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    Internet Draft                                        Jesse Walker
    Expiration: October 2002                              Amol Kulkarni
    File: draft-ietf-rap-cops-tls-03.txt                   Intel Corp.



                               COPS Over TLS

                        Last Updated: April 17, 2001



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   The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT",
   "SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED",  "MAY", and "OPTIONAL" in
   this document are to be interpreted as described in [RFC-2119].


Abstract

   This memo describes how to use TLS to secure COPS connections over
   the Internet.

   Please send comments on this document to the rap@ops.ietf.org
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Table Of Contents

   1.  Introduction...................................................3
   2.  COPS Over TLS..................................................3
   2.1.  Connection Initiation........................................3
   2.2.  Connection Closure...........................................4
   2.2.1.  PEP System Behavior........................................4
   2.2.2.  PDP System Behavior........................................4
   2.3.  Port Number.................................................5
   3.  Endpoint Identification and Access Control.....................5
   3.1.  PDP Identity.................................................5
   3.2.  PEP Identity.................................................6
   4.  IANA Considerations............................................6
   5.  Security Considerations........................................6
   6.  Acknowledgements...............................................6
   7.  References.....................................................7
   8.  Author Addresses...............................................7





































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1.  Introduction

   COPS [COPS] was designed to distribute clear-text policy information
   from a centralized Policy Decision Point (PDP) to a set of Policy
   Enforcement Points (PEP) in the Internet. COPS provides its own
   security mechanisms to protect the per-hop integrity of the deployed
   policy. However, the use of COPS for sensitive applications such as
   some types of security policy distribution requires additional
   security measures, such as data privacy. This is because some
   organizations find it necessary to hide some or all of their security
   policies, e.g., because policy distribution to devices such as mobile
   platforms can cross domain boundaries.

   TLS [TLS] was designed to provide channel-oriented security. TLS
   standardizes SSL and may be used with any connection-oriented
   service. TLS provides mechanisms for both one- and two-way
   authentication, dynamic session keying, and data stream privacy and
   integrity.

   This document describes how to use COPS over TLS. "COPS over TLS" is
   abbreviated COPS/TLS.

2.  COPS Over TLS

   COPS/TLS is very simple: use COPS over TLS exactly as you would use
   COPS over TCP.

2.1.  Connection Initiation

   The system acting as the PEP also acts as the TLS client. This system
   initiates a connection to the PDP to the secure COPS port. When this
   succeeds, the PEP system sends the TLS ClientHello to begin the TLS
   handshake. When the TLS handshake completes, the PEP MAY initiate the
   first COPS message. All COPS data MUST be sent as TLS "application
   data". Normal COPS behavior follows.

   All PEP implementations of COPS/TLS MUST support an access control
   mechanism to identify authorized PDPs. This requirement provides a
   level of assurance that the policy arriving at the PEP is actually
   valid. The access control mechanism implemented is outside the scope
   of this document. PEP implementations SHOULD require the use of this
   access control mechanism for operation of COPS over TLS. When access
   control is enabled, the PEP implementation MUST NOT initiate COPS/TLS
   connections to systems not authorized as PDPs by the access control
   mechanism.

   Similarly, PDP COPS/TLS implementations MUST support an access
   control mechanism permitting them to restrict their services to
   authorized PEP systems only. However, implementations MUST NOT
   require the use of an access control mechanism at the PDP, as
   organizations might not consider the types of policy being deployed
   as sensitive, and therefore do not need to incur the expense of

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   managing credentials for the PEP systems. If access controls are
   used, however, the PDP implementation MUST terminate COPS/TLS
   connections from unauthorized PEP systems and log an error if an
   auditable logging mechanism is present.

2.2.  Connection Closure

   TLS provides facilities to securely close its connections. Reception
   of a valid closure alert assures an implementation that no further
   data will arrive on that connection. The TLS specification requires
   TLS implementations to initiate a closure alert exchange before
   closing a connection. It also permits TLS implementations to close
   connections without waiting to receive closure alerts from the peer,
   provided they send their own first. A connection closed in this way
   is known as an "incomplete close". TLS allows implementations to
   reuse the session in this case, but COPS/TLS makes no use of this
   capability.

   A connection closed without first sending a closure alert is known as
   a "premature close". Note that a premature close does not call into
   question the security of the data already received, but simply
   indicates that subsequent data might have been truncated. Because TLS
   is oblivious to COPS message boundaries, it is necessary to examine
   the COPS data itself (specifically the Message header) to determine
   whether truncation occurred.

2.2.1.  PEP System Behavior

   PEP implementations MUST treat premature closes as errors and any
   data received as potentially truncated. The COPS protocol allows the
   PEP system to find out whether truncation took place. A PEP system
   detecting an incomplete close SHOULD recover gracefully.

   PEP systems MUST send a closure alert before closing the connection.
   Clients unprepared to receive any more data MAY choose not to wait
   for the PDP system's closure alert and simply close the connection,
   thus generating an incomplete close on the PDP side.

2.2.2.  PDP System Behavior

   COPS permits a PEP to close the connection at any time, and requires
   PDPs to recover gracefully. In particular, PDPs SHOULD be prepared to
   receive an incomplete close from the PEP, since a PEP often shuts
   down for operational reasons unrelated to the transfer of policy
   information between the PEP and PDP.

       Implementation note: The PDP ordinarily expects to be able to
       signal end of data by closing the connection. However, the PEP
       may have already sent the closure alert and dropped the
       connection.

   PDP systems MUST attempt to initiate an exchange of closure alerts
   with the PEP system before closing the connection. PDP systems MAY

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   close the connection after sending the closure alert, thus generating
   an incomplete close on the PEP side.

