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Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                   J. Scudder, Ed.
Request for Comments: 7854                              Juniper Networks
Category: Standards Track                                    R. Fernando
ISSN: 2070-1721                                            Cisco Systems
                                                               S. Stuart
                                                                  Google
                                                               June 2016


                     BGP Monitoring Protocol (BMP)

Abstract

   This document defines the BGP Monitoring Protocol (BMP), which can be
   used to monitor BGP sessions.  BMP is intended to provide a
   convenient interface for obtaining route views.  Prior to the
   introduction of BMP, screen scraping was the most commonly used
   approach to obtaining such views.  The design goals are to keep BMP
   simple, useful, easily implemented, and minimally service affecting.
   BMP is not suitable for use as a routing protocol.

Status of This Memo

   This is an Internet Standards Track document.

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   received public review and has been approved for publication by the
   Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG).  Further information on
   Internet Standards is available in Section 2 of RFC 7841.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
     1.1.  Requirements Language . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
   2.  Definitions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
   3.  Overview of BMP Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
     3.1.  BMP Messages  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
     3.2.  Connection Establishment and Termination  . . . . . . . .   5
     3.3.  Lifecycle of a BMP Session  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
   4.  BMP Message Format  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
     4.1.  Common Header . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
     4.2.  Per-Peer Header . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
     4.3.  Initiation Message  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
     4.4.  Information TLV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
     4.5.  Termination Message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  11
     4.6.  Route Monitoring  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  12
     4.7.  Route Mirroring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  12
     4.8.  Stats Reports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  13
     4.9.  Peer Down Notification  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  16
     4.10. Peer Up Notification  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  17
   5.  Route Monitoring  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  18
   6.  Route Mirroring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  19
   7.  Stat Reports  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  19
   8.  Other Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  20
     8.1.  Multiple Instances  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  20
     8.2.  Locally Originated Routes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  20
   9.  Using BMP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  20
   10. IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  21
     10.1.  BMP Message Types  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  21
     10.2.  BMP Peer Types . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  21
     10.3.  BMP Peer Flags . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  22
     10.4.  BMP Statistics Types . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  22
     10.5.  BMP Initiation Message TLVs  . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  23
     10.6.  BMP Termination Message TLVs . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  23
     10.7.  BMP Termination Message Reason Codes . . . . . . . . . .  23
     10.8.  BMP Peer Down Reason Codes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  24
     10.9.  Route Mirroring TLVs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  24
     10.10. BMP Route Mirroring Information Codes  . . . . . . . . .  24
   11. Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  25
   12. References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  25
     12.1.  Normative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  25
     12.2.  Informative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  26
   Acknowledgements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  27
   Authors' Addresses  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  27

1.  Introduction

   Many researchers and network operators wish to have access to the
   contents of routers' BGP Routing Information Bases (RIBs) as well as
   a view of protocol updates the router is receiving.  This monitoring
   task cannot be realized by standard protocol mechanisms.  Prior to
   the introduction of BMP, this data could only be obtained through
   screen scraping.

   BMP provides access to the Adj-RIB-In of a peer on an ongoing basis
   and a periodic dump of certain statistics the monitoring station can
   use for further analysis.  From a high level, BMP can be thought of
   as the result of multiplexing together the messages received on the
   various monitored BGP sessions.

1.1.  Requirements Language

   The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT",
   "SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "NOT RECOMMENDED", "MAY", and
   "OPTIONAL" in this document are to be interpreted as described in RFC
   2119 [RFC2119].

2.  Definitions

   o  Adj-RIB-In: As defined in [RFC4271], "The Adj-RIBs-In contains
      unprocessed routing information that has been advertised to the
      local BGP speaker by its peers."  This is also referred to as the
      pre-policy Adj-RIB-In in this document.

   o  Post-Policy Adj-RIB-In: The result of applying inbound policy to
      an Adj-RIB-In, but prior to the application of route selection to
      form the Loc-RIB.

3.  Overview of BMP Operation

3.1.  BMP Messages

   The following are the messages provided by BMP:

   o  Route Monitoring (RM): Used to provide an initial dump of all
      routes received from a peer, as well as an ongoing mechanism that
      sends the incremental routes advertised and withdrawn by a peer to
      the monitoring station.

   o  Peer Down Notification: A message sent to indicate that a peering
      session has gone down with information indicating the reason for
      the session disconnect.

   o  Statistics Reports (SR): An ongoing dump of statistics that can be used 
EID 4722 (Verified) is as follows:

Section: 3.1 4.8 7

Original Text:

Stats Reports

Corrected Text:

