[RTG-DIR] RtgDir review: draft-ietf-idr-bgp-extended-messages-11

"Brian Weis (bew)" <bew@cisco.com> Thu, 03 September 2015 23:02 UTC

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I have been selected as the Routing Directorate reviewer for this draft. The Routing Directorate seeks to review all routing or routing-related drafts as they pass through IETF last call and IESG review, and sometimes on special request. The purpose of the review is to provide assistance to the Routing ADs. For more information about the Routing Directorate, please see ​<http://trac.tools.ietf.org/area/rtg/trac/wiki/RtgDir>

Although these comments are primarily for the use of the Routing ADs, it would be helpful if you could consider them along with any other IETF Last Call comments that you receive, and strive to resolve them through discussion or by updating the draft.

Document: draft-ietf-idr-bgp-extended-messages-11
Reviewer: Brian Weis
Review Date: September 3, 2015
IETF LC End Date: Unknown
Intended Status: Standards Track

I have a minor concern about this document that I think should be resolved before publication.

The document is clearly written and easy to understand.

Major Issues:
No major issues found.

Minor Issues:
Section 5 (Error Handling) delineates two error cases possible when a BGP speaker has not advertised that it can use extended messages, but does receive one from a peer. Each case has its own paragraph in this section. The first paragraph describes a BGP speaker that can use extended messages (but has not advertised it); the second paragraph describes a BGP speaker that actually cannot use extended messages. In the second paragraph the error response is clearly stated (i.e., follow the error handling procedures of RFC 4221 and reset the session). But as written it does not seem that any such response is required for the first case. It isn’t clear to me why this type of BGP speaker would respond differently, and if the error response was intended for both cases then I suggest the text describing the response be separated into a third paragraph. In any case it would be valuable to explicitly describe the expected response of the BGP speaker in both cases.