[Docs] [txt|pdf] [Tracker] [WG] [Email] [Diff1] [Diff2] [Nits]

Versions: (draft-gont-6man-stable-privacy-addresses) 00 01 02 03 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 RFC 7217

IPv6 maintenance Working Group (6man)                            F. Gont
Internet-Draft                                    SI6 Networks / UTN-FRH
Intended status: Standards Track                            May 19, 2013
Expires: November 20, 2013


  A method for Generating Stable Privacy-Enhanced Addresses with IPv6
              Stateless Address Autoconfiguration (SLAAC)
              draft-ietf-6man-stable-privacy-addresses-07

Abstract

   This document specifies a method for generating IPv6 Interface
   Identifiers to be used with IPv6 Stateless Address Autoconfiguration
   (SLAAC), such that addresses configured using this method are stable
   within each subnet, but the Interface Identifier changes when hosts
   move from one network to another.  This method is meant to be an
   alternative to generating Interface Identifiers based on IEEE
   identifiers, such that the benefits of stable addresses can be
   achieved without sacrificing the privacy of users.

Status of this Memo

   This Internet-Draft is submitted in full conformance with the
   provisions of BCP 78 and BCP 79.

   Internet-Drafts are working documents of the Internet Engineering
   Task Force (IETF).  Note that other groups may also distribute
   working documents as Internet-Drafts.  The list of current Internet-
   Drafts is at http://datatracker.ietf.org/drafts/current/.

   Internet-Drafts are draft documents valid for a maximum of six months
   and may be updated, replaced, or obsoleted by other documents at any
   time.  It is inappropriate to use Internet-Drafts as reference
   material or to cite them other than as "work in progress."

   This Internet-Draft will expire on November 20, 2013.

Copyright Notice

   Copyright (c) 2013 IETF Trust and the persons identified as the
   document authors.  All rights reserved.

   This document is subject to BCP 78 and the IETF Trust's Legal
   Provisions Relating to IETF Documents
   (http://trustee.ietf.org/license-info) in effect on the date of
   publication of this document.  Please review these documents
   carefully, as they describe your rights and restrictions with respect



Gont                    Expires November 20, 2013               [Page 1]


Internet-Draft          Stable Privacy Addresses                May 2013


   to this document.  Code Components extracted from this document must
   include Simplified BSD License text as described in Section 4.e of
   the Trust Legal Provisions and are provided without warranty as
   described in the Simplified BSD License.


Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  3
   2.  Design goals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  6
   3.  Algorithm specification  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  7
   4.  Resolving Duplicate Address Detection (DAD) conflicts  . . . . 12
   5.  Specified Constants  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
   6.  IANA Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
   7.  Security Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
   8.  Acknowledgements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
   9.  References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
     9.1.  Normative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
     9.2.  Informative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
   Appendix A.  Possible sources for the Net_Iface parameter  . . . . 21
     A.1.  Interface Index  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
     A.2.  Interface Name . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
     A.3.  Link-layer Addresses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
   Appendix B.  Privacy issues still present when temporary
                addresses are employed  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
     B.1.  Host tracking  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
       B.1.1.  Tracking hosts across networks #1  . . . . . . . . . . 23
       B.1.2.  Tracking hosts across networks #2  . . . . . . . . . . 24
       B.1.3.  Revealing the identity of devices performing
               server-like functions  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
     B.2.  Address-scanning attacks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
     B.3.  Information Leakage  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
   Author's Address . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26


















Gont                    Expires November 20, 2013               [Page 2]


Internet-Draft          Stable Privacy Addresses                May 2013


1.  Introduction

   [RFC4862] specifies Stateless Address Autoconfiguration (SLAAC) for
   IPv6 [RFC2460], which typically results in hosts configuring one or
   more "stable" addresses composed of a network prefix advertised by a
   local router, and an Interface Identifier (IID) that typically embeds
   a hardware address (e.g., using IEEE identifiers) [RFC4291].

      Cryptograhically Generated Addresses (CGAs) [RFC3972] are yet
      another method for generating Interface Identifiers, which bind a
      public signature key to an IPv6 address in the SEcure Neighbor
      Discovery (SEND) [RFC3971] protocol.

   Generally, the traditional SLAAC addresses are thought to simplify
   network management, since they simplify Access Control Lists (ACLs)
   and logging.  However, they have a number of drawbacks:

   o  since the resulting Interface Identifiers do not vary over time,
      they allow correlation of node activities within the same network,
      thus negatively affecting the privacy of users.

   o  since the resulting Interface Identifiers are constant across
      networks, the resulting IPv6 addresses can be leveraged to track
      and correlate the activity of a node across multiple networks
      (e.g. track and correlate the activities of a typical client
      connecting to the public Internet from different locations), thus
      negatively affecting the privacy of users.

   o  since embedding the underlying link-layer address in the Interface
      Identifier results in specific address patterns, such patterns may
      be leveraged by attackers to reduce the search space when
      performing address scanning attacks.

   o  embedding the underlying link-layer address in the Interface
      Identifier means that changing the interface hardware results in a
      different Interface Identifier (and hence different IPv6 address).

