Router is redistributing iBGP into OSPF

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Apr 12th, 2006
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I hope somebody can shed some light on this issue.

The Cisco documentation says that iBGP routes are not redistributed into IGPs such as OSPF unless it is configured using the "bgp redistribute-internal" command.

Yet, my routers are doing it without this command.

Here is an example output of "show ip route" for one of these redistributed routes:

Routing entry for

Known via "bgp 64712", distance 200, metric 0

Tag 13979, type internal

Redistributing via ospf 1

Last update from 00:00:00 ago

Routing Descriptor Blocks:

*, from, 00:00:00 ago

Route metric is 0, traffic share count is 1

AS Hops 3

Route tag 13979

It shows the type as "internal" and the AS is matching it's own.

What am I missing ?



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Harold Ritter Wed, 04/12/2006 - 19:09
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The "bgp redistribute-internal" is indeed a must if you want iBGP learnt route to be redistributed to another protocol.

The output you provided doesn't mean that this route is necesseraly redistributed into ospf. Just do a "show ip ospf da ext" and you will se the route is not in the ospf link state database.

Hope this helps,

d-zabel Thu, 04/13/2006 - 07:20
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Thanks hritter,

so the output "Redistributing via ospf 1" is not validated for this specific route ? It is merely pointing out that redistribution from BGP 64712 into OSPF 1 is turned on?


Harold Ritter Thu, 04/13/2006 - 07:42
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Correct. The output "Redistributing via ospf 1" just means that bgp routes are being redistributed into ospf. So even if the specific route is filtered while redistributing from bgp to ospf, the "show ip route" for this prefix will still show "Redistributing via ospf 1".

Hope this helps,


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