MPLS Generic Associated Channel (G-ACh) Advertisement Protocol
RFC 7212

Document Type RFC - Proposed Standard (June 2014; No errata)
Last updated 2014-06-17
Replaces draft-fbb-mpls-gach-adv
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Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                          D. Frost
Request for Comments: 7212                                      Blue Sun
Category: Standards Track                                      S. Bryant
ISSN: 2070-1721                                            Cisco Systems
                                                                M. Bocci
                                                          Alcatel-Lucent
                                                               June 2014

     MPLS Generic Associated Channel (G-ACh) Advertisement Protocol

Abstract

   The MPLS Generic Associated Channel (G-ACh) provides an auxiliary
   logical data channel associated with a Label Switched Path (LSP), a
   pseudowire, or a section (link) over which a variety of protocols may
   flow.  These protocols are commonly used to provide Operations,
   Administration, and Maintenance (OAM) mechanisms associated with the
   primary data channel.  This document specifies simple procedures by
   which an endpoint of an LSP, pseudowire, or section may inform the
   other endpoints of its capabilities and configuration parameters, or
   other application-specific information.  This information may then be
   used by the receiver to validate or adjust its local configuration,
   and by the network operator for diagnostic purposes.

Status of This Memo

   This is an Internet Standards Track document.

   This document is a product of the Internet Engineering Task Force
   (IETF).  It represents the consensus of the IETF community.  It has
   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 5741.

   Information about the current status of this document, any errata,
   and how to provide feedback on it may be obtained at
   http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc7212.

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Frost, et al.                Standards Track                    [Page 2]
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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
     1.1.  Motivation  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
     1.2.  Terminology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
     1.3.  Requirements Language . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
   2.  Overview  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
   3.  Message Format  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
     3.1.  GAP Message Format  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
     3.2.  Applications Data Block . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
     3.3.  TLV Object Format . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
   4.  G-ACh Advertisement Protocol TLVs . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
     4.1.  Source Address TLV  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  11
     4.2.  GAP Request TLV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  11
     4.3.  GAP Flush TLV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  12
     4.4.  GAP Suppress TLV  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  13
     4.5.  GAP Authentication TLV  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  14
   5.  Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  14
     5.1.  Message Transmission  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  14
     5.2.  Message Reception . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  15
   6.  Message Authentication  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  16
     6.1.  Authentication Key Identifiers  . . . . . . . . . . . . .  16
     6.2.  Authentication Process  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  17
     6.3.  MAC Computation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  18
   7.  Link-Layer Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  18
   8.  Manageability Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  19
   9.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  19
   10. IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  20
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