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Kerberos Working Group                                        K. Raeburn
Document: draft-raeburn-krb-rijndael-krb-02.txt                      MIT
                                                        November 1, 2002
                                                     expires May 1, 2003

                     AES Encryption for Kerberos 5

Abstract

   Recently the US National Institute of Standards and Technology chose
   a new Advanced Encryption Standard [AES], which is significantly
   faster and (it is believed) more secure than the old DES algorithm.
   This document is a specification for the addition of this algorithm
   to the Kerberos cryptosystem suite [KCRYPTO].

   Comments should be sent to the author, or to the IETF Kerberos
   working group (ietf-krb-wg@anl.gov).

Status of this Memo

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   all provisions of Section 10 of RFC2026 [RFC2026]. Internet-Drafts
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1. Introduction

   This document defines encryption key and checksum types for Kerberos
   5 using the AES algorithm recently chosen by NIST.  These new types
   support 128-bit block encryption, and key sizes of 128 or 256 bits.

   Using the "simplified profile" of [KCRYPTO], we can define a pair of
   encryption and checksum schemes.  AES is used with cipher text
   stealing to avoid message expansion, and SHA-1 [SHA1] is the



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   associated checksum function.

2. Conventions Used in this Document

   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.

3. Protocol Key Representation

   The profile in [KCRYPTO] treats keys and random octet strings as
   conceptually different.  But since the AES key space is dense, we can
   use any bit string as a key.  We use the byte representation for the
   key described in [AES], where the first bit of the bit string is the
   high bit of the first byte of the byte string (octet string)
   representation.

4. Key Generation From Pass Phrases or Random Data

   Given the above format for keys, we can generate keys from the
   appropriate amounts of random data (128 or 256 bits) by simply
   copying the input string.

   To generate an encryption key from a pass phrase and salt string, we
   use the PBKDF2 function from PKCS #5 v2.0 ([PKCS5]), with parameters
   indicated below, to generate an intermediate key (of the same length
   as the desired final key), which is then passed into the DK function
   with the 8-octet ASCII string "kerberos" as is done for des3-cbc-
   hmac-sha1-kd in [KCRYPTO].  (In [KCRYPTO] terms, the PBKDF2 function
   produces a "random octet string", hence the application of the
   random-to-key function even though it's effectively a simple identity
   operation.)  The resulting key is the user's long-term key for use
   with the encryption algorithm in question.

    tkey = random2key(PBKDF2(passphrase, salt, iter_count, keylength))
    key = DK(tkey, "kerberos")

   The pseudorandom function used by PBKDF2 will be a SHA-1 HMAC of the
   passphrase and salt, as described in Appendix B.1 to PKCS#5.

   The number of iterations is specified by the string-to-key parameters
   supplied.  The parameter string is four octets indicating an unsigned
   number in big-endian order.  This is the number of iterations to be
   performed.  If the value is 00 00 00 00, the number of iterations to
   be performed is 4294967296 (2**32).  (Thus the minimum expressable
   iteration count is 1.)

   For environments where slower hardware is the norm, implementations



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   may wish to limit the number of iterations to prevent a spoofed
   response from consuming lots of client-side CPU time; it is
   recommended that this bound be no less than 50000.  Even for
   environments with fast hardware, 4 billion iterations is likely to
   take a fairly long time; much larger bounds might still be enforced,
   and it might be wise for implementations to permit interruption of
   this operation by the user if the environment allows for it.

   If the string-to-key parameters are not supplied, the default value
   to be used is 00 00 b0 00 (decimal 45056, indicating 45056
   iterations, which takes slightly under 1 second on a 300MHz Pentium
   II in tests run by the author).

   Sample test vectors are given in the appendix.

5. Cipher Text Stealing

   Cipher block chaining is used to encrypt messages.  Unlike previous
   Kerberos cryptosystems, we use cipher text stealing to handle the
   possibly partial final block of the message.