   The "Privacy Extensions for Stateless Address Autoconfiguration in
   IPv6" [RFC4941] (henceforth referred to as "temporary addresses")
   were introduced to complicate the task of eavesdroppers and other
   information collectors to correlate the activities of a node, and
   basically result in temporary (and random) Interface Identifiers.
   These temporary addresses are generated *in addition* to the
   traditional IPv6 addresses based on IEEE identifiers, with the
   "temporary addresses" being employed for "outgoing communications",
   and the traditional SLAAC addresses being employed for "server"
   functions (i.e., receiving incoming connections).




Gont                    Expires November 20, 2013               [Page 3]


Internet-Draft          Stable Privacy Addresses                May 2013


   However, even with "temporary addresses" in place, a number of issues
   remain to be mitigated.  Namely,

   o  since "temporary addresses" [RFC4941] do not eliminate the use of
      fixed identifiers for server-like functions, they only *partially*
      mitigate host-tracking and activity correlation across networks
      (see Appendix B.1 for some example attacks that are still possible
      with temporary addresses).

   o  since "temporary addresses" [RFC4941] do not replace the
      traditional SLAAC addresses, an attacker can still leverage
      patterns in those addresses to greatly reduce the search space for
      "alive" nodes [Gont-DEEPSEC2011] [CPNI-IPv6]
      [I-D.ietf-opsec-ipv6-host-scanning].

   Hence, there is a motivation to improve the properties of "stable"
   addresses regardless of whether temporary addresses are employed or
   not.

   Additionally, it should be noted that temporary addresses can be
   challenging in a number of areas.  For example, from a network-
   management point of view, they tend to increase the complexity of
   event logging, trouble-shooting, enforcement of access controls and
   quality of service, etc.  As a result, some organizations disable the
   use of temporary addresses even at the expense of reduced privacy
   [Broersma].  Temporary addresses may also result in increased
   implementation complexity, which might not be possible or desirable
   in some implementations (e.g., some embedded devices).

   In scenarios in which temporary addresses are deliberately not used
   (possibly for any of the aforementioned reasons), all a host is left
   with is the stable addresses that have been generated using e.g.
   IEEE identifiers.  In such scenarios, it may still be desirable to
   have addresses that mitigate address scanning attacks, and that at
   the very least do not reveal the node's identity when roaming from
   one network to another -- without complicating the operation of the
   corresponding networks.

      However, even with temporary addresses [RFC4941] in place,
      preventing correlation of activities of a node within a network
      may be difficult (if at all possible) to achieve.  As a trivial
      example, consider a scenario where there is a single node (or a
      reduced number of nodes) connected to a specific network.  An
      attacker could detect new addresses in use at that network, an
      infer which addresses are being employed by which hosts.  This
      task is made particularly easier by the fact that use of
      "temporary addresses" can be easily inferred (since the follow
      different patterns from that of traditional SLAAC addresses), and



Gont                    Expires November 20, 2013               [Page 4]


Internet-Draft          Stable Privacy Addresses                May 2013


      since they are re-generated periodically (i.e., after a specific
      amount of time has elapsed).

   This document specifies a method to generate Interface Identifiers
   that are stable/constant for each network interface within each
   subnet, but that change as hosts move from one network to another,
   thus keeping the "stability" properties of the Interface Identifiers
   specified in [RFC4291], while still mitigating address-scanning
   attacks and preventing correlation of the activities of a node as it
   moves from one network to another.

   For nodes that currently disable "temporary addresses" [RFC4941] for
   some of the reasons stated above, this mechanism provides stable
   privacy-enhanced addresses which address some of the concerns related
   to addresses that embed IEEE identifiers [RFC4291].  On the other
   hand, in scenarios in which "temporary addresses" are employed
   together with stable addresses such as those based on IEEE
   identifiers, implementation of the mechanism described in this
   document would mitigate address-scanning attacks and also mitigate
   some vectors for correlating host activities that are not mitigated
   by the use of temporary addresses.

   We note that this method is incrementally deployable, since it does
   not pose any interoperability implications when deployed on networks
   where other nodes do not implement or employ it.  Additionally, we
   note that this document does not update or modify IPv6 StateLess
   Address Auto-Configuration (SLAAC) [RFC4862] itself, but rather only
   specifies an alternative algorithm to generate Interface Identifiers.
   Therefore, the usual address lifetime properties (as specified in the
   corresponding Prefix Information Options) apply when IPv6 addresses
   are generated as a result of employing the algorithm specified in
   this document with SLAAC [RFC4862].  Additionally, from the point of
   view of renumbering, we note that these addresses behave like the
   traditional IPv6 addresses (that embed a hardware address) resulting
   from SLAAC [RFC4862].

   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 [RFC2119].












