FRR multiple Issues and Problems

  • Hi,

    in my virtual LAB in run some 10 Pfsense 2.4.3. with the latest FRR package for 3 OSPF areas.

    1. There is a problem in the GUI: when defining an OSPF Interface, fill the field Retransmit intervall - leads to an error in the log "there is no such command"

    2. STUB and NSSA areas are totally ignored. The definition of stub/nssa areas should go to both areas ( 0 and stub), but there is no field for such thing in area 0, we cant set this on the interface, manualy adding does not work.

    3. Adding multiple "disabled redistribution" networks leads to entries where the network is defined for "redistribution" and not for "disabled redistribution" in the gui. Manually correction is needed.

    There are other Problems like

    Spreading the configuration into several pieces leads to situations where the connection to the remote side is lost, because i need to do several steps on different pages which multiple "Save" commands which gives incorrect intermediate configurations which leads to lost connections. The structure of this OSPF FRR Gui is suboptimal.

    Maybe someone can define a small basic network sample for pfsense with 3-4 OSPF FRR Pfense routers and at least 2 areas ( area 0 and a stub area) where the configuration steps are clearly stated and all is up and running on Pfsense. Im not an OSPF guru, but i can read and understand the Cisco OSPF samples. I tried it for 3 days now and cant made it work on Pfsense :-[.

    Supporting FRR OSPF an Pfsense is awesome, but it should work in some more details and not only in a case with 2 routers in area 0.

  • Digging further into this OSPF stuff and defining a small test ospf lab for myself leads to the following findings:

    The points 1) and 3) are still valid.

    The point 2 can be refined: Manually adding the area x.x.x.x stub ( stub no-summary) or nssa keywords in the configuration of the backbone area works,
    if the interface is correctly set to its own area, which is default. Im doing this wrong in the first attempt.

    So for the configuration of the stub and nssa areas we need an additional field-group where multiple areas can be defined as stub, nssa or stub no-summary.
    This will allow do use multiple ospf areas without manually adding ospf commands to the configuration. Its partially there, maybe
    combining the fields "area" and "define fib updates" into a group and define the area type for a group of areas should go into the configuration like "area stub | stub no-summary | nssa"

    partially ospfd.conf for FRR OSPF Router in Area ( STUB Area):

    router ospf
    ospf router-id
    area stub  <–--------------------- this can be done with the GUI, because its the default area
    network area

    partially ospfd.conf for FRR OSPF Router in Area (Backbone Area):

    router ospf
    ospf router-id
    area stub  <–--------------------- this cannot be done with the GUI, because its another area
    network area

    If anyone can comment and or confirm this stuff, we can open a redmine ticket for this.
    Thank you for reading.

  • Digging further into the FRR OSPF IPV6 GUI functions i see more problems within the GUI and function of the FRR package:

    1. OSPF IPv6 doesn´t work with OPENVPN IPv6 P2P tunnels. Changing the OPSFv6 Interface to use the WAN Interface works perfectly. The IPv6 tunnel is working perfectly, FW Rules are set to "pass ipv4+6 * any any" but there is no OSPF "Hello" activity on the IPv6 tunnel, when OSPF6 ist set to use this tunnel as IPv6 activated interface with another FRR Pfsense on the other site. Usually OSPF IPv6 routes are based on the Link Local IP address of the interface, maybe this is a problem here, just guessing.

    2. OSPF IPv6 current version cannot use areas (not implemented yet) - so the OPSFv6 GUI is really misleading, we can change the area to some other, but there is no warning that there is no function behind that. There maybe a future version, where areas are supported in OPSF IPV6.

    3. OSPF Global Settings: The subnet field ist too short for a full IPv6 address, so a long IPv6 address is only partially displayed.

    4. OSPF6 Settings : the last part is really a problem, we can suppose, that there should be "Distribute Networks" and "Disable Redistribution" but non is there - only a subnet/area id field. There are some parts missing and it doesn´t work … even in OSPF v4 it doesn´t work.

    We really need an updated version of the FRR routing package, the current version is 5.x, where in Pfsense we are at 3.x.

    I really like that FRR package, but it is in a "BETA" State and with all this GUI problems not easy to implement.

    Regards Pete

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