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Date:      Fri, 19 Aug 2011 23:13:33 +0000
From:      Danny Srepel <>
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Subject:   OpenOSPFd replacing network routes
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There's a fundamental difference between OpenBSD and FreeBSD's respective n=
etworking. Specifically, the kernel routing table. In OpenBSD, it is possib=
le to have multiple routes to the same destination, and are differentiated =
by priority. This capability does not exist in FreeBSD.

Let me just get right into the details by outlining a functioning OpenBSD s=
ystem, and where FreeBSD's issues are.

This is my example ospfd.conf,

02|=A0redistribute connected
03|=A0redistribute static
04|=A0area {
05|=A0=A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 interface vlan1

Below is output from `netstat -rn' taken form an OpenBSD machine before the=
 OpenOSPFd process was started.=A0The network is used to ex=
change OSPF information with its neighbours. is a connected=
 network to this host. is one hop away (via, i=
ts only neighbour).

07|=A0Destination =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0Gateway =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0Flags =A0 R=
efs =A0 =A0 =A0Use =A0 Mtu =A0Prio Iface
08|=A0127/8 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0127.0.0.1 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0UGRS =
=A0 =A0 =A0 0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A00 33160 =A0 =A0 8 lo0
09|=A0127.0.0.1 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0127.0.0.1 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0UH =A0 =A0 =
=A0 =A0 1 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A00 33160 =A0 =A0 4 lo0
10|=A0192.168.11/24 =A0 =A0 =A0link#5 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 UC =A0 =A0 =
=A0 =A0 0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A00 =A0 =A0 - =A0 =A0 4 vlan1
11|=A0192.168.12/24 =A0 =A0 =A0link#6 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 UC =A0 =A0 =
=A0 =A0 0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A00 =A0 =A0 - =A0 =A0 4 vlan2
12|=A0224/4 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0127.0.0.1 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0URS =A0=
 =A0 =A0 =A00 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A00 33160 =A0 =A0 8 lo0

And this is `netstat -rn' taken after OpenOSPFd finished negotiating with i=
ts neighbour,

13|=A0Destination =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0Gateway =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0Flags =A0 R=
efs =A0 =A0 =A0Use =A0 Mtu =A0Prio Iface
14|=A0127/8 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0127.0.0.1 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0UGRS =
=A0 =A0 =A0 0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A00 33160 =A0 =A0 8 lo0
15|=A0127.0.0.1 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0127.0.0.1 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0UH =A0 =A0 =
=A0 =A0 1 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A00 33160 =A0 =A0 4 lo0
16|=A0192.168.11/24 =A0 =A0 =A0link#5 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 UC =A0 =A0 =
=A0 =A0 2 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A00 =A0 =A0 - =A0 =A0 4 vlan1
17|=A0192.168.11/24 =A0 =A0 =A0192.168.11.1 =A0 =A0 =A0 UG =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =
0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A00 =A0 =A0 - =A0 =A032 vlan1
18|=A0192.168.11.1 =A0 =A0 =A0 00:50:56:96:00:89 =A0UHLc =A0 =A0 =A0 1 =A0 =
=A0 =A0 =A00 =A0 =A0 - =A0 =A0 4 lo0
19|=A0192.168.11.2 =A0 =A0 =A0 00:50:56:96:00:90 =A0UHLc =A0 =A0 =A0 2 =A0 =
=A0 =A0 =A07 =A0 =A0 - =A0 =A0 4 vlan1
20|=A0192.168.12/24 =A0 =A0 =A0link#6 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 UC =A0 =A0 =
=A0 =A0 0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A00 =A0 =A0 - =A0 =A0 4 vlan2
21|=A0192.168.13/24 =A0 =A0 =A0192.168.11.2 =A0 =A0 =A0 UG =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =
0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A00 =A0 =A0 - =A0 =A032 vlan1
22|=A0224/4 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0127.0.0.1 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0URS =A0=
 =A0 =A0 =A00 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A00 33160 =A0 =A0 8 lo0

Notice there are multiple entries for (line #16-17). Line #=
17 was added by ospfd.

