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Release Notes for the Cisco 10000 Series Internet Router for Cisco IOS Release 12.0(23)SX4
July 14, 2003
These release notes provide information about Cisco IOS software Release 12.0(23)SX4 for the Cisco 10000 series Internet router. These release notes describe new features, memory requirements, hardware support, software platform deferrals, and changes to the microcode and related documents.
Cisco IOS Release 12.0(23)SX4 is based on previous 12.0(23)SX releases. Cisco IOS 12.0(23)SX releases include all of the new features introduced in Cisco IOS Release 12.0(23)S. You can review the release notes for Cisco IOS Release 12.0(23)S at the following URL:
These release notes contain the following sections:
Cisco Security Advisory
Cisco routers and switches that are running Cisco IOS software and that are configured to process Internet Protocol Version 4 (IPv4) packets are vulnerable to a Denial of Service (DoS) attack. A rare sequence of crafted IPv4 packets sent directly to the device might cause the input interface to stop processing traffic when the input queue is full. No authentication is required to process the inbound packet. Processing of IPv4 packets is enabled by default. Devices that are running only IP Version 6 (IPv6) are not affected.
Cisco has made software available, free of charge, to correct the problem. For more information, refer to the Cisco Security Advisory: Cisco IOS Interface Blocked by IPv4 Packet, located at the following URL:
This release requires that you have the performance routing engine (PRE, Part Number ESR-PRE1) installed in the Cisco 10000 series router chassis. To verify which PRE is installed in the router, use the show version command.
The following table lists memory requirements for the Cisco 10000 series router.
Feature Set by Router Image Name Flash Memory DRAM Memory Runs From
Edge Services Router
Service Provider/ Secured Shell 3DES
Upgrading to a New Software Release
For specific information about upgrading your Cisco 10000 series Internet router to a new software release, refer to the Cisco 10000 Series Router Quality of Service Configuration Guide located at the following URL:
For general information about how to upgrade to a new software release, refer to the product bulletin Cisco IOS Upgrade Ordering Instructions located at the following URL:
For information about how to order Cisco IOS software, refer to the Cisco IOS Software Releases located at the following URL:
Upgrading Software from Earlier Cisco IOS Releases
Upgrading from Cisco IOS Release 12.0(21)SX or Release 12.0(21)SX1
If you are upgrading your software from Cisco IOS Release 12.0(21)SX or Release 12.0(21)SX1 to Cisco IOS Release 12.0(23)SX4, you must upgrade the eboot image on the Cisco 10000 series router. If you fail to upgrade the eboot image, the router configuration may not load properly, and a checksum error appears on the console. If you are upgrading the software from an earlier Cisco IOS release, you do not need to upgrade the eboot image.
Upgrading from Cisco IOS Release 12.(14)SL or from Earlier 12.0(x)SL-based Releases
If you are upgrading your software from Cisco IOS Release 12.0(14)SL or from earlier 12.0(x)SL-based releases to Cisco IOS Release 12.0(23)SX4, save your current configuration file. If you decide to reinstall Release 12.0(14)SL or an earlier release, you must also reinstall the configuration file associated with that release. This is because some Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) configuration-file entries in Release 12.0(23)SX4 are not compatible with Release 12.0(14)SL or earlier releases.
Upgrading Software on Redundant PREs
When you upgrade software on redundant Cisco 10000 series router performance routing engines (PREs), be sure to download the software to both the active PRE and the standby PRE before you reload both PREs. For more information, refer to the installation guide for your specific PRE at the following URL:
New Features—Cisco IOS Release 12.0(23)SX4
Cisco IOS Release 12.0(23)SX4 contains no new features. Several known problems are fixed in this release (see the "Resolved Caveats—Cisco IOS Release 12.0(23)SX4" section).
Cisco IOS Release 12.0(23)SX4 includes all of the new features introduced in Release 12.0(23)SX, and all of the problems fixed in Release12.0(23)SX3, Release 12.0(23)SX2, and Release 12.0(23)SX1. For more information, refer to the appropriate Release Notes document located at the following URL:
New Features—Cisco IOS Release 12.0(23)SX
The following is a brief list of the new features and improvements in Cisco IOS Release 12.0(23)SX on which Cisco IOS Release 12.0(23)SX4 is based. For more information, refer to the Release Notes for the Cisco 10000 Series Internet Router for Cisco IOS Release 12.0(23)SX.
Multirouter-Automatic Protection Switching
The multirouter-automatic protection switching (MR-APS) feature allows switchover of SONET connections in the event of circuit failure. MR-APS is often required when connecting SONET equipment to telco equipment. APS refers to the mechanism of using a "protect" SONET interface in the SONET network as the backup for a working SONET interface. When the working interface fails, the protect interface quickly assumes its traffic load. For more information on this feature, refer to the following URL. Note that the documentation includes aps commands for POS interfaces. However, the same commands also apply for ATM interfaces.
