Manage ROAs

Once you have successfully set up the parent and repository, you are now running delegated RPKI. You can now start creating ROAs.

Show BGP Info

Krill automatically downloads BGP announcement information from RIPE RIS and uses this to analyse the known BGP announcements for the address space on your resource certificate(s). This allows Krill to show the RPKI validation status of your announcements, warn about possible issues, and do some suggestions on ROAs you may want to create or remove.

Krill recognises the following ‘States’ in its analysis:

State Explanation
NOT FOUND This announcement is not covered by any of your ROAs
The prefix for this announcement is covered by one or more of your ROAs.
However, none of those ROAs allow announcements of this prefix by this ASN.
The ASN for this announcement is covered by one or more of your ROAs.
However, the prefix is more specific than allowed.
This is a ROA you created which allows at least one known BGP announcement.
Note it may also disallow one or more other announcements. You can show details
if you click on the ‘>’ icon.
This ROA uses the max length field to allow multiple announcements, but
Krill does not see all most specific announcements in its BGP information.
This is a ROA you created which is included in full by at least one other ROA
you created. I.e. you have a ROA for the same ASN, covering this prefix and
including the maximum length.
This is a ROA you created but it does not cover any known announcements. This
may be a ROA you created for a backup or planned announcement. On the other
hand, this could also be a stale ROA in which case it is better to remove it.
This is a ROA for which no allowed announcements are seen, yet it disallows one
or more announcements. If this is done on purpose it may be better to create
a ROA for ASN 0 instead.
This is a ROA you created for a prefix with ASN 0. Since ASN 0 cannot occur
in BGP such ROAs are effectively used to disallow announcements of prefixes
on the global BGP table.
An AS0 ROA is considered redundant in case you have at least one ROA covering
the entire prefix for a real ASN. In such cases this ROA does not provide any
further protection on top of that existing ROA.

If you just set up your Krill instance you will see that your announcements all have the status NOT FOUND, meaning that you have not created any ROAs covering them yet.

ROA overview in relation to BGP info

Fig. 17 When you first start, all your announcements are ‘NOT FOUND’

ROA Suggestions


You should always verify the suggestions done by Krill. Krill bases its analysis on information collected by the RIPE NCC Routing Information Service (RIS) and saved in aggregated dumps every 8 hours. So, the announcements that Krill sees may be outdated. More importantly they may include announcements by others that you do NOT wish to allow. And you may not see your own announcements if you inadvertently invalidated them, because such announcements are often rejected and therefore may not reach the RIS Route Collectors.

We plan to add support to use other data sources in future, which will allow you to inform Krill about the announcements that you do on your own eBGP sessions.

If you click Analyse my ROAs under the table in the ROAs tab, Krill will suggest the following changes for the following ‘State’ values:

State Add/Remove Notes
Be careful when adding a ROA for a new ASN. The information
is based on what is seen in BGP, but this may include
malicious or accidental hijacks that you do NOT wish to

NOTE: Krill will not suggest to allow announcements for a new
ASN if you created an AS0 ROA for the prefix.
If you are sure that this announcement is valid, then you should
create a ROA for it. However, there is a (remote) chance that
this is a malicious hijack where your ASN was prepended. In
such cases you should of course NOT allow it.
Krill will suggest to remove the permissive ROA and replace it
with ROAs for all specific announcements presently seen in BGP.
This is inline with recommendations in this draft in the IETF.
However, if you need to pre-provision specific announcements
from your ASN, e.g. for anti DDoS purposes, then you may wish
to keep the permissive ROA as is.
If you want to create a ROA to disallow announcements then it
may be better to create an AS0 ROA instead.
NOT SEEN Remove Keep the ROA if it is for a planned or backup announcement.

Add a ROA

Click the Add ROA button, then fill in the authorised ASN and one of your prefixes in the form. The maximum prefix length will automatically match the prefix you entered to follow best operational practices, but you can change it as desired.

ROA creation

Fig. 18 Adding a new ROA

If you prefer to use the CLI then you can manage ROAs using the subcommand krillc roas.

Disable BGP Info

If you disable the Show BGP Info toggle, Krill will just show you your plain ROAs. You can also disable downloading the RIS dump files altogether if you set the following directive in your krill.conf file:

bgp_risdumps_enabled = false