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4-Octet AS Specific BGP Extended Community
RFC 5668

Network Working Group                                         Y. Rekhter
Request for Comments: 5668                              Juniper Networks
Category: Standards Track                                      S. Sangli
                                                           Cisco Systems
                                                               D. Tappan
                                                              Consultant
                                                            October 2009

               4-Octet AS Specific BGP Extended Community

Abstract

   This document defines a new type of a BGP extended community, which
   carries a 4-octet Autonomous System (AS) number.

Status of This Memo

   This document specifies an Internet standards track protocol for the
   Internet community, and requests discussion and suggestions for
   improvements.  Please refer to the current edition of the "Internet
   Official Protocol Standards" (STD 1) for the standardization state
   and status of this protocol.  Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

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   not be created outside the IETF Standards Process, except to format
   it for publication as an RFC or to translate it into languages other
   than English.

1.  Introduction

   This document defines a new type of BGP extended community [RFC4360]:
   a 4-octet AS specific extended community.  This type of extended
   community is similar to the 2-octet AS specific extended community,
   except that it can carry a 4-octet Autonomous System number.

1.1.  Specification of Requirements

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

2.  4-Octet AS Specific Extended Community

   This is an extended type with a Type field comprising 2 octets and a
   Value field comprising 6 octets.

    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
   +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
   | 0x02 or 0x42  |   Sub-Type    |    Global Administrator       :
   +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
   : Global Administrator (cont.)  |    Local Administrator        |
   +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+

   The value of the high-order octet of this extended type is either
   0x02 (for transitive communities) or 0x42 (for non-transitive
   communities).  The low-order octet of this extended type is used to
   indicate sub-types.

   The Value field consists of 2 sub-fields:

      Global Administrator sub-field: 4 octets

         This sub-field contains a 4-octet Autonomous System number
         assigned by IANA.

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      Local Administrator sub-field: 2 octets

         The organization identified by the Autonomous System number in
         the Global Administrator sub-field can encode any information
         in this sub-field.  The format and meaning of the value encoded

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