[Idr] Robert Wilton's No Objection on draft-ietf-idr-ext-opt-param-11: (with COMMENT)

Robert Wilton via Datatracker <noreply@ietf.org> Fri, 16 April 2021 07:18 UTC

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Subject: [Idr] Robert Wilton's No Objection on draft-ietf-idr-ext-opt-param-11: (with COMMENT)
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Robert Wilton has entered the following ballot position for
draft-ietf-idr-ext-opt-param-11: No Objection

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Thanks for this document, I found it relatively easy to read and understand
even though I'm not particularly familiar with BGP.

There were a couple of areas of the document that I found slightly confusing,
or inconsistent.  However, I do not feel strongly on these and will leave it to
the authors/WG to decide how to handle these:

1. I found it slightly inconsistent that section 2 states:

   In the event that the length of Optional Parameters in the BGP OPEN
   message does not exceed 255, the encodings of the base BGP
   specification [RFC4271] MUST be used without alteration.

and at the same time, section 3 states:

   It is not considered an error to receive an OPEN message whose
   Extended Optional Parameters Length value is less than or equal to

To me, I think this means that it would be better as a SHOULD rather than a
MUST, or perhaps change section 3 to indicate that it a non-conformant
encoding, but one that should be handled anyway.

   In parsing an OPEN message, if the one-octet "Optional Parameters
   Length" field is non-zero, a BGP speaker MUST use the value of the
   octet following the one-octet "Optional Parameters Length" field to
   determine both the encoding of the Optional Parameters length and the
   size of the "Parameter Length" field of individual Optional
   Parameters.  If the value of this field is 255, then the encoding
   described above is used for the Optional Parameters length.
   Otherwise the encoding defined in [RFC4271] is used.

I wasn't really sure what this paragraph was stating beyond what had already
been stated previously in section 2, hence I'm wondering if it is required at
all.  If it does remain then I found the reference to "Optional Parameters
Length" is perhaps not as clear as it could be, and perhaps it would be better
to refer to the "Non-Ext OP Len" field (as per the diagram), and perhaps to the
"Non-Ext OP Type" field rather than the 'octet following the one-octet
"Optional Parameters Length" field'.