Network Working Group B. Manning
Request for Comments: 2042
Category: Informational January 1997
Registering New BGP Attribute Types
Status of this Memo
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does not specify an Internet standard of any kind. Distribution of
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This document describes the process for creating new BGP attribute
type codes. Basic attribute type codes are described in RFC 1771
pages 12 through 15. These, and new attribute type codes that are
used in the Internet are registered with the IANA.
The actual process will involve the documentation of such attribute
type codes in an RFC. There is no intention of segmenting the code
space into public/private or IP/OSI or any other sectioning.
As each attribute type code is in the process of being developed, it
will use an octet value of 255, which will be reserved for this use.
At the time an attribute type code is assigned a number by the IANA,
the documetnation and code base will be updated to reflect the
authorized attribute type code value.
IANA maintained values will be published in the periodically updated
Assigned Numbers RFC . Requests for assignment of a new attribute
type code should be sent to the IANA (IANA@IANA.ORG) with a subject
that includes the phrase "BGP Attribute Type".
Currently in use attribute type codes are listed below:
Value Code Reference
1 ORIGIN 
2 AS_PATH 
3 NEXT_HOP 
4 MULTI_EXIT_DISC 
5 LOCAL_PREF 
6 ATOMIC_AGGREGATE 
7 AGGREGATOR 
8 COMMUNITY 
9 ORIGINATOR_ID 
10 CLUSTER_LIST 
11 DPA 
12 ADVERTISER 
13 RCID_PATH / CLUSTER_ID 
255 reserved for development
Security issues are not discussed in this memo.
 Rekhter, Y., and Li, T., "A Border Gateway Protocol 4 (BGP-4)", RFC 1771
, March 1995.
 Chandra, R., Traina, P., and T. Li, "BGP Communities
Attribute", RFC 1997
, August 1996.
 Bates, T., Chandra, R, "BGP Route Reflection An alternative
to full mesh IBGP", RFC 1998
, June 1996.
 Chen, E., Bates, T., "Destination Preference Attribute for BGP",
Work in progress, March 1996.
 Haskin, D., "A BGP/IDRP Route Server alternative to a full mesh
routing", RFC 1863
, October 1995.
 Reynolds, J., and J. Postel, "Assigned Numbers", STD 2, RFC 1700
ISI, October 1994.