Extended BGP Administrative Shutdown Communication
RFC 9003

Document Type RFC - Proposed Standard (January 2021; No errata)
Obsoletes RFC 8203
Updates RFC 4486
Authors Job Snijders  , Jakob Heitz  , John Scudder  , Alexander Azimov 
Last updated 2021-01-08
Replaces draft-snijders-idr-rfc8203bis
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Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                       J. Snijders
Request for Comments: 9003                                           NTT
Obsoletes: 8203                                                 J. Heitz
Updates: 4486                                                      Cisco
Category: Standards Track                                     J. Scudder
ISSN: 2070-1721                                                  Juniper
                                                               A. Azimov
                                                            January 2021

           Extended BGP Administrative Shutdown Communication


   This document enhances the BGP Cease NOTIFICATION message
   "Administrative Shutdown" and "Administrative Reset" subcodes for
   operators to transmit a short free-form message to describe why a BGP
   session was shut down or reset.  This document updates RFC 4486 and
   obsoletes RFC 8203 by defining an Extended BGP Administrative
   Shutdown Communication of up to 255 octets to improve communication
   using multibyte character sets.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction
     1.1.  Requirements Language
   2.  Shutdown Communication
   3.  Operational Considerations
   4.  Error Handling
   5.  IANA Considerations
   6.  Security Considerations
   7.  References
     7.1.  Normative References
     7.2.  Informative References
   Appendix A.  Changes to RFC 8203
   Authors' Addresses

1.  Introduction

   It can be troublesome for an operator to correlate a BGP-4 [RFC4271]
   session teardown in the network with a notice that was transmitted
   via offline methods, such as email or telephone calls.  This document
   updates [RFC4486] by specifying a mechanism to transmit a short free-
   form UTF-8 [RFC3629] message as part of a Cease NOTIFICATION message
   [RFC4271] to inform the peer why the BGP session is being shut down
   or reset.  This document obsoletes [RFC8203]; the specific
   differences and rationale are discussed in detail in Appendix A.

1.1.  Requirements Language

   The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT",
   "OPTIONAL" in this document are to be interpreted as described in
   BCP 14 [RFC2119] [RFC8174] when, and only when, they appear in all
   capitals, as shown here.

2.  Shutdown Communication

   If a BGP speaker decides to terminate its session with a BGP
   neighbor, and it sends a NOTIFICATION message with the Error Code
   "Cease" and Error Subcode "Administrative Shutdown" or
   "Administrative Reset" [RFC4486], it MAY include a UTF-8-encoded
   string.  The contents of the string are at the operator's discretion.

   The Cease NOTIFICATION message with a Shutdown Communication is
   encoded as below:

    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
   | Error Code 6  |    Subcode    |    Length     |     ...       \
   +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+               /
   \                                                               \
   /                 ... Shutdown Communication ...                /
   \                                                               \

                                  Figure 1

   Subcode:  The Error Subcode value MUST be one of the following
      values: 2 ("Administrative Shutdown") or 4 ("Administrative
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