Re: [Gen-art] Gen-ART Review of draft-ietf-trill-pseudonode-nickname-05

Donald Eastlake <> Tue, 01 September 2015 03:11 UTC

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Hi Sandra,

On Mon, Aug 31, 2015 at 4:20 PM, Sandra Murphy <> wrote:
> On Aug 27, 2015, at 5:59 PM, Russ Housley <> wrote:
>> (3)  In Section 11, we learn that the VLAN membership of all the
>> RBridge ports in an LAALP MUST be the same.  Any inconsistencies in
>> VLAN membership may result in packet loss or non-shortest paths.
>> Is there anything that can be added to the Security Considerations
>> that can help avoid these inconsistencies?
> Interesting.  In the trill draft I recently reviewed for secdir (draft-ietf-trill-aa-multi-attach) it makes a similar statement that VLAN membership had to be consistent across all ports on all RBridges in a LAALP.  In that draft, the consistency meant the VLANs could be left out of the protocol packet.

Did you see my response to your secdir review which I send 3 days ago?

>   All enabled VLANs MUST be consistent on all ports connected to an
>   LAALP. So the enabled VLANs need not be included in the AA-LAALP-
>   GROUP-RBRIDGES TRILL APPsub-TLV. They can be locally obtained from
>   the port attached to that LAALP.
> I wondered if the LAALP was responsible for ensuring the consistency.  If it is left to the operator configuration, that’s tough.  Turns out there’s a dynamic VLAN registration protocol (VRP), but I could not discover that it is doing a consistency check.
> If the draft you are looking at implies inconsistency is a possibility, then it must be that neither the LAALP or VRP ensures the consistency.

As per my previous response to you, as far as I know all existing
LAALPs are proprietary MC-LAG implementations and how they maintain
consistent VLAN enablement on the TRILL switch LAALP ports is out of
scope for the TRILL protocol.

 Donald E. Eastlake 3rd   +1-508-333-2270 (cell)
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> —Sandy