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TLS                                                         S. Santesson
Internet-Draft                                           3xA Security AB
Intended status: Standards Track                           H. Tschofenig
Expires: April 20, 2014                     Nokia Solutions and Networks
                                                        October 17, 2013


      Transport Layer Security (TLS) Cached Information Extension
                   draft-ietf-tls-cached-info-15.txt

Abstract

   Transport Layer Security (TLS) handshakes often include fairly static
   information, such as the server certificate and a list of trusted
   Certification Authorities (CAs).  This information can be of
   considerable size, particularly if the server certificate is bundled
   with a complete certificate path (including all intermediary
   certificates up to the trust anchor public key).

   This document defines an extension that omits the exchange of already
   available information.  The TLS client informs a server of cached
   information, for example from a previous TLS handshake, allowing the
   server to omit the already available information.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
   2.  Terminology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   3.  Cached Information Extension  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   4.  Exchange Specification  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
     4.1.  Omitting the Certificate Chain  . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
     4.2.  Omitting the Trusted CAs  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
   5.  Example . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
   6.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
   7.  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
     7.1.  New Entry to the TLS ExtensionType Registry . . . . . . .   8
     7.2.  New Registry for CachedInformationType  . . . . . . . . .   8
   8.  Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
   9.  References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
     9.1.  Normative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
     9.2.  Informative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
   Authors' Addresses  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10

1.  Introduction

   Transport Layer Security (TLS) handshakes often include fairly static
   information, such as the server certificate and a list of trusted
   Certification Authorities (CAs).  This information can be of
   considerable size, particularly if the server certificate is bundled
   with a complete certificate path (including all intermediary
   certificates up to the trust anchor public key).

   Optimizing the exchange of information to a minimum helps to improve
   performance in environments where devices are connected to a network
   with characteristics like low bandwidth, high latency and high loss
   rate.  These types of networks exist, for example, when smart objects
   are connected using a low power IEEE 802.15.4 radio.  For more
   information about the challenges with smart object deployments please
   see [RFC6574].

   This specification defines a TLS extension that allows a client and a
   server to exclude transmission of cached information from the TLS
   handshake.




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   A typical example exchange may therefore look as follows.  First, the
   client and the server executes the usual TLS handshake.  The client
   may, for example, decide to cache the certificate provided by the
   server.  When the TLS client connects to the TLS server some time in
   the future, without using session resumption, it then attaches the
   cached_information extension defined in this document to the client
   hello message to indicate that it had cached the certificate, and it
   provides the fingerprint of it.  If the server's certificate had not
   changed then the TLS server does not need to send the full
   certificate to the client again.  In case the information had
   changed, the certificate payload is transmitted to the client to
   allow the client to update it's state information.

2.  Terminology

   The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "MUST", "MUST NOT",
   "SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "MAY", and "OPTIONAL" in this
   document are to be interpreted as described in [RFC2119].

3.  Cached Information Extension

   This document defines a new extension type (cached_information(TBD)),
   which is used in client hello and server hello messages.  The
   extension type is specified as follows.


         enum {
              cached_information(TBD), (65535)
         } ExtensionType;


   The extension_data field of this extension, when included in the
   client hello, MUST contain the CachedInformation structure.


















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         enum {
              certificate_chain(1), trusted_cas(2) (255)
         } CachedInformationType;

         struct {
              CachedInformationType type;
              HashAlgorithm hash;
              opaque hash_value<1..255>;
         } CachedObject;

         struct {
              CachedObject cached_info<1..2^16-1>;
         } CachedInformation;


   When the CachedInformationType identifies a certificate_chain, then
   the hash_value field MUST include the hash calculated over the
   certificate_list element of the Certificate payload provided by the
   TLS server in an earlier exchange, excluding the three length bytes
   of the certificate_list vector.

   When the CachedInformationType identifies a trusted_cas, then the
   hash_value MUST include a hash calculated over the
   certificate_authorities element of the CertificateRequest payload
   provided by the TLS server in an earlier exchange, excluding the two
   length bytes of the certificate_authorities vector.

   The hash algorithm used to calculate hash values is conveyed in the
   'hash' field of the CachedObject element.  The list of registered
   hash algorithms can be found in the TLS HashAlgorithm Registry, which
   was created by RFC 5246 [RFC5246].  The value zero (0) for 'none' is
   not an allowed choice for a hash algorithm and MUST NOT be used.

