[j-nsp] Juniper and Cisco - BGP MPLS L2VPN VPLS interoperability

Adam Vitkovsky Adam.Vitkovsky at gamma.co.uk
Tue Nov 24 05:43:10 EST 2015

Hi Aaron,

> From: Aaron [mailto:aaron1 at gvtc.com]
> Sent: Tuesday, November 24, 2015 4:04 AM
> Also, I'm pretty sure the way I have my ME3600's configured is, RFC4762 (bgp
> ad w/ldp sig) and my Juniper's are configured as RFC4761 (bgp ad w/bgp sig).
> I pretty much understood this as I was config'ing it the other day, but I didn't
> think it would matter since all I wanted to do was get the juniper's signaling
> lsp's with each other... I wonder if that caused problems with the other PE's
> in my network.
It could but it really shouldn't, I guess the BGP signalling was added in 15.3+

> ME3600 - IOS
> 15.2(4)S1 - NOT affected

Looks like since 15.2(4)S3 BGP Enhanced Attribute Error Handling feature can be enabled (though I'm not sure if it's enabled by default)
So I'm wondering if it has something to do with this.
> 15.2(4)S3 - affected
> 15.2(4)S5 - affected
> Nov 19 09:19:09: %BGP-3-NOTIFICATION: sent to neighbor 3/10
> (illegal network) 1 bytes 00 Nov 19 09:19:09: %BGP-4-MSGDUMP:
> unsupported or mal-formatted message received from
> FFFF FFFF FFFF FFFF FFFF FFFF FFFF FFFF 006A 0200 0000 5340 0101 0040 0200
> 4005
> 0400 0000 64C0 1010 0002 FFFF 0000 2774 800A 0502 0000 0064 800A 0400 0000
> 0180
> 0904 0000 0000 900E 0020 0019 4104 0A65 0CF8 0000 1500 010A 650C F880 0000
> 0200
> 0100 02C3 5001 0100 0200
This is the culprit's NLRI is AF: L2 VPN, SAFI" VPLS
RD:, CE-ID: 2, Label-Block Offset: 1, Label-Block Size: 2, Label Base 800000 (bottom) : 001500010a650cf88000000200010002c35001010002

You can use http://bgpaste.convergence.cx/ to decode the message

The NLRI is at the end of message -which makes it even more difficult to parse the message correctly (what code ver are you running on the RRs please?)

Though not related, one think that got my attention right away was the empty ORIGINATOR_ID the RRs should have filled in there.


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