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Re: Alpha test of MAE filtering capability

  • From: Vince Fuller
  • Date: Fri Jan 31 13:19:19 1997
  • Phone: (415) 528-7227
  • Usmail: 3801 East Bayshore Rd, Palo Alto, CA, 94303

    I think that this is the wrong approach.  Better to monitor it, prove
    that it happened, and remove offenders from the IXP's altogether.  The
    IXP contracts should include just such a provision.

I don't disagree. Do you have tools for reliably detecting unacceptable
default route usage? Until those tools are available and until IXP's agree
to police their interconnects, the MAC filtering approach is the only real
solution available.

    Your fellow IXP members are deserving of your trust, until they show that
    they aren't, and the paternalistic "let's remove the temptation" approach
    is just offensive.

This is a nice thought, entirely approprate for a more cooperative Internet
of an earlier age. Unfortunately, today it would seem that "better fences make
better neighbors" is a far more practical philosophy.

	--Vince
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