   This document establishes a registry for CachedInformationType types
   and additional values can be added following the policy described in
   Section 7.

4.  Exchange Specification

   Clients supporting this extension MAY include the
   "cached_information" extension in the (extended) client hello, which
   MAY contain zero or more CachedObject attributes.

   A server supporting this extension MAY include the
   "cached_information" extension in the (extended) server hello, which
   MAY contain one or more CachedObject attributes it supports.  By
   returning the "cached_information" extension the server indicates
   that it supports caching of each present CachedObject that matches



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   the specified hash value.  The server MAY support other cached
   objects that are not present in the extension.

   Note: If clients make use of the Server Name Indication [RFC6066]
   then clients may need to cache multiple data items for a single
   server since servers may host multiple 'virtual' servers at a single
   underlying network address.

   Following a successful exchange of the "cached_information"
   extensions in the client and server hello, the server omits sending
   the corresponding handshake message.  How information is omitted from
   the handshake message is defined per cached info type.  Section 4.1
   and Section 4.2 defines the syntax of the fingerprinted information.

   The handshake protocol MUST proceed using the information as if it
   was provided in the handshake protocol.  The Finished message MUST be
   calculated over the actual data exchanged in the handshake protocol.
   That is, the Finished message will be calculated over the information
   that was omitted from transmission by means of its present hash in
   the client hello and not through its presence in the handshake
   exchange.

   The server MUST NOT include more than one fingerprint for a single
   information element, i.e., at maximum only one CachedObject structure
   per replaced information is provided.

4.1.  Omitting the Certificate Chain

   When an object of type 'certificate_chain' is provided in the client
   hello, the server MAY replace the sequence of certificates with an
   empty sequence with an actual length field of zero (=empty vector).

   The original handshake message syntax is defined in RFC 5246
   [RFC5246] and has the following structure:


         opaque ASN.1Cert<1..2^24-1>;

         struct {
             ASN.1Cert certificate_list<0..2^24-1>;
         } Certificate;


   Note that [I-D.ietf-tls-oob-pubkey] allows the certificate payload to
   contain only the SubjectPublicKeyInfo instead of the full information
   typically found in a certificate.  Hence, when this specification is
   used in combination with [I-D.ietf-tls-oob-pubkey] and the negotiated
   certificate type is a raw public key then the TLS server omits



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   sending a Certificate payload that contains an ASN.1Cert structure of
   the SubjectPublicKeyInfo.

4.2.  Omitting the Trusted CAs

   When a fingerprint for an object of type 'trusted_cas' is provided in
   the client hello, the server MAY send a DistinguishedName in the
   Certificate Request message with an actual length field of zero
   (=empty vector).

   The original handshake message syntax is defined in RFC 5246
   [RFC5246] and has the following structure:


         opaque DistinguishedName<1..2^16-1>;

         struct {
             ClientCertificateType certificate_types<1..2^8-1>;
             SignatureAndHashAlgorithm
               supported_signature_algorithms<2^16-1>;
             DistinguishedName certificate_authorities<0..2^16-1>;
         } CertificateRequest;


5.  Example

   Figure 1 illustrates an example exchange using the TLS cached info
   extension.  In the normal TLS handshake exchange shown in flow (A)
   the TLS server provides its certificate in the Certificate payload to
   the client, see step [1].  This allows the client to store the
   certificate for future use.  After some time the TLS client again
   interacts with the same TLS server and makes use of the TLS cached
   info extension, as shown in flow (B).  The TLS client indicates
   support for this specification via the cached_information extension,
   see [2], and indicates that it has stored the certificate_chain from
   the earlier exchange.  With [3] the TLS server indicates that it also
   supports this specification and informs the client that it also
   supports caching of other objects beyond the 'certificate_chain',
   namely 'trusted_cas' (also defined in this document), and the 'foo-
   bar' extension (i.e., an imaginary extension that yet needs to be
   defined).  With [4] the TLS server omits sending the certificate
   chain, as described in Section 4.1.


