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IPv6 Multicast Listener Discovery Protocol
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IPv6 Multicast Listener Discovery Protocol

IPv6 Multicast Listener Discovery Protocol

Last Updated: November 20, 2012
IPv6 Multicast Listener Discovery (MLD) is used by IPv6 devices to discover multicast listeners (nodes that want to receive multicast packets destined for specific multicast addresses) on directly attached links. There are two versions of MLD: MLD version 1 is based on version 2 of the IGMP for IPv4, and MLD version 2 is based on version 3 of the IGMP for IPv4. IPv6 multicast for Cisco software uses both MLD version 2 and MLD version 1.

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Information About IPv6 Multicast Listener Discovery Protocol

IPv6 Multicast Overview

An IPv6 multicast group is an arbitrary group of receivers that want to receive a particular data stream. This group has no physical or geographical boundaries--receivers can be located anywhere on the Internet or in any private network. Receivers that are interested in receiving data flowing to a particular group must join the group by signaling their local device. This signaling is achieved with the MLD protocol.

Devices use the MLD protocol to learn whether members of a group are present on their directly attached subnets. Hosts join multicast groups by sending MLD report messages. The network then delivers data to a potentially unlimited number of receivers, using only one copy of the multicast data on each subnet. IPv6 hosts that wish to receive the traffic are known as group members.

Packets delivered to group members are identified by a single multicast group address. Multicast packets are delivered to a group using best-effort reliability, just like IPv6 unicast packets.

The multicast environment consists of senders and receivers. Any host, regardless of whether it is a member of a group, can send to a group. However, only the members of a group receive the message.

A multicast address is chosen for the receivers in a multicast group. Senders use that address as the destination address of a datagram to reach all members of the group.

Membership in a multicast group is dynamic; hosts can join and leave at any time. There is no restriction on the location or number of members in a multicast group. A host can be a member of more than one multicast group at a time.

How active a multicast group is, its duration, and its membership can vary from group to group and from time to time. A group that has members may have no activity.

IPv6 Multicast Routing Implementation

Cisco software supports the following protocols to implement IPv6 multicast routing:

  • MLD is used by IPv6 devices to discover multicast listeners (nodes that want to receive multicast packets destined for specific multicast addresses) on directly attached links. There are two versions of MLD:
    • MLD version 1 is based on version 2 of the Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP) for IPv4.
    • MLD version 2 is based on version 3 of the IGMP for IPv4.
  • IPv6 multicast for Cisco software uses both MLD version 2 and MLD version 1. MLD version 2 is fully backward-compatible with MLD version 1 (described in RFC 2710). Hosts that support only MLD version 1 will interoperate with a device running MLD version 2. Mixed LANs with both MLD version 1 and MLD version 2 hosts are likewise supported.
  • PIM-SM is used between devices so that they can track which multicast packets to forward to each other and to their directly connected LANs.
  • PIM in Source Specific Multicast (PIM-SSM) is similar to PIM-SM with the additional ability to report interest in receiving packets from specific source addresses (or from all but the specific source addresses) to an IP multicast address.

The figure below shows where MLD and PIM-SM operate within the IPv6 multicast environment.

Figure 1 IPv6 Multicast Routing Protocols Supported for IPv6


Multicast Listener Discovery Protocol for IPv6

To start implementing multicasting in the campus network, users must first define who receives the multicast. The MLD protocol is used by IPv6 devices to discover the presence of multicast listeners (for example, nodes that want to receive multicast packets) on their directly attached links, and to discover specifically which multicast addresses are of interest to those neighboring nodes. It is used for discovering local group and source-specific group membership. The MLD protocol provides a means to automatically control and limit the flow of multicast traffic throughout your network with the use of special multicast queriers and hosts.

The difference between multicast queriers and hosts is as follows:

  • A querier is a network device, such as a device, that sends query messages to discover which network devices are members of a given multicast group.
  • A host is a receiver, including devices, that send report messages to inform the querier of a host membership.

A set of queriers and hosts that receive multicast data streams from the same source is called a multicast group. Queriers and hosts use MLD reports to join and leave multicast groups and to begin receiving group traffic.

MLD uses the Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP) to carry its messages. All MLD messages are link-local with a hop limit of 1, and they all have the alert option set. The alert option implies an implementation of the hop-by-hop option header.

MLD has three types of messages:

  • Query--General, group-specific, and multicast-address-specific. In a query message, the multicast address field is set to 0 when MLD sends a general query. The general query learns which multicast addresses have listeners on an attached link.

