different flavours of uRPF [RE: register.com down sev0?]

Tony Li tony.li at tony.li
Fri Oct 27 15:37:38 UTC 2006

Pekka Savola wrote:
> On Thu, 26 Oct 2006, Tony Li wrote:
>>> It was possible to implement BCP38 before the router vendors 
>>> came up with uRPF.
>> Further, uRPF is frequently a very inefficient means of implementing BCP
>> 38.  Consider that you're going to either compare the source address
>> against a table of 200,000 routes or against a handful of prefixes that
>> you've statically configured in an ACL.
> Isn't that only a problem if you want to run a loose mode uRPF?  
> Given that loose mode uRPF isn't very useful in most places where 
> you'd like to do ingress filtering, this doesn't seem like a big 
> issue..

Strict mode uRPF is likely to be implemented by performing a full
forwarding table lookup and then comparing the packet's incoming
interface to the interface from the forwarding table result.


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