   Cipher text stealing is described on pages 195-196 of [AC], and
   section 8 of [RC5]; it has the advantage that no message expansion is
   done during encryption of messages of arbitrary sizes as is typically
   done in CBC mode with padding.

   Cipher text stealing, as defined in [RC5], assumes that more than one
   block of plain text is available.  Since a one-block confounder is
   added in the simplified profile of [KCRYPTO], and [KCRYPTO] requires
   that the message to be encrypted cannot be empty, the minimum length
   to be encrypted is one block plus one byte.  Thus we do not need to
   do anything special to meet this constraint.

   For consistency, cipher text stealing is always used for the last two
   blocks of the data to be encrypted, as in [RC5].  If the data length
   is a multiple of the block size, this is equivalent to plain CBC mode
   with the last two cipher text blocks swapped.

   A test vector is given in the appendix.

6. Kerberos Algorithm Profile Parameters

   This is a summary of the parameters to be used with the simplified
   algorithm profile described in [KCRYPTO]:







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   +--------------------------------------------------------------------+
   |               protocol key format       128- or 256-bit string     |
   |                                                                    |
   |            string-to-key function       PBKDF2+DK with variable    |
   |                                         iteration count (see       |
   |                                         above)                     |
   |                                                                    |
   |  default string-to-key parameters       00 09                      |
   |                                                                    |
   |        key-generation seed length       key size                   |
   |                                                                    |
   |            random-to-key function       identity function          |
   |                                                                    |
   |                  hash function, H       SHA-1                      |
   |                                                                    |
   |               HMAC output size, h       12 octets (96 bits)        |
   |                                                                    |
   |                confounder size, c       16 octets                  |
   |                                                                    |
   |             message block size, m       1 octet                    |
   |                                                                    |
   |  encryption/decryption functions,       AES in CBC-CTS mode with   |
   |  E and D                                zero ivec                  |
   +--------------------------------------------------------------------+

   Using this profile with each key size gives us two each of encryption
   and checksum algorithm definitions.

7. Assigned Numbers

   The following encryption type numbers are assigned:

   +--------------------------------------------------------------------+
   |                         encryption types                           |
   +--------------------------------------------------------------------+
   |         type name                  etype value          key size   |
   +--------------------------------------------------------------------+
   |   aes128-cts-hmac-sha1-96              17                 128      |
   |   aes256-cts-hmac-sha1-96              18                 256      |
   +--------------------------------------------------------------------+

   The following checksum type numbers are assigned:









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   +--------------------------------------------------------------------+
   |                          checksum types                            |
   +--------------------------------------------------------------------+
   |        type name                 sumtype value           length    |
   +--------------------------------------------------------------------+
   |    hmac-sha1-96-aes128                10                   96      |
   |    hmac-sha1-96-aes256                11                   96      |
   +--------------------------------------------------------------------+

   These checksum types will be used with the corresponding encryption
   types defined above.

8. Recommendations

   Both new cryptosystems are RECOMMENDED.  They should be more secure
   than DES cryptosystems, and much faster than triple-DES.

9. Security Considerations

   This new algorithm has not been around long enough to receive the
   decades of intense analysis that DES has received.  It is possible
   that some weakness exists that has not been found by the
   cryptographers analyzing these algorithms before and during the AES
   selection process.

   The use of the HMAC function has drawbacks for certain pass phrase
   lengths.  For example, a pass phrase longer than the hash function
   block size (64 bytes, for SHA-1) is hashed to a smaller size (20
   bytes) before applying the main HMAC algorithm.  However, entropy is
   generally sparse in pass phrases, especially in long ones, so this
   may not be a problem in the rare cases of users with long pass
   phrases.

   Also, generating a 256-bit key from a pass phrase of any length may
   be deceptive, since the effective entropy in pass-phrase-derived key
   cannot be nearly that large.