Group-specific and multicast-address-specific queries are the same. A group address is a multicast address.

  • Report--In a report message, the multicast address field is that of the specific IPv6 multicast address to which the sender is listening.
  • Done--In a done message, the multicast address field is that of the specific IPv6 multicast address to which the source of the MLD message is no longer listening.

An MLD report must be sent with a valid IPv6 link-local source address, or the unspecified address (::), if the sending interface has not yet acquired a valid link-local address. Sending reports with the unspecified address is allowed to support the use of IPv6 multicast in the Neighbor Discovery Protocol.

For stateless autoconfiguration, a node is required to join several IPv6 multicast groups in order to perform duplicate address detection (DAD). Prior to DAD, the only address the reporting node has for the sending interface is a tentative one, which cannot be used for communication. Therefore, the unspecified address must be used.

MLD states that result from MLD version 2 or MLD version 1 membership reports can be limited globally or by interface. The MLD group limits feature provides protection against denial of service (DoS) attacks caused by MLD packets. Membership reports in excess of the configured limits will not be entered in the MLD cache, and traffic for those excess membership reports will not be forwarded.

MLD provides support for source filtering. Source filtering allows a node to report interest in listening to packets only from specific source addresses (as required to support SSM), or from all addresses except specific source addresses sent to a particular multicast address.

When a host using MLD version 1 sends a leave message, the device needs to send query messages to reconfirm that this host was the last MLD version 1 host joined to the group before it can stop forwarding traffic. This function takes about 2 seconds. This "leave latency" is also present in IGMP version 2 for IPv4 multicast.

MLD Access Group

MLD access groups provide receiver access control in Cisco IPv6 multicast devices. This feature limits the list of groups a receiver can join, and it allows or denies sources used to join SSM channels.

How to Configure IPv6 Multicast Listener Discovery Protocol

Enabling IPv6 Multicast Routing

IPv6 multicast uses MLD version 2. This version of MLD is fully backward-compatible with MLD version 1 (described in RFC 2710). Hosts that support only MLD version 1 will interoperate with a device running MLD version 2. Mixed LANs with both MLD version 1 and MLD version 2 hosts are likewise supported.

Before You Begin

You must first enable IPv6 unicast routing on all interfaces of the device on which you want to enable IPv6 multicast routing .


SUMMARY STEPS

1.    enable

2.    configure terminal

3.    ipv6 multicast-routing [vrf vrf-name]


DETAILED STEPS
  Command or Action Purpose
Step 1
enable


Example:

Device> enable

 

Enables privileged EXEC mode.

  • Enter your password if prompted.
 
Step 2
configure terminal


Example:

Device# configure terminal

 

Enters global configuration mode.

 
Step 3
ipv6 multicast-routing [vrf vrf-name]


Example:

Device(config)# ipv6 multicast-routing

 

Enables multicast routing on all IPv6-enabled interfaces and enables multicast forwarding for PIM and MLD on all enabled interfaces of the device.

  • IPv6 multicast routing is disabled by default when IPv6 unicast routing is enabled. On certain devices, the IPv6 multicast routing must also be enabled in order to use IPv6 unicast routing.
 

Customizing and Verifying MLD on an Interface

SUMMARY STEPS

1.    enable

2.    configure terminal

3.    interface type number

4.    ipv6 mld join-group [group-address] [[include | exclude] {source-address | source-list [acl]}

5.    ipv6 mld access-group access-list-name

6.    ipv6 mld static-group [group-address] [[include| exclude] {source-address | source-list [acl]}

7.    ipv6 mld query-max-response-time seconds

8.    ipv6 mld query-timeout seconds

9.    ipv6 mld query-interval seconds

10.    end

11.    show ipv6 mld groups [link-local] [group-name | group-address] [interface-type interface-number] [detail | explicit

12.    show ipv6 mfib summary

13.    show ipv6 mld interface [type number


DETAILED STEPS
  Command or Action Purpose
Step 1
enable


Example:

Device> enable

 

Enables privileged EXEC mode.

  • Enter your password if prompted.
 
Step 2
configure terminal


Example:

Device# configure terminal

 

Enters global configuration mode.

 
Step 3
interface type number


Example:

Device(config)# interface GigabitEthernet 1/0/0

 

Specifies an interface type and number, and places the device in interface configuration mode.

