BGP: Connection collision resolution

I was doing couple of tests on BGP protocol today between two EBGP peers and monitoring the BGP trace file I enabled on my Junos box during which I have seen the following NOTIFICATION being sent by one of the peers.

GW2 rpd[1144]: bgp_pp_recv:3217: NOTIFICATION sent to (proto): 
code 6 (Cease) subcode 7 (Connection collision resolution), 
Reason: dropping (proto), connection collision prefers 
(External AS 8600)

I don’t recall of having seen this BGP NOTIFICATION before actually. Looking at RC4271 reveals why this occurs.

6.8. BGP Connection Collision Detection

   If a pair of BGP speakers try to establish a BGP connection with each
   other simultaneously, then two parallel connections well be formed.
   If the source IP address used by one of these connections is the same
   as the destination IP address used by the other, and the destination
   IP address used by the first connection is the same as the source IP
   address used by the other, connection collision has occurred.  In the
   event of connection collision, one of the connections MUST be closed.

   Based on the value of the BGP Identifier, a convention is established
   for detecting which BGP connection is to be preserved when a
   collision occurs.  The convention is to compare the BGP Identifiers
   of the peers involved in the collision and to retain only the
   connection initiated by the BGP speaker with the higher-valued BGP

To prevent further race conditions like this from happening in the future, apparently setting the option “passive” for one of the peer allows us not to initiate BGP connection from both peers but only from active side.

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2 thoughts on “BGP: Connection collision resolution”

  1. When i am applying command show router 4755 bgp neighbor o router, observing last error Cease (Connection Collision Resolution).
    What does it mean??

    1. If a pair of BGP connection try to establish a BGP connection with each other simultaneously then 2 parallel connections will be informed hence at that time it will close 1 connection.

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