Gont                    Expires November 20, 2013               [Page 5]


Internet-Draft          Stable Privacy Addresses                May 2013


2.  Design goals

   This document specifies a method for selecting Interface Identifiers
   to be used with IPv6 SLAAC, with the following goals:

   o  The resulting Interface Identifiers remain constant/stable for
      each prefix used with SLAAC within each subnet.  That is, the
      algorithm generates the same Interface Identifier when configuring
      an address (for the same interface) belonging to the same prefix
      within the same subnet.

   o  The resulting Interface Identifiers do change when addresses are
      configured for different prefixes.  That is, if different
      autoconfiguration prefixes are used to configure addresses for the
      same network interface card, the resulting Interface Identifiers
      must be (statistically) different.

   o  It must be difficult for an outsider to predict the Interface
      Identifiers that will be generated by the algorithm, even with
      knowledge of the Interface Identifiers generated for configuring
      other addresses.

   o  Depending on the specific implementation approach (see Section 3
      and Appendix A), the resulting Interface Identifiers may be
      independent of the underlying hardware (e.g. link-layer address).
      This means that e.g. replacing a Network Interface Card (NIC) will
      not have the (generally undesirable) effect of changing the IPv6
      addresses used for that network interface.

   o  The aforementioned Interface Identifiers are meant to be an
      alternative to those based on e.g.  IEEE identifiers, such as
      those specified in [RFC2464].

   We note that of use of the algorithm specified in this document is
   (to a large extent) orthogonal to the use of "temporary addresses"
   [RFC4941].  Hosts that do not implement/use "temporary addresses"
   would have the benefit that they would not be subject to the host-
   tracking and address scanning issues discussed in the previous
   section.  On the other hand, in the case of hosts employing
   "temporary addresses", the method specified in this document would
   mitigate address-scanning attacks and correlation of node activities
   across networks (see Appendix B and [IAB-PRIVACY]).









Gont                    Expires November 20, 2013               [Page 6]


Internet-Draft          Stable Privacy Addresses                May 2013


3.  Algorithm specification

   IPv6 implementations conforming to this specification MUST generate
   Interface Identifiers using the algorithm specified in this section
   in replacement of any other algorithms used for generating "stable"
   addresses (such as that specified in [RFC2464]).  The aforementioned
   algorithm MUST be employed for generating the Interface Identifiers
   for all of the IPv6 addresses configured with SLAAC for a given
   interface, including IPv6 link-local addresses.

      This means that this document does not formally obsolete or
      deprecate any of the existing algorithms to generate Interface
      Identifiers (e.g. such as that specified in [RFC2464]).  However,
      those IPv6 implementations that employ this specification MUST
      generate all of their "stable" addresses as specified in this
      document.

   Implementations conforming to this specification SHOULD provide the
   means for a system administrator to enable or disable the use of this
   algorithm for generating Interface Identifiers.  Implementations
   conforming to this specification MAY employ the algorithm specified
   in [RFC4941] to generate temporary addresses in addition to the
   addresses generated with the algorithm specified in this document.

   Unless otherwise noted, all of the parameters included in the
   expression below MUST be included when generating an Interface
   Identifier.

   1.  Compute a random (but stable) identifier with the expression:

       RID = F(Prefix, Net_Iface, Network_ID, DAD_Counter, secret_key)

       Where:

       RID:
          Random (but stable) Interface Identifier

       F():
          A pseudorandom function (PRF) that is not computable from the
          outside (without knowledge of the secret key), which
          shouldproduce an output of at least 64 bits.The PRF could be
          implemented as a cryptographic hash of the concatenation of
          each of the function parameters.

       Prefix:
          The prefix to be used for SLAAC, as learned from an ICMPv6
          Router Advertisement message.




Gont                    Expires November 20, 2013               [Page 7]


Internet-Draft          Stable Privacy Addresses                May 2013


       Net_Iface:
          An implementation-dependent stable identifier associated with
          the network interface for which the RID is being generated.
          An implementation MAY provide a configuration option to select
          the source of the identifier to be used for the Net_Iface
          parameter.  A discussion of possible sources for this value
          (along with the corresponding trade-offs) can be found in
          Appendix A.

       Network_ID:
          Some network specific data that identifies the subnet to which
          this interface is attached.  For example the IEEE 802.11
          Service Set Identifier (SSID) corresponding to the network to
          which this interface is associated.  This parameter is
          OPTIONAL.

       DAD_Counter:
          A counter that is employed to resolve Duplicate Address
          Detection (DAD) conflicts.  It MUST be initialized to 0, and
          incremented by 1 for each new tentative address that is
          configured as a result of a DAD conflict.  Implementations
          that record DAD_Counter in non-volatile memory for each
          {Prefix, Net_Iface, Network_ID} tuple MUST initialize
          DAD_Counter to the recorded value if such an entry exists in
          non-volatile memory).  See Section 4 for additional details.

       secret_key:
          A secret key that is not known by the attacker.  The secret
          key MUST be initialized at operating system installation time
          to a pseudo-random number (see [RFC4086] for randomness
          requirements for security).  An implementation MAY provide the
          means for the the system administrator to change or display
          the secret key.

   2.  The Interface Identifier is finally obtained by taking as many
       bits from the RID value (computed in the previous step) as
       necessary, starting from the rightmost bit.

          We note that [RFC4291] requires that, the Interface IDs of all
          unicast addresses (except those that start with the binary
          value 000) be 64-bit long.  However, the method discussed in
          this document could be employed for generating Interface IDs
          of any arbitrary length, albeit at the expense of reduced
          entropy (when employing Interface IDs smaller than 64 bits).

