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Status: Reported (1)

RFC 4928, "Avoiding Equal Cost Multipath Treatment in MPLS Networks", June 2007

Source of RFC: mpls (rtg)

Errata ID: 5396
Status: Reported
Type: Technical

Reported By: Jitendra Kumar Sharma
Date Reported: 2018-06-18

Section Section 2 says:

   A less obvious case is when the packets of a given flow happen to
   have constant values in the fields upon which IP ECMP would be
   performed.  For example, if an Ethernet frame immediately follows the
   label and the LSR does ECMP on IPv4, but does not do ECMP on IPv6,
   then either the first nibble will be 0x4, or it will be something
   else.  If the nibble is not 0x4 then no IP ECMP is performed, but
   Label ECMP may be performed.  If it is 0x4, then the constant values
   of the MAC addresses overlay the fields that would have been occupied
   by the source and destination addresses of an IP header.  In this
   case, the input to the ECMP algorithm would be a constant value and
   thus the algorithm would always return the same result.

It should say:

<This paragraph should be removed>

Notes:

The example stated here seems incorrect. It talks about an L2VPN case where Ethernet frame starts immediately after the last label in the stack. But had it been an IP packet instead, the same initial 12 bytes, which is the place for MAC addresses in an Ethernet Frame, would not be the place of IP addresses, as IP addresses are placed at the end of 20-byte IP header (not start). Hence it would still be subjected to ECMP if precautions (as recommended in this RFC) are not been followed.

Status: Held for Document Update (1)

RFC 4928, "Avoiding Equal Cost Multipath Treatment in MPLS Networks", June 2007

Source of RFC: mpls (rtg)

Errata ID: 1031
Status: Held for Document Update
Type: Editorial

Reported By: Alfred Hoenes
Date Reported: 2007-08-17
Held for Document Update by: Adrian Farrel

Section 3 says:

|  It is REQUIRED, however, that applications depend upon in-order
   packet delivery restrict the first nibble values to 0x0 and 0x1.

It should say:

|  It is REQUIRED, however, that applications depending upon in-order
   packet delivery restrict the first nibble values to 0x0 and 0x1.

Notes:

The original sounds like:
It is REQUIRED that applications depend upon in-order packet delivery
Therefore, the sentence should be clarified and corrected as above.

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