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Blockchain and Networking
On Tue, Jan 9, 2018 at 11:22 AM, William Herrin <bill at herrin.us> wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 9, 2018 at 1:07 AM, John R. Levine <johnl at iecc.com> wrote:
> > How about validating whether a given AS is an acceptable origin for a set
> >> of prefixes?
> That's a job for ordinary PKI. Any time you have a trusted central
in particular RPKI -> https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc6810
> authority to serve as an anchor, ordinary PKI works fine. The RIRs serve as
> anchors for who has the right to authorize which prefixes.
> A harder task is validating whether your peer is part of a legitimate AS
> path to that origin. It's not obvious to me that blockchain could help
> solve that problem, but it's at least a problem that isn't solved by
> ordinary PKI.
this part of the problem is BGPsec -> https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc8205
> Now, if we wanted to replace the RIRs and allow people to self-assign IPv6
> addresses out of ULA space which we'd then honor in the global BGP table,
> blockchain could have a role.
yes, here's a useful use for blockchains... allocation of random numbers,
and logging of same in a globally available fashion.
> William Herrin ................ herrin at dirtside.com bill at herrin.us
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