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Tier 2 ingress filtering

is there a clear understanding of  "the edge" in the network operations 
community?  in a simpler world, it was not that difficult, but interconnect
has blossomed and grown all sorts of noodly appendages/extentions.  I fear
that edge does not mean what you think it means anymore.


On Thu, Mar 28, 2013 at 01:07:24PM -0400, Jay Ashworth wrote:
> In the current BCP38/DDoS discussions, I've seen a lot of people suggesting 
> that it's practical to do ingress filtering at places other than the edge.
> My understanding has always been different from that, based on the idea
> that the carrier to which a customer connects is the only one with which
> that end-site has a business relationship, and therefore (frex), the only
> one whom that end-site could advise that they believe they have a valid
> reason to originate traffic from address space not otherwise known to
> the carrier; jack-leg dual-homing, for example, as was discussed in still
> a third thread this week.
> The edge carrier's *upstream* is not going to know that it's reasonable
> for their customer -- the end-site's carrier -- to be originating traffic
> with those source addresses, and if they ingress filter based on the 
> prefixes they route down to that carrier, they'll drop that traffic...
> which is not fraudulent, and has a valid engineering reason to exist and
> appear on their incoming interface.
> Fixing that will require the construction of an entirely new tracking system
> at the Tier 2, which is not really the case for the Tier 3 edge carrier,
> as I see it - you generally just turn unicast-rpf on for everyone's port,
> unless you have a signed waiver in your file cabinet, in which case
> you turn it off.
> Am I missing something?
> Or is the overarching problem large enough that people are willing to
> throw the baby out with the bathwater?
> Cheers,
> -- jra
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