Statistics Reports
Notes:
The message of type 1 is called "Statistics Report" in the IANA registry https://www.iana.org/assignments/bmp-parameters/bmp-parameters.xml#message-types (I used it as the reference) and in sections 4.1 and 10.1 but "Stats Report" in sections 3.1, 4.8 and 7.
by the monitoring station as a high-level indication of the activity going on in the router. o Peer Up Notification: A message sent to indicate that a peering session has come up. The message includes information regarding the data exchanged between the peers in their OPEN messages, as well as information about the peering TCP session itself. In addition to being sent whenever a peer transitions to the Established state, a Peer Up Notification is sent for each peer in the Established state when the BMP session itself comes up. o Initiation: A means for the monitored router to inform the monitoring station of its vendor, software version, and so on. o Termination: A means for the monitored router to inform the monitoring station of why it is closing a BMP session. o Route Mirroring: A means for the monitored router to send verbatim duplicates of messages as received. Can be used to exactly mirror a monitored BGP session. Can also be used to report malformed BGP Protocol Data Units (PDUs). 3.2. Connection Establishment and Termination BMP operates over TCP. All options are controlled by configuration on the monitored router. No BMP message is ever sent from the monitoring station to the monitored router. The monitored router MAY take steps to prevent the monitoring station from sending data (for example, by half-closing the TCP session or setting its window size to 0) or it MAY silently discard any data sent by the monitoring station. The router may be monitored by one or more monitoring stations. With respect to each (router and monitoring station) pair, one party is active with respect to TCP session establishment, and the other party is passive. Which party is active and which is passive is controlled by configuration. The passive party is configured to listen on a particular TCP port and the active party is configured to establish a connection to that port. If the active party is unable to connect to the passive party, it periodically retries the connection. Retries MUST be subject to some variety of backoff. Exponential backoff with a default initial backoff of 30 seconds and a maximum of 720 seconds is suggested. The router MAY restrict the set of IP addresses from which it will accept connections. It SHOULD restrict the number of simultaneous connections it will permit from a given IP address. The default value for this restriction SHOULD be 1, though an implementation MAY permit this restriction to be disabled in configuration. The router MUST also restrict the rate at which sessions may be established. A suggested default is an establishment rate of 2 sessions per minute. A router (or management station) MAY implement logic to detect redundant connections, as might occur if both parties are configured to be active, and MAY elect to terminate redundant connections. A Termination reason code is defined for this purpose. Once a connection is established, the router sends messages over it. There is no initialization or handshaking phase, messages are simply sent as soon as the connection is established. If the monitoring station intends to end or restart BMP processing, it simply drops the connection. 3.3. Lifecycle of a BMP Session A router is configured to speak BMP to one or more monitoring stations. It MAY be configured to send monitoring information for only a subset of its BGP peers. Otherwise, all BGP peers are assumed to be monitored. A BMP session begins when the active party (either router or management station, as determined by configuration) successfully opens a TCP session (the "BMP session"). Once the session is up, the router begins to send BMP messages. It MUST begin by sending an Initiation message. It subsequently sends a Peer Up message over the BMP session for each of its monitored BGP peers that is in the Established state. It follows by sending the contents of its Adj- RIBs-In (pre-policy, post-policy, or both, see Section 5) encapsulated in Route Monitoring messages. Once it has sent all the routes for a given peer, it MUST send an End-of-RIB message for that peer; when End-of-RIB has been sent for each monitored peer, the initial table dump has completed. (A monitoring station that only wants to gather a table dump could close the connection once it has gathered an End-of-RIB or Peer Down message corresponding to each Peer Up message.) Following the initial table dump, the router sends incremental updates encapsulated in Route Monitoring messages. It MAY periodically send Stats Reports or even new Initiation messages, according to configuration. If any new monitored BGP peer becomes Established, a corresponding Peer Up message is sent. If any BGP peers for which Peer Up messages were sent transition out of the Established state, corresponding Peer Down messages are sent. A BMP session ends when the TCP session that carries it is closed for any reason. The router MAY send a Termination message prior to closing the session. 4. BMP Message Format 4.1. Common Header The following common header appears in all BMP messages. The rest of the data in a BMP message is dependent on the Message Type field in the common header. 0 1 2 3 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ | Version | +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ | Message Length | +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ | Msg. Type | +---------------+ o Version (1 byte): Indicates the BMP version. This is set to '3' for all messages defined in this specification. ('1' and '2' were used by draft versions of this document.) Version 0 is reserved and MUST NOT be sent. o Message Length (4 bytes): Length of the message in bytes (including headers, data, and encapsulated messages, if any). o Message Type (1 byte): This identifies the type of the BMP message. A BMP implementation MUST ignore unrecognized message types upon receipt. * Type = 0: Route Monitoring * Type = 1: Statistics Report * Type = 2: Peer Down Notification * Type = 3: Peer Up Notification * Type = 4: Initiation Message * Type = 5: Termination Message * Type = 6: Route Mirroring Message 4.2. Per-Peer Header The per-peer header follows the common header for most BMP messages. The rest of the data in a BMP message is dependent on the Message Type field in the common header. 