Time to bring back "Connected Status"

Daniel Roesen dr at cluenet.de
Tue Apr 29 00:14:44 UTC 2003

On Mon, Apr 28, 2003 at 07:00:50PM -0400, Sean Donelan wrote:
> For networks which are announced on the Internet, add a Connected field
> to the regional address registries listing the AS Number(s) which could
> announce the network.

Well, this is exactly what route objects are for. Can't get too much
simpler than that.

The problem is that you have to protect the authoritative database(s)
in order to avoid bogus origin declarations. RIPE does that quite
nicely with their maintainer concept. A maintainer protecting and
IP address range (inetnum) does also protect the creation of route
objects for this IP range (but authority for routing information can
be delegated to some other entity by using mnt-routes attribute).

Without this kind of protection scheme[1], route origin documentation
becomes worthless. See RADB with the hundreds and thousands of
automatically generated "proxy route objects" which some people
seem to believe being a great idea.

Then again, I've pretty much given up hope that ISPs filter their
customers properly. Filtering customers means losing money to the
competition, sadly.

Best regards,

[1] http://www.ripe.net/ripencc/faq/database/route-creation-checks.html

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