[rbridge] TTL only - was RE: New fields in shim header?
sgai at nuovasystems.com
Thu Oct 12 08:05:10 PDT 2006
In today Ethernet I can write an ACL on the pair Source, Dest MAC
address, and many network managers find this extremely useful, but I
will not be able to do that on the RBridge addresses, if I have only
When an RBdridge receives a unicast frame, with the current proposal it
cannot screen it according to the ingress RBridge and this is a big
security hole. An Rbridge needs to be able to drop traffic originated by
another RBridge: this requires two addresses.
IMHO addresses come in pair, I am not aware of a successful protocol
that has a single address.
From: Joe Touch [mailto:touch at ISI.EDU]
Sent: Thursday, October 12, 2006 7:30 AM
To: Silvano Gai
Cc: Radia Perlman; rbridge at postel.org
Subject: Re: TTL only - was RE: [rbridge] New fields in shim header?
Silvano Gai wrote:
> Let's restrict the discussion to IEEE 802.1-compliant Ethernet
> Today the outer header contains:
> o L2 destination = next RBridge, or for flooded frames, a new (to
> assigned) multicast layer 2 address meaning "all RBridges"
> o L2 source = transmitting RBridge (the one that most recently
> handled this frame)
> If we want to avoid carrying the egress RBridge address in the shim
> header, we need to put it in the outer header - L2 destination.
The reason for the single shim rbridge address is a tradeoff, to avoid
populating the inner rbridge nodes with complete ingress tables. That's
a trade-off rather than a requirement.
If we went with strict minimalism, we could avoid the need for that
field; I understand the desire to avoid populating every node with full
tables, though. So I'll update my earlier note and add the single
desination/mulitcast source address field, as per the protocol doc.
As we go beyond that minimal requirement, we're starting to add
capability that looks more like IP than ethernet. IMO, rbridges should
support what ethernet supports, not necessarily what IP is capable of.
If you want IP, use IP.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Joe Touch [mailto:touch at ISI.EDU]
> Sent: Thursday, October 12, 2006 7:07 AM
> To: Silvano Gai
> Cc: Radia Perlman; rbridge at postel.org
> Subject: Re: TTL only - was RE: [rbridge] New fields in shim header?
> Silvano Gai wrote:
>> Let me focus on the need of RBridge addresses.
>> I didn't propose them; they are in the current WG draft:
>> to achieve scalability at the ISIS level.
>> The outer MAC addresses are present only if the frame is sent over
>> link (section 2.9), but it may not be present on other media;
>> TRILL cannot rely on them.
>> If you disagree with these two points, I think you disagree with the
>> work that has been done in TRILL till now.
> I agree with the charter, which limits us to specifying solutions that
> work on 802.1 nets:
> The TRILL WG will design a solution for shortest-path frame routing in
> multi-hop IEEE 802.1-compliant Ethernet networks with arbitrary
> topologies, using an existing link-state routing protocol technology.
> The fact that the architecture discusses other links is OK; it's
> informational anyway.
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