[Gen-art] Genart telechat review of draft-ietf-ospf-ospfv3-segment-routing-extensions-19

Pete Resnick <resnick@episteme.net> Mon, 03 December 2018 19:19 UTC

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Reviewer: Pete Resnick
Review result: Ready with Issues

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Document: draft-ietf-ospf-ospfv3-segment-routing-extensions-19
Reviewer: Pete Resnick
Review Date: 2018-12-03
IETF LC End Date: 2018-11-16
IESG Telechat date: 2018-12-06

Summary: I think this document is ready, and I certainly don't want to stand in
the way of it moving forward, but I do want to note the following issues I
mentioned in my previous review. The document editor notes that similar sorts
of things have been done in previous OSPF document without problems, but they
still make me nervous. Thanks to the editor for quickly addressing all of the
issues in my previous review.

Major/minor issues:

In 3.1:

      Length: Either 3 or 4 octets

      SID/Label: If length is set to 3, then the 20 rightmost bits
      represent a label.  If length is set to 4, then the value
      represents a 32-bit SID.

This sort of mechanism worries me. The Length is not a length, but rather a
flag. This means you can't have a general parsing implementation, as it would
treat the field as a length and get the left-most 24 bits when the value is 3.
Even if the implementation chooses the right-most 24 bits, it's only supposed
to take the right-most 20 bits and mask off the extra 4 bits, which are not
required to be zeroed. I understand that similar things have been done before
without problems, but this seems like an implementation accident waiting to

In 7.1 and 7.2:

When the V-flag is set (making SID/Index/Label is a label), the value is in the
low 20 bits of the first 3 bytes of the field (i.e., bits 4-23). As with the
comment regarding 3.1, this seems like it has the potential for implementation
problems. You could explicitly say to mask of bits 0-3 and 24-31 (since there
is no requirement for producing implementations to clear those bits) and shift
the value 8 bits to the right, but this just seems like a bad way to design
this. That said, I again understand that similar things have been done before
without problems.

Nits/editorial comments: