Re: [Rift] Ipv4 and ipv6 cooperating in rift

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Hi tony

Thanks for your explanation, and I have already understood your opinion on v4v6 forwarding.

The difference between RIFT and other routing protocols is the consistency of packets AF and routes AF. Isis is in L2 encapsulation that solves different address families through multiple topologies. Ospf and rip are strictly distinguished in v4v6. Rift is actually closer to BGP.

When the interface has both v4 and v6 addresses (or ND enabled), the protocol uses v4 or v6 or v4v6 address encapsulation. It will be better if protocol gave the recommended behavior. Otherwise, different people will give different solutions, which will cause protocol conformance problem. 

The options we can choose are:

a) ND enable v6 first:

If v6 address valid AND ND enable:

     V6 packet

Else if v4 address valid:

     V4 packet

b) v4 first

If v4 address valid:

     V4 packet

Else if v6 address valid(AND ND enable):

     V6 packet

c) coexistence of v4v6

If v4 address valid:

     V4 packet

If v6 address valid(AND ND enable):

     V6 packet

Confused on both the sending and receiving sides.

c) will further have a GW selection problem, preferring to choose the nexthop of the same address family with the prefix, or v4 first.

I'd like the protocol recommends a default behavior and may provides a control method in yang.




发件人:AntoniPrzygienda <>
抄送人:Jeffrey (Zhaohui) Zhang <>;张征00007940; <>rg>;
日 期 :2019年07月10日 23:12
主 题 :Re: Re:[Rift] Ipv4 and ipv6 cooperating in rift

Hey Benchong, that's an over-interpretation, the spec is looser than that but as far I saw sufficient. Section 5.2.2. 

a) Specification does not prohibit RIFT from using _any_ valid IPv6 address on the interface to send IPv6 LIEs. The receiver is supposed to pick up that source address and use it as destination when sending LIEs over v6 and/or TIEs with the receving interface  as gateway. Specification does NOT spell out what happens e.g. on mismatched IP subnets on both sides and so on, situation here is similar to ISIS and different scenarios such as unnumbered links and so on

b) If you want the "laziest" possible implementation then in fact yes, you can fall back on 

" All RIFT routers MUST support IPv4 forwarding and MAY support IPv6 forwarding. A three way adjacency over IPv6 addresses implies support for IPv4 forwarding. "

which makes v4ov6 forwarding inherent part of RIFT. That assumes however that receiving neighbor does support V6 (which the spec does NOT mandate) and nothing will happen if it doesn't. Therefore all RIFT implementation I saw so far send both v4 and v6 which  allows the neighbor to only receive v4 and forward using v4 gateways if it doesn't support V6. In case both v4 and v6 AFs are established, it is up to the implementation which/how it resolves the gateways and there are many interesting advanced issues such  as mixture of spines with v4 and v6 nexthops and how to form ECMP amongst them that the spec does obviously not address since it's all very implementation and silicon specific. 

--- tony 


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 To: Antoni Przygienda
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Tony, thank you for your reply

Can it be understood that after the ND is enabled, the v6 address needs to be used to build neighbor? In this case, the rift packet of the v4 header is not allowed to be sent and received, and both v4 and v6 routes have a v6 GW.




发件人:AntoniPrzygienda <>
收件人:徐本崇10065053;Jeffrey (Zhaohui)Zhang <>;张征00007940;  <>rg>;
日 期 :2019年07月10日 00:09
主 题 :Re: [Rift] Ipv4 and ipv6 cooperating in rift

Hey Benchong, cc:'ing list, good questions obviously that pop out on implementation   

sending LIE only with v4 will not give you a v6 address to send to (since the LIE source address gives the gateway for the AF, that's why we send LIE per AF) so you won't have a v6 GW address to send TIEs to ;-)

yes, every interface is independent. Observe that v6 support implies v4 as the spec says (since you can FW v4 without a v4 GW if you have a v6 gateway). However, if one side sends v6 only and the other side only v4 they'll never go 3-way since they won't   be able to receive. We just added a sentence to the spec saying that if you don't send an AF LIE you MUST NOT receive the same AF LIE since we found that loose end in Bruno's implementation when testing security envelopes.  It will be in -07

 <t>All RIFT routers MUST support IPv4 forwarding and MAY support IPv6
 forwarding. A three way adjacency over IPv6 addresses implies support
 for IPv4 forwarding. A node that does not process received IPv6 LIEs
    MUST NOT originate IPv6 LIEs.
IPv6/IPv4 prefix can be mixed in Prefix TIEs. Prefix TIEs do NOT care which interface/AF they are sent over. 

how you build forwarding table and which gateways you use is implemenation dependent but yes, you got the flavor. though your assumption of "Ipv6 destination with ipv4 nexthop" is optimistic. every silicon does v4 so v6 can imply v4, implying v4 fwd'ing   allows v6 forwarding fails on good amount of silicon. But again, those are all implementation knobs, spec only says "v6 implies v4" which means "you better fwd. v4 over v6 nexthops if you see v6 LIEs only"

Observe that node TIEs are _not_ carrying the supported AFs on each interface since I think it would lead to undesirable attempts to deploy (some links can do v6) topologies which defeat the purpose of ZTP/simplicity of RIFT. v6 implies v4, if someone   wants to fwd' v6 over a fabric where certain links are v4 computations get really weird and operationally such a thing is probably a nightmare anyway. And getting v6 working is trivial, just flip on ND and you're in business (at least control plane wise ;-)

 The spec is noit giving implementation advice, it just specifies behavior. In case of doubt looks @ Bruno';s open source. Bruno implemented the whole LIE without ever talking to me and it interop'ed day one without problems. 

 When you're ready with your implementation to interop, Bruno's code has nice framework you can plug in against open source & Juniper implementation easily 

 --- tony 


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 Subject: [Rift] Ipv4 and ipv6 cooperating in rift  


I have some questions about ipv4 and ipv6 cooperating in rift.

Ip head of the rift packet can be V4 or V6, and the prefix in TIE also suport V4 or v6. 

Can it support the following situations:


1、A rift interface which send LIE with ipv4 head receiving LIE with IPv6 head;

A rift interface which send LIE with ipv6 head receiving LIE with IPv4 head;

Can they build 3-Way neighbor?


2、Some interfaces in a rift instance send ipv4 head packets, and others in the same instance send ipv6 head packets;


3、Ipv4 head TIE packet fill ipv6 prefix;

   Ipv6 head TIE packet fill ipv4 prefix;(RIFT-06 5.2.2: All RIFT routers MUST support IPv4 forwarding and MAY support IPv6

   forwarding.  A three way adjacency over IPv6 addresses implies

   support for IPv4 forwarding.)


4、In rib table of the rift:

   Ipv4 destination with ipv6 nexthop;

   Ipv6 destination with ipv4 nexthop; 

   Ipv4 destination with both ipv4 nexthop and ipv6 nexthop;

   Ipv6 destination with both ipv4 nexthop and ipv6 nexthop;


5、The ip head type(v4 or v6) can be configured in rift interface or instance.


It will be better if there are clear instructions in rift protocol.