Before continuing, I'm going to paste the equivalent information on FreeBSD=
's side, so that we can better compare.=A0Below is `netstat -rn' taken befo=
re ospfd is started,

23|=A0Destination =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0Gateway =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0Flags =A0 =
=A0Refs =A0 =A0 =A0Use =A0Netif Expire
24|=A0127.0.0.1 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0link#3 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 UH =A0 =
=A0 =A0 =A0 =A00 =A0 =A0 =A0139 =A0 =A0lo0
25|=A0192.168.11.0/24 =A0 =A0link#1 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 U =A0 =A0 =A0 =
=A0 =A0 0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A00 =A0 =A0em0
26|=A0192.168.11.1 =A0 =A0 =A0 link#1 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 UHS =A0 =A0 =
=A0 =A0 0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A00 =A0 =A0lo0
27|=A0192.168.12.0/24 =A0 =A0link#9 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 U =A0 =A0 =A0 =
=A0 =A0 0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A00 em0_vl
28|=A0192.168.12.1 =A0 =A0 =A0 link#9 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 UHS =A0 =A0 =
=A0 =A0 0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A00 =A0 =A0lo0

And this is `netstat -rn' taken after OpenOSPFd finished negotiating with i=
ts neighbour,

29|=A0Destination =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0Gateway =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0Flags =A0 =
=A0Refs =A0 =A0 =A0Use =A0Netif Expire
30|=A0127.0.0.1 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0link#3 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 UH =A0 =
=A0 =A0 =A0 =A00 =A0 =A0 =A0147 =A0 =A0lo0
31|=A0192.168.11.0/24 =A0 =A0192.168.1.1 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0U =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =
=A0 1 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A06 =A0 =A0em0
32|=A0192.168.11.1 =A0 =A0 =A0 link#1 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 UHS =A0 =A0 =
=A0 =A0 0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A00 =A0 =A0lo0
33|=A0192.168.12.0/24 =A0 =A0link#9 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 U =A0 =A0 =A0 =
=A0 =A0 0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A00 em0_vl
34|=A0192.168.12.1 =A0 =A0 =A0 link#9 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 UHS =A0 =A0 =
=A0 =A0 0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A00 =A0 =A0lo0
35|=A0192.168.13.0/24 =A0 =A0192.168.1.2 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0UG =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =
=A00 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A00 =A0 =A0em0
36|=A0192.168.13.1/32 =A0 =A0192.168.1.2 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0UG =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =
=A00 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A00 =A0 =A0em0

Notice there's only one entry for (line #25 got replaced wi=
th line #31).

And that's really the cruft of the issue: in FreeBSD you can only have the =
one network route, whereas in OpenBSD, you can have multiple. When a neighb=
our goes away in FreeBSD, the route gets deleted. In OpenBS=
D, there's no negative impact, since there are multiple routes to the same =
network. Using our example, line #10 still exists as line #16 in OpenBSD, l=
ine #25 gets deleted and line #31 gets created in FreeBSD.

This isn't really a bug, it's more a difference in capabilities between Fre=
eBSD's and OpenBSD's respective networking. OpenOSPFd doesn't seem to have =
any special considerations for FreeBSD.

The Fix / Workaround

The concept is simple: create an IP alias where the network overlaps the ex=
isting IP/network.
In our example, is used to exchange OSPF information. Creat=
e an alias of That way when the route gets=
 deleted, the systems will be accessible to each other over the 192.168.10.=
0/23 route. In order for this to work as expected, you'll need to make a co=
uple changes to your ospfd.conf file.

This is the original ospfd.conf file taken from the FreeBSD system,

38|=A0redistribute connected
39|=A0redistribute static
40|=A0area {
41|=A0=A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 interface em0

And this is what it looks like after adding the IP alias,

44|=A0no redistribute
45|=A0redistribute connected
46|=A0redistribute static
47|=A0area {
48|=A0=A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 interface em0:

The `no distribute' is critical.

Could people share their comments and experiences with OpenOSPFd on FreeBSD=

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