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DANE                                                           R. Barnes
Internet-Draft                                          BBN Technologies
Intended status: Informational                             June 12, 2011
Expires: December 14, 2011

    Use Cases and Requirements for DNS-based Authentication of Named
                            Entities (DANE)


   Many current applications use the certificate-based authentication
   features in TLS to allow clients to verify that a connected server
   properly represents a desired domain name.  Traditionally, this
   authentication has been based on PKIX trust hierarchies, rooted in
   well-known CAs, but additional information can be provided via the
   DNS itself.  This document describes a set of use cases in which the
   DNS and DNSSEC could be used to make assertions that support the TLS
   authentication process.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  3
   2.  Definitions  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
   3.  Use Cases  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
     3.1.  CA Constraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  5
     3.2.  Certificate Constraints  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  6
     3.3.  Domain-Issued Certificates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  6
     3.4.  Delegated Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  8
   4.  Other Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  9
   5.  Acknowledgements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
   6.  IANA Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
   7.  Security Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
   8.  References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
     8.1.  Normative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
     8.2.  Informative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
   Author's Address . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

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1.  Introduction

   Transport-Layer Security (TLS) is used as the basis for security
   features in many modern Internet application service protocols to
   provide secure client-server connections [RFC5246].  It underlies
   secure HTTP and secure email [RFC2818][RFC2595][RFC3207], and
   provides hop-by-hop security in real-time multimedia and instant-
   messaging protocols [RFC3261][RFC6120].

   Application service clients typically establish TLS connections to
   application servers identified by DNS domain names.  The process of
   obtaining this "source" domain is application specific.  The name
   could be entered by a user or found through an automated discovery
   process such as an SRV or NAPTR record.  After obtaining the address
   of the server via an A or AAAA DNS record, the client conducts a TLS
   handshake with the server, during which the server presents a PKIX
   certificate [RFC5280].  The TLS layer performs PKIX validation of the
   certificate, including verification that the certificate chains to a
   trust anchor.  If this validation is successful, then the application
   layer determines whether the DNS name for the application service
   presented in the certificate matches the source domain name
   [RFC6125].  Typically, if the name matches, then the client proceeds
   with the TLS connection.

   Thus the certificate authorities (CAs) that issue PKIX certificates
   are asserting bindings between domain names and the public keys they
   certify.  Application service clients are verifying these bindings
   and making authorization decisions -- whether to proceed with
   connections -- based on them.

   With the advent of DNSSEC [RFC4033], it is now possible for DNS name
   resolution to provide its information securely, in the sense that
   clients can verify that DNS information was provided by the domain
   holder and not tampered with in transit.  The goal of technologies
   for DNS-based Authentication of Named Entities (DANE) is to use the
   DNS and DNSSEC to provide additional information about the
   cryptographic credentials associated with a domain, so that clients
   can use this information to increase the level of assurance they
   receive from the TLS handshake process.  This document describes a
   set of use cases that capture specific goals for using the DNS in
   this way, and a set of requirements that the ultimate DANE mechanism
   should satisfy.

   Finally, it should be noted that although this document will
   frequently use HTTPS as an example application service, DANE is
   intended to apply equally to all applications that make use of TLS to
   connect to application services named by domain names.

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2.  Definitions

   This document also makes use of standard PKIX, DNSSEC, and TLS
   terminology.  See RFC 5280 [RFC5280], RFC 4033 [RFC4033], and RFC
   5246 [RFC5246], respectively, for these terms.  In addition, terms
   related to TLS-protected application services and DNS names are taken
   from RFC 6125 [RFC6125].

   Note in particular that the term "server" in this document refers to
   the server role in TLS, rather than to a host.  Multiple servers of
   this type may be co-located on a single physical host, using
   different ports, and each of these can use different certificates.

3.  Use Cases

   In this section, we describe the major use cases that the DANE
   mechanism should support.  This list is not intended to represent all
   possible ways that the DNS can be used to support TLS authentication.
   Rather it represents the specific cases that comprise the initial
   goal for DANE.

   In the below use cases, we will refer to the following dramatis

   Alice:  The operator of a TLS-protected application service on the
      host alice.example.com, and administrator of the corresponding DNS

   Bob:  A client connecting to alice.example.com

   Charlie:  A well-known CA that issues certificates with domain names
      as identifiers

   Oscar:  An outsourcing provider that operates TLS-protected
      application services on behalf of customers

   Trent:  A CA that issues certificates with domain names as
      identifiers, but is not generally well-known.

   These use cases are framed in terms of adding verification steps to
   TLS server identity checking on the part of application service
   clients.  In application services where the clients are also
   identified by domain names (e.g., XMPP server-to-server connections),
   the same considerations and use cases can applied to the application
   server's checking of identities in TLS client certificates.