0 1 2 3 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ | Peer Type | Peer Flags | +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ | Peer Distinguisher (present based on peer type) | | | +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ | Peer Address (16 bytes) | ~ ~ +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ | Peer AS | +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ | Peer BGP ID | +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ | Timestamp (seconds) | +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ | Timestamp (microseconds) | +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ o Peer Type (1 byte): Identifies the type of peer. Currently, three types of peers are identified: * Peer Type = 0: Global Instance Peer * Peer Type = 1: RD Instance Peer * Peer Type = 2: Local Instance Peer o Peer Flags (1 byte): These flags provide more information about the peer. The flags are defined as follows: 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ |V|L|A| Reserved| +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ * The V flag indicates that the Peer address is an IPv6 address. For IPv4 peers, this is set to 0. * The L flag, if set to 1, indicates that the message reflects the post-policy Adj-RIB-In (i.e., its path attributes reflect the application of inbound policy). It is set to 0 if the message reflects the pre-policy Adj-RIB-In. Locally sourced routes also carry an L flag of 1. See Section 5 for further detail. This flag has no significance when used with route mirroring messages (Section 4.7). * The A flag, if set to 1, indicates that the message is formatted using the legacy 2-byte AS_PATH format. If set to 0, the message is formatted using the 4-byte AS_PATH format [RFC6793]. A BMP speaker MAY choose to propagate the AS_PATH information as received from its peer, or it MAY choose to reformat all AS_PATH information into a 4-byte format regardless of how it was received from the peer. In the latter case, AS4_PATH or AS4_AGGREGATOR path attributes SHOULD NOT be sent in the BMP UPDATE message. This flag has no significance when used with route mirroring messages (Section 4.7). * The remaining bits are reserved for future use. They MUST be transmitted as 0 and their values MUST be ignored on receipt. o Peer Distinguisher (8 bytes): Routers today can have multiple instances (example: Layer 3 Virtual Private Networks (L3VPNs) [RFC4364]). This field is present to distinguish peers that belong to one address domain from the other. If the peer is a "Global Instance Peer", this field is zero- filled. If the peer is a "RD Instance Peer", it is set to the route distinguisher of the particular instance the peer belongs to. If the peer is a "Local Instance Peer", it is set to a unique, locally defined value. In all cases, the effect is that the combination of the Peer Type and Peer Distinguisher is sufficient to disambiguate peers for which other identifying information might overlap. o Peer Address: The remote IP address associated with the TCP session over which the encapsulated PDU was received. It is 4 bytes long if an IPv4 address is carried in this field (with the 12 most significant bytes zero-filled) and 16 bytes long if an IPv6 address is carried in this field. o Peer AS: The Autonomous System number of the peer from which the encapsulated PDU was received. If a 16-bit AS number is stored in this field [RFC6793], it should be padded with zeroes in the 16 most significant bits. o Peer BGP ID: The BGP Identifier of the peer from which the encapsulated PDU was received. o Timestamp: The time when the encapsulated routes were received (one may also think of this as the time when they were installed in the Adj-RIB-In), expressed in seconds and microseconds since midnight (zero hour), January 1, 1970 (UTC). If zero, the time is unavailable. Precision of the timestamp is implementation- dependent. 4.3. Initiation Message The initiation message provides a means for the monitored router to inform the monitoring station of its vendor, software version, and so on. An initiation message MUST be sent as the first message after the TCP session comes up. An initiation message MAY be sent at any point thereafter, if warranted by a change on the monitored router. The initiation message consists of the common BMP header followed by two or more Information TLVs (Section 4.4) containing information about the monitored router. The sysDescr and sysName Information TLVs MUST be sent, any others are optional. The string TLV MAY be included multiple times. 4.4. Information TLV The Information TLV is used by the Initiation (Section 4.3) and Peer Up (Section 4.10) messages. 