   The iteration count in PBKDF2 appears to be useful primarily as a
   constant multiplier for the amount of work required for an attacker
   using brute-force methods.  Unfortunately, it also multiplies, by the
   same amount, the work needed by a legitimate user with a valid
   password.  Thus the work factor imposed on an attacker (who may have
   many powerful workstations at his disposal) must be balanced against
   the work factor imposed on the legitimate user (who may have a PDA or
   cell phone); the available computing power on either side increases
   as time goes on, as well.  A better way to deal with the brute-force
   attack is through preauthentication mechanisms that provide better
   protection of, the user's long-term key.  Use of such mechanisms is



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   out of scope for this document.

   Any benefit against other attacks specific to the HMAC or SHA-1
   algorithms is probably achieved with a fairly small number of
   iterations.

   Cipher text stealing mode, since it requires no additional padding,
   will reveal the exact length of each message being encrypted, rather
   than merely bounding it to a small range of possible lengths as in
   CBC mode.  Such obfuscation should not be relied upon at higher
   levels in any case; if the length must be obscured from an outside
   observer, it should be done by intentionally varying the length of
   the message to be encrypted.

   The author is not a cryptographer.  Caveat emptor.

10. IANA Considerations

   None.

11. Acknowledgements

   Thanks to John Brezak, Gerardo Diaz Cuellar and Marcus Watts for
   feedback on earlier versions of this document.

12. Normative References

   [AC] Schneier, B., "Applied Cryptography", second edition, John Wiley
   and Sons, New York, 1996.

   [AES] National Institute of Standards and Technology, U.S. Department
   of Commerce, "Advanced Encryption Standard", Federal Information
   Processing Standards Publication 197, Washington, DC, November 2001.

   [KCRYPTO] Raeburn, K., "Encryption and Checksum Specifications for
   Kerberos 5", draft-ietf-krb-wg-crypto-01.txt, May, 2002.  Work in
   progress.

   [PKCS5] Kaliski, B., "PKCS #5: Password-Based Cryptography
   Specification Version 2.0", RFC 2898, September 2000.

   [RC5] Baldwin, R, and R. Rivest, "The RC5, RC5-CBC, RC5-CBC-Pad, and
   RC5-CTS Algorithms", RFC 2040, October 1996.

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

   [SHA1] National Institute of Standards and Technology, U.S.



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   Department of Commerce, "Secure Hash Standard", Federal Information
   Processing Standards Publication 180-1, Washington, DC, April 1995.

13. Informative References

   [PECMS] Gutmann, P., "Password-based Encryption for CMS", RFC 3211,
   December 2001.

14. Author's Address

   Kenneth Raeburn
   Massachusetts Institute of Technology
   77 Massachusetts Avenue
   Cambridge, MA 02139
   raeburn@mit.edu

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A. Sample test vectors

   Sample values for the string-to-key function are included below.




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   Iteration count = 1
   Pass phrase = "password"
   Salt = "ATHENA.MIT.EDUraeburn"
   128-bit PBKDF2 output:
       cd ed b5 28 1b b2 f8 01 56 5a 11 22 b2 56 35 15
   128-bit AES key:
       42 26 3c 6e 89 f4 fc 28 b8 df 68 ee 09 79 9f 15
   256-bit PBKDF2 output:
       cd ed b5 28 1b b2 f8 01 56 5a 11 22 b2 56 35 15
       0a d1 f7 a0 4b b9 f3 a3 33 ec c0 e2 e1 f7 08 37
   256-bit AES key:
       fe 69 7b 52 bc 0d 3c e1 44 32 ba 03 6a 92 e6 5b
       bb 52 28 09 90 a2 fa 27 88 39 98 d7 2a f3 01 61

   Iteration count = 2
   Pass phrase = "password"
   Salt="ATHENA.MIT.EDUraeburn"
   128-bit PBKDF2 output:
       01 db ee 7f 4a 9e 24 3e 98 8b 62 c7 3c da 93 5d
   128-bit AES key:
       c6 51 bf 29 e2 30 0a c2 7f a4 69 d6 93 bd da 13
   256-bit PBKDF2 output:
       01 db ee 7f 4a 9e 24 3e 98 8b 62 c7 3c da 93 5d
       a0 53 78 b9 32 44 ec 8f 48 a9 9e 61 ad 79 9d 86
   256-bit AES key:
       a2 e1 6d 16 b3 60 69 c1 35 d5 e9 d2 e2 5f 89 61
       02 68 56 18 b9 59 14 b4 67 c6 76 22 22 58 24 ff