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3.1.  CA Constraints

   Alice runs a website on alice.example.com and has obtained a
   certificate from the well-known CA Charlie.  She is concerned that
   other well-known CAs might issue certificates for alice.example.com
   without her authorization, which clients would accept.  Alice would
   like to provide a mechanism for visitors to her site to know that
   they should expect alice.example.com to use a certificate issued
   under the CA that she uses (Charlie) and not another CA.  That is,
   Alice is recommending that the client verify that there is a valid
   certificate chain from the server certificate to Charlie before
   accepting the server certificate.  (For example, in the TLS
   handshake, the server might include Charlie's certificate in the
   server Certificate message's certificate_list structure [RFC5246]).

   When Bob connects to alice.example.com, he uses this mechanism to
   verify that that the certificate presented by the server was issued
   under the proper CA, Charlie.  Bob also performs the normal PKIX
   validation procedure for this certificate, in particular verifying
   that the certificate chains to a trust anchor (possibly Charlie's CA,
   if Bob accepts Charlie's CA as a trust anchor).

   Alice may wish to provide similar information to an external CA
   operator Charlie.  Prior to issuing a certificate for
   alice.example.com to someone claiming to Alice, Charlie needs to
   verify that Alice is actually requesting a certificate.  Alice could
   indicate her preferred CA using DANE to CAs as well as RPs.  Charlie
   could then check to see whether Alice said that her certificates
   should be issued by Charlie or another CA.  Note that this check does
   not guaranteed that the precise entity requesting a certification
   from Charlie actually represents Alice, only that Alice has
   authorized Charlie to issue certificates for her domain to properly
   authorized individuals.

   Because these constraints do not increase the scope of PKIX-based
   assertions about domains, there is not a strict requirement for
   DNSSEC.  Deletion of records removes the protection provided by this
   constraint, but the client is still protected by CA practices (as
   now).  Injected or modified false records are not useful unless the
   attacker can also obtain a certificate for the target domain.  In the
   worst case, tampering with these constraints increases the risk of
   false authentication to the level that is now standard.

   Nonetheless, using DANE in this way without also using DNSSEC
   represents provides a very small incremental security feature.  Many
   common attacks against TLS connections already require the attacker
   to inject false A or AAAA records in order to steer the victim client
   to the attacker's server.  An attacker that can already inject false

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   DNS records can also fake DANE information (without DNSSEC) by simply
   spoofing the additional records required to carry the DANE

   Injected or modified false records can be used for denial of service,
   even if the attacker does not have a certificate for the target
   domain.  If an attacker can modify DNS responses that a target host
   receives, however, there are already much simpler ways of denying
   service, such as providing a false A or AAAA record.  In this case,
   DNSSEC is not helpful, since an attacker could still case a denial of
   service by blocking all DNS responses for the target domain.

   Continuing to require PKIX validation also limits the degree to which
   DNS operators (as distinct from the holders of domains) can interfere
   with TLS authentication through this mechanism.  As above, even if a
   DNS operator falsifies DANE records, it cannot masquerade as the
   target server unless it can also obtain a certificate for the target

3.2.  Certificate Constraints

   Alice runs a website on alice.example.com and has obtained a
   certificate from the well-known CA Charlie.  She is concerned about
   additional, unauthorized certificates being issued by Charlie as well
   as by other CAs.  She would like to provide a way for visitors to her
   site to know that they should expect alice.example.com to present the
   specific certificate issued by Charlie.  In TLS terms, Alice is
   letting Bob know that this specific certificate must be the first
   certificate in the server Certificate message's certificate_list
   structure [RFC5246].

   When Bob connects to alice.example.com, he uses this mechanism to
   verify that that the certificate presented by the server is the
   correct certificate.  Bob also performs the normal PKIX validation
   procedure for this certificate, in particular verifying that the
   certificate chains to a trust anchor.

   The security considerations for this case are the same as for the "CA
   Constraints" case above.

3.3.  Domain-Issued Certificates

   Alice would like to be able to generate and use certificates for her
   website on alice.example.com without involving an external CA at all.
   Alice can generate her own certificates today, making self-signed
   certificates and possibly certificates subordinate to those
   certificates.  When Bob receives such a certificate in a TLS
   handshake, however, he doesn't automatically have a way to verify

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   that the issuer of the certificate is actually Alice, since because
   he doesn't necessarily possess Alice's corresponding trust anchor.
   This concerns him because an attacker could present a different
   certificate and perform a man in the middle attack.  Bob would like
   to protect against this.

   Alice would thus like to have a mechanism for visitors to her site to
   know that the certificates presented by her application services are
   legitimately hers.  When Bob connects to alice.example.com, he uses
   this mechanism to verify that the certificate presented by the server
   has been issued by Alice.  Since Bob can bind certificates to Alice
   in this way, he can use Alice's CA as a trust anchor for purposes of
   validating certificates for alice.example.com.  Alice can
   additionally recommend that clients accept only her certificates
   using the CA constraints described above.

