Genart last call review of draft-ietf-bfd-vxlan-07

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Reviewer: Erik Kline
Review result: On the Right Track

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Document: draft-ietf-bfd-vxlan-07
Reviewer: Erik Kline
Review Date: 2019-05-27
IETF LC End Date: 2019-05-31
IESG Telechat date: Not scheduled for a telechat


If my understanding is correct (which it may well not be), this document
places restrictions on the inner Ethernet and IP layer deployment that
previously may not have been present.

My reading if this document is that the outer IP header and the inner IP
header have the same VTEP src and dst IPs.  The outer and inner Ethernet
headers have the same source MAC and may have the same dst MAC. Is this

If so, this would mean that the VTEP's MAC address (or the special dest MAC)
cannot be used within the VXLAN network (or at least not on the same host.
Similarly, it appears that the VTEP's IP addresses are no longer free to
be used within the encapsulated VXLAN VNI. Do I understand this correctly?
Was this always the case?

If there is a document defining restrictions that VTEPs place on the
inner VXLAN segment, that might be good to reference.

Failing that, I think I would like to see some discussion of alternatives
that were rejected with reasons behind their rejection.

One possible solution might be to use "impossible" Ethernet addresses and
"impossible" IP addresses in the inner packet.  For example, a source
IP address of all ones or all zeros would be very unlikely to ever be a
valid IP packet.  I'm not 100% sure, but I suspect that a source MAC of
all ones would also never really be treated as valid.  Clever use of
multicast IP and Ethernet addresses in the source fields might also be
sufficient to render the inner packet "invalid" in the sense that it would
never collide with legitimate traffic.

If I have misread this document, or VTEPs are already placing constraints
on the inner VXLAN environment similar to those above, then this review
should instead be treated as "Ready with Nits".

Major issues:

Only my concern/misunderstanding described above.

Minor issues:


Nits/editorial comments:

* The document generally does a really good job of Expanding Acronyms
  At First Use (EAAFU) -- very much appreciated. In section 1 though,
  NVE is used without accompanying expansion, I think.

* There is no 4.2 so maybe sections 4 and 4.1 could just be section 4.