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Internet Engineering Task Force                            T. Przygienda
INTERNET DRAFT                                                 Bell Labs
                                                              1 Nov 1998

                       Optional Checksums in ISIS

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   This draft describes an optional extension to IS-IS [ISO90, Cal90a,
   Cal90b], used today by several ISPs for routing within their clouds.
   IS-IS is an interior gateway routing protocol developed originally
   by OSI and used with IP extensions as IGP. IS-IS originally doesn't
   provide CSNP adn PSNP checksums, relying on the underlying layers
   to verify the integrity of information provided.  Experience with
   the protocol shows that this precondition does not always hold and
   scenarios can be imagined that impact protocol functionality.  This
   document introduces a new optional TLV providing checksums.

1. Introduction
   IS-IS CSNPs and PSNPs and IIHs can be corrupted in case of faulty
   implementations of L2 hardware or lack of checksuming on a specific

   network technology.  As a particularly ugly case, corruption of

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   length and/or TLV length fields may lead to generation of extensive
   numbers of "empty" LSPs in the receiving node.  Since we cannot rely
   on authentication as checksum mechanism, this document proposes an
   optional TLV to add checksums to the elements.

2. TLV Description
   The optional TLV MAY BE included in all CSNP, PSNP and IIH packets
   and an implementation that implements optional checksums MUST accept
   PDUs if they do NOT contain the optional checksum.  Implementations
   that receive optional checksum TLV and support it MUST discard the
   PDU if the checksum is incorrect.  An implementation that does NOT
   implement optional checksums MAY accept a PDU that contains the
   checksum TLV. An implementation that supports optional checksums and
   receives it within any other PDU than CSNP, PSNP or IIH MUST discard
   the PDU. Such an implementation MAY discard the PDU as well if more
   than one optional checksum TLVs are included within it.

3. Checksum Computation
   The checksum is a fletcher checksum computed according to iso 8473
   Annex C over the complete PDU.

4. Interaction with TLVs using PDU Data to Compute Signatures
   Since other TLVs could be introduced that use PDU data as input
   to a function that generates output to be included in the PDU,
   authentication being a straight-forward example thereof, it is
   important to specify the sequence at which the computation of
   different signatures takes place.  An implementation that implements
   optional checksums must generate the TLV and fill the TLV Checksum
   part with 0's.  After all other signatures have been computed, the
   checksum MUST BE filled in after all other signatures have been
   generated.  The implementation MAY choose to omit the optional
   checksum if it is aware that other signatures are included in the PDU
   that provide equivalent functionality.

5. TLV Format
                 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
                | TLV Type = 12   |  TLV Length     |

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                |   TLV Checksum (32 bits)          |
                |                                   |

6. Acknowledgments
   Tony Li mentioned the original problem.  Somehow related problems
   with purging on LSP checksum errors have been observed by others

7. Security Consideration
   ISIS security applies to the work presented.  No specific security
   issues as to the new element are known.

   [Cal90a] R. Callon.  OSI ISIS Intradomain Routing Protocol.
            INTERNET-RFC, Internet Engineering Task Force, February

   [Cal90b] R. Callon.  Use of OSI ISIS for Routing in TCP/IP and Dual
            Environments.  INTERNET-RFC, Internet Engineering Task
            Force, December 1990.

   [ISO90]  ISO.  Information Technology - Telecommunications and
            Information Exchange between Systems - Intermediate System
            to Intermediate System Routing Exchange Protocol for
            Use in Conjunction with the Protocol for Providing the
            Connectionless-Mode Network Service.  ISO, 1990.

Authors' Addresses

Tony Przygienda
Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies
101 Crawfords Corner Road
Holmdel, NJ 07733-3030

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