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The administrator must ensure that multicast routers are configured to establish boundaries for Admin-local or Site-local scope multicast traffic.

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No Admin-local or Site-local boundary
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A scope zone is an instance of a connected region of a given scope. Zones of the same scope cannot overlap while zones of a smaller scope will fit completely within a zone of a larger scope. For example, Admin-local scope is smaller than Site-local scope, so the administratively configured boundary fits within the bounds of a site. According to RFC 4007 IPv6 Scoped Address Architecture (section 5), scope zones are also required to be "convex from a routing perspective"-that is, packets routed within a zone must not pass through any links that are outside of the zone. This requirement forces each zone to be one contiguous island rather than a series of separate islands. As stated in the DoD IPv6 IA Guidance for MO3, "One should be able to identify all interfaces of a zone by drawing a closed loop on their network diagram, engulfing some routers and passing through some routers to include only some of their interfaces." Administrative scoped multicast addresses are locally assigned and are to be used exclusively by the enterprise network or enclave. Hence, administrative scoped multicast traffic must not cross the perimeter of the enclave in either direction. Admin-local scope could be used to contain multicast traffic to a portion of an enclave or within a site. This can make it more difficult for a malicious user to access sensitive traffic if the traffic is restricted to links that the user does not have access to. Admin-local scope is encouraged for any multicast traffic within a network that is intended for network management as well as control plane traffic that must reach beyond link-local destinations.

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Local Scope range is and can expand into the reserved ranges and if is exhausted. The scope of IPv6 multicast packets are determined by the scope value where 4 is Admin-local and 5 is Site-local. Configure the necessary boundary to ensure packets addressed to these administratively scoped multicast addresses do not cross the applicable administrative boundaries.

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An administratively scoped IP multicast region is defined to be a topological region in which there are one or more boundary routers with common boundary definitions. Such a router is said to be a boundary for multicast scoped addresses in the range defined in its configuration. In order to support administratively scoped multicast, a multicast boundary router will drop multicast traffic matching an interface's boundary definition in either direction. The IPv4 administrative scoped multicast address space is 239/8 which is divided into two scope levels: the Local Scope and Organization Local Scope. The Local Scope range is and can expand into the reserved ranges and if is exhausted. The IPv4 Organization Local Scope is is the space from which an organization should allocate sub-ranges when defining scopes for private use. This scope can be expanded to,, and if necessary. The scope of IPv6 multicast packets are determined by the scope value where 4 (ffx4::/16) is Admin-local, 5 (ffx5::/16) is Site-local, and 8 (ffx8::/16) is Organization-local. Review the multicast topology to determine any documented Admin-local (scope = 4) or Site-local (scope = 5) multicast boundaries for IPv6 traffic or any Local-scope (address block boundary for IPv4 traffic. Verify that appropriate boundaries are configured on the applicable multicast-enabled interfaces.


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