0 1 2 3 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ | Information Type | Information Length | +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ | Information (variable) | ~ ~ +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ o Information Type (2 bytes): Type of information provided. Defined types are: * Type = 0: String. The Information field contains a free-form UTF-8 string whose length is given by the Information Length field. The value is administratively assigned. There is no requirement to terminate the string with a null (or any other particular) character -- the Information Length field gives its termination. If multiple strings are included, their ordering MUST be preserved when they are reported. * Type = 1: sysDescr. The Information field contains an ASCII string whose value MUST be set to be equal to the value of the sysDescr MIB-II [RFC1213] object. * Type = 2: sysName. The Information field contains an ASCII string whose value MUST be set to be equal to the value of the sysName MIB-II [RFC1213] object. o Information Length (2 bytes): The length of the following Information field, in bytes. o Information (variable): Information about the monitored router, according to the type. 4.5. Termination Message The termination message provides a way for a monitored router to indicate why it is terminating a session. Although use of this message is RECOMMENDED, a monitoring station must always be prepared for the session to terminate with no message. Once the router has sent a termination message, it MUST close the TCP session without sending any further messages. Likewise, the monitoring station MUST close the TCP session after receiving a termination message. The termination message consists of the common BMP header followed by one or more TLVs containing information about the reason for the termination, as follows: 0 1 2 3 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ | Information Type | Information Length | +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ | Information (variable) | ~ ~ +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ o Information Type (2 bytes): Type of information provided. Defined types are: * Type = 0: String. The Information field contains a free-form UTF-8 string whose length is given by the Information Length field. Inclusion of this TLV is optional. It MAY be used to provide further detail for any of the defined reasons. Multiple String TLVs MAY be included in the message. * Type = 1: Reason. The Information field contains a 2-byte code indicating the reason that the connection was terminated. Some reasons may have further TLVs associated with them. Inclusion of this TLV is REQUIRED. Defined reasons are: + Reason = 0: Session administratively closed. The session might be re-initiated. + Reason = 1: Unspecified reason. + Reason = 2: Out of resources. The router has exhausted resources available for the BMP session. + Reason = 3: Redundant connection. The router has determined that this connection is redundant with another one. + Reason = 4: Session permanently administratively closed, will not be re-initiated. Monitoring station should reduce (potentially to 0) the rate at which it attempts reconnection to the monitored router. o Information Length (2 bytes): The length of the following Information field, in bytes. o Information (variable): Information about the monitored router, according to the type. 4.6. Route Monitoring Route Monitoring messages are used for initial synchronization of the ADJ-RIBs-In. They are also used for ongoing monitoring of the ADJ-RIB-In state. Route monitoring messages are state-compressed. This is all discussed in more detail in Section 5. Following the common BMP header and per-peer header is a BGP Update PDU. 4.7. Route Mirroring Route Mirroring messages are used for verbatim duplication of messages as received. A possible use for mirroring is exact mirroring of one or more monitored BGP sessions, without state compression. Another possible use is the mirroring of messages that have been treated-as-withdraw [RFC7606], for debugging purposes. Mirrored messages may be sampled, or may be lossless. The Messages Lost Information code is provided to allow losses to be indicated. Section 6 provides more detail. Following the common BMP header and per-peer header is a set of TLVs that contain information about a message or set of messages. Each TLV comprises a 2-byte type code, a 2-byte length field, and a variable-length value. Inclusion of any given TLV is OPTIONAL; however, at least one TLV SHOULD be included, otherwise there's no point in sending the message. Defined TLVs are as follows: o Type = 0: BGP Message. A BGP PDU. This PDU may or may not be an Update message. If the BGP Message TLV occurs in the Route Mirroring message, it MUST occur last in the list of TLVs. o Type = 1: Information. A 2-byte code that provides information about the mirrored message or message stream. Defined codes are: * Code = 0: Errored PDU. The contained message was found to have some error that made it unusable, causing it to be treated-as- withdraw [RFC7606]. A BGP Message TLV MUST also occur in the TLV list. * Code = 1: Messages Lost. One or more messages may have been lost. This could occur, for example, if an implementation runs out of available buffer space to queue mirroring messages. A Route Mirroring message may be sent any time it would be legal to send a Route Monitoring message. 4.8. Stats Reports These messages contain information that could be used by the monitoring station to observe interesting events that occur on the router. Transmission of SR messages could be timer triggered or event driven (for example, when a significant event occurs or a threshold is reached). This specification does not impose any timing restrictions on when and on what event these reports have to be transmitted. It is left to the implementation to determine transmission timings -- however, configuration control should be provided of the timer and/or threshold values. This document only specifies the form and content of SR messages. Following the common BMP header and per-peer header is a 4-byte field that indicates the number of counters in the stats message where each counter is encoded as a TLV. 0 1 2 3 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ | Stats Count | +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ Each counter is encoded as follows: 0 1 2 3 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ | Stat Type | Stat Len | +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ | Stat Data | ~ ~ +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ o Stat Type (2 bytes): Defines the type of the statistic carried in the Stat Data field. o Stat Len (2 bytes): Defines the length of the Stat Data field. This specification defines the following statistics. A BMP implementation MUST ignore unrecognized stat types on receipt, and likewise MUST ignore unexpected data in the Stat Data field. Stats are either counters or gauges, defined as follows after the examples in Section 3.2.3.3 of [RFC1155] and Section 4 of [RFC2856], respectively: 32-bit Counter: A non-negative integer that monotonically increases until it reaches a maximum value, when it wraps around and starts increasing again from 0. It has a maximum value of 2^32-1 (4294967295 decimal). 