Custodian Contributes Research on Babel Routing Protocol

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Custodian Contributes Research on Babel Routing Protocol

By Alex Breary
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On Monday 4th April 2016 Custodian Data Centre’s Network Engineer, Denis Ovsienko will be attending the IETF 95th Congress in Buenos Aires to discuss security considerations at the Babel routing protocol Birds of Feather (BoF) meeting.

The Babel routing protocol is a loop-avoiding distance-vector routing protocol for Internet Protocol packet-switched networks that is designed to be robust and efficient, both in networks using prefix-based routing and in mesh networks, including relatively stable wired networks and dynamic wireless networks. Babel operates on IPv4 and IPv6 networks and was originally designed for wireless ad-hoc networks and can be configured to take radio diversity into account.

IETF 95 is expecting in excess of 1000 attendees from all over the world, both remotely and in person. The agenda consists of a full working week of in-depth technical sessions. One discussion will be the Babel BoF meeting, which will be held to evaluate a possible standardization of the Babel routing protocol and its extensions through a formal IETF working group, which would base its work on the existing experimental technical specifications (RFC 6126, RFC 7298, RFC 7557 plus a few works in progress).

During the presentation, Denis will be reviewing the security aspects including his previous work, RFC 7298 (Babel Hashed Message Authentication Code (HMAC) Cryptographic Authentication) published in 2014. The document describes a cryptographic authentication mechanism for the Babel routing protocol.

To listen to the talk live to Denis’ presentation visit IETF 95 on Monday at 7.50pm GMT or 3.50pm PDT.

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