hitoshi Asaeda
   National Institute of Information and Communications Technology
   4-2-1 Nukui-Kitamachi
   Koganei, Tokyo  184-8795
   Japan

   Email: asaeda@nict.go.jp


   Kerry Meyer
   Dell EMC
   176 South Street
   Hopkinton, MA  01748
   United States

   Email: kerry.meyer@me.com


   WeeSan Lee (editor)

   Email: weesan@weesan.com









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