64-bit Gauge: A non-negative integer that may increase or decrease, but shall never exceed a maximum value, nor fall below a minimum one. The maximum value cannot be greater than 2^64-1 (18446744073709551615 decimal), and the minimum value cannot be smaller than 0. The value has its maximum value whenever the information being modeled is greater than or equal to its maximum value, and has its minimum value whenever the information being modeled is smaller than or equal to its minimum value. If the information being modeled subsequently decreases below the maximum value (or increases above the minimum value), the 64-bit Gauge also decreases (or increases). o Stat Type = 0: (32-bit Counter) Number of prefixes rejected by inbound policy. o Stat Type = 1: (32-bit Counter) Number of (known) duplicate prefix advertisements. o Stat Type = 2: (32-bit Counter) Number of (known) duplicate withdraws. o Stat Type = 3: (32-bit Counter) Number of updates invalidated due to CLUSTER_LIST loop. o Stat Type = 4: (32-bit Counter) Number of updates invalidated due to AS_PATH loop. o Stat Type = 5: (32-bit Counter) Number of updates invalidated due to ORIGINATOR_ID. o Stat Type = 6: (32-bit Counter) Number of updates invalidated due to AS_CONFED loop. o Stat Type = 7: (64-bit Gauge) Number of routes in Adj-RIBs-In. o Stat Type = 8: (64-bit Gauge) Number of routes in Loc-RIB. o Stat Type = 9: Number of routes in per-AFI/SAFI Adj-RIB-In. The value is structured as: 2-byte Address Family Identifier (AFI), 1-byte Subsequent Address Family Identifier (SAFI), followed by a 64-bit Gauge. o Stat Type = 10: Number of routes in per-AFI/SAFI Loc-RIB. The value is structured as: 2-byte AFI, 1-byte SAFI, followed by a 64-bit Gauge. o Stat Type = 11: (32-bit Counter) Number of updates subjected to treat-as-withdraw treatment [RFC7606]. o Stat Type = 12: (32-bit Counter) Number of prefixes subjected to treat-as-withdraw treatment [RFC7606]. o Stat Type = 13: (32-bit Counter) Number of duplicate update messages received. Although the current specification only specifies 4-byte counters and 8-byte gauges as "Stat Data", this does not preclude future versions from incorporating more complex TLV-type "Stat Data" (for example, one that can carry prefix-specific data). SR messages are optional. However, if an SR message is transmitted, at least one statistic MUST be carried in it. 4.9. Peer Down Notification This message is used to indicate that a peering session was terminated. 0 1 2 3 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ | Reason | +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ | Data (present if Reason = 1, 2 or 3) | ~ ~ +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ Reason indicates why the session was closed. Defined values are: o Reason 1: The local system closed the session. Following the Reason is a BGP PDU containing a BGP NOTIFICATION message that would have been sent to the peer. o Reason 2: The local system closed the session. No notification message was sent. Following the reason code is a 2-byte field containing the code corresponding to the Finite State Machine (FSM) Event that caused the system to close the session (see Section 8.1 of [RFC4271]). Two bytes both set to 0 are used to indicate that no relevant Event code is defined. o Reason 3: The remote system closed the session with a notification message. Following the Reason is a BGP PDU containing the BGP NOTIFICATION message as received from the peer. o Reason 4: The remote system closed the session without a notification message. This includes any unexpected termination of the transport session, so in some cases both the local and remote systems might consider this to apply. o Reason 5: Information for this peer will no longer be sent to the monitoring station for configuration reasons. This does not, strictly speaking, indicate that the peer has gone down, but it does indicate that the monitoring station will not receive updates for the peer. A Peer Down message implicitly withdraws all routes that were associated with the peer in question. A BMP implementation MAY omit sending explicit withdraws for such routes. 4.10. Peer Up Notification The Peer Up message is used to indicate that a peering session has come up (i.e., has transitioned into the Established state). Following the common BMP header and per-peer header is the following: 0 1 2 3 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ | Local Address (16 bytes) | ~ ~ +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ | Local Port | Remote Port | +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ | Sent OPEN Message | ~ ~ +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ | Received OPEN Message | ~ ~ +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ | Information (variable) | ~ ~ +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ o Local Address: The local IP address associated with the peering TCP session. It is 4 bytes long if an IPv4 address is carried in this field, as determined by the V flag (with the 12 most significant bytes zero-filled) and 16 bytes long if an IPv6 address is carried in this field. o Local Port: The local port number associated with the peering TCP session, or 0 if no TCP session actually exists (see Section 8.2). o Remote Port: The remote port number associated with the peering TCP session, or 0 if no TCP session actually exists (see Section 8.2). (The remote address can be found in the Peer Address field of the fixed header.) o Sent OPEN Message: The full OPEN message transmitted by the monitored router to its peer. o Received OPEN Message: The full OPEN message received by the monitored router from its peer. o Information: Information about the peer, using the Information TLV (Section 4.4) format. Only the string type is defined in this context; it may be repeated. Inclusion of the Information field is OPTIONAL. Its presence or absence can be inferred by inspection of the Message Length in the common header. 