 
Step 4
ipv6 mld join-group [group-address] [[include | exclude] {source-address | source-list [acl]}


Example:

Device(config-if)# ipv6 mld join-group FF04::12 exclude 2001:DB8::10::11

 

Configures MLD reporting for a specified group and source.

 
Step 5
ipv6 mld access-group access-list-name


Example:

Device(config-if)# ipv6 access-list acc-grp-1

 

Allows the user to perform IPv6 multicast receiver access control.

 
Step 6
ipv6 mld static-group [group-address] [[include| exclude] {source-address | source-list [acl]}


Example:

Device(config-if)# ipv6 mld static-group ff04::10 include 100::1

 

Statically forwards traffic for the multicast group onto a specified interface and cause the interface to behave as if a MLD joiner were present on the interface.

 
Step 7
ipv6 mld query-max-response-time seconds


Example:

Device(config-if)# ipv6 mld query-max-response-time 20

 

Configures the maximum response time advertised in MLD queries.

 
Step 8
ipv6 mld query-timeout seconds


Example:

Device(config-if)# ipv6 mld query-timeout 130

 

Configures the timeout value before the device takes over as the querier for the interface.

 
Step 9
ipv6 mld query-interval seconds


Example:

Device(config-if)# ipv6 mld query-interval 60

 

Configures the frequency at which the Cisco IOS XE software sends MLD host-query messages.

Caution   

Changing this value may severely impact multicast forwarding.

 
Step 10
end


Example:

Device(config-if)# end

 

Exits to privileged EXEC mode.

 
Step 11
show ipv6 mld groups [link-local] [group-name | group-address] [interface-type interface-number] [detail | explicit


Example:

Device# show ipv6 mld groups GigabitEthernet 2/1/0

 

Displays the multicast groups that are directly connected to the device and that were learned through MLD.

 
Step 12
show ipv6 mfib summary


Example:

Device# show ipv6 mfib summary

 

Displays summary information about the number of IPv6 Multicast Forwarding Information Base (MFIB) entries (including link-local groups) and interfaces.

 
Step 13
show ipv6 mld interface [type number


Example:

Device# show ipv6 mld interface GigabitEthernet 2/1/0

 

Displays multicast-related information about an interface.

 

Disabling MLD Device-Side Processing

A user might only want specified interfaces to perform IPv6 multicast and will therefore want to turn off MLD device-side processing on a specified interface.

SUMMARY STEPS

1.    enable

2.    configure terminal

3.    interface type number

4.    no ipv6 mld router


DETAILED STEPS
  Command or Action Purpose
Step 1
enable


Example:

Device> enable

 

Enables privileged EXEC mode.

  • Enter your password if prompted.
 
Step 2
configure terminal


Example:

Device# configure terminal

 

Enters global configuration mode.

 
Step 3
interface type number


Example:

Device(config)# interface GigabitEthernet 1/0/0

 

Specifies an interface type and number, and places the device in interface configuration mode.

 
Step 4
no ipv6 mld router


Example:

Device(config-if)# no ipv6 mld router

 

Disables MLD device-side processing on a specified interface.

 

Resetting the MLD Traffic Counters

SUMMARY STEPS

1.    enable

2.    clear ipv6 mld [vrf vrf-name] traffic

3.    show ipv6 mld [vrf vrf-name] traffic


DETAILED STEPS
  Command or Action Purpose
Step 1
enable


Example:

Device> enable

 

Enables privileged EXEC mode.

  • Enter your password if prompted.
 
Step 2
clear ipv6 mld [vrf vrf-name] traffic


Example:

Device# clear ipv6 mld traffic

 

Resets all MLD traffic counters.

 
Step 3
show ipv6 mld [vrf vrf-name] traffic


Example:

Device# show ipv6 mld traffic

 

Displays the MLD traffic counters.

 

Clearing the MLD Interface Counters

SUMMARY STEPS

1.    enable

2.    clear ipv6 mld [vrf vrf-name] counters interface-type


DETAILED STEPS
  Command or Action Purpose
Step 1
enable


Example:

Device> enable

 

Enables privileged EXEC mode.

  • Enter your password if prompted.
 
Step 2
clear ipv6 mld [vrf vrf-name] counters interface-type


Example:

Device# clear ipv6 mld counters GigabitEthernet1/0/0

 

Clears the MLD interface counters.

 

Configuration Examples for IPv6 Multicast Listener Discovery Protocol

Example: Enabling IPv6 Multicast Routing

The following example enables multicast routing on all interfaces and also enables multicast forwarding for PIM and MLD on all enabled interfaces of the device.