2.3.  Port Number
   The first data a PDP expects to receive from the PEP is a Client-Open
   message. The first data a TLS server (and hence a COPS/TLS server)
   expects to receive is the ClientHello. Consequently, COPS/TLS runs
   over a separate port in order to distinguish it from COPS alone. When
   COPS/TLS runs over a TCP/IP connection, the default TCP port at the
   PDP is TBD. The PEP may use any TCP port. This does not preclude
   COPS/TLS from running over another transport. TLS only presumes a
   reliable connection-oriented data stream.

3.  Endpoint Identification and Access Control

   Implementations of COPS/TLS MUST use X.509 v3 certificates conforming
   to [PKIX] to identify PDP and PEP systems. COPS/TLS systems MUST
   perform certificate verification processing conforming to [PKIX].

   If a subjectAltName extension of type dNSName or iPAddress is present
   in the PDP's certificate, that MUST be used as the PDP identity.
   Otherwise, the most specific Common Name field in the Subject field
   of the certificate MUST be used.

   Matching is performed using the matching rules specified by [PKIX].
   If more than one identity of a given type is present in the
   certificate (e.g. more than one dNSName name, a match in any one of
   the set is considered acceptable.), the COPS system uses the first
   name to match, except as noted below in the IP address checking
   requirements. Names may contain the wildcard character * which is
   considered to match any single domain name component or component
   fragment. For example, *.a.com matches foo.a.com but not
   bar.foo.a.com. f*.com matches foo.com but not foo.bar.com.

3.1.  PDP Identity

   Generally, COPS/TLS requests are generated by the PEP consulting
   bootstrap policy information identifying authorized PDPs. As a
   consequence, the hostname or IP address for the PDP is known to the
   PEP. How this bootstrap policy information arrives at the PEP is
   outside the scope of this document. However, all PEP implementations
   MUST provide a mechanism to securely deliver or configure the
   bootstrap policy. In particular, all PEP implementations MUST support
   a mechanism to securely acquire the signing certificate of the
   authorized certificate authorities issuing PDP certificates, and MUST
   support a mechanism to securely acquire an access control list or
   filter identifying its set of authorized PDPs.

   PEP implementations that participate in multiple domains, such as
   those on mobile platforms, MAY use different certificate authorities
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   Organizations may choose to deliver some or all of the bootstrap
   policy configuration from an untrusted source, such as DHCP. In this
   circumstance, COPS over TLS provides no protection from attack when
   this untrusted source is compromised.

   If the PDP hostname or IP address is available via the access control
   mechanism, the PEP MUST check it against the PDP's identity as
   presented in the PDP's TLS Certificate message.

   In some cases the bootstrap policy will identify the authorized PDP
   only by an IP address of the PDP system. In this case, the
   subjectAltName MUST be present in the certificate, and it MUST
   include an iPAdress format matching the expected name of the policy
   server.

   If the hostname of the PDP does not match the identity in the
   certificate, a PEP on a user oriented system MUST either notify the
   user (PEP systems MAY afford the user the opportunity to continue
   with the connection in any case) or terminate the connection with a
   bad certificate error. PEPs on unattended systems MUST log the error
   to an appropriate audit log (if available) and MUST terminate the
   connection (with a bad certificate error). Unattended PEP systems MAY
   provide a configuration setting that disables this check, but then
   MUST provide a setting which enables it.

3.2.  PEP Identity

   When PEP systems are not access controlled, the PDP need have no
   external knowledge of what the PEP's identity ought to be and so
   checks are neither possible nor necessary. In this case, there is no
   requirement for PEP systems to register with a certificate authority,
   and COPS over TLS uses one-way authentication, of the PDP to the PEP.

   When PEP systems are access controlled, PEPs must be PKI clients in
   the sense of [PKIX]. In this case, COPS over TLS uses two-way
   authentication, and the PDP MUST perform the same identity checks for
   the PEPs as described above for the PDP.

   When access controls are in effect at the PDP, PDP implementations
   MUST have a mechanism to securely acquire the signing certificates of
   the certificate authorities issuing certificates to any of the PEPs
   they support.

4.  IANA Considerations

   COPS over TLS uses a separate TCP port from COPS. IANA should assign
   the value TBD to this port.

5.  Security Considerations

   This entire document concerns security.

6.  Acknowledgements

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   This document freely plagiarizes and adapts Eric Rescorla's similar
   document RFC2818 that specifies how HTTP runs over TLS. Discussions
   with David Durham and Ylian Sainte-Hillaire also lead to improvements
   in this document.

7.  References

      [COPS] Durham, D., Boyle, J., Cohen, R., Herzog, R., Rajan, R.,
      Sastry, A., "The COPS (Common Open Policy Service) Protocol", RFC
      2748, January 200.

      [PKIX] Housley, R., Ford, W., Polk, W., Solo, D., "Internet Public
      Key Infrastructure: Part I: X.509 Certificate and CRL Profile",
      RFC  2459, January 1999.

      [RFC2026] Bradner, S., "The Internet Standards Process - Revision
      3", RFC 2026, October 1996

      [RFC2119] Bradner, S., "Key Words for use in RFCs to indicate
      Requirement Levels", RFC 2119, March 1997.

      [TLS] Dierks, T., Allen, C., "The TLS Protocol", RFC2246, January
      1999.

      [RFC2818] Rescorla, E., "HTTP Over TLS", RFC2818, May 2000.

8.  Author Addresses

      Jesse R. Walker
      Intel Corporation
      2111 N.E. 25th Avenue
      Hillsboro, OR  97214
      USA
      jesse.walker@intel.com

      Amol Kulkarni
      Intel Corporation
      JF3-206
      2111 N.E. 25th Avenue
      Hillsboro, OR  97214
      USA
      amol.kulkarni@intel.com











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