Consultation on Pending Functionality for Automatic Creation of IRR Route Objects for Uncovered ROAs

Posted: Thursday, 10 August 2023

Dear ARIN Community,

ARIN is seeking feedback from the community regarding a specific aspect of the recent ARIN Online functionality that was deployed on 7 August 2023. This upgrade to ARIN Online brought several new features – including tighter integration of ARIN’s Resource Public Key Infrastructure (RPKI) and Internet Routing Registry (IRR) routing security services.

Upon further review and out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to pause the additional functionality that creates corresponding IRR Route Objects for every Route Origin Authorization (ROA) created. We have also paused the functionality that automatically creates IRR Route Objects for all preexisting ROAs that presently lack a matching Route Object. We recognize the importance of ensuring that our services align with the needs and expectations of our community and believe that additional time for community consultation on this integration functionality is warranted.

The current development plan is to provide an opt-in feature to allow for the creation of IRR Route Objects during new ROA creation in the near future. We are seeking operator input through this community consultation to gather input on the desirability of additional functionality related to integrating RPKI and IRR security services.

The questions for community consideration are:

  • Should the automatic creation of IRR route objects for resources that have RPKI ROAs be compulsory, the default setting, or require explicit opt-in?
  • Should IRR Objects be managed via a direct linkage to a ROAs such that they can only be deleted through deletion of the covering ROA, or should ARIN continue to support independent management of IRR route objects?
  • Should ARIN automatically create managed IRR Route Objects for all validated ROAs in the Hosted RPKI repository that do not have matching IRR Route Objects today?
  • If so, what is the anticipated benefit of doing so? Conversely, if this functionality is not desired, why not?
  • If a customer agrees to link a ROA with the IRR, what is the appropriate number of route objects that should be created based on the ROA prefix and max length configuration? Would a “least specific” route object meet expectations?

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience that pausing this functionality may have caused and appreciate your understanding as we work to ensure that our services are aligned with the interests of the community.

I encourage all community members to provide their comments and feedback on this matter – the feedback you provide during this consultation will be instrumental in determining how ARIN moves forward with this RPKI/IRR integration functionality.

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This consultation will remain open until 5:00 PM ET on 10 September 2023. ARIN seeks clear direction through community input, so your feedback is important.

Thank you for your continued support and engagement.


John Curran
President and CEO
American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)