Multicast for MPLS VPN
The Multicast for Multiprotocol Label-Switching (MPLS) Virtual Private Network (VPN) feature allows service providers to offer multicast services over their MPLS core network. Multicast for MPLS VPN allows end-user customers to improve productivity and communication flow for applications such as corporate communication, e-learning, data warehousing, content synchronization, trading stocks and commodities (stock quotes and ticker information), and emergency messaging services.
DiffServe Aware Traffic Engineering for MPLS
The DiffServer Aware Traffic Engineering feature extends DiffServe quality of service (QoS) over an MPLS backbone that uses traffic engineering. Bandwidth pools assigned to tunnel interfaces ensure that critical data is associated with a tunnel that has enough bandwidth to transport data over the MPLS network. For more information about this feature, refer to the following URL:
MPLS Traffic Engineering Fast Reroute
The Fast Reroute (FRR) link protection feature of MPLS traffic engineering provides link protection to label-switched paths (LSPs). MPLS traffic engineering automatically establishes and maintains LSPs across the backbone using Resource ReSerVation Protocol (RSVP). Paths for LSPs are calculated at the headend, based on the LSP resource requirements and available network resources such as bandwidth. Under failure conditions, the headend determines a new route for the LSP. This provides for the optimal use of resources. However, due to messaging delays, recovery at the headend is not as quick as recovery at the point of failure. For more information about this feature, refer to the following URL:
eiBGP Multipath Load Sharing
The Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) Multipath Load Sharing for external BGP (eBGP) and internal BGP (iBGP) in a Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) Virtual Private Network (VPN) feature allows you to configure multihomed autonomous systems and provider edge (PE) routers to:
•Distribute traffic across eBGP and iBGP paths in BGP networks
•Import eBGP and iBGP paths from multihomed and stub networks
The eiBGP Multipath Load Sharing feature performs unequal cost load balancing by default by selecting BGP paths that do not have an equal cost of the Interior Gateway Protocol (IGP).
For more information about this feature, see the following URL:
Link Fragmentation and Interleaving
Interactive traffic (Telnet, voice over IP) is susceptible to increased latency and jitter when the network processes large packets (for example, LAN-to-LAN FTP transfers traversing a WAN link), especially as they are queued on slower links. The Link Fragmentation and Interleaving (LFI) feature reduces delay and jitter on slower-speed links by breaking up large datagrams and interleaving low-delay traffic packets (such as voice) with the smaller packets resulting from the fragmented datagram. LFI was designed especially for lower-speed links where serialization delay is significant.
Single Rate 3-Color Marker for Traffic Policing
The single rate 3-Color Marker feature meters an IP packet stream and marks its packets different colors, based on the Committed Information Rate (CIR) and two associated burst sizes: Committed Burst Size (CBS) and Excess Burst Size (EBS). CIR is measured in bytes of IP packets per second (and it includes the IP header, but not link specific headers). CBS and EBS are measured in bytes.
The single rate 3-color marker uses the following colors to classify packets:
•Green (conforming)—Packet size is at most Bc or CBS and within the CIR allowance.
•Yellow (exceeding)—Packet size is greater than the CIR allowance but is at most Be or EBS bytes and within the available surplus.
•Red (violating)—Packet size is greater than both the CIR allowance and the available surplus. This is because either the packet's size exceeds Be or EBS or because a previous packet used some of the surplus and the traffic since then has not slowed sufficiently to acquire the surplus needed for the current packet.
The marker starts with a surplus equal to Be or EBS, and replenishes the surplus by the amount of unused CIR allowance until the surplus reaches Be or EBS.
Cisco 10000 Series Router MIB Enhancements
MIB capabilities on the Cisco 10000 series router have been enhanced as follows:
•The CISCO-ENTITY-EXT-MIB and CISCO-OAM-MIB were added.
•Support was verified for the following MIBs: ATM-MIB, CISCO-AAL5-MIB, CISCO-ATM-EXT-MIB, SONET-MIB, RFC1315-MIB, CISCO-FRAME-RELAY-MIB, and CISCO-RF-MIB.
•Support was added for MPLS-LSR-MIB mplsInSegmentOctets and mplsInSegmentOctets.
•The IF-MIB was enhanced to support MPLS.
•MIBs were enhanced to support the Cisco 10000 series router high-availability feature.
For more information about the MIB capabilities, refer to the Cisco 10000 Series Router Broadband MIB Specifications Guide at the following URL:
SNMP Trap Filtering
Use the SNMP trap filtering feature to filter linkDown traps so that SNMP only sends a linkDown trap if the main interface goes down. If a Cisco 10000 series Internet router interfaces goes down, all of its subinterfaces go down, which results in numerous linkDown traps for each subinterface. This feature filters out those subinterface traps. This feature is turned off by default.
Limitations and Restrictions
PRE Network Management Ethernet Port
Ensure that the Fast Ethernet NME port on the PRE is configured for auto-negotiation mode, which is the system default. Duplex mode can cause problems, such as flapping. If the port is experiencing such problems and has been configured for duplex mode, use the no half-duplex or no full-duplex command to disable duplex mode.
Controlling the Rate of Logging Messages
It is important that you limit the rate that system messages are logged by the Cisco 10000 series router. This helps to avoid a situation in which the router becomes unstable and the CPU is overloaded. To control the output of messages from the system, use the logging rate-limit command.