       The resulting Interface Identifier should be compared against the
       Subnet-Router Anycast [RFC4291] and the Reserved Subnet Anycast
       Addresses [RFC2526], and against those Interface Identifiers



Gont                    Expires November 20, 2013               [Page 8]


Internet-Draft          Stable Privacy Addresses                May 2013


       already employed in an address of the same network interface and
       the same network prefix.  In the event that an unacceptable
       identifier has been generated, this situation should be handled
       in the same way as the case of duplicate addresses (see
       Section 4).

   This document does not require the use of any specific PRF for the
   function F() above, since the choice of such PRF is usually a trade-
   off between a number of properties (processing requirements, ease of
   implementation, possible intellectual property rights, etc.), and
   since the best possible choice for F() might be different for
   different types of devices (e.g. embedded systems vs. regular
   servers) and might possibly change over time.

   Note that the result of F() in the algorithm above is no more secure
   than the secret key.  If an attacker is aware of the PRF that is
   being used by the victim (which we should expect), and the attacker
   can obtain enough material (i.e. addresses configured by the victim),
   the attacker may simply search the entire secret-key space to find
   matches.  To protect against this, the secret key should be of a
   reasonable length.  Key lengths of at least 128 bits should be
   adequate.  The secret key is initialized at system installation time
   to a pseudo-random number, thus allowing this mechanism to be
   enabled/used automatically, without user intervention.

   Including the SLAAC prefix in the PRF computation causes the
   Interface Identifier to vary across networks that employ different
   prefixes, thus mitigating host-tracking attacks and any other attacks
   that benefit from predictable Interface Identifiers (such as address
   scanning attacks).

   The Net_Iface is a value that identifies the network interface for
   which an IPv6 address is being generated.  The following properties
   are desirable for the Net_Iface:

   o  it MUST be constant across system bootstrap sequences and other
      network events (e.g., bringing another interface up or down)

   o  it MUST be different for each network interface

   Since the stability of the addresses generated with this method
   relies on the stability of all arguments of F(), it is key that the
   Net_Iface be constant across system bootstrap sequences and other
   network events.  Additionally, the Net_Iface must uniquely identify
   an interface within the node, such that two interfaces connecting to
   the same network do not result in duplicate addresses.  Different
   types of operating systems might benefit from different stability
   properties of the Net_Iface parameter.  For example, a client-



Gont                    Expires November 20, 2013               [Page 9]


Internet-Draft          Stable Privacy Addresses                May 2013


   oriented operating system might want to employ Net_Iface identifiers
   that are attached to the underlying network interface card (NIC),
   such that a removable NIC always gets the same IPv6 address,
   irrespective of the system communications port to which it is
   attached.  On the other hand, a server-oriented operating system
   might prefer Net_Iface identifers that are attached to system slots/
   ports, such that replacement of a network interface card does not
   result in an IPv6 address change.  Appendix A discusses possible
   sources for the Net_Iface, along with their pros and cons.

   Including the optional Network_ID parameter when computing the RID
   value above would cause the algorithm to produce a different
   Interface Identifier when connecting to different networks, even when
   configuring addresses belonging to the same prefix.  This means that
   a host would employ a different Interface Identifier as it moves from
   one network to another even for IPv6 link-local addresses or Unique
   Local Addresses (ULAs).  In those scenarios where the Network_ID is
   unknown to the attacker, including this parameter might help mitigate
   attacks where a victim node connects to the same subnet as the
   attacker, and the attacker tries to learn the Interface Identifier
   used by the victim node for a remote network (see Section 7 for
   further details).

   The DAD_Counter parameter provides the means to intentionally cause
   this algorithm produce a different IPv6 addresses (all other
   parameters being the same).  This could be necessary to resolve
   Duplicate Address Detection (DAD) conflicts, as discussed in detail
   in Section 4.

   Finally, we note that all of the bits in the resulting Interface IDs
   are treated as "opaque" bits.  For example, the universal/local bit
   of Modified EUI-64 format identifiers is treated as any other bit of
   such identifier.  In theory, this might result in Duplicate Address
   Detection (DAD) failures that would otherwise not be encountered.
   However, this is not deemed as a real issue, because of the following
   considerations:

   o  The interface IDs of all addresses (except those of addresses that
      that start with the binary value 000) are 64-bit long.  Since the
      method specified in this document results in random Interface IDs,
      the probability of DAD failures is very small.

   o  Real world data indicates that MAC address reuse is far more
      common than assumed [HDMoore].  This means that even IPv6
      addresses that employ (allegedly) unique identifiers (such as IEEE
      identifiers) might result in DAD failures, and hence
      implementations should be prepared to gracefully handle such
      occurrences.



