[BEHAVE] [Errata Rejected] RFC5766 (4933)

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The following errata report has been rejected for RFC5766,
"Traversal Using Relays around NAT (TURN): Relay Extensions to Session Traversal Utilities for NAT (STUN)".

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Status: Rejected
Type: Technical

Reported by: shakeeb <shakeeb@eyeball.com>
Date Reported: 2017-02-15
Rejected by: Magnus Westerlund (IESG)

Section: 17.3.3

Original Text
An attacker might attempt to disrupt service to other users of the
TURN server by sending Refresh requests or CreatePermission requests
that (through source address spoofing) appear to be coming from
another user of the TURN server.  TURN prevents this by requiring
that the credentials used in CreatePermission, Refresh, and
ChannelBind messages match those used to create the initial
allocation.  Thus, the fake requests from the attacker will be

Corrected Text

When using short-term, credentials expire after a specific amount of time (such as 5
minutes)  and clients get new credentials. The restriction imposed at section 17.3.3 
prevents from refreshing allocation or permission using the new credentials.

This RFC approves RFC 5389. So one can use short-term credentials.  But short-term credentials are useless if it can not be used to refresh allocation or permission.

The goal of 17.3.3 can be achieved by sending 438 with the new nonce.
So TURN does not actually specify the usage of short-term credentials. It mandates support of long-term credentials as authentication mechanism. Also RFC 7635 (STUN for Third party Authorization) specifies how to handle expire of the access token. This is clearer in the replacement of RFC 5766 that will soon be published that specifies the following in Section 7.2:

        the request is authenticated, the authentication MUST be done
        either using the long-term credential mechanism of
        [I-D.ietf-tram-stunbis] or the STUN Extension for Third-Party
        Authorization [RFC7635] unless the client and server agree to
        use another mechanism through some procedure outside the scope
        of this document.

RFC5766 (draft-ietf-behave-turn-16)
Title               : Traversal Using Relays around NAT (TURN): Relay Extensions to Session Traversal Utilities for NAT (STUN)
Publication Date    : April 2010
Author(s)           : R. Mahy, P. Matthews, J. Rosenberg
Category            : PROPOSED STANDARD
Source              : Behavior Engineering for Hindrance Avoidance
Area                : Transport
Stream              : IETF
Verifying Party     : IESG