   Iteration count = 1200
   Pass phrase = "password"
   Salt = "ATHENA.MIT.EDUraeburn"
   128-bit PBKDF2 output:
       5c 08 eb 61 fd f7 1e 4e 4e c3 cf 6b a1 f5 51 2b
   128-bit AES key:
       4c 01 cd 46 d6 32 d0 1e 6d be 23 0a 01 ed 64 2a
   256-bit PBKDF2 output:
       5c 08 eb 61 fd f7 1e 4e 4e c3 cf 6b a1 f5 51 2b
       a7 e5 2d db c5 e5 14 2f 70 8a 31 e2 e6 2b 1e 13
   256-bit AES key:
       55 a6 ac 74 0a d1 7b 48 46 94 10 51 e1 e8 b0 a7
       54 8d 93 b0 ab 30 a8 bc 3f f1 62 80 38 2b 8c 2a










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   Iteration count = 5
   Pass phrase = "password"
   Salt=0x1234567878563412
   128-bit PBKDF2 output:
       d1 da a7 86 15 f2 87 e6 a1 c8 b1 20 d7 06 2a 49
   128-bit AES key:
       e9 b2 3d 52 27 37 47 dd 5c 35 cb 55 be 61 9d 8e
   256-bit PBKDF2 output:
       d1 da a7 86 15 f2 87 e6 a1 c8 b1 20 d7 06 2a 49
       3f 98 d2 03 e6 be 49 a6 ad f4 fa 57 4b 6e 64 ee
   256-bit AES key:
       97 a4 e7 86 be 20 d8 1a 38 2d 5e bc 96 d5 90 9c
       ab cd ad c8 7c a4 8f 57 45 04 15 9f 16 c3 6e 31
   (This test is based on values given in [PECMS].)

   Iteration count = 1200
   Pass phrase = (64 characters)
     "XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX"
   Salt="pass phrase equals block size"
   128-bit PBKDF2 output:
       13 9c 30 c0 96 6b c3 2b a5 5f db f2 12 53 0a c9
   128-bit AES key:
       59 d1 bb 78 9a 82 8b 1a a5 4e f9 c2 88 3f 69 ed
   256-bit PBKDF2 output:
       13 9c 30 c0 96 6b c3 2b a5 5f db f2 12 53 0a c9
       c5 ec 59 f1 a4 52 f5 cc 9a d9 40 fe a0 59 8e d1
   256-bit AES key:
       89 ad ee 36 08 db 8b c7 1f 1b fb fe 45 94 86 b0
       56 18 b7 0c ba e2 20 92 53 4e 56 c5 53 ba 4b 34

   Iteration count = 1200
   Pass phrase = (65 characters)
     "XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX"
   Salt = "pass phrase exceeds block size"
   128-bit PBKDF2 output:
       9c ca d6 d4 68 77 0c d5 1b 10 e6 a6 87 21 be 61
   128-bit AES key:
       cb 80 05 dc 5f 90 17 9a 7f 02 10 4c 00 18 75 1d
   256-bit PBKDF2 output:
       9c ca d6 d4 68 77 0c d5 1b 10 e6 a6 87 21 be 61
       1a 8b 4d 28 26 01 db 3b 36 be 92 46 91 5e c8 2a
   256-bit AES key:
       d7 8c 5c 9c b8 72 a8 c9 da d4 69 7f 0b b5 b2 d2
       14 96 c8 2b eb 2c ae da 21 12 fc ee a0 57 40 1b







