Re: [Sidrops] rpki rp frequency

Job Snijders <> Sat, 11 April 2020 22:35 UTC

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On Sat, Apr 11, 2020, at 22:04, Randy Bush wrote:
> how do we diagnose such things?

My approach would be just like most other BGP reachability issue? First step is to figure out the peer who'd you expect to carry the route to the global system. I think in the case of this experiment the relevant upstream might be AS 8283.

Luckily they have a public looking glass, we can see that their EBGP-in side rejects 2 routes from AS 47065 It shows the route being rejected because of RPKI.

One could then go to for NOC contact info and other information. There we also see "filters facing peers are updated every 12 hours" - I suspect that coincidences in a specific way with the pace of the experiment.

Full disclosure: I was the architect of AS 8283's network automation system ( One of my design choices was to not use RTR. Instead, the 'kees' system generated & distributes a configuration snippet to all routers and SIGHUPs the BGP process. The snippet contains all the RPKI VRPs. This process runs every few hours.

In the large RPKI deployments some people opted for a sort of tiered setup: a few validators at the top, and then a distribution mechanism to RTR servers, which then in turn distribute data via RTR to the BGP routers. I expect operators to pick different timers for publishing & fetching at each tier. I hope I can share more at a later point about such setups.

Some low-hanging fruit outside of IETF might be to introduce a new field to PeeringDB's datamodel where operators can self-declare what the "RPKI Delay" in their network roughly is. The "RPKI Delay" would be the maximum number of minutes that could lapse between a ROA becoming available for fetching at the publication point, to the moment the VRP is present on all routers, during normal operations.

Or perhaps a new RPKI Object profile is defined to message some operational parameters about the validation process policies an ASN operator applies? Some of the data elements in PeeringDB were put there only because there wasn't any other place to put it. 

Kind regards,