Gont                    Expires November 20, 2013              [Page 10]


Internet-Draft          Stable Privacy Addresses                May 2013


   Finally, we note that some popular and widely-deployed operating
   systems (such as Microsoft Windows) do not employ unique identifiers
   for the Interface IDs of their stable addresses.  Therefore, such
   implementations would not be affected by the method specified in this
   document.














































Gont                    Expires November 20, 2013              [Page 11]


Internet-Draft          Stable Privacy Addresses                May 2013


4.  Resolving Duplicate Address Detection (DAD) conflicts

   If as a result of performing Duplicate Address Detection (DAD)
   [RFC4862] a host finds that the tentative address generated with the
   algorithm specified in Section 3 is a duplicate address, it SHOULD
   resolve the address conflict by trying a new tentative address as
   follows:

   o  DAD_Counter is incremented by 1.

   o  A new Interface Identifier is generated with the algorithm
      specified in Section 3, using the incremented DAD_Counter value.

   This procedure may be repeated a number of times until the address
   conflict is resolved.  Hosts SHOULD try at least IDGEN_RETRIES (see
   Section 5) tentative addresses if DAD fails for successive generated
   addresses, in the hopes of resolving the address conflict.  We also
   note that hosts MUST limit the number of tentative addresses that are
   tried (rather than indefinitely try a new tentative address until the
   conflict is resolved).

   In those (unlikely) scenarios in which duplicate addresses are
   detected and in which the order in which the conflicting nodes
   configure their addresses may vary (e.g., because they may be
   bootstrapped in different order), the algorithm specified in this
   section for resolving DAD conflicts could lead to addresses that are
   not stable within the same subnet.  In order to mitigate this
   potential problem, nodes MAY record the DAD_Counter value employed
   for a specific {Prefix, Net_Iface, Network_ID} tuple in non-volatile
   memory, such that the same DAD_Counter value is employed when
   configuring an address for the same Prefix and subnet at any other
   point in time.

   In the event that a DAD conflict cannot be solved (possibly after
   trying a number of different addresses), address configuration would
   fail.  In those scenarios, nodes MUST NOT automatically fall back to
   employing other algorithms for generating Interface Identifiers.














Gont                    Expires November 20, 2013              [Page 12]


Internet-Draft          Stable Privacy Addresses                May 2013


5.  Specified Constants

   This document specifies the following constant:

   IDGEN_RETRIES:
      defaults to 3.













































Gont                    Expires November 20, 2013              [Page 13]


Internet-Draft          Stable Privacy Addresses                May 2013


6.  IANA Considerations

   There are no IANA registries within this document.  The RFC-Editor
   can remove this section before publication of this document as an
   RFC.














































Gont                    Expires November 20, 2013              [Page 14]


Internet-Draft          Stable Privacy Addresses                May 2013


7.  Security Considerations

   This document specifies an algorithm for generating Interface
   Identifiers to be used with IPv6 Stateless Address Autoconfiguration
   (SLAAC), as an alternative to e.g.  Interface Identifiers that embed
   IEEE identifiers (such as those specified in [RFC2464]).  When
   compared to such identifiers, the identifiers specified in this
   document have a number of advantages:

   o  They prevent trivial host-tracking, since when a host moves from
      one network to another the network prefix used for
      autoconfiguration and/or the Network ID (e.g., IEEE 802.11 SSID)
      will typically change, and hence the resulting Interface
      Identifier will also change (see Appendix B.1).

   o  They mitigate address-scanning techniques which leverage
      predictable Interface Identifiers (e.g., known Organizationally
      Unique Identifiers) [I-D.ietf-opsec-ipv6-host-scanning].

   o  They may result in IPv6 addresses that are independent of the
      underlying hardware (i.e. the resulting IPv6 addresses do not
      change if a network interface card is replaced) if an appropriate
      source for Net_Iface (Section 3) is employed.

   In scenarios in which an attacker can connect to the same subnet as a
   victim node, the attacker might be able to learn the Interface
   Identifier employed by the victim node for an arbitrary prefix, by
   simply sending a forged Router Advertisement [RFC4861] for that
   prefix, and subsequently learning the corresponding address
   configured by the victim node (either listening to the Duplicate
   Address Detection packets, or to any other traffic that employs the
   newly configued address).  We note that a number of factors might
   limit the ability of an attaker from successfully performing such
   attack:

   o  First-Hop security mechanisms such as RA-Guard [RFC6105]
      [I-D.ietf-v6ops-ra-guard-implementation] could prevent the forged
      Router Advertisement from reaching the victim node

   o  If the victim implementation includes the (optional) Network_ID
      parameter for computing F() (see Section 3), and the Network_ID
      employed by the victim for a remote network is unknown to the
      attacker, the Interface Identifier learned by the attacker would
      differ from the one used by the victim when connecting to the
      legitimate network.

   In any case, we note that at the point in which this kind of attack
   becomes a concern, a host should consider employing Secure Neighbor



Gont                    Expires November 20, 2013              [Page 15]


Internet-Draft          Stable Privacy Addresses                May 2013


   Discovery (SEND) [RFC3971] to prevent an attacker from illegitimately
   claiming authority for a network prefix.

