SACM Working Group D. Waltermire
Internet-Draft S. Banghart
Intended status: Informational National Institute of Standards and Technology
Expires: November 4, 2017 May 3, 2017

Definition of the ROLIE Software Descriptor Extension


This document extends the Resource-Oriented Lightweight Information Exchange (ROLIE) core to add the information type category and related requirements needed to support Software Record and Software Inventory use cases. The 'software-descriptor' information type is defined as a ROLIE extension. Additional supporting requirements are also defined that describe the use of specific formats and link relations pertaining to the new information type.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction

This document defines an extension to the Resource-Oriented Lightweight Information Exchange (ROLIE) protocol to support the publication of software descriptor information. Software descriptor information is information that characterizes:

Software descriptor information includes identifying, versioning, software creation and publication, and file artifact information. Software descriptor information provides data about what might be installed, but doesn't describe where or how a specific software installation is installed, configured, or executed.

Some possible use cases for Software descriptor information include:

This document supports these use cases by describing the content requirements for Collections of software descriptor information that are to be published to or retrieved from a ROLIE repository. This document also discusses requirements around the use of link relationships and describing the data model formats used in a ROLIE Entry describing a software descriptor information resource.

2. Terminology

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 [RFC2119].

Definitions for some of the common computer security-related terminology used in this document can be found in Section 2 of [RFC5070].

3. New information-types

This document defines the following information type:

3.1. The "software-descriptor" information type

The "software-descriptor" information type represents any information that describes a piece of software. This document uses the definition of software provided by [RFC4949]. Note that as per this definition, this information type pertains to static software, that is, code on the disc. The software-descriptor information type is intended to provide a category for information that does one or more of the following:

identifies and characterizes software
This software identification and characterization information can be provided by a large variety of data, but always describes software in a pre-installed state.
provides software installer metadata
This represents information about software used to install other software. This metadata identifies, and characterizes a software installation package or media.
describes stateless installation metadata
Information that describes the software post-deployment, such as files that may be deployed during an installation. It is expected that this metadata is produced generally for a given installation, and may not exactly match the actual installed files on a given endpoint.

Provided below is a non-exhaustive list of information that may be considered to be of a software-descriptor information type.

Note again that this list is not exhaustive, any information that in is the abstract realm of an incident should be classified under this information-type.

This information type does not include descriptions of running software, or state and configuration information that is associated with a software installation.

4. Usage of CSIRT Information Types in the Atom Publishing Protocol

This document does not specify any additional requirements for use of the Atom Publishing Protocol.

5. Usage of the software-descriptor Information Type in the atom:feed element

This document does not specify any additional requirements for use of the atom:feed element.

6. Usage of the software-descriptor Information Type in an atom:entry

This document specifies the following requirements for use of the software-descriptor information type with regards to Atom Entries.

6.1. Use of the atom:link element

This section defines the requirements around the use of atom:links in Entries. Each relationship should be named,described, and given a requirement level.