   As in Section Section 3.1 above, Alice may wish to represent this
   information to potential third-party CAs (Charlie) as well as to
   relying parties (Bob).  Since publishing a certificate in a DANE
   record of this form authorizes the holder of the corresponding
   private key to represent alice.example.com, a CA that has received a
   request to issue a certificate from alice.example.com could use the
   DANE information to verify the requestor's authorization to receive a
   certificate for that domain.  For example, a CA might choose to issue
   a certificate for a given domain name and public key only when the
   holder of the domain name has provisioned DANE information with a
   certificate containing the public key.

   Note that this use case is functionally equivalent to the case where
   Alice doesn't issue her own certificates, but uses Trent's CA, which
   is not well-known.  In this case, Alice would be advising Bob that he
   should treat Trent as a trust anchor for purposes of validating
   Alice's certificates, rather than a CA operated by Alice herself.
   Bob would thus need a way to securely obtain Trent's trust anchor
   information, namely through DANE information.

   Alice's advertising of trust anchor material in this way does not
   guarantee that Bob will accept the advertised trust anchor.  For
   example, Bob might have out-of-band information (such as a pre-
   existing local policy) that indicates that the CA advertised by Alice
   (Trent's CA) is not trustworthy, which would lead him to decide not
   to accept Trent as a TA, and thus to reject Alice's certificate if it
   is issued under Trent's CA.

   Providing trust anchor material in this way clearly requires DNSSEC,
   since corrupted or injected records could be used by an attacker to
   cause clients to trust an attacker's certificate (assuming that the
   attacker's certificate is not rejected by some other local policy).

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   Deleted records will only result in connection failure and denial of
   service, although this could result in clients re-connecting without
   TLS (a downgrade attack), depending on the application.  Therefore,
   in order for this use case to be safe, applications must forbid
   clients from falling back to unsecured channels when records appear
   to have been deleted (e.g., when a missing record has no NSEC or
   NSEC3 record).

   By the same token, this use case puts the most power in the hands of
   DNS operators.  Since the operator of the appropriate DNS zone has de
   facto control over the content and signing of the zone, he can create
   false DANE records that bind a malicious party's certificate to a
   domain.  This risk is especially important to keep in mind in cases
   where the operator of a DNS zone is a different entity than the
   holder of the domain, as in DNS hosting/outsourcing arrangements,
   since in these cases the DNS operator might be able to make changes
   to a domain that are not authorized by the holder of the domain.

   It should be noted that DNS operators already have the ability to
   obtain certificates for domains under their control, under certain CA
   policies.  In the current system, CAs need to verify that an entity
   requesting a certificate for a domain is actually the legitimate
   holder of that domain.  Typically this is done using information
   published about that domain, such as WHOIS email addresses or special
   records inserted into a domain.  By manipulating these values, it is
   possible for DNS operators to obtain certificates from some well-
   known certificate authorities today without authorization from the
   true domain holder.

3.4.  Delegated Services

   In addition to guarding against CA mis-issue, CA constraints and
   certificate constraints can also be used to constrain the set of
   certificates that can be used by an outsourcing provider.  Suppose
   that Oscar operates alice.example.com on behalf of Alice.  In
   particular, Oscar then has de facto control over what certificates to
   present in TLS handshakes for alice.example.com.  In such cases,
   there are few ways that DNS-based information about TLS certificates
   could be configured, for example:

   1.  Alice has the A/AAAA records in her DNS and can sign them along
       with the DANE record, but Oscar and Alice now need to have tight
       coordination if the addresses and/or the certificates change.

   2.  Alice refers to Oscar's DNS by delegating a sub-domain name to
       Oscar, and has no control over the A/AAAA, DANE or any other
       pieces under Oscar's control.

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   3.  Alice can put DANE records into her DNS server, but delegate the
       address records to Oscar's DNS server.  This means that Alice can
       control the usage of certificates but Oscar is free to move the
       servers around as needed.  The only coordination needed is when
       the certificates change, and then it would depend on how the DANE
       record is set up (i.e. a CA or an EE certificate pointer).

   Which of these deployment patterns is used in a given deployment will
   determine what sort of constraints can be made.  In cases where Alice
   controls DANE records (1 and 3), she can use CA and certificate
   constraints to control what certificates Oscar presents for Alice's
   application services.  For instance, Alice might require Oscar to use
   certificates under a given set of CAs.  This control, however,
   requires that Alice update DANE records when Oscar needs to change
   certificates.  Cases where Oscar controls DANE records allow Oscar to
   maintain more autonomy from Alice, but by the same token, Alice
   cannot enforce any requirements on the certificates that Oscar
   presents in TLS handshakes.

