Why not to use RPKI (Was Re: Argus: a hijacking alarm system)

Alex Band alexb at ripe.net
Fri Jan 20 14:39:19 UTC 2012

If you want to play around with RPKI Origin Validation, you can download the RIPE NCC RPKI Validator here: http://ripe.net/certification/tools-and-resources
It's simple to set up and use: just unzip the package on a *NIX system, run ./bin/rpki-validator and browse to http://localhost:8080

EuroTransit have a public one running here:

You can see it's pointing to several Trust Anchors, downloads and validates all ROA periodically, you can apply ignore filters and white lists, see a BGP announcement validity preview based on route collector data, integrates with existing (RPSL based) workflows and can talk to RPKI-capable routers.

If you want to get an idea of how an RPKI-capable router would be configured, here's some sample config for Cisco and Juniper:

You can also log into a public RPKI-capable Juniper here:,
telnet username: rpki
password: testbed

With additional documentation available here:

Have fun,


On 20 Jan 2012, at 13:08, Arturo Servin wrote:

> 	You could use RPKI and origin validation as well.
> 	We have an application that does that. 
> 	http://www.labs.lacnic.net/rpkitools/looking_glass/
> 	For example you can periodically check if your prefix is valid:
> http://www.labs.lacnic.net/rpkitools/looking_glass/rest/valid/cidr/
> 	If it were invalid for a possible hijack it would look like:
> http://www.labs.lacnic.net/rpkitools/looking_glass/rest/invalid/cidr/
> 	Or you can just query for any state:
> http://www.labs.lacnic.net/rpkitools/looking_glass/rest/all/cidr/
> Regards,
> as
> On 20 Jan 2012, at 07:47, Yang Xiang wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I build a system ‘Argus’ to real-timely alert prefix hijackings.
>> Argus monitors the Internet and discovers anomaly BGP updates which caused
>> by prefix hijacking.
>> When Argus discovers a potential prefix hijacking, it will advertise it in
>> a very short time,
>> both in our website (http://argus.csnet1.cs.tsinghua.edu.cn) and the
>> mailing list (argus at csnet1.cs.tsinghua.edu.cn).
>> Argus has been running in the Internet for more than eight months,
>> it usually can discover potential prefix hijackings in ten seconds after
>> the first anomaly BGP update announced.
>> Several hijacking alarms have been confirmed by network operators.
>> For example: http://argus.csnet1.cs.tsinghua.edu.cn/fingerprints/61544/ has
>> been confirmed by the network operators of AS23910 and AS4538,
>> it was a prefix hijacking caused by a mis-configuration of route filter.
>> If you are interest in BGP security, welcome to visit our website and
>> subscribe the mailing list.
>> If you are interest in the system itself, you can find our paper which
>> published in ICNP 2011 (FIST workshop)
>> http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/freeabs_all.jsp?arnumber=6089080.
>> Hope Argus will be useful for you.
>> _________________________________
>> Yang Xiang . about.me/xiangyang
>> Ph.D candidate. Tsinghua University
>> Argus: argus.csnet1.cs.tsinghua.edu.cn

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