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Re: RIPE NCC publishes case study of youtube.com hijack

  • From: David Ulevitch
  • Date: Fri Feb 29 14:12:38 2008


Danny McPherson wrote:
On Feb 29, 2008, at 7:46 AM, David Ulevitch wrote:

It's worth noting that from where I sit, it appears as though none of Youtube's transit providers accepted this announcement. Only their peers.

A simple artifact of shortest AS path route selection.

Well, we (youtube and opendns) share some common transit providers -- and so I had expected to see all announcements from one customer to another customer directly downstream from the provider. But you very well could be right.



Had those same providers explicitly not accepted the /24 announcement from AS 17557 via their peers you wouldn't have been affected at all.

Of course... In fact, wouldn't it even providers benefit from having some logic that says "don't ever accept a more specific of a customer-announced prefix?"


Customers might not like that though... :-)

You prevent this by ubiquitous deployment of explicit customer and inter-
provider prefix filters, you don't open things up more so that when problems occur, folks can try to hack around them.

Like most things, ymmv.


-David