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BGP training course at NL-ix in Zoetermeer June 3

NL-ix brings back its famous BGP (Border Gateway Protocol) course. The course is scheduled to happen on 3rd June. It will be conducted by Iljitsch van Beijnum. In one day (09.30 - 16.00) course participants will learn the internals of BGP protocol. This will help them with a much better understanding of their current BGP work.

In English. Hopelijk binnenkort ook weer in het Nederlands.

Meer informatie en inschrijven

posted 2024-05-27

Upgrading Fiber To The Home to terabit speeds

Last week, Jaap van Till asked me if BGP would be capable of supporting the terabit class interconnectivity that he foresees we’ll need in the future, possibly due to the rise of artificial intelligence. Spoiler: yes, should be no problem at all. But a more interesting question is what terabit class connectivity at home could look like.

Full article / permalink - posted 2024-04-09

→ Enforcing First AS in BGP

The BGP RFCs state that external BGP peers should insert their own AS into the AS PATH advertised to eBGP peers. Some peers strip their AS, generally for commercial gain. Juniper and Cisco have opposite default behaviors for handling this. Make sure you set bgp enforce-first-as on Juniper routers. Caveats apply.

The annoying part here is that you want to disable this check for internet exchange route servers, but keep it enabled for everything else for security reasons. But that's not universally possible, as on some routers this is a global setting, rather than a per-neighbor one.

Permalink - posted 2023-10-08

BGP handling of obscure errors

I read Ben Cartwright Cox' (extensive) blog post Grave flaws in BGP Error handling and then saw his talk about the same topic at NLNOG on Youtube.

Here's the story.

Full article / permalink - posted 2023-10-02

Should the datacenter be in the middle?

The other day, I landed on this article: In Focus: Subsea Network Architecture: IXPs. The article takes some time to arrive at the point that undersea internet exchanges would be a good idea. The most eyecatching part is a variation on this image:

But should the datacenter and/or internet exhange in the middle between multiple users?

Full article / permalink - posted 2023-09-07

Has BGP routing security failed (yet)?

In the thorough style we've come to expect from him, Geoff Huston tries to answer the question Is Secured Routing a Market Failure? Please read about the market aspect (and the limitations imposed on the IETF by big router vendors) in that article. His final conclusion is broader, through:

But mostly it's a failure because it does not deliver. Security solutions that offer only a thin veneer of the appearance of improvement while offering little in the way of improved defence against determined attack are perhaps worse than a placebo.

Full article / permalink - posted 2022-12-13

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