We recommend that you configure the logging rate-limit command as follows. This rate-limits all messages to the console to 10 per second, except for messages with critical priority (level 3) or greater.Router(config)# logging rate-limit console all 10 except critical
For more information on the logging rate-limit command, refer to the Cisco IOS Configuration Fundamentals Command Reference.
The following limitations apply to the Cisco 10000 series router implementation of Frame Relay:
•The ip rtp reserve command is not supported.
•Only one priority queue per VC is allowed.
Nested Policy Feature
The following limitations and restrictions apply to the Cisco 10000 series router nested policy feature:
•Nested policies support no more than two hierarchy levels.
•For additional restrictions and limitations on creating nested policies, refer to the Cisco 10000 Series Router Quality of Service Configuration Guide at the following URL:
•The nested-policy shape rate is reserved for nested-policy traffic only. Excess bandwidth is not used for other traffic.
•DotP marking is not supported, nor is 802.1P (including matching and marking the 802.1P header).
Note The actual shape rate applied to nested-policy traffic might differ from that specified in the policy. For example, a specified shape rate of 10.5 Mbps might be mapped to 11 Mbps. Use the command show policy-map interface to determine the actual shape rate.
Testing Performance of High-Speed Interfaces
Cisco IOS software running on the Cisco 10000 series router has multiple queues for all classes of traffic over high-speed interfaces. The software selects a queue based on the source and destination address for the packet. This ensures that a traffic flow always uses the same queue and the packets are transmitted in proper order.
When the router is installed in a real network, the high-speed interfaces work efficiently to spread traffic flow equally over the queues. However, using single traffic streams in a laboratory environment may result in less-than-expected performance. To ensure accurate test results, you should test the throughput of the gigabit Ethernet, POS, or ATM uplink with multiple source or destination addresses.
Tip To determine if traffic is being properly distributed, use the show hardware pxf cpu queue command.
Cisco Discovery Protocol
Unlike other Cisco routers, on the Cisco 10000 series Internet router, the Cisco Discovery Protocol (CDP) is disabled by default. You can enable CDP on an interface using the cdp enable command.
Frame Relay and PPP Sessions
You can run up to 4000 Frame Relay sessions or 4000 PPP sessions, and you can configure up to 800 Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) peers on the Cisco 10000 series Internet router. The router also supports up to 512 Multilink Point-to-Point (MLP) protocol sessions and up to 1024 MLP bundles.
Performance Routing Engine 1 on the Cisco 10000 Series Edge Services Router
To run Cisco IOS Release 12.0(22)S and later releases on the Cisco 10000 series router, the performance routing engine (PRE) installed in the chassis must be the PRE (Part Number ESR-PRE1). You can verify which PRE is installed in the chassis by using the show version command.
Note The Cisco 10000 series router does not support mixing two different PRE revisions in the same chassis. Do not install a PRE (Part Number ESR-PRE) and PRE (Part Number ESR-PRE1) in the same chassis.
VLAN Session Support
The Cisco 10000 series router provides session support for 4000 802.1Q VLANs.
Inserting a New Line Card
Unlike other Cisco routers, if you insert a new or different line card into a Cisco 10000 series router chassis slot that previously had a line card installed, the line card initially reports that it is administratively up.
To ensure that the performance routing engine (PRE) microcode has adequate IP address space, use IP addresses in a contiguous address space. Also, use the ip unnumbered command on the RBE subinterface.
Open Caveats—Cisco IOS Release 12.0(23)SX4
Table 1 describes the open caveats in Cisco IOS Release 12.0(23)SX4.
Resolved Caveats—Cisco IOS Release 12.0(23)SX4
The following problems have been fixed in Cisco IOS Release 12.0(23)SX4. For information about problems fixed in other Cisco IOS releases, refer to the appropriate Release Notes document located at the following URL:
When you delete an interface with an ACL configured and then add a new interface and configure an ACL on it, the following error message no longer appears:ACLs could not add IDB to list.
If you modify the ACL or the microcode reloads, the router now processes the ACL correctly.
Using the Link Fragmentation Interleaving (LFI) feature in Cisco IOS Release 12.2(15)T1 or Cisco IOS Release 12.3(1) with multilink PPP (MLPPP) no longer results in corrupted outgoing IPCP packets. This problem did not occur when using the LFI feature in Cisco IOS Release 12.2(11)T6.
The line protocol on low speed interfaces no longer goes down unexpectedly. The Cisco 10000 series router now properly dequeues the packet priority queue on DS0 links.
On a Cisco 10000 series router with primary and secondary performance routing engines (PREs) configured, when you enter the frame-relay fragment fragment_size command in map-class configuration mode, the following error message no longer appears:Warning: Fragment size too low; will use min supported value of 128 bytes
After you configure the frame-relay fragment fragment_size command, the configuration remains in effect, even when a PRE switchover occurs or when the router reloads.
When you enter the show route-map [policy-name] PBR command, the Cisco 10000 series router now correctly displays the number of packets or bytes for all of the route-maps configured in each PBR policy.
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