5. Route Monitoring In BMP's normal operating mode, after the BMP session is up, Route Monitoring messages are used to provide a snapshot of the Adj-RIB-In of each monitored peer. This is done by sending all routes stored in the Adj-RIB-In of those peers using standard BGP Update messages, encapsulated in Route Monitoring messages. There is no requirement on the ordering of messages in the peer dumps. When the initial dump is completed for a given peer, this MUST be indicated by sending an End-of-RIB marker for that peer (as specified in Section 2 of [RFC4724], plus the BMP encapsulation header). See also Section 9. A BMP speaker may send pre-policy routes, post-policy routes, or both. The selection may be due to implementation constraints (it is possible that a BGP implementation may not store, for example, routes that have been filtered out by policy). Pre-policy routes MUST have their L flag clear in the BMP header (see Section 4), post-policy routes MUST have their L flag set. When an implementation chooses to send both pre- and post-policy routes, it is effectively multiplexing two update streams onto the BMP session. The streams are distinguished by their L flags. If the implementation is able to provide information about when routes were received, it MAY provide such information in the BMP Timestamp field. Otherwise, the BMP Timestamp field MUST be set to 0, indicating that time is not available. Ongoing monitoring is accomplished by propagating route changes in BGP Update PDUs and forwarding those PDUs to the monitoring station, again using RM messages. When a change occurs to a route, such as an attribute change, the router must update the monitoring station with the new attribute. As discussed above, it MAY generate either an update with the L flag clear, with it set, or two updates, one with the L flag clear and the other with the L flag set. When a route is withdrawn by a peer, a corresponding withdraw is sent to the monitoring station. The withdraw MUST have its L flag set to correspond to that of any previous announcement; if the route in question was previously announced with L flag both clear and set, the withdraw MUST similarly be sent twice, with L flag clear and set. Multiple changed routes MAY be grouped into a single BGP UPDATE PDU when feasible, exactly as in the standard BGP protocol. It's important to note that RM messages are not replicated messages received from a peer. (Route mirroring (Section 6) is provided if this is required.) While the router should attempt to generate updates promptly, there is a finite time that could elapse between reception of an update, the generation an RM message, and its transmission to the monitoring station. If there are state changes in the interim for that prefix, it is acceptable that the router generate the final state of that prefix to the monitoring station. This is sometimes known as "state compression". The actual PDU generated and transmitted to the station might also differ from the exact PDU received from the peer, for example, due to differences between how different implementations format path attributes. 6. Route Mirroring Route Mirroring messages are provided for two primary reasons: First, to enable an implementation to operate in a mode where it provides a full-fidelity view of all messages received from its peers, without state compression. As we note in Section 5, BMP's normal operational mode cannot provide this. Implementors are strongly cautioned that without state compression, an implementation could require unbounded storage to buffer messages queued to be mirrored. Route Mirroring is unlikely to be suitable for implementation in conventional routers, and its use is NOT RECOMMENDED except in cases where implementors have carefully considered the tradeoffs. These tradeoffs include: router resource exhaustion, the potential to interfere with the transmission or reception of BGP UPDATE messages, and the slowing of routing convergence. The second application for Route Mirroring is for error reporting and diagnosis. When Revised Error Handling for BGP UPDATE messages [RFC7606] is in use, a router can process BGP messages that are determined to contain errors, without resetting the BGP session. Such messages MAY be mirrored. The buffering used for such mirroring SHOULD be limited. If an errored message is unable to be mirrored due to buffer exhaustion, a message with the "Messages Lost" code SHOULD be sent to indicate this. (This implies that a buffer should be reserved for this use.) 7. Stat Reports As outlined above, SR messages are used to monitor specific events and counters on the monitored router. One type of monitoring could be to find out if there are an undue number of route advertisements and withdraws happening (churn) on the monitored router. Another metric is to evaluate the number of looped AS_PATHs on the router. While this document proposes a small set of counters to begin with, the authors envision that this list may grow in the future with new applications that require BMP-style monitoring. 