Device> enable
Device# configure terminal
Device(config)# ipv6 multicast-routing

Example: Configuring the MLD Protocol

The following example shows how to configure the query maximum response time, the query timeout, and the query interval on GigabitEthernet interface 1/0/0:

Device> enable
Device# configure terminal
Device(config)# interface GigabitEthernet 1/0/0
Device(config-if)# ipv6 mld query-max-response-time  20
Device(config-if)# ipv6 mld query-timeout 130
Device(config-if)# ipv6 mld query-interval 60
 
       

The following example shows how to configure MLD reporting for a specified group and source, allows the user to perform IPv6 multicast receiver access control, and statically forwards traffic for the multicast group onto GigabitEthernet interface 1/0/0:

Device> enable
Device# configure terminal
Device(config)# interface GigabitEthernet 1/0/0
Device(config)# ipv6 mld join-group FF04::10
Device(config)# ipv6 mld static-group FF04::10 100::1
Device(config)# ipv6 mld access-group acc-grp-1

The following example shows information from the show ipv6 mld interface command for GigabitEthernet interface 2/1/0:

Device# show ipv6 mld interface GigabitEthernet 2/1/1

GigabitEthernet2/1/1 is up, line protocol is up
Internet address is FE80::205:5FFF:FEAF:2C39/10
MLD is enabled in interface
Current MLD version is 2
MLD query interval is 125 seconds
MLD querier timeout is 255 seconds
MLD max query response time is 10 seconds 
Last member query response interval is 1 seconds
MLD activity: 25 joins, 17 leaves
MLD querying router is FE80::205:5FFF:FEAF:2C39 (this system)

The following example displays the MLD protocol messages received and sent:

Device# show ipv6 mld traffic 

MLD Traffic Counters
Elapsed time since counters cleared:00:00:21

                              Received     Sent
Valid MLD Packets               3           1 
Queries                         1           0 
Reports                         2           1 
Leaves                          0           0         
Mtrace packets                  0           0         

Errors:
Malformed Packets                           0         
Bad Checksums                               0         
Martian source                              0         
Packets Received on MLD-disabled Interface  0 

Example: Disabling MLD Router-Side Processing

The following example turns off MLD device-side processing on GigabitEthernet interface 1/0/0:

Device> enable
Device# configure terminal
Device(config)# interface GigabitEthernet 1/0/0
Device(config-if)# no ipv6 mld router

Additional References

Related Documents

Related Topic Document Title

IPv6 addressing and connectivity

IPv6 Configuration Guide

Cisco IOS commands

Cisco IOS Master Commands List, All Releases

IP multicast commands

Cisco IOS IP Multicast Command Reference

IPv6 commands

Cisco IOS IPv6 Command Reference

Cisco IOS IPv6 features

Cisco IOS IPv6 Feature Mapping

Standards and RFCs

Standard/RFC Title

RFCs for IPv6

IPv6 RFCs

MIBs

MIB

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IPv6 Multicast Listener Discovery Protocol

The following table provides release information about the feature or features described in this module. This table lists only the software release that introduced support for a given feature in a given software release train. Unless noted otherwise, subsequent releases of that software release train also support that feature.

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Table 1 Feature Information for IPv6 Multicast Listener Discovery Protocol
Feature Name Releases Feature Information

IPv6 Multicast: Multicast Listener Discovery (MLD) Protocol, Versions 1 and 2

12.0(26)S

12.2(18)S

12.2(25)SG

12.2(33)SRA

12.3(2)T

15.0(1)S

Cisco IOS XE Release 2.1

MLD is used by IPv6 routers to discover multicast listeners (nodes that want to receive multicast packets destined for specific multicast addresses) on directly attached links.

The following commands were introduced or modified: debug ipv6 mld, ipv6 mld join-group, ipv6 mld static-group, ipv6 mld query-interval, ipv6 mld query-max-response-time, ipv6 mld query-timeout, ipv6 mld router, show ipv6 mld groups, show ipv6 mld groups summary, show ipv6 mld interface.

IPv6 Multicast: MLD Access Group

12.2(33)SRE

12.2(50)SY

12.4(2)T

15.0(1)S

Cisco IOS XE Release 2.1

The MLD access group provides receiver access control in Cisco IPv6 multicast routers.

The following command was introduced: ipv6 mld access-group.

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