   We note that this algorithm is meant to be an alternative to
   Interface Identifiers such as those specified in [RFC2464], but is
   not meant as an alternative to temporary Interface Identifiers (such
   as those specified in [RFC4941]).  Clearly, temporary addresses may
   help to mitigate the correlation of activities of a node within the
   same network, and may also reduce the attack exposure window (since
   temporary addresses are short-lived when compared to the addresses
   generated with the method specified in this document).  We note that
   implementation of this algorithm would still benefit those hosts
   employing "temporary addresses", since it would mitigate host-
   tracking vectors still present when such addresses are used (see
   Appendix B.1), and would also mitigate address-scanning techniques
   that leverage patterns in IPv6 addresses that embed IEEE identifiers.

   Finally, we note that the method described in this document addresses
   some of the privacy concerns arising from the use of IPv6 addresses
   that embed IEEE identifiers, without the use of temporary addresses,
   thus possibly offering an interesting trade-off for those scenarios
   in which the use of temporary addresses is not feasible.





























Gont                    Expires November 20, 2013              [Page 16]


Internet-Draft          Stable Privacy Addresses                May 2013


8.  Acknowledgements

   The algorithm specified in this document has been inspired by Steven
   Bellovin's work ([RFC1948]) in the area of TCP sequence numbers.

   The author would like to thank (in alphabetical order) Ran Atkinson,
   Karl Auer, Steven Bellovin, Matthias Bethke, Ben Campbell, Brian
   Carpenter, Tassos Chatzithomaoglou, Alissa Cooper, Dominik Elsbroek,
   Brian Haberman, Bob Hinden, Christian Huitema, Ray Hunter, Jouni
   Korhonen, Eliot Lear, Jong-Hyouk Lee, Andrew McGregor, Tom Petch,
   Michael Richardson, Mark Smith, Ole Troan, and He Xuan, for providing
   valuable comments on earlier versions of this document.

   This document is based on the technical report "Security Assessment
   of the Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6)" [CPNI-IPv6] authored by
   Fernando Gont on behalf of the UK Centre for the Protection of
   National Infrastructure (CPNI).

   Fernando Gont would like to thank CPNI (http://www.cpni.gov.uk) for
   their continued support.































Gont                    Expires November 20, 2013              [Page 17]


Internet-Draft          Stable Privacy Addresses                May 2013


9.  References

9.1.  Normative References

   [RFC2460]  Deering, S. and R. Hinden, "Internet Protocol, Version 6
              (IPv6) Specification", RFC 2460, December 1998.

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

   [RFC2526]  Johnson, D. and S. Deering, "Reserved IPv6 Subnet Anycast
              Addresses", RFC 2526, March 1999.

   [RFC3971]  Arkko, J., Kempf, J., Zill, B., and P. Nikander, "SEcure
              Neighbor Discovery (SEND)", RFC 3971, March 2005.

   [RFC3972]  Aura, T., "Cryptographically Generated Addresses (CGA)",
              RFC 3972, March 2005.

   [RFC4086]  Eastlake, D., Schiller, J., and S. Crocker, "Randomness
              Requirements for Security", BCP 106, RFC 4086, June 2005.

   [RFC4291]  Hinden, R. and S. Deering, "IP Version 6 Addressing
              Architecture", RFC 4291, February 2006.

   [RFC4861]  Narten, T., Nordmark, E., Simpson, W., and H. Soliman,
              "Neighbor Discovery for IP version 6 (IPv6)", RFC 4861,
              September 2007.

   [RFC4862]  Thomson, S., Narten, T., and T. Jinmei, "IPv6 Stateless
              Address Autoconfiguration", RFC 4862, September 2007.

   [RFC4941]  Narten, T., Draves, R., and S. Krishnan, "Privacy
              Extensions for Stateless Address Autoconfiguration in
              IPv6", RFC 4941, September 2007.

   [RFC6105]  Levy-Abegnoli, E., Van de Velde, G., Popoviciu, C., and J.
              Mohacsi, "IPv6 Router Advertisement Guard", RFC 6105,
              February 2011.

9.2.  Informative References

   [RFC1948]  Bellovin, S., "Defending Against Sequence Number Attacks",
              RFC 1948, May 1996.

   [RFC2464]  Crawford, M., "Transmission of IPv6 Packets over Ethernet
              Networks", RFC 2464, December 1998.




Gont                    Expires November 20, 2013              [Page 18]


Internet-Draft          Stable Privacy Addresses                May 2013


   [RFC3493]  Gilligan, R., Thomson, S., Bound, J., McCann, J., and W.
              Stevens, "Basic Socket Interface Extensions for IPv6",
              RFC 3493, February 2003.

   [RFC3542]  Stevens, W., Thomas, M., Nordmark, E., and T. Jinmei,
              "Advanced Sockets Application Program Interface (API) for
              IPv6", RFC 3542, May 2003.

   [I-D.ietf-opsec-ipv6-host-scanning]
              Gont, F. and T. Chown, "Network Reconnaissance in IPv6
              Networks", draft-ietf-opsec-ipv6-host-scanning-01 (work in
              progress), April 2013.

   [I-D.ietf-v6ops-ra-guard-implementation]
              Gont, F., "Implementation Advice for IPv6 Router
              Advertisement Guard (RA-Guard)",
              draft-ietf-v6ops-ra-guard-implementation-07 (work in
              progress), November 2012.