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   Iteration count = 50
   Pass phrase = g-clef (0xf09d849e)
   Salt = "EXAMPLE.COMpianist"
   128-bit PBKDF2 output:
       6b 9c f2 6d 45 45 5a 43 a5 b8 bb 27 6a 40 3b 39
   128-bit AES key:
       f1 49 c1 f2 e1 54 a7 34 52 d4 3e 7f e6 2a 56 e5
   256-bit PBKDF2 output:
       6b 9c f2 6d 45 45 5a 43 a5 b8 bb 27 6a 40 3b 39
       e7 fe 37 a0 c4 1e 02 c2 81 ff 30 69 e1 e9 4f 52
   256-bit AES key:
       4b 6d 98 39 f8 44 06 df 1f 09 cc 16 6d b4 b8 3c
       57 18 48 b7 84 a3 d6 bd c3 46 58 9a 3e 39 3f 9e

   Some test vectors for CBC with cipher text stealing, using an initial
   vector of all-zero.

   AES 128-bit key:
       63 68 69 63 6b 65 6e 20 74 65 72 69 79 61 6b 69

   Input:
       49 20 77 6f 75 6c 64 20 6c 69 6b 65 20 74 68 65
       20
   Output:
       c6 35 35 68 f2 bf 8c b4 d8 a5 80 36 2d a7 ff 7f
       97

   Input:
       49 20 77 6f 75 6c 64 20 6c 69 6b 65 20 74 68 65
       20 47 65 6e 65 72 61 6c 20 47 61 75 27 73 20
   Output:
       fc 00 78 3e 0e fd b2 c1 d4 45 d4 c8 ef f7 ed 22
       97 68 72 68 d6 ec cc c0 c0 7b 25 e2 5e cf e5

   Input:
       49 20 77 6f 75 6c 64 20 6c 69 6b 65 20 74 68 65
       20 47 65 6e 65 72 61 6c 20 47 61 75 27 73 20 43
   Output:
       39 31 25 23 a7 86 62 d5 be 7f cb cc 98 eb f5 a8
       97 68 72 68 d6 ec cc c0 c0 7b 25 e2 5e cf e5 84











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   Input:
       49 20 77 6f 75 6c 64 20 6c 69 6b 65 20 74 68 65
       20 47 65 6e 65 72 61 6c 20 47 61 75 27 73 20 43
       68 69 63 6b 65 6e 2c 20 70 6c 65 61 73 65 2c
   Output:
       97 68 72 68 d6 ec cc c0 c0 7b 25 e2 5e cf e5 84
       b3 ff fd 94 0c 16 a1 8c 1b 55 49 d2 f8 38 02 9e
       39 31 25 23 a7 86 62 d5 be 7f cb cc 98 eb f5

   Input:
       49 20 77 6f 75 6c 64 20 6c 69 6b 65 20 74 68 65
       20 47 65 6e 65 72 61 6c 20 47 61 75 27 73 20 43
       68 69 63 6b 65 6e 2c 20 70 6c 65 61 73 65 2c 20
   Output:
       97 68 72 68 d6 ec cc c0 c0 7b 25 e2 5e cf e5 84
       9d ad 8b bb 96 c4 cd c0 3b c1 03 e1 a1 94 bb d8
       39 31 25 23 a7 86 62 d5 be 7f cb cc 98 eb f5 a8

   Input:
       49 20 77 6f 75 6c 64 20 6c 69 6b 65 20 74 68 65
       20 47 65 6e 65 72 61 6c 20 47 61 75 27 73 20 43
       68 69 63 6b 65 6e 2c 20 70 6c 65 61 73 65 2c 20
       61 6e 64 20 77 6f 6e 74 6f 6e 20 73 6f 75 70 2e
   Output:
       97 68 72 68 d6 ec cc c0 c0 7b 25 e2 5e cf e5 84
       39 31 25 23 a7 86 62 d5 be 7f cb cc 98 eb f5 a8
       48 07 ef e8 36 ee 89 a5 26 73 0d bc 2f 7b c8 40
       9d ad 8b bb 96 c4 cd c0 3b c1 03 e1 a1 94 bb d8























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