4.  Other Requirements

   In addition to supporting the above use cases, the DANE mechanism
   must satisfy several lower-level operational and protocol
   requirements and goals.

   Multiple Ports:  DANE should be able to support multiple application
      services with different credentials on the same named host,
      distinguished by port number.

   No Downgrade:  An attacker who can tamper with DNS responses must not
      be able to make a DANE-compliant client treat a site that has
      deployed DANE and DNSSEC like a site that has deployed neither.

   Encapsulation:  If there is DANE information for the name
      alice.example.com, it must only affect application services hosted
      at alice.example.com.

   Predictability:  Client behavior in response to DANE information must
      be spelled out in the DANE specification as precisely as possible,
      especially for cases where DANE information might conflict with
      PKIX information.

   Opportunistic Security  The DANE mechanism must allow a clients to
      determine whether DANE information is available for a site, so
      that a client can provide the highest level of security possible
      for a given application service.  Clients that do not support DANE
      should continue to work as if DANE information were not present.

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   Combination:  The DANE mechanism must allow multiple DANE statements
      of the above forms to be combined.  For example, a domain holder
      should be able to specify its own CA (Section Section 3.3) and
      require that no other be used (Section Section 3.1).

   Roll-over:  The DANE mechanism must allow a site to transition from
      using one DANE mechanism to another.  For example, a domain holder
      should be able to migrate from using DANE to assert a domain
      issued certificate (Section Section 3.3) to using DANE to require
      an external CA (Section Section 3.1), or vice versa.  The DANE
      mechanism must also allow roll-over between records of the same-
      type, e.g., when changing CAs.

   Simple Key Management:  DANE should have a mode in which the domain
      holder only needs to maintain a single long-lived public/private
      key pair.

   Minimal Dependencies:  It should be possible for a site to deploy
      DANE without also deploying anything else, except DNSSEC.

   Minimal Options:  Ideally, DANE should have only one operating mode.
      Practically, DANE should have as few operating modes as possible.

   Wild Cards:  The mechanism for distributing DANE information should
      allow the use of DNS wild card labels (*) for setting DANE
      information for all names within a wild card expansion.

   Redirection:  The mechanism for distributing DANE information should
      work when the application service name is the result of following
      a DNS redirection time (e.g., via CNAME or DNAME).

5.  Acknowledgements

   Thanks to Eric Rescorla for the initial formulation of the use cases,
   Zack Weinberg and Phillip Hallam-Baker for contributing other
   requirements, and the whole DANE working group for helpful comments
   on the mailing list.

6.  IANA Considerations

   This document makes no request of IANA.

7.  Security Considerations

   The primary focus of this document is the enhancement of TLS

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   authentication procedures using the DNS.  The general effect of such
   mechanisms is to increase the role of DNS operators in authentication
   processes, either in place of or in addition to traditional third-
   party actors such as commercial certificate authorities.  The
   specific security implications of the respective use cases are
   discussed in their respective sections above.

8.  References

8.1.  Normative References

   [RFC4033]  Arends, R., Austein, R., Larson, M., Massey, D., and S.
              Rose, "DNS Security Introduction and Requirements",
              RFC 4033, March 2005.

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

   [RFC5280]  Cooper, D., Santesson, S., Farrell, S., Boeyen, S.,
              Housley, R., and W. Polk, "Internet X.509 Public Key
              Infrastructure Certificate and Certificate Revocation List
              (CRL) Profile", RFC 5280, May 2008.

8.2.  Informative References

   [RFC2595]  Newman, C., "Using TLS with IMAP, POP3 and ACAP",
              RFC 2595, June 1999.

   [RFC2818]  Rescorla, E., "HTTP Over TLS", RFC 2818, May 2000.

   [RFC3207]  Hoffman, P., "SMTP Service Extension for Secure SMTP over
              Transport Layer Security", RFC 3207, February 2002.

   [RFC3261]  Rosenberg, J., Schulzrinne, H., Camarillo, G., Johnston,
              A., Peterson, J., Sparks, R., Handley, M., and E.
              Schooler, "SIP: Session Initiation Protocol", RFC 3261,
              June 2002.

   [RFC6120]  Saint-Andre, P., "Extensible Messaging and Presence
              Protocol (XMPP): Core", RFC 6120, March 2011.

   [RFC6125]  Saint-Andre, P. and J. Hodges, "Representation and
              Verification of Domain-Based Application Service Identity
              within Internet Public Key Infrastructure Using X.509
              (PKIX) Certificates in the Context of Transport Layer
              Security (TLS)", RFC 6125, March 2011.

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Author's Address

   Richard Barnes
   BBN Technologies
   9861 Broken Land Parkway
   Columbia, MD  21046

   Phone: +1 410 290 6169
   Email: rbarnes@bbn.com

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