   [HDMoore]  HD Moore, "The Wild West",  Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.A.
              September 25-29, 2012., September 2012,
              <https://speakerdeck.com/hdm/derbycon-2012-the-wild-west>.

   [Gont-DEEPSEC2011]
              Gont, "Results of a Security Assessment of the Internet
              Protocol version 6 (IPv6)",  DEEPSEC 2011 Conference,
              Vienna, Austria, November 2011, <http://
              www.si6networks.com/presentations/deepsec2011/
              fgont-deepsec2011-ipv6-security.pdf>.

   [Gont-BRUCON2012]
              Gont, "Recent Advances in IPv6 Security",  BRUCON 2012
              Conference, Ghent, Belgium, September 2012, <http://
              www.si6networks.com/presentations/brucon2012/
              fgont-brucon2012-recent-advances-in-ipv6-security.pdf>.

   [Broersma]
              Broersma, R., "IPv6 Everywhere: Living with a Fully IPv6-
              enabled environment",  Australian IPv6 Summit 2010,
              Melbourne, VIC Australia, October 2010, <http://
              www.ipv6.org.au/10ipv6summit/talks/Ron_Broersma.pdf>.

   [IAB-PRIVACY]
              IAB, "Privacy and IPv6 Addresses",  July 2011, <http://
              www.iab.org/wp-content/IAB-uploads/2011/07/
              IPv6-addresses-privacy-review.txt>.

   [CPNI-IPv6]



Gont                    Expires November 20, 2013              [Page 19]


Internet-Draft          Stable Privacy Addresses                May 2013


              Gont, F., "Security Assessment of the Internet Protocol
              version 6 (IPv6)",  UK Centre for the Protection of
              National Infrastructure, (available on request).
















































Gont                    Expires November 20, 2013              [Page 20]


Internet-Draft          Stable Privacy Addresses                May 2013


Appendix A.  Possible sources for the Net_Iface parameter

   The following subsections describe a number of possible sources for
   the Net_Iface parameter employed by the F() function in Section 3.
   The choice of a specific source for this value represents a number of
   trade-offs, which may vary from one implementation to another.

A.1.  Interface Index

   The Interface Index [RFC3493] [RFC3542] of an interface uniquely
   identifies an interface within a node.  However, these identifiers
   might or might not have the stability properties required for the
   Net_Iface value employed by this method.  For example, the Interface
   Index might change upon removal or installation of a network
   interface (typically one with a smaller value for the Interface
   Index, when such a naming scheme is used), or when network interface
   happen to be initialized in a different order.  We note that some
   implementations are known to provide configuration knobs to set the
   Interface Index for a given interface.  Such configuration knobs
   could be employed to prevent the Interface Index from changing (e.g.
   as a result of the removal of a network interface).

A.2.  Interface Name

   The Interface Name (e.g., "eth0", "em0", etc) tends to be more stable
   than the underlying Interface Index, since such stability is
   required/desired when interface names are employed in network
   configuration (firewall rules, etc.).  The stability properties of
   Interface Names depend on implementation details, such as what is the
   namespace used for Interface Names.  For example, "generic" interface
   names such as "eth0" or "wlan0" will generally be invariant with
   respect to network interface card replacements.  On the other hand,
   vendor-dependent interface names such as "rtk0" or the like will
   generally change when a network interface card is replaced with one
   from a different vendor.

   We note that Interface Names might still change when network
   interfaces are added or removed once the system has been bootstrapped
   (for example, consider Universal Serial Bus-based network interface
   cards which might be added or removed once the system has been
   bootstrapped).

A.3.  Link-layer Addresses

   Link-layer addresses typically provide for unique identfiers for
   network interfaces; although, for obvious reasons, they generally
   change when a network interface card is replaced.  In scenarios where
   neither Interface Indexes nor Interface Names have the stability



Gont                    Expires November 20, 2013              [Page 21]


Internet-Draft          Stable Privacy Addresses                May 2013


   properties specified in Section 3 for Net_Iface, an implementation
   might want to employ the link-layer address of the interface for the
   Net_Iface parameter, albeit at the expense of making the
   corresponding IPv6 addresses dependent on the underlying network
   interface card (i.e., the corresponding IPv6 address would typically
   change upon replacement of the underlying network interface card).













































Gont                    Expires November 20, 2013              [Page 22]


Internet-Draft          Stable Privacy Addresses                May 2013


Appendix B.  Privacy issues still present when temporary addresses are
             employed

   It is not unusual for people to assume or expect that all the
   security/privacy implications of traditional SLAAC addresses to me
   mitigated when "temporary addresses" [RFC4941] are employed.
   However, as noted in Section 1 of this document and [IAB-PRIVACY],
   since temporary addresses are employed in addition to (rather than in
   replacement of) traditional SLAAC addresses, many of the security/
   privacy implications of traditional SLAAC addresses are not mitigated
   by the use of temporary addresses.

