[rfc-dist] RFC 4576 on Using a Link State Advertisement (LSA) Options Bit to Prevent Looping in BGP/MPLS IP Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)

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        RFC 4576

        Title:      Using a Link State Advertisement 
                    (LSA) Options Bit to Prevent Looping 
                    in BGP/MPLS IP Virtual Private Networks 
        Author:     E. Rosen, P. Psenak,
                    P. Pillay-Esnault
        Status:     Standards Track
        Date:       June 2006
        Mailbox:    erosen at cisco.com, 
                    ppsenak at cisco.com, 
                    ppe at cisco.com
        Pages:      7
        Characters: 15149
        Updates/Obsoletes/SeeAlso:   None

        I-D Tag:    draft-ietf-ospf-2547-dnbit-04.txt

        URL:        http://www.rfc-editor.org/rfc/rfc4576.txt

This document specifies a procedure that deals with a particular
issue that may arise when a Service Provider (SP) provides "BGP/MPLS
IP VPN" service to a customer and the customer uses OSPFv2 to
advertise its routes to the SP.  In this situation, a Customer Edge
(CE) Router and a Provider Edge (PE) Router are OSPF peers, and
customer routes are sent via OSPFv2 from the CE to the PE.  The
customer routes are converted into BGP routes, and BGP carries them
across the backbone to other PE routers.  The routes are then
converted back to OSPF routes sent via OSPF to other CE routers.  As a
result of this conversion, some of the information needed to prevent
loops may be lost.  A procedure is needed to ensure that once a route
is sent from a PE to a CE, the route will be ignored by any PE that
receives it back from a CE.  This document specifies the necessary
procedure, using one of the options bits in the LSA (Link State
Advertisements) to indicate that an LSA has already been forwarded by
a PE and should be ignored by any other PEs that see it.  [STANDARDS 

This document is a product of the Open Shortest Path First IGP
Working Group of the IETF.

This is now a Proposed Standard Protocol.

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