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Re: So -- what did happen to Panix?
From: Joe Abley <jabley () isc org>
Date: Fri, 27 Jan 2006 11:39:27 -0500

On 27-Jan-2006, at 11:12, bmanning () vacation karoshi com wrote:

        but by definition, the right-most entry is the prefix origin...

Suppose AS 9327 decides to originate, but prepends 4555 to the AS_PATH as it does so. Suppose 9327's uses a transit provider which builds prefix filters from the IRR, and the "as9327" aut-num object is modified to include policy which suggests 9327 provides transit for 4555. Suppose this is not actually the case, though, and in fact 9327 is a rogue AS which is trying to capture 4555's traffic.

The rest of the world sees a prefix with an AS_PATH attribute which ends with "9327 4555".

In this case, from the point of view of those trying to discern legitimacy of advertisements, what is the origin of the prefix? Is it 4555, or 9327?

Is it possible to tell, from just the right-most entry in the AS_PATH attribute?


[note: 9327 is not a rogue AS, in fact. This is just hypothetical :-)]

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