8. Other Considerations 8.1. Multiple Instances Some routers may support multiple instances of the BGP protocol, for example, as "logical routers" or through some other facility. The BMP protocol relates to a single instance of BGP; thus, if a router supports multiple BGP instances it should also support multiple BMP instances (one per BGP instance). Different BMP instances SHOULD generate Initiation Messages that are distinct from one another, for example, by using distinguishable sysNames or by the inclusion of instance-identifying information in a string TLV. 8.2. Locally Originated Routes Some consideration is required for routes originated into BGP by the local router, whether as a result of redistribution from another protocol or for some other reason. Such routes can be modeled as having been sent by the router to itself, placing the router's own address in the Peer Address field of the header. It is RECOMMENDED that when doing so, the router should use the same address it has used as its local address for the BMP session. Since in this case no transport session actually exists, the Local and Remote Port fields of the Peer Up message MUST be set to 0. Clearly, the OPEN Message fields of the Peer Up message will equally not have been transmitted physically, but should represent the relevant capabilities of the local router. Also, recall that the L flag is used to indicate locally sourced routes, see Section 4.2. 9. Using BMP Once the BMP session is established, route monitoring starts dumping the current snapshot as well as incremental changes simultaneously. It is fine to have these operations occur concurrently. If the initial dump visits a route and subsequently a withdraw is received, this will be forwarded to the monitoring station that would have to correlate and reflect the deletion of that route in its internal state. This is an operation that a monitoring station would need to support, regardless. If the router receives a withdraw for a prefix even before the peer dump procedure visits that prefix, then the router would clean up that route from its internal state and will not forward it to the monitoring station. In this case, the monitoring station may receive a bogus withdraw it can safely ignore. 10. IANA Considerations IANA has created registries for the following BMP parameters, which are organized in a new group "BGP Monitoring Protocol (BMP) Parameters". 10.1. BMP Message Types This document defines seven message types for transferring BGP messages between cooperating systems (Section 4): o Type 0: Route Monitoring o Type 1: Statistics Report o Type 2: Peer Down Notification o Type 3: Peer Up Notification o Type 4: Initiation o Type 5: Termination o Type 6: Route Mirroring Type values 0 through 127 MUST be assigned using the "Standards Action" policy, and values 128 through 250 using the "Specification Required" policy defined in [RFC5226]. Values 251 through 254 are Experimental, and value 255 is Reserved. 10.2. BMP Peer Types This document defines three types of peers for purposes of interpreting the Peer Distinguisher field (Section 4.2): o Peer Type = 0: Global Instance Peer o Peer Type = 1: RD Instance Peer o Peer Type = 2: Local Instance Peer Peer Type values 0 through 127 MUST be assigned using the "Standards Action" policy, and values 128 through 250 using the "Specification Required" policy, defined in [RFC5226]. Values 251 through 254 are Experimental, and value 255 is Reserved. 10.3. BMP Peer Flags This document defines three bit flags in the Peer Flags field of the per-peer header (Section 4.2). The bits are numbered from 0 (the high-order, or leftmost, bit) to 7 (the low-order, or rightmost, bit): o Flag 0: V flag o Flag 1: L flag o Flag 2: A flag Flags 3 through 7 are unassigned. The registration procedure for the registry is "Standards Action". 10.4. BMP Statistics Types This document defines fourteen statistics types for statistics reporting (Section 4.8): o Stat Type = 0: Number of prefixes rejected by inbound policy o Stat Type = 1: Number of (known) duplicate prefix advertisements o Stat Type = 2: Number of (known) duplicate withdraws o Stat Type = 3: Number of updates invalidated due to CLUSTER_LIST loop o Stat Type = 4: Number of updates invalidated due to AS_PATH loop o Stat Type = 5: Number of updates invalidated due to ORIGINATOR_ID o Stat Type = 6: Number of updates invalidated due to a loop found in AS_CONFED_SEQUENCE or AS_CONFED_SET o Stat Type = 7: Number of routes in Adj-RIBs-In o Stat Type = 8: Number of routes in Loc-RIB o Stat Type = 9: Number of routes in per-AFI/SAFI Adj-RIB-In o Stat Type = 10: Number of routes in per-AFI/SAFI Loc-RIB o Stat Type = 11: Number of updates subjected to treat-as-withdraw o Stat Type = 12: Number of prefixes subjected to treat-as-withdraw o Stat Type = 13: Number of duplicate update messages received Stat Type values 0 through 32767 MUST be assigned using the "Standards Action" policy, and values 32768 through 65530 using the "Specification Required" policy, defined in [RFC5226]. Values 65531 through 65534 are Experimental, and value 65535 is Reserved. 10.5. BMP Initiation Message TLVs This document defines three types for information carried in the Initiation message (Section 4.3): o Type = 0: String o Type = 1: sysDescr o Type = 2: sysName Information type values 0 through 32767 MUST be assigned using the "Standards Action" policy, and values 32768 through 65530 using the "Specification Required" policy, defined in [RFC5226]. Values 65531 through 65534 are Experimental, and value 65535 is reserved. 10.6. BMP Termination Message TLVs This document defines two types for information carried in the Termination message (Section 4.5): o Type = 0: String o Type = 1: Reason Information type values 0 through 32767 MUST be assigned using the "Standards Action" policy, and values 32768 through 65530 using the "Specification Required" policy, defined in [RFC5226]. Values 65531 through 65534 are Experimental, and value 65535 is Reserved. 10.7. BMP Termination Message Reason Codes This document defines five types for information carried in the Termination message (Section 4.5) Reason code: o Type = 0: Administratively closed o Type = 1: Unspecified reason o Type = 2: Out of resources o Type = 3: Redundant connection o Type = 4: Permanently administratively closed Information type values 0 through 32767 MUST be assigned using the "Standards Action" policy, and values 32768 through 65530 using the "Specification Required" policy, defined in [RFC5226]. Values 65531 through 65534 are Experimental, and value 65535 is Reserved. 