   This section discusses a (non-exhaustive) number of scenarios in
   which host security/privacy is still negatively affected as a result
   of employing Interface Identifiers that are constant across networks
   (e.g., those resulting from embedding IEEE identifiers), even when
   temporary addresses [RFC4941] are employed.  It aims to clarify the
   motivation of employing the method specified in this document in
   replacement of the traditional SLAAC addresses even when privacy/
   temporary addresses [RFC4941] are employed.

B.1.  Host tracking

   This section describes one possible attack scenario that illustrates
   that host-tracking may still be possible when privacy/temporary
   addresses [RFC4941] are employed.

B.1.1.  Tracking hosts across networks #1

   A host configures its stable addresses with the constant Interface
   Identifier, and runs any application that needs to perform a server-
   like function (e.g. a peer-to-peer application).  As a result of
   that, an attacker/user participating in the same application (e.g.,
   P2P) would learn the constant Interface Identifier used by the host
   for that network interface.

   Some time later, the same host moves to a completely different
   network, and employs the same P2P application, probably even with a
   different username.  The attacker now interacts with the same host
   again, and hence can learn its newly-configured stable address.
   Since the Interface Identifier is the same as the one used before,
   the attacker can infer that it is communicating with the same device
   as before.

   This is just *one* possible attack scenario, which should remind us
   that one should not disclose more than it is really needed for
   achieving a specific goal (and an Interface Identifier that is
   constant across different networks does exactly that: it discloses



Gont                    Expires November 20, 2013              [Page 23]


Internet-Draft          Stable Privacy Addresses                May 2013


   more information than is needed for providing a stable address).

B.1.2.  Tracking hosts across networks #2

   Once an attacker learns the constant Interface Identifier employed by
   the victim host for its stable address, the attacker is able to
   "probe" a network for the presence of such host at any given network.

      See Appendix B.1.1 for just one example of how an attacker could
      learn such value.  Other examples include being able to share the
      same network segment at some point in time (e.g. a conference
      network or any public network), etc.

   For example, if an attacker learns that in one network the victim
   used the Interface Identifier 1111:2222:3333:4444 for its stable
   addresses, then he could subsequently probe for the presence of such
   device in the network 2011:db8::/64 by sending a probe packet (ICMPv6
   Echo Request, or any other probe packet) to the address 2001:db8::
   1111:2222:3333:4444.

B.1.3.  Revealing the identity of devices performing server-like
        functions

   Some devices, such as storage devices, may typically perform server-
   like functions and may be usually moved from one network to another.
   Such devices are likely to simply disable (or not even implement)
   privacy/temporary addresses [RFC4941].  If the aforementioned devices
   employ Interface Identifiers that are constant across networks, it
   would be trivial for an attacker to tell whether the same device is
   being used across networks by simply looking at the Interface
   Identifier.  Clearly, performing server-like functions should not
   imply that a device discloses its identity (i.e., that the attacker
   can tell whether it is the same device providing some function in two
   different networks, at two different points in time).

   The scheme proposed in this document prevents such information
   leakage by causing nodes to generate different Interface Identifiers
   when moving from one network to another, thus mitigating this kind of
   privacy attack.

B.2.  Address-scanning attacks

   While it is usually assumed that IPv6 address-scanning attacks are
   unfeasible, an attacker can leverage address patterns in IPv6
   addresses to greatly reduce the search space
   [I-D.ietf-opsec-ipv6-host-scanning] [Gont-BRUCON2012].  Addresses
   that embed IEEE identifiers result in one of such patterns that could
   be leveraged to reduce the search space when other nodes employ the



Gont                    Expires November 20, 2013              [Page 24]


Internet-Draft          Stable Privacy Addresses                May 2013


   same IEEE OUI (Organizationally Unique Identifier).

   As noted earlier in this document, temporary addresses [RFC4941] do
   not replace/eliminate the use of IPv6 addresses that embed IEEE
   identifiers (they are employed *in addition* to those), and hence
   hosts implementing [RFC4941] would still be vulnerable to address-
   scanning attacks.  The method specified in this document is meant as
   an alternative to addresses that embed IEEE identifiers, and hence
   eliminates such patterns (thus mitigating the aforementioned address-
   scanning attacks).

B.3.  Information Leakage

   IPv6 addresses embedding IEEE identifiers leak information about the
   device (Network Interface Card vendor, or even Operating System
   and/or software type), which could be leveraged by an attacker with
   device/software-specific vulnerabilities knowledge to quickly find
   possible targets.  Since temporary addresses do not replace the
   traditional SLAAC addresses that typically embedd IEEE identifiers,
   employing temporary addresses does not eliminate this possible
   information leakage.






























Gont                    Expires November 20, 2013              [Page 25]


Internet-Draft          Stable Privacy Addresses                May 2013


Author's Address

   Fernando Gont
   SI6 Networks / UTN-FRH
   Evaristo Carriego 2644
   Haedo, Provincia de Buenos Aires  1706
   Argentina

   Phone: +54 11 4650 8472
   Email: fgont@si6networks.com
   URI:   http://www.si6networks.com








































Gont                    Expires November 20, 2013              [Page 26]


Html markup produced by rfcmarkup 1.129c, available from https://tools.ietf.org/tools/rfcmarkup/