Allowing CARP to use arbitrary OUI prefix and allocating block from FreeBSD's OUI space assignment for that

Eygene Ryabinkin rea at
Thu May 8 13:50:10 UTC 2014

Thu, May 08, 2014 at 05:32:28PM +0400, Eygene Ryabinkin wrote:
> Thu, May 08, 2014 at 12:08:28PM +0000, Bjoern A. Zeeb wrote:
> > People need to talk.   The fact that your server guys use a
> > non-unique Ethernet address for CARP without talking to their local
> > authority who’s in charge of the network first is nothing you can
> > fix changing the number.   The fact that multiple deployments on the
> > same subnet might exist is nothing a number change will fix.   I
> > think the RFC uses the word “coordinate”.
> People need to talk, yes.  But do BGP heads will announce the
> technical details of what they are doing to the Squid cluster guys
> (picking protocol and software names arbitrary)?  Not sure.  Hell,
> I am sure they won't.
> And if we speak about RFCs: we need protocol specifications at all not
> only because people should know how they work, but also to avoid
> messing (perhaps unintentionally) some technical details of the
> protocols making different ones to bring havoc if used together.
> That's why VRRP for IPv6 has its own OUI space and that's why CARP
> needs its own OUI space: it is a different protocol from VRRP, so we
> should minimize clashes at all levels.  IANA/IETF could have said "oh
> dear, L2 domain admins must coordinate their IPv4 and IPv6 VRRP
> things, so let's reuse 00-00-5E-00-01 space".  But they minimised
> confusion where they could and that's a good thing to do.

By the way,
So the new OUI assignment is already in place, it will be interesting
what will be done next and if this patch will be accepted by OpenBSD.
Eygene Ryabinkin                                        ,,,^..^,,,
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