RFC 9306

Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                A. Rodriguez-Natal
Request for Comments: 9306                                         Cisco
Updates: 8060                                                 V. Ermagan
Category: Experimental                                      Google, Inc.
ISSN: 2070-1721                                               A. Smirnov
                                                           V. Ashtaputre
                                                            D. Farinacci
                                                            October 2022

          Vendor-Specific LISP Canonical Address Format (LCAF)


   This document describes a new Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP)
   Canonical Address Format (LCAF), the Vendor-Specific LCAF.  This LCAF
   enables organizations to have implementation-specific encodings for
   LCAF addresses.  This document updates RFC 8060.

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   published for examination, experimental implementation, and

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction
   2.  Requirements Notation
   3.  Unrecognized LCAF Types
   4.  Vendor-Specific LCAF
   5.  Security Considerations
   6.  IANA Considerations
   7.  Normative References

   Authors' Addresses

1.  Introduction

   The LISP Canonical Address Format (LCAF) [RFC8060] defines the format
   and encoding for different address types that can be used on
   deployments of the Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP) [RFC9300]
   [RFC9301].  However, certain deployments require specific format
   encodings that may not be applicable outside of the use case for
   which they are defined.  This document extends [RFC8060] to introduce
   a Vendor-Specific LCAF that defines how organizations can create LCAF
   addresses to be used only on particular LISP implementations.  This
   document also updates [RFC8060] to specify the behavior when
   receiving unrecognized LCAF types.

2.  Requirements Notation

   The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT",
   "OPTIONAL" in this document are to be interpreted as described in
   BCP 14 [RFC2119] [RFC8174] when, and only when, they appear in all
   capitals, as shown here.

3.  Unrecognized LCAF Types

   [RFC8060] does not explain how an implementation should handle an
   unrecognized LCAF type.  This document updates [RFC8060] to specify
   that any unrecognized LCAF type received in a LISP control plane
   message MUST be ignored.  If all Locators are ignored, this is
   equivalent to a LISP control message with Locator Count = 0, as
   described in [RFC9301].  If an EID-Prefix only contains unrecognized
   LCAF types, the LISP control message MUST be dropped and the event
   MUST be logged.  (Here, "EID" refers to Endpoint Identifier.)

4.  Vendor-Specific LCAF

   The Vendor-Specific LCAF relies on using the IEEE Organizationally
   Unique Identifier (OUI) [IEEE.802] to prevent collisions across
   vendors or organizations using the LCAF.  The format of the Vendor-
   Specific LCAF is provided below.

      0                   1                   2                   3
      0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1
     |           AFI = 16387         |     Rsvd1     |     Flags     |
     |   Type = 255  |     Rsvd2     |            Length             |
     |      Rsvd3    |    Organizationally Unique Identifier (OUI)   |
     |                        Internal format...                     |

                       Figure 1: Vendor-Specific LCAF

   The fields in the first 8 octets of the above Vendor-Specific LCAF
   are actually the fields defined in the general LCAF format specified
   in [RFC8060].  The Type field MUST be set 255, the value assigned by
   IANA to indicate that this is a Vendor-Specific LCAF; see Section 6.
   The Length field has to be set accordingly to the length of the
   internal format, plus the OUI, plus the Rsvd3 fields, as for
   [RFC8060].  The fields defined by the Vendor-Specific LCAF are as

   Rsvd3:  This 8-bit field is reserved for future use.  It MUST be set
      to 0 on transmit and MUST be ignored on receipt.

   Organizationally Unique Identifier (OUI):  This is a 24-bit field
      that carries an OUI or Company ID (CID) assigned by the IEEE
      Registration Authority (RA) as defined by the IEEE Std 802

   Internal format:  This is a variable-length field that is left
      undefined on purpose.  Each vendor or organization can define its
      own internal format(s) to use with the Vendor-Specific LCAF.

   The Vendor-Specific LCAF type SHOULD NOT be used in deployments where
   different organizations interoperate.  However, there may be cases
   where two (or more) organizations share a common deployment on which
   they explicitly and mutually agree to use a particular Vendor-
   Specific LCAF.  In that case, the organizations involved need to
   carefully assess the interoperability concerns for that particular
   deployment.  It is NOT RECOMMENDED to use an OUI not assigned to an

   If a LISP device receives a LISP message containing a Vendor-Specific
   LCAF with an OUI that it does not understand, it MUST drop the
   message and it SHOULD create a log message.

5.  Security Considerations

   This document enables organizations to define new LCAFs for their
   internal use.  It is the responsibility of these organizations to
   properly assess the security implications of the formats they define.
   Security considerations from [RFC8060] apply to this document.

6.  IANA Considerations

   Following the guidelines of [RFC8126], IANA has assigned the
   following value for the Vendor-Specific LCAF from the "LISP Canonical
   Address Format (LCAF) Types" registry (defined in [RFC8060]):

           | Value | LISP LCAF Type Name |      Reference      |
           |  255  |   Vendor Specific   | RFC 9306, Section 4 |

                  Table 1: Vendor-Specific LCAF Assignment

7.  Normative References

   [IEEE.802] IEEE, "IEEE Standard for Local and Metropolitan Area
              Networks: Overview and Architecture",
              DOI 10.1109/IEEESTD.2014.6847097, IEEE Std 802, July 2014,

   [RFC2119]  Bradner, S., "Key words for use in RFCs to Indicate
              Requirement Levels", BCP 14, RFC 2119,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC2119, March 1997,

   [RFC8060]  Farinacci, D., Meyer, D., and J. Snijders, "LISP Canonical
              Address Format (LCAF)", RFC 8060, DOI 10.17487/RFC8060,
              February 2017, <https://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc8060>.

   [RFC8126]  Cotton, M., Leiba, B., and T. Narten, "Guidelines for
              Writing an IANA Considerations Section in RFCs", BCP 26,
              RFC 8126, DOI 10.17487/RFC8126, June 2017,

   [RFC8174]  Leiba, B., "Ambiguity of Uppercase vs Lowercase in RFC
              2119 Key Words", BCP 14, RFC 8174, DOI 10.17487/RFC8174,
              May 2017, <https://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc8174>.

   [RFC9300]  Farinacci, D., Fuller, V., Meyer, D., Lewis, D., and A.
              Cabellos, Ed., "The Locator/ID Separation Protocol
              (LISP)", RFC 9300, DOI 10.17487/RFC9300, October 2022,

   [RFC9301]  Farinacci, D., Maino, F., Fuller, V., and A. Cabellos,
              Ed., "Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP) Control
              Plane", RFC 9301, DOI 10.17487/RFC9301, October 2022,


   The authors would like to thank Joel Halpern, Luigi Iannone, and
   Alvaro Retana for their suggestions and guidance regarding this

Authors' Addresses

   Alberto Rodriguez-Natal
   Email: natal@cisco.com

   Vina Ermagan
   Google, Inc.
   1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
   Mountain View, CA 94043
   United States of America
   Email: ermagan@gmail.com

   Anton Smirnov
   Email: asmirnov@cisco.com

   Vrushali Ashtaputre
   San Jose, CA
   United States of America
   Email: vrushali@cisco.com

   Dino Farinacci
   San Jose, CA
   United States of America
   Email: farinacci@gmail.com