BGP (in)security makes the AP wire

Hank Nussbacher hank at
Tue May 11 15:06:18 UTC 2010

On Tue, 11 May 2010, Mmaad Dooog wrote:

> Is anyone going to jump on the irony of the last two paragraphs? 
> Having to use the excessively rigid, slow, static, boring expensive PSTN 
> to fix the cool, fast, flexible cheap, cool, fun Internet?  That'll work 
> just fine, of course. Until, that is, one of the telcos in the path 
> saves a few bucks and routes a call leg over the Internet.
> What will us network operators do when there is NO out of band 
> management path to anything?  What will happen when you can't even place 
> a phone call?
> The PSTN ran about 80 years or so on in-band signaling until a very 
> rational cost/benefit decision was made to remove signaling from the 
> traffic path.  Physically seperating signaling (SS7) and routing (LERG, 
> etc) paths from the traffic (for all but the access link) was a large, 
> expensive, difficult effort, but worth it.  The PSTN is full of 
> quasi-governmental central authorities for everything, and is all the 
> better for it.


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