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RE: Global BGP - 2001-06-23 - Vendor X's statement...

  • From: Richard A. Steenbergen
  • Date: Tue Jun 26 14:24:36 2001

On Tue, Jun 26, 2001 at 11:01:58AM -0700, Sean Donelan wrote:
>
> On Tue, 26 June 2001, "Chance Whaley" wrote:
> > Vendor X released a limited statement to their customers describing the
> > issue - and their view on it. The large incumbent vendor that we all
> > know and love has confirmed the issue, and released a "patch" to some of
> > their customers. Vendor X also went on to state that at no time did
> > their boxes crash, mis-forward, reset, or have any issue resulting from
> > the events of the past weekend.
>
> Sigh, the motto "be liberal in what you accept and conservative in what
> you send" applies to BOTH parties.  The failure of one party not to
> liberally accept what is received does not excuse the sending party from
> being conservative in what they send.  And vice-versa.
>
> Just because one vendor has issued a patch does not excuse the other
> vendor.

But in situations where there cannot be a mismatch between two parties'
definition of "liberal", that is why we have standards. I'd say it is
entirely the fault of the vendor who was TOO liberal in what they
accepted, because they continued to propogate the bad information over the
entire internet instead of stopping it where it began as the protocol
intended.

-- 
Richard A Steenbergen <ras@e-gerbil.net>       http://www.e-gerbil.net/ras
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