   (A) Initial (full) Exchange

   client_hello  ->
                          <-  server_hello,



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                              certificate, // [1]
                              server_key_exchange,
                              server_hello_done

   client_key_exchange,
   change_cipher_spec,
   finished                  ->

                          <- change_cipher_spec,
                             finished

   Application Data        <------->     Application Data


   (B) TLS Cached Extension Usage

   client_hello,
   cached_information=(certificate_chain)   -> // [2]
                          <-  server_hello,
                              cached_information= // [3]
                              (certificate_chain, trusted_cas, foo-bar)
                              certificate, // [4]
                              server_key_exchange,
                              server_hello_done

   client_key_exchange,
   change_cipher_spec,
   finished                  ->

                          <- change_cipher_spec,
                             finished

   Application Data        <------->     Application Data

                    Figure 1: Example Message Exchange

6.  Security Considerations














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   This specification defines a mechanism to reference stored state
   using a fingerprint.  Sending a fingerprint of cached information in
   an unencrypted handshake, as the client and server hello is, may
   allow an attacker or observer to correlate independent TLS exchanges.
   While some information elements used in this specification, such as
   server certificates, are public objects and usually not sensitive in
   this regard, others may be.  Those who implement and deploy this
   specification should therefore make an informed decision whether the
   cached information is inline with their security and privacy goals.
   In case of concerns, it is advised to avoid sending the fingerprint
   of the data objects in clear.

   The hash algorithm used in this specification is required to have
   reasonable random properties in order to provide reasonably unique
   identifiers.  There is no requirement that this hash algorithm must
   have strong collision resistance.

7.  IANA Considerations

7.1.  New Entry to the TLS ExtensionType Registry

   IANA is requested to add an entry to the existing TLS ExtensionType
   registry, defined in RFC 5246 [RFC5246], for cached_information(TBD)
   defined in this document.

7.2.  New Registry for CachedInformationType

   IANA is requested to establish a registry for TLS
   CachedInformationType values.  The first entries in the registry are

   o  certificate_chain(1)

   o  trusted_cas(2)

   The policy for adding new values to this registry, following the
   terminology defined in RFC 5226 [RFC5226], is as follows:

   o  0-63 (decimal): Standards Action

   o  64-223 (decimal): Specification Required

   o  224-255 (decimal): reserved for Private Use









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8.  Acknowledgments

   We would like to thank the following persons for your detailed
   document reviews:

   o  Paul Wouters and Nikos Mavrogiannopoulos (December 2011)

   o  Rob Stradling (February 2012)

   o  Ondrej Mikle (in March 2012)

   Additionally, we would like to thank the TLS working group chairs,
   Eric Rescorla and Joe Salowey, as well as the security area
   directors, Sean Turner and Stephen Farrell, for their feedback and
   support.

9.  References

9.1.  Normative References

   [RFC2119]  Bradner, S., "Key words for use in RFCs to Indicate
              Requirement Levels", BCP 14, RFC 2119, March 1997.

   [RFC3874]  Housley, R., "A 224-bit One-way Hash Function: SHA-224",
              RFC 3874, September 2004.

   [RFC5246]  Dierks, T. and E. Rescorla, "The Transport Layer Security
              (TLS) Protocol Version 1.2", RFC 5246, August 2008.

   [RFC6066]  Eastlake, D., "Transport Layer Security (TLS) Extensions:
              Extension Definitions", RFC 6066, January 2011.

9.2.  Informative References

   [I-D.ietf-tls-oob-pubkey]
              Wouters, P., Tschofenig, H., Gilmore, J., Weiler, S., and
              T. Kivinen, "Out-of-Band Public Key Validation for
              Transport Layer Security (TLS)", draft-ietf-tls-oob-
              pubkey-09 (work in progress), July 2013.

   [RFC5226]  Narten, T. and H. Alvestrand, "Guidelines for Writing an
              IANA Considerations Section in RFCs", BCP 26, RFC 5226,
              May 2008.

   [RFC6574]  Tschofenig, H. and J. Arkko, "Report from the Smart Object
              Workshop", RFC 6574, April 2012.





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Authors' Addresses

   Stefan Santesson
   3xA Security AB
   Scheelev. 17
   Lund  223 70
   Sweden

   Email: sts@aaa-sec.com


   Hannes Tschofenig
   Nokia Solutions and Networks
   Linnoitustie 6
   Espoo  02600
   Finland

   Phone: +358 (50) 4871445
   Email: Hannes.Tschofenig@gmx.net
   URI:   http://www.tschofenig.priv.at































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