10.8. BMP Peer Down Reason Codes This document defines five types for information carried in the Peer Down Notification (Section 4.9) Reason code (and reserves one further type): o Type = 0 is Reserved. o Type = 1: Local system closed, NOTIFICATION PDU follows o Type = 2: Local system closed, FSM Event follows o Type = 3: Remote system closed, NOTIFICATION PDU follows o Type = 4: Remote system closed, no data o Type = 5: Peer de-configured Information type values 0 through 32767 MUST be assigned using the "Standards Action" policy, and values 32768 through 65530 using the "Specification Required" policy, defined in [RFC5226]. Values 65531 through 65534 are Experimental, and values 0 and 65535 are Reserved. 10.9. Route Mirroring TLVs This document defines two types for information carried in the Route Mirroring message (Section 4.7): o Type = 0: BGP Message o Type = 1: Information Information type values 0 through 32767 MUST be assigned using the "Standards Action" policy, and values 32768 through 65530 using the "Specification Required" policy, defined in [RFC5226]. Values 65531 through 65534 are Experimental, and value 65535 is Reserved. 10.10. BMP Route Mirroring Information Codes This document defines two types for information carried in the Route Mirroring Information (Section 4.7) code: o Type = 0: Errored PDU o Type = 1: Messages Lost Information type values 0 through 32767 MUST be assigned using the "Standards Action" policy, and values 32768 through 65530 using the "Specification Required" policy, defined in [RFC5226]. Values 65531 through 65534 are Experimental, and value 65535 is Reserved. 11. Security Considerations This document defines a mechanism to obtain a full dump or provide continuous monitoring of a BGP speaker's BGP routes, including received BGP messages. This capability could allow an outside party to obtain information not otherwise obtainable. For example, although it's hard to consider the content of BGP routes in the public Internet to be confidential, BGP is used in private contexts as well, for example, for L3VPN [RFC4364]. As another example, a clever attacker might be able to infer the content of the monitored router's import policy by comparing the pre-policy routes exposed by BMP, to post-policy routes exported in BGP. Implementations of this protocol SHOULD require manual configuration of the monitored and monitoring devices. Unless a transport that provides mutual authentication is used, an attacker could masquerade as the monitored router and trick a monitoring station into accepting false information, or they could masquerade as a monitoring station and gain unauthorized access to BMP data. Unless a transport that provides confidentiality is used, a passive or active attacker could gain access to, or tamper with, the BMP data in flight. Where the security considerations outlined above are a concern, users of this protocol should use IPsec [RFC4303] in tunnel mode with pre- shared keys. 12. References 12.1. Normative References [RFC1213] McCloghrie, K. and M. Rose, "Management Information Base for Network Management of TCP/IP-based internets: MIB-II", STD 17, RFC 1213, DOI 10.17487/RFC1213, March 1991, <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc1213>. [RFC2119] Bradner, S., "Key words for use in RFCs to Indicate Requirement Levels", BCP 14, RFC 2119, DOI 10.17487/RFC2119, March 1997, <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc2119>. [RFC4271] Rekhter, Y., Ed., Li, T., Ed., and S. Hares, Ed., "A Border Gateway Protocol 4 (BGP-4)", RFC 4271, DOI 10.17487/RFC4271, January 2006, <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc4271>. [RFC4724] Sangli, S., Chen, E., Fernando, R., Scudder, J., and Y. Rekhter, "Graceful Restart Mechanism for BGP", RFC 4724, DOI 10.17487/RFC4724, January 2007, <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc4724>. [RFC5226] Narten, T. and H. Alvestrand, "Guidelines for Writing an IANA Considerations Section in RFCs", BCP 26, RFC 5226, DOI 10.17487/RFC5226, May 2008, <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc5226>. [RFC6793] Vohra, Q. and E. Chen, "BGP Support for Four-Octet Autonomous System (AS) Number Space", RFC 6793, DOI 10.17487/RFC6793, December 2012, <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc6793>. [RFC7606] Chen, E., Ed., Scudder, J., Ed., Mohapatra, P., and K. Patel, "Revised Error Handling for BGP UPDATE Messages", RFC 7606, DOI 10.17487/RFC7606, August 2015, <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc7606>. 12.2. Informative References [RFC1155] Rose, M. and K. McCloghrie, "Structure and identification of management information for TCP/IP-based internets", STD 16, RFC 1155, DOI 10.17487/RFC1155, May 1990, <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc1155>. [RFC2856] Bierman, A., McCloghrie, K., and R. Presuhn, "Textual Conventions for Additional High Capacity Data Types", RFC 2856, DOI 10.17487/RFC2856, June 2000, <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc2856>. [RFC4303] Kent, S., "IP Encapsulating Security Payload (ESP)", RFC 4303, DOI 10.17487/RFC4303, December 2005, <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc4303>. [RFC4364] Rosen, E. and Y. Rekhter, "BGP/MPLS IP Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)", RFC 4364, DOI 10.17487/RFC4364, February 2006, <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc4364>. Acknowledgements Thanks to Ebben Aries, Michael Axelrod, Serpil Bayraktar, Tim Evens, Pierre Francois, Jeffrey Haas, John Ioannidis, John Kemp, Mack McBride, Danny McPherson, David Meyer, Dimitri Papadimitriou, Tom Petch, Robert Raszuk, Erik Romijn, Peter Schoenmaker, and the members of the GROW working group for their comments. Authors' Addresses John Scudder (editor) Juniper Networks 1194 N. Mathilda Ave. Sunnyvale, CA 94089 United States Email: jgs@juniper.net Rex Fernando Cisco Systems 170 W. Tasman Dr. San Jose, CA 95134 United States Email: rex@cisco.com Stephen